2001 Children's Program Debuts

SOLVANG, Calif. - Spurring up for action-packed adventure in the great outdoors, tiny tots to teenagers can tap into a wealth of new activities as part of the seasonal children's program at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. Geared to the family vacation for more than 50 years, the Alisal offers a plethora of activities from arts and crafts to indoor sports seven days a week beginning June through Labor Day, September 4, 2001.

Nestled in Santa Barbara's lush wine country on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Alisal is California's premier guest ranch and resort offering a safe, self-contained environment. A sure bet for fun, the Alisal wins kids over this year with a variety of new group activities such as ______ with children their own age. Children also have the option to partake in scheduled activities with their parents.

A regularly scheduled toddler program, The Lil' Wranglers Club, is designed to entertain kids (ages 4 to 10) while their parents soak up other adult pleasures such as horseback riding or golf. The club offers morning programs such as Teddy Bear Picnic (playtime and crafts), Wild, Wild West, and Around The World (cultural crafts and games). Kids also gear up for the warm weather season with an afternoon programs including Natural Wonders (nature hunt and crafts) and Sports Spectacular (outdoor sports and games).

Children enjoy noon meals and snacks, design their own puppets and bird feeders, take nature walks and trips to the petting zoo to learn about animals and compete in a variety of indoor/outdoor games.

Youngsters are thrilled with the Kiddie Korral's fun-filled arts and crafts sessions. Supervised games and story-telling are other favorites among younger guests of the Alisal. Fostering an educational experience for the entire family, the Alisal plugs kids into caring for ponies and offers hands-on experience in nurturing baby goats, exotic miniature horses, zebu and sheep at the petting zoo. Feeding the baby ducks and chickens, gathering eggs, and grooming and exercising the barn animals in the corral are also part of this animal adventure for children.

Kids 6 to 12 years old can opt for "Sundae Night at the Movies" with pizza and make your own ice cream sundaes while watching a movie. For children ages 10 and older, archery, an adventure-based ropes course, junior golf clinics, tennis lessons, group fly fishing at the Alisal Lake, horseback riding, arena lessons and instructional trail rides are offered daily.

For kids who love to play cowboys and Indians, real wranglers lasso up at the Alisal Corral where a popular Western rodeo unleashes every Wednesday. Quick draw techniques, calf roping, barrel racing and other rodeo events are all a part of the Alisal Country Fair.

Older children enjoy mountain biking, hiking through scenic Deer Canyon, canoeing, kayaking and peddle boats at the sparkling 100-acre Alisal Lake. Two-hour guided nature walks allow kids 7 years and older to survey scenic surroundings. Children experience the beauty of nature by exploring Native American traditions and creating Indian crafts at a special Kids' Nature Night. Tye dye madness and creative beading also prove to be popular among older children at the Alisal. Family favorites such as bingo, a talent show, storytelling and sing-along evenings around the campfire round out the day.

At the free-form swimming pool children can play poolside prize bingo and participate in water cup relays and penny dives. Other daytime activities include ping pong, frisbee golf, dodge ball and parachute play.

Tweens, 11 and 12 years old can join the MAC CLUB (aka middle age children) which sports Sunday night movies with popcorn and barbecue dinners at Alisal Lake on Tuesday nights. Just the ticket for teens, the Alisal treats youth 13-17 years old to their own "Movie Mania" with late night off property feature films and visits to the historic Old Adobe.

Guestroom rates start at $385 per night for a studio cottage with wood-burning fireplace and Modified American Plan that includes daily breakfast and dinner. Summer rates from mid-June through Labor Day for children 6 years and older are $75 per day and $45 per day for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Some children and teen activities require a nominal fee.

Tucked in Santa Barbara's secluded wine country, the Alisal lies 150 miles north of Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. Visitors can arrive via scenic Highway 101, Santa Barbara Airport or Santa Ynez Airport by private aircraft.

The Alisal is the epitome of a western retreat infused with world-class amenities. Guests enjoy golf at two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis, a full equestrian center with 100 quarter horses, canoeing an kayaking on the 100-acre spring-fed Alisal Lake, an outdoor heated swimming pool and spa. Seventy-three cottage studios and guest suites dot the grounds, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and refrigerators.

Nearby, 50+ regional wineries await the avid wine enthusiast.

For travel, accommodation or children's program information, call 800-4-ALISAL, contact the Ranch via e-mail at sales@alisal.com or visit their web site at www.alisal.com

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