The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA
In the heart of Central California’s Santa Ynez Valley, just north of Santa Barbara, The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is the perfect place for bridal couples who appreciate just the right mix of outdoor adventure and rustic elegance.
A full-service resort and working cattle ranch, the 10,000-acre retreat—voted one of the “50 best dude ranches in the West” by Sunset magazine—offers horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking adventures through vast plains and canyons. The Alisal is also home to a pristine lake, inviting days of fishing, canoeing and bird watching.
After a day in the great outdoors, couples in love can retreat to the spa, the newest addition to the 72-year-old resort, to relax with a pampering therapy, ensuring they’ll feel rested and ready for the next day’s adventures.
When it comes to weddings, the resort is reserved exclusively for bridal parties that book the entire property for their event. Vows may be exchanged on a lush hillside, in the shade of a sycamore grove or on a wood deck overlooking the lake. Lakeside receptions are as popular as celebrations in one of the Western-inspired indoor venues.