California Guest Ranch
Santa Barbara Wine Country
California Guest Ranch: Featured in Equitrekking’s Vacation Guide
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is California’s premier guest ranch with 73 accommodations, golf, horseback riding, spa, fishing and tennis in Santa Barbara Wine Country.
40 miles south of Santa Barbara Airport
Riding Style & Ability
Western – Beginner to Advance
230 families 150 couples 73 single occupancy
Rates/ Payment Methods
Rates start at $550.00 plus tax and service charge and go up to $800.00 plus tax and service charge. Rates include full breakfast and dinner. Learn more.
Why an Equitrekking Top 20 Ranch?
Located in California’s famed Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal’s 10,000-acre ranch melds the spirit of the Old West with the charms of today’s most relaxing resorts. Guests can horseback ride, play tennis, golf, go cycling, play bocce and just minutes away, enjoy more than 75 renowned vineyards and wineries and the charming Danish village of Solvang.
From the Horse’s Mouth
Enjoy an authentic California ranch vacation at The Alisal Guest Ranch, which welcomes visitors from the world over. Western-flavored hospitality stands alongside the Alisal’s 18-hole golf courses; and horses and cattle roam grass-covered hills that have changed little since the days of the Spanish vaquero.
Enjoy diverse activities including horseback riding, tennis, fishing on Alisal Lake, golf, hiking, biking, archery, target shooting, bocce ball, rodeos, the spa, fitness center and other entertainment. The riding here is diverse, including rolling hillsides and shaded canyons– past grazing cattle and beneath soaring eagles.
Fly fishing enthusiasts can cast on Alisal’s 100-acre spring-fed lake year-round for Northern Strain Largemouth Bass. The Alisal Guides specialize in the sport using traditional spinning tackle for spin-fishing trips and fly-fishing gear to help guests track down their fish. Alisal Lake also features an Orvis fly shop, and offers a diverse fleet of boats including bass boats, electric trolling boats, and other recreational boats.
Hop on carbon road bikes or comfortable hybrids and cycle California Wine Country or tee up with The Alisal, taking lessons through Bird Golf Academy, named by Men’s Journal as the best “Men’s Skills Camp” for golf.
Popular with organizations, Alisal hosts staff retreats, corporate meetings, executive retreat and conferences. The Meet and Play package is designed for groups like this, who wish to split their time between meetings and recreation.
California cuisine courtesy of Executive Chef Anthony Endy is served in upscale environments and in outdoor settings. Hearty Western ranch cooking includes laid back meals by the pool or on the golf course, fine dining in the Ranch Room and beyond.
Alisal offers a number of special vacation packages, including the Round Up Vacation Package Midweek April, May, September, October and any time from November through March. The Round Up includes full breakfast and dinner, unlimited golf green fees, two regular scheduled horseback rides per day, fishing on Alisal Lake, tennis court time and complimentary bikes.