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.