My son (11) and friend (12) , our Golden Retriever and I spent 2 nights in one of the Western cabins. The double bed was comfortable, the boys were happy with their bunk beds. The small one-room cabin was clean and the heat was nice to have, as it was unseasonably cold the first night of our trip. There was a small refrigerator, 2 chairs and a small table, as well as a picnic table and barbeque outside. The bathrooms were very close and very clean, and had hot showers. Being seasoned car and tent campers, it felt luxurious. There is a restaurant on weekends, but we were there mid-week, so I brought my camp stove and cooked outside. There are 300 acres for the kids to explore, huge horse corrals, with the small Santa Ynez River running through the property. There is a pool, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, horseshoes, a small minature golf course, tetherball, and a huge grass field for playing on. There is a kid's rec room with a TV and ping pong table (I didn't see it). I didn't get to visit the adult only lodge but will next time. There is a small store on the grounds. These amenities are not grand-scale resort style, there is no daily maid service or room service, if that is what you are looking for. It is the kind of resort I remember as a child, and never thought I would be able to find for my son. Old fashioned, outdoor fun. The kids went on their first horseback ride, led by the stable manager, Nancy, and had a fabulous time. The scenery is just beautiful and it is so peaceful. It is a short hike to a couple of waterfalls. There were farm animals for the kids to watch and turkeys on the grounds. JIm Scott was very helpful and every employee I encountered was very nice. We drove 5 miles down the road to Red Rock Rec Area ($5) where the Santa Ynez River is deeper and the boys and dog enjoyed a river swim. This is also a Thousand Trails RV and camping park. The cabins and covered wagons are open to the public. We'll be back.
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- The spirit of the Old West abounds in this family-oriented rustic ranch setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rancho Oso Hotel Santa Barbara