Since 1946 this 10,000-acre ranch has been popular with celebrities and plain folk alike. The many activities here include horseback riding, tennis, golf, and archery, and you can boat and fish in the resort's 100-acre spring-fed lake. You can also just lounge by the pool or book a treatment at the day spa. The ranch-style rooms and suites come with garden views, covered porches, high-beam ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces, and the decor incorporates Spanish-tile accents and fine Western art. A jacket is required at the nightly dinners, which are included in the room rate. The rooms have no phones or TVs, but the property has free Wi-Fi and good cell-phone connections.
Apr 28, 2010
I went to the Alisal with my wife for our Anniversary and it was wonderful. The location in the Santa Barbara wine country is spectacular. They have two golf courses, tennis courts a private lake for boating and fishing and one of the best horseback riding programs around. The mood is really relaxed and when we weren't doing the activities we hung by the pool, hiked and we even took a couples massage. Romantic! There are no phones in the room, but
you can access the internet if you have to check emails. Food is included in the room rate and the chef is outstanding. It makes a very nice home base for wine tasting in the area. I would look into their special packages for the best rates.