A Newly Recommended Hotel Near Santa Barbara


For the May 2019 Hideaway Report, one of our editors traveled to Santa Barbara and found a delightfully rustic guest ranch perfect for multigenerational trips. Activities are a big draw here and include golf, tennis and horseback riding. There is also a kids' club and a full-service spa.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Solvang, California

Set on a 10,000-acre estate in the Santa Ynez Valley, this family-owned ranch resort, ideal for multigenerational vacations, is a low-key retreat, where life moves at an easy pace. The 73 exceptionally comfortable rooms and suites feature an earthy color palette and an authentic Western décor and are tastefully appointed with vintage artwork, thick Pendleton blankets and leather chairs facing woodburning stone fireplaces. Common areas include an atmospheric library where complimentary wine tastings by local vintners are offered most nights, a casual grill restaurant and an elegant formal dining room. The activities, including fly-fishing on the ranch’s 100-acre spring-fed lake, barnyard tours, archery lessons and horseback riding through canyons and oak groves, are steeped in Western culture and traditions.

From the editor: “[Alisal] is a relatively low-key retreat, where life moves at an easy pace, with outdoor activities steeped in Western culture and traditions centered on family.”

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