Amy Risley

The Alisal

Solvang

by: Amy Risley

  • Why

    A getaway with my giddy up girls

  • When

    January 2015

  • Who

    Me, Erica Domesek & Megalyn Echikunwoke

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Highs + Lows

  • My favorite thing about traveling these days is going after active experiences vs. checking out and lying on a beach. With a slew of options all on one property, you can check off horseback riding, fishing, archery, hiking, biking, massages, etc. all in a quick weekend trip. And its location makes it ideal for a trip any time of year.

  • There's a wonderful sense of tradition, authenticity and loyalty here; from the dedicated staff (some of whom have been there for 20+ years) to the multi-generation families we met who have been coming back year after year.

  • For a novice rider like myself saddling up was still a bit daunting...but the staff uses great caution, care and knowledge to get you riding comfortably on one of their friendly, well trained horses in no time.

  • Technically it's a bonus that there are no TVs or music players in the rooms, but just note you might want to bring an iPad or phone dock.

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Important Bits

  • Type

    Guest Ranch & Resort

  • Vibe

    The perfect home on the range for adventurers and romantics alike.

  • Location

    In the breathtaking Santa Ynez Valley, just a 2.5 hour drive from Los Angeles and about 40 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

  • Rooms

    73 Suites & Studios

  • Music

    Mother Nature's mix tape.

  • Year Opened

    Opened as a guest ranch in 1946, a number of suites underwent major renovations in 2014.

  • Designed By

    Unknown- but that cowboy had good taste.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes to both, plus a slew of activities. The highlights: horseback riding, fishing, archery, hiking, air rifle shooting, mountain biking...and a full service spa for winding down.

  • Restaurant

    The Ranch Room: Cali cuisine with a Western, homestyle touch in a formal but cozy lodge setting.

  • Bar

    The Oak Room: Perfect spot for apres outing appetizers and local wines by the fire.

  • Minibar

    No, but they dropped off some treats and wine upon arrival (and made us a fire!). There are also snacks & sundries for sale in the lobby.

  • Wifi

    Yes

  • Children

    Bring the whole family! Tons of activities for kids like crafting, a petting zoo and mini horses.

  • Price

    Expensive but worth the all inclusiveness and unmatched experience.

In the Area

The highlight of the organized activities at Alisal; it's a great way to meet everyone, see the beautiful surroundings, and enjoy some authentic home cookin' (no flapjacks were harmed in the taking of this picture).

The breakfast ride

1054 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA, United States

The highlight of the organized activities at Alisal; it's a great way to meet everyone, see the beautiful surroundings, and enjoy some authentic home cookin' (no flapjacks were harmed in the taking of this picture).

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The Alisal

1054 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA, United States

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