Horses, Chickens & Goats... OH MY! A True Country Experience Near LA

This weekend, my family and I had the amazing opportunity to visit The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.  Who knew such a place existed just about 3 hours north of Los Angeles?  While my kids and I have been to various petting zoos, run around the fields at Will Rogers park and taken pony rides at the Brentwood Country Mart, nothing could begin to compare to the experience of putting it all together in the gorgeous San Ynez Valley.  

We had a blast in the pool (which has an enormous section the kids could stand by themselves in), fed rabbits and collected eggs in the barn, rode a pony that stays tethered and waiting for an adult to lead him around the corral, and made crafts in the kids playroom (where they allow you to check out all sorts of toys from pails and shovels to bats and balls).  The resort also has a playground, fifty miles of perfectly serene riding trails, a hundred acre lake with canoes for the taking and two 18 hole championship golf courses.