My family surprised me with a fun weekend at the Alisal Ranch and the quaint California-Danish town of Solvang. They know how much I love this part of California, with its rich history and gorgeous and quiet landscapes. The Alisal Ranch originally opened in 1946, and still retains it's old-fashioned California ranch feeling with its traditions and vintage cabins. Clark Gable even married his wife Lady Sylvia Ashley there in the old library in 1949! We settled into our adorable little two room cabin at Alisal and spent our first afternoon fishing at the lake. Dinner at the ranch is definitely a fine dining experience, and we all enjoyed our gourmet dinners and their outstanding desserts, like their famous Alisal Oatmeal Pie. With luxuries like telephones and tv’s taken out of the equation, we enjoyed quiet family game nights, horseback riding, hiking and swimming. They also offer great spa treatments, hay rides, golf, tennis and archery. Next time, our visit will be longer, for sure! We stopped into Solvang a few times for their authentic Danish pastries and butter cookies, while strolling the streets and visiting all the souvenir shops that feature Scandinavian knick-knacks and some cute blue and white delft pottery. Solvang is only five minutes from the ranch, and just 35 miles from Santa Barbara. All-in-all, it was a relaxing and fun weekend!