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.

The Eats

For the buttermilk pancakes alone (the ones you eat after the hayride, by the campfire), the food here is something you won’t forget. Once again, food is an area where the resort completely gets kids. Kids are welcome to order off the adult menu or from either of the kids menus – the more casual pizza and burger lunch menu or the more sophisticated dinner menu, which still manages to retain a kid friendliness to the pasta, steak and chicken offerings. No one leaves the ranch hungry! (Or thirsty – being in the middle of the Santa Ynez Valley means they have some terrific local wines in the cellar.)

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

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