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For over 60 years the Alisal has treated grilling as a fine art and now, their executive chef Pascal Godé, with the help of legendary Grill Master and Hitching Post II owner, Frank Ostini, will help you hone your grilling skills. Enjoy a 3-day getaway at this gorgeous California ranch, as you connect with nature, relieve all the pent-up stress and gain impressive barbecue-making skills in the process.


  • Enjoy horseback rides
  • Wide range of outdoor activities
  • Keepsake booklet for BBQ notes and recipes
  • Workshops on preferred grilling methods and equipment
  • Instructions on spice blending, seasoning, and more
  • Enjoy an authentic western-style setting
  • 2 nights accommodation


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A ranch that blends the charm of a gracious, bygone era with 73 pastoral suites and studios await your arrival. All of the accommodations are outfitted with authentic Western décor, exquisite linens, wood-burning fireplaces, coffee makers, and refrigerators. Adjoining studios or suites are available for families and large parties. This is an authentic California ranch experience, complete with nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine, warm and helpful service, and the kind of brilliant, starry skies that only 10,000 acres can offer.

The timeless ambiance of the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is partially achieved by not offering televisions and telephones in guest rooms. For your convenience, house telephones and wireless high-speed internet access are available.

Deluxe one-bedroom suites

The Deluxe one-bedroom suites, averaging 760 square feet, have an expansive living room with two twin size studio beds. A separate bedroom has a king bed. Private patio with scenic views.

  • One bedroom with king size bed
  • Spacious sitting room with two twin day beds
  • Two full bathrooms
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Maximum occupancy of 5

Deluxe studios

Deluxe Studios, averaging 420 square feet, have large open spaces with vaulted ceilings. Studio fireplaces can be enjoyed in bed or from the romantic fire-side seating area.

  • King bed
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Private outdoor patio seating
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Maximum occupancy of 3

Grand suite

The grand suite, approximately 770 square feet, has an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and a king bed. The large living area has a wet bar and a beautiful wood-burning fireplace making this suite perfect for relaxing or entertaining. A fully furnished private patio has comfortable seating and an outdoor fireplace.

  • King size bed
  • Spacious sitting room with wet bar
  • One full bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Wood-burning fireplace both inside & outside
  • Fully furnished private patio
  • Maximum occupancy of 3

Select one-bedroom suites

The select one-bedroom suites, averaging 620 square feet, have a comfortable living room area with two twin size studio beds. A separate bedroom has a king size bed.

  • One bedroom with king size bed
  • Spacious sitting room with two twin day beds
  • 1.5 bathrooms
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Maximum occupancy of 5

Select studios

The spacious select studio guest rooms, averaging 449 square feet, are newly remodeled and feature a private porch with scenic views of grassy lawns and majestic trees.

  • King bed with an additional studio bed
  • Private outdoor porch seating
  • Private parking adjacent to your accommodation
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Maximum occupancy of 3

Studio rooms

The studio guest rooms, averaging 390 square feet, offer the comforts of home ensuring a relaxed and welcome feel. They are located throughout the property with picturesque views of the resort grounds.

  • King bed
  • Outdoor lawn seating
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Maximum occupancy of 3


The Barbecue Bootcamp morning sessions will cover all the aspects of barbecuing from the best way to start a fire to what to do with spice rubs. The afternoons are free for horseback riding, golf or a visit to the spa. In the evenings, you will get a chance to interact with local guest chefs and winemakers who will be on hand to create feasts designed to further fire-up your grilling passions.


A secluded jewel tucked into California’s famed Santa Ynez Valley, this 10,000-acre ranch melds the spirit of the Old West with the seductive charms of today’s most relaxing resorts. Drive 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara and you’ll find Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort’s 50 miles of riding trails, 100-acre spring-fed lake, two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, pool, spa, western-themed accommodations, fine dining, and endless ways to unplug and unwind.

Just minutes away from the premier guest ranch are more than 75 renowned vineyards and wineries and the charming Danish village of Solvang. Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway for two, a family reunion, or a corporate retreat, come discover the magic of Alisal. With a temperate climate year-round and ever-changing seasonal activities, any time of year is the perfect time to visit.



  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing
  • Golf course
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot


Think of the food as fresh classics with a Western flair. Thanks to the temperate climate and location, the ranch emphasizes natural, regionally grown ingredients, excellent beef, and sustainable seafood. And, of course, Alisal wouldn’t be Alisal without some authentic barbecue.

Things to do (optional)

  • Cycling
  • Enjoy a massage
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hike
  • Horseback riding
  • Tennis
  • Visit the spa

What's included

  • All meals including special dinners with local celebrity chefs, winemakers, and brew masters
  • Horseback riding on scheduled two hour rides, golf green fees, tennis, fishing pole, and bait for fishing at Alisal Lake
  • Keepsake booklet for barbecue notes and recipes
  • Studio accommodation for two nights
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Welcome amenity with Western-Style weekend accessories
  • Workshops on grilling methods and equipment, barbecue instruction, spice blending, and more

What's not included

  • Additional meals, beverages or activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Traveling expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA). The distance from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport to Solvang is 33,2 kilometers.

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