This was my 3rd time at the Alisal. The location is beautiful, nestled in the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara. Accommodations are nice, but not at all fancy. If you're expecting a 5-star resort, this place is not for you. Where they do excel is in their service. All staff I interacted with were very professional and friendly. Breakfast and dinner are included, the latter being particularly nice. My only complaint is that, as other reviewers have noted, all the activities are extra. I suppose this has to do with the clientele the resort is seeking to attract -- not budget-conscious travelers, but wealthier individuals with money to spend.