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Romance at the Ranch

Romance at the Ranch

February 13 -15, 2024

Join us this Valentine’s Day for a 2-night package that will take your relationship to the next level. Each day, enjoy a number of activities on the Ranch such as golfing and horseback riding with your sweetheart.

Build new skills as a couple with our communication-focused equine workshop, and a wine and cheese pairing class. Flowers and champagne will be in your room upon arrival and a special Valentine’s dinner! The nightly rate includes two activities per night – group horseback rides, golf, archery and air rifle.

Spend time under the starry skies of Santa Ynez Valley and discover a deeper understanding of your partner through connection, compassion, and communication.

The Romance at the Ranch nightly rate includes accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, beverages (including non-alcoholic), Equus Equine Coaching,  flowers and gift in room, a cheese and wine pairing class, a dance lesson, and two activities per night.
Beverages included in the nightly rate must be consumed in the main dining room, oak room bar, chuckwagon grill, waggin’ tongue bar, or poolside.  Premium brands or premium wine is not included.  The nightly rate plan for beverages is not applicable to any offsite restaurants at Alisal Ranch (Ranch & River Grills).

The 22 % Ranch Fee both helps offset the cost of various amenities made available to guests of the Alisal Ranch and funds additional compensation to the employees who provide service to our guests. The amenities provided include two branded water canteens, a bottle of wine in each room, Wi-Fi internet access, use of the fitness center, a shuttle to Solvang, bikes, scheduled and seasonal entertainment, tennis court use, fishing bait and tackle, use of non-motorized boats at Alisal Lake, and various children’s activities, including the barnyard and kid’s arts and crafts. Part of the Ranch Fee is distributed to our service employees as additional compensation to address the need for tipping at the Ranch.

Package Includes:

  • Western-style accommodations
  • Breakfast, Dinner, all nonalcoholic beverages and an extensive list of alcoholic beverages
  • In-room amenities: flowers, sparkling wine, and chocolates
  • Valentines Equus Workshop: Strengthening Your Relationship (see below for more details)
  • Wine tasting & cheese pairing class
  • Dance class
  • Two activities per night (horseback riding, golf, archery and air rifle)

Book this retreat

Call us directly and a Reservation Specialist will put together the perfect Alisal getaway for you!

Book by phone now

(800) 425-4725– This link opens your default phone application.

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Valentines Equus Workshop

The Valentines Equus Workshop is designed to provide couples with an opportunity to set aside time for each other: to focus on connecting, developing new insights into helpful communication patterns and to have some fun. This is an experiential learning opportunity for you to explore your relational patterns in an informative and supportive environment. You and your partner will have an opportunity to play with numerous relational themes including, but not limited to: identifying relational patterns, practicing clear communication and boundary setting, asking for support, working in partnership toward a goal and many more.

What you can expect to gain from this experience:

  • A clearer understanding of the underlying patterns in your relationship and how you contribute to them
  • New ways of staying connected to yourself and your partner
  • An opportunity to practice boundaries and asking for what you want from your partner
  • Exercises for communicating with, and to, your partner

What is Equus Coaching?

Meet Your Valentine Equus Hosts from Core Connection:

Our mission at Core Connection is to empower people, teams and families to transform their work and life through self mastery, deeper connection, and heightened intuition. Equus Coaching uses the proven connection between humans and horses to bring about the change you want to see in your life. We support you to think differently about all aspects of your life so that you can overcome barriers and make progress on your goals.

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Danielle Pennewell
Certified Master Facilitator

Danielle is an HR professional, long-time Googler, and amateur rider. She holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics, and her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Danielle grew up riding horses and has seen first hand how horses can heal and transform various aspects of the human condition. It was through her experiences in corporate America and riding her horse that she found a calling with Equus coaching. Danielle brings with her a passion for helping people discover the freedom and empowerment that this work has brought to her life. She is a certified Equus Coach and Master Facilitator with the Koelle Institute.

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Alison Hunter
Certified Master Facilitator

Alison is a Licensed Therapist in private practice in Santa Cruz and Monterey County. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. After completing her Masters Degree, Alison moved to the Bay Area and started a private practice. In her private practice, she specializes in Couples and Relational Counseling. Alison is a Relational Life Therapy practitioner, and has trained with Terry Real who developed the model. She also grew up riding horses and competed on the Hunter/Jumper circuit in Northern and Southern California as well as in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alison understands how to interpret their movements, and believes strongly in their ability to teach us how to connect with ourselves and with others.

Romance at the Ranch Itinerary
Day 1 – Tuesday
4 pm


4:30 pm

Welcome and Opening Session with Core Connection Equus Coaches

5:00 pm

Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairing Class

6-8 pm

Dinner at your leisure in the Ranch Room


Day 2 – Wednesday

Happy Valentine’s Day!

7 am

Mimosas and pastries delivered to your room

7-11 am

Breakfast at Leisure in the Ranch Room

9 am -12 pm

Equus Couples Coaching Session (please select one session)

1 -4 pm

Equus Couples Coaching Session (please select one session)

Free Time

Sign up for a group horseback ride, golf, or archery/air rifle class – all included in your nightly rate!

6-8 pm

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Ranch Room


Day 3 – Thursday
7-11 am

Breakfast at Leisure in the Ranch Room

9 am -12 pm

Equus Couples Coaching Session (please select one session)

Free Time

Sign up for a group horseback ride, golf, or archery/air rifle class – all included in your nightly rate!

12 pm

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Stay at Alisal

At Alisal Ranch, we believe that true hospitality comes straight from the heart— and want you to feel a warm welcome throughout your stay. Our serene Western-style accommodations offer casual and comfortable luxury, designed to help you unwind and relax.

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