Many “family” vacations are actually “kid vacations” – not to say you don’t enjoy Legoland or a Disney Cruise, but you enjoy it because the kids are happy, not because you like being on a boat with a big mouse.  So when we found the family vacation where the whole family can  participate in and adore every single activity, we were thrilled.  Meet your family vacation for the next dozen years or so – The Alisal Guest Ranch.  Click through our flipbook to see why it’s our pick for family vacation of the year.

Breathe Deep

After passing through the windmills in Solvang, you turn on a winding road and see golf courses. Deer dotting the greens. Cattle in the dusty hills. You turn on a small road where it says “Alisal Guest Ranch” and the kids start cheering – they see horses. And cabins. When you pull up to the check-in house, you get out and stretch and take a deep breath. Then another. Not a hint of smog. No exhaust. That’s air you’re breathing, pure (horse-tinged) air. Already you begin to relax, and that’s just the oxygen talking.

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The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
1054 Alisal Rd.
Solvang, Ca 93463
Phone: (800) 4-ALISAL
Online: alisal.com

Let’s talk vacations–what’s the last true family vacation you went on? Do you think that your kids would love the Alisal Ranch as much as we do? Tell us below!

All images courtesy of Meghan Rose