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The Ballard Inn & Restaurant in Ballard, California
Tucked away in the peaceful community of Ballard, California, The Ballard Inn & Restaurant effortlessly embodies the adage, "the best things come in small packages." A divine bed & breakfast retreat amongst the idyllic vineyards of Santa Barbara's Wine County, Ballard Inn was recently voted one of America's "Top Ten Most Romantic Inns," and remains an ideal retreat for two. Upon your arrival, enjoy a glass of the region's finest on the inn's wraparound patio surrounded by fragrant foliage, or retreat to the soft color palette of your room. The inn's 15 rooms are elegantly and uniquely designed, with a calming, country theme, and each with its own individual story. Mildred's Room is decorated in soft blues and cream hues, and was named for the original owner's daughter, while the inn's most romantic room, Cynthia's Room, boasts a king sized bed, in-room fireplace, and private bathroom, all bathed in sensuous and soft red tones.
Wake up to a delicious and indulgent full breakfast, hot and made to order alongside a buffet offering of fresh fruit and pastries. Spend the day sampling the best boutique wines without ever having to leave the inn, at Ballard's on-site tasting room. Spread across just 1.8 square miles, the tiny township of Ballard is easily accessible on foot, or travel to nearby Solvang and explore the Santa Ynez Valley. To dine in one of the area's most intimate, romantic restaurants, simply return to the inn, and sample the delectable cuisine at The Restaurant at Ballard Inn, open for dinner Wednesdays through Sundays. A cozy, inviting atmosphere is set off by The Restaurant's roaring fireplace and completed by flickering flames of candlelight atop each table. Enjoy a delectably sophisticated menu in an amorous, yet casual atmosphere. Then, return to your room for a romantic evening by the fireplace. When you make the decision to refocus on each other, The Ballard Inn & Restaurant has the ideal space for the two of you.
Location of The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
Nearest Airport: SBA
Amenities for The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
- General Information
- 15 Guest Rooms
- Handicap Accessible Rooms
- Wine Bar
- On-Site Amenities
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryers
- Iron/Ironing Boards
- Luxury Linens
- Individually Designed Rooms
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Wine Tasting
- Wine Tours
- Art Galleries
- Food & Wine
- Spring Getaways
Reviews for The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
We've stayed at the Ballard Inn several times over the past decade when traveling between San Diego and the Bay Area. More than an overnight rest stop, it's a pause that really refreshes with beauty and calm in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley. Now the hotel and its restaurant have vastly improved under owner/chef Budi Kazali. The rooms have been stripped of fussy, "quaint" B&B touches; they are now both modern and warm. The restaurant, "the Gathering Table," is terrific. The room is somewhat crowded, with a big central table and surrounding booths, but it's so friendly that we didn't mind. The food is fabulous, featuring creative combinations of flavors that really work together. And the prices are reasonable, which helps accounts for the many local residents now joining hotel guests for dinner.
BajaLovers - Carlsbad, CA
If you havenâ€™t been here since the format changed, go ASAP. The flavors and freshness are wonderful. Prices are quite reasonable and there is a very good local wine list. Share as many dishes as you can.
Everything about this Inn is truly exceptional. Charming, lovely and helpful staff, beautiful decor. The food is superb (both dinner and breakfast). My only issue is with the dining room service, which was friendly but a bit slow. But itâ€™s vacation, so whatâ€™s the rush. I would definitely go back next time Iâ€™m in the area.
wendy s - Livingston, New Jersey
Have stayed at the Ballard Inn in past years for the New Years holiday and for their special New Year's Eve dinner. It's a very small hotel but outdoes any large luxury hotel any day. Each room is of a different theme and is outstanding in it's dĂ©cor and furnishings. The dinner is above the norm of any high end restaurant you'll find anywhere in the world - have traveled all over and experienced many. It may seem expensive at @ $150 per person but it's worth the "once a year" splurge to treat yourself. Large sitting room with roaring fireplace and finger food throughout the day/evening.
Dennis F F - Camarillo, California
We celebrated an anniversary with a weekend at the Ballard Inn, and booked the Gaviota Room. The room was very comfortable, and was furnished with a queen bed and period antiques. No TV or telephone, but we did not miss them and they would have seemed odd in a room at an Inn that harkens back to a bygone era. Our room had a balcony overlooking the entrance to the Inn. Ballard is a tiny "town", and there is not a lot of traffic, so even a front room was very quiet--with the quiet broken only by the hooting of a couple of owls. There is a daily reception between 4-5, with wine and a charcuterie platter. The platter had a good assortment of cheeses and meats, along with nuts, dried fruits and grapes. There were house-made crackers to accompany, and there was a choice of three local wines to try. The nightly turn-down includes freshly baked cookies, which were really delicious. There is an ample breakfast with a few standard cooked choices (eggs and breakfast meats or steel cut oats), along with two breakfast specials, which change from day to day. On one day the Inn offered a quiche and on the other the specials included eggs benedict or a waffle with housemade blueberry compote and fresh whipped cream. There is also a cold buffet with cereals, fresh fruit, juice and yogurt. There is not much else to Ballard, other than the Inn and its superb restaurant. There is a schoolhouse from the late 1800s a short walk away, and it is still in use. There is also an interesting cemetery, and several people seemed to use the path that encircles the cemetery as a walking path. But Ballard is very convenient to Los Olivos with its abundant tasting rooms, the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez wine region, and Solvang, so there is plenty to do nearby. The Inn is a bit pricey, but you are paying for amazing service, comfort and a unique experience of feeling transported in time.
Poipuvisitor - Oxnard, California