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The Ballard Inn & Restaurant

2436 Baseline Avenue
Ballard, CA 93463

Toll-free 800-638-2466

Phone 805-688-7770

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The Ballard Inn and Restaurant, a romantic country inn located just 35 minutes north of Santa Barbara California, offers outstanding upscale and elegant accommodations in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County’s renowned wine country.  Our country inn, rated 4 diamonds and a member of the prestigious Select Registry, is the perfect weekend getaway, just a short drive from Los Angeles or other locations in southern California.

If it's gourmet wine country cuisine and fine dining you’re looking for, The Ballard Inn's award-winning restaurant is sure to please even the most discriminating gourmands.  Chef Budi Kazali’s inspired French Asian food represents a fusion of East West flavors and techniques, resulting in the ultimate in California cuisine.  With comfortable guest rooms, many with fireplaces, fine wines, and delicious food, our inn creates a tranquil atmosphere that exudes romance.  Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or an active and fun vacation, The Santa Ynez Valley has something to offer everyone.  If you are so inclined, we can arrange for a wine tasting tour, visiting the finest wineries the neighboring towns of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Buellton have to offer, including the beautiful and legendary area of the Santa Rita Hills.

The Santa Ynez Valley has much more than wine to offer its visitors.  Our area has a long history of horse ranching; our staff can arrange for a horseback riding excursion to get back to the old west.  In addition, the valley is becoming an acclaimed destination for cycling enthusiasts and is the site of many bicycle tours and races.  If golfing is your game, there are three wonderful courses to play, including the celebrated Alisal and La Purisima courses. With the vast selection of activities and comfortable meeting spaces, the Ballard Inn represents a great place to hold you next family reunion or small business retreat.

  • Select Registry member since 1993
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$200-299, $300+

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Over 12


Rural, Small Town/Village

Onsite, Business Hours

  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Gardens on Property




Wireless, Complimentary


Our fifteen guest rooms are each beautifully decorated and designed to capture a particular aspect of the Santa Ynez Valley’s rich history.  While each room is unique, they all share a warm and inviting atmosphere, creating a private retreat for our quests.  All of the rooms feature authentic antique furnishings, down duvets, private full bathrooms, and individual climate control.  Many of our rooms have additional features, such as wood burning fireplaces and private balconies.

Amenities include:  full cooked to order breakfast, wine and hors d’oeuvres hour, evening turndown service with house made cookies, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, high speed wireless internet, illuminated mirrors, individually heated and air conditioned rooms, bike rentals and off street parking.

  • Non-Smoking Rooms

Queen, King


Full ADA

Front Desk

  • Air Conditioning
  • Antique Furnishings
  • Fireplaces
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury Linens
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Rollaway Available
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Ironing Boards
  • Turndown Service

  • Cable TV
  • CD Players
  • Video Library

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A delicious and indulgent full breakfast, included with your stay, is served in our dining room each morning. Along with buffet offerings of fresh fruits and house made pastries, a choice of hot entrees are offered and may include omelets, waffles, French toast, or other breakfast specialties. There is sure to be something to please everyone!

The Restaurant

The Restaurant at the Ballard Inn is one of the most intimate and romantic dining destinations in the Santa Ynez Valley. With just 12 tables, soft music, candle light, and a roaring fireplace, the atmosphere is elegant and comfortable. Our servers are eager to help guests to relax and enjoy what is sure to be a memorable dining experience. They will help to navigate the extensive wine list replete with local and international offerings to select the perfect wine to compliment the extraordinary cuisine prepared by our chef Budi Kazali. The Chef’s award winning French Asian cuisine melds the flavors and techniques of eastern and western cuisines to create mouthwatering dishes to please the most distinguished diners.



Individual Tables, Flexible Times


Beer, Wine

Breakfast, Dinner

  • Special Diets Accommodated
  • Vegetarian Options

  • Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
  • Early Coffee/Tea
  • Evening Hors d'oeuvres
  • Picnics Available

$20-29, $30+


AAA 4 Diamond

  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Beaches
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Casinos/Gambling
  • Culinary Classes
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Rivers/Lakes
  • Shopping
  • Whale Watching
  • Winery Tours

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