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 stayed at the Ballard Inn for our Spring wine tasting in Santa Ynez. The rooms are individually decorated. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you find things to do in the area. The surrounding area is lush and green this year with all the rain. Breakfasts are unique with a different special each day. My one complaint is that noise from the restaurant guests travels up the stairway late at night.
travelinkathi - Cypress, California
This small restaurant located in The Ballard Inn, combines Asian flavoring in an exquisite way pairing different flavors with well prepared meat and fish. The spicing is quite creative and distinctly unusual. You've not had this before. We celebrated a major anniversary at dinner and drove from Santa Barbara to get to this restaurant and it was well worth the 40 minute drive. We left wondering whether this was the very best restaurant we have ever been to, as the food and the service (Cynthia) were that exceptional. I don't dispense 5 Stars. This place deserved 8 Stars, it was so uniquely delicious
Joel A - Santa Barbara, California
I absolutely love the Ballard Inn. Charming quaint place. Rooms are always clean. The location is quiet and peaceful and the restaurant is unbelievable. They have a guy they use for taxi service into and home from town that is very personable I look forward to our next annual trip back!
browneyedgirlbren - Newbury Park, California
My room, which I shared with a friend, was large and airy. The decor was Victorian.The bathroom and shower were fine with plenty of hot water and water pressure. The staff was quite helpful. The inn is quiet and has two areas to sit and read. Cell phone coverage is very spotty but they have great wifi. Early March was a bit chilly and the common rooms cool to cold. But there are several fireplaces. The heater and air conditioning worked fine. There are many vineyard tasting room near by and Solvang is about 6 miles away.
Debby P - Gunnison, Colorado
I use to love his place for a special occasion meal. However, I have been back for over 5 years. I read about the redecoration of the dining room and the new menu. We went there on Saturday night and it was fantastic. The room reminded me of a New England Inn and the food was suburb. The four of us shared about 8 dishes and all were excellent. The fanny bay oysters were fresh and reasonably priced. The salad and pork belly dishes had a great range of flavors. The wine list is not extensive but very well thought out, with prices reasonable for all choices. Nice job. We will be back, and I hope soon.