The answer is Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. The question is: Where in Southern California can you find a 10,500-acre luxury property that includes TWO 18-hole championship golf courses and six tennis courts, 50 miles of equestrian trails and a 100-acre spring-fed lake offering fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking?
Originally part of one of California’s early Spanish land grants “Rancho Nojoqui,” William T. Mead established the “Alisal” (meaning “grove of sycamores”) Ranch Company in 1907. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country and originally operated as a working cattle ranch, the Charles Pete Jackson Jr. family later converted cattlemen’s quarters to guest rooms for dude ranch visitors, opening the Alisal Guest Ranch just over 70 years ago in 1946.
Historical significance plays an important role in the operations and traditions of Alisal Guest Ranch. “A week at the Alisal” has been many a family’s tradition for decades — so much so that summer season and weekend availability year-round for corporate groups is nearly non-existent. But for the corporate or fraternal group that desires an entirely immersive luxury ranch experience, Alisal Guest Ranch provides a perfect balance of “cowboying” or “cowgirling,” gourmet dining (with dinner jackets for the men, please) and spa offerings during midweek from Labor Day through Memorial Day.
For groups who would like to split their time between meetings and outdoor recreation, Alisal Guest Ranch offers their popular all-inclusive “Meet & Play” package of accommodations, meeting facilities including basic A/V, three meals, and horseback riding, golf, tennis and fishing.
The Alisal Guest Ranch welcomes Santa Ynez Valley native Anthony Endy as its new Executive Chef this fall. Most recently Director of Culinary and Corporate Chef for the Paul Martin’s American Grill brand, Chef Anthony oversees all special dinners and al fresco barbecues, and note that “cooking with a live fire is a special passion of mine.” The new menu will include vegan and vegetarian options, and a farm-to-table program with cooking classes and hands-on guest workshops to enhance the guest experience
Another newcomer within this past year is General Manager Kathleen Cochran, a 30-year hospitality professional who accepted leadership reins from 23-year Alisal veteran Dave Lautensack.
Relevé Unlimited, Santa Barbara’s premier and oldest independent destination management company (DMC), offers a full menu of customizable coastal Santa Barbara and wine country activities, onsite event design concepts and enhancements, delectable culinary experiences and impeccable transportation options for groups staying at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort.
Contact Relevé Unlimited’s Director of Sales and Marketing Fred Huber (443.926.2872) to have Relevé Unlimited design the precisely perfect destination experience for your event.