3 California dude ranch resorts where luxury meets wilderness

The Ranch at Laguna Beach embodies the experiential travel trend with its
mix of luxurious resort, rustic setting and vast array of activities.
(Ranch at Laguna Beach)

At 7 a.m. on a typical Monday morning, I’m usually madly packing my kindergartner’s lunch and slamming down some coffee. But on this particular day, my decision making is centered around something quite different: boot branding, farm animal feeding and “jingling the horses.”

I’m at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, a golf resort-meets-dude ranch that first opened in 1946. The historic property may have been doing this gig for quite some time, but it’s a perfect example of the rising experiential travel trend. These days, an increasing number of travelers want more than mimosas and pool time. They crave memorable experiences and the feeling of having learned something new — combined with luxe comfort.

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