Avalanche Ranch is best described as a Rocky Mountain Picture…
Starting at $125 per cabin per night
900, San Ysidro Lane, Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California, 93108, United States
Starting at $2,495 per room per night
Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil vacation destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Santa Barbara hideaway for its blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Myth and history mingle in the lush garden where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat.
Unique Features: San Ysidro Ranch remains one of California’s oldest and continuous running resorts and longtime premiere luxury destinations for the discriminating traveler. However, it may not be commonly known that one of the main attractions for the San Ysidro Ranch as a lavish hideaway is its historical tradition in welcoming the family pet. Stemming back as far as former owner Alvin Weingand’s famed family of dachshunds in the mid 1930s, pets have often been frequent guests at the Ranch.
Accommodations: 38 individually decorated private cottages wind along San Ysidro’s hillside creek- and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, all offer plush king-size beds with fine linens, fireplaces and patios. The luxury Montecito resort’s cottages feature hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, curved-screen HDTVs and hand-selected antique furnishings.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the French Lavender Cottages. Lantana, Rosemary, Magnolia, Lotus, and Tulip are private, intimate cottages, averaging 1,150 sq. ft. located foremost on the property with gated terraces surrounded by uniquely landscaped gardens. Each has exposed oak beams, a roaring fireplace, Italian linens, polished oak floor, HDTVs, select antique furniture and artwork, Persian rugs and plush four poster canopy king size beds.
Dining: Visit the Stonehouse, named one of the 50 Best restaurants in America by Open Table, or visit Plow & Angel for a comfortable and convivial atmosphere. Enjoy a comfortable, convivial atmosphere in this locals’ favorite. Famous for its mac ‘n cheese and award winning ribs, the Plow & Angel is the place to see and be seen. Or if you prefer, arrange for intimate dining in the original 1825 Old Adobe Cottage, the Wine Cellar, or on the deck of your own cottage.
Activities: You’ll find plenty of things to do in Santa Barbara, whether you want to relax on the beach, stroll through the city’s eclectic shops and boutiques, or figure out which winery you’re going to try first. With so many opportunities to make this an unforgettable trip, like sea kayaking through caves in the Channel Islands, a painting class that walks you through the art of watercolors and wine, a relaxing visit to the underground salt caves, and world class wine tasting, the postcards might have to wait.
Spa & Fitness: With its idyllic climate and deep embrace of the outdoors, San Ysidro ranch is a place to indulge the senses and invigorate the soul. Treat yourself to a soothing massage featuring signature oils infused with lavender, rosemary, and lemons all grown in the gardens; schedule a rejuvenating Yon-Ka facial using luxurious, plant-based skincare from France; and refresh your look with essential hair care services at the Salon, the only one in the region to offer world-renowned Shu Uemura products.
Location: San Ysidro Ranch is located just south of Santa Barbara in the exclusive enclave of Montecito on over 550 rolling acres of unspoiled coastal landscape. From its site in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Ranch overlooks the Channel Islands and offers dazzling panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as well as a terrific basepoint for exploring the coastal Californian region. With its idyllic climate and deep embrace of the outdoors, San Ysidro Ranch is the perfect place to indulge the senses and invigorate the soul.
Closest Airport: The nearest airport to Santa Barbara is Santa Barbara (SBA) Airport which is 8 miles away. Other nearby airports include Burbank (BUR) (78.9 miles), Los Angeles (LAX) (81.2 miles), Santa Ana (SNA) (117.7 miles) and Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) (123.2 miles).
Children’s Programs: No. They do not offer any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: Yes. One’s four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy the beauty and natural wonders The San Ysidro Ranch has to offer. From the moment one arrives on property with their pet, a heartwarming welcome is felt. At the time of registration, one’s pet may sign in alongside their owner in the Pampered Pets registration book and receive a welcome bone from the pet-friendly cookie tray on the front counter. The extensive new gourmet pet menu includes peanut butter and bacon pancakes, farm-raised Scottish salmon filet with sweet potato and rice, puppuccinos, pupsicles and more. In addition, tails will be wagging for welcome amenities such as a plush dog bed, a Ty beanie dog toy, branded dog bowls, house-made dog cookies and more.
Weddings: Yes. San Ysidro Ranch is the ideal setting for small wedding celebrations. The wedding packages are customized for intimate events in one of the Ranch’s romantic cottages or fragrant gardens. In fact, many of the bridal couples reserve all 41 accommodations for family and friends. Let your heart and imagination conceive your ideal wedding and we’ll work with you to make it come true.
Meetings: Yes. The Ranch provides exceptional settings for small retreats and meetings, private dinner parties and intimate wedding and anniversary celebrations. The Hydrangea Cottage, The Wine Cellar and The Old Adobe each offer unmatched surroundings in which to host unforgettable special occasions.
Extra Info: Dazzling 360 views turn from the Channel Islands beyond Santa Barbara, to rambling canyons under ancient canopies of Eucalyptus. Fragrant Magnolia and orange blossoms perfume the countryside. The light in these gentle hills is Artist’s Light, scrubbed clean by the sea, a prism of pure color.