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Day Tripping to Ballard, CA

Ballard is a combination of sleepy village and upscale bedroom community. The surrounding area is noted for its thriving and well-respected wine industry. The Ballard Inn, a four diamond restaurant and bed and breakfast inn, is in the heart of the village. Comfortably elegant accommodations, attentive staff, and award winning cuisine make The Ballard Inn & Restaurant one of the most sought after small luxury inns in the Santa Barbara Wine Country.


Voted one of America’s Top Ten Most Romantic Inns, it is located in the charming township of Ballard surrounded by the picturesque vineyards and orchards of the Santa Ynez Valley.



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.

During spring and summer, dine outside on the front terrace. Chef Budi Kazali has been named CCM® ‘s Ultimate Chef.



The Ballard Inn & Restaurant is proud to offer a number of outstanding boutique wines in their on-site tasting room.  Each vintage poured in the tasting room is produced locally by family owned wineries with small productions; many are only available for tasting at the Ballard Inn. The wineries represented in the Ballard Inn Tasting Room rotate seasonally.

Local Attractions and Activities

Rent mountain bikes, provided by Wheels for Fun, at the Inn and staff will be happy to suggest several routes that are ideal for beginner to advanced riders.

Take an afternoon stroll around the neighborhood and discover the charming Ballard’s Little Red School House, built in 1882 and still in operation today. The Ballard Country Church is an idyllic setting for weddings and celebrations.




Just a few minutes away, Seein’ Spots is small family farm that breeds and sells Mediterranean miniature donkeys. The Marchi family raises the very finest miniature donkeys, having sought out proven bloodlines from all over the country.  The farm was originally The Ballard Apple farm with over 800 apple trees. They now have 80 trees with 12 different varieties, some of them antique varieties from Europe.



Families have been coming to the farm to pick apples for many years, and the picking season runs from late August to November. The family cares for a variety of animals and has rescued many animals including goats, turkeys, ducks, a zonkey, a mule, a pot belly pig, and a giant tortoise.

SEEIN’ SPOTS FARM, 2599 Baseline Avenue, Ballard, CA 93463
OPEN to visitors from 10:00am to 3:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.

 Other activities and local attractions…

River Course at the Alisal – a 6,830 yards, the par-72 course is challenging but not punishing. The strategic placement of a variety of hazards rewards length and accuracy without severely penalizing casual and recreational golfers. The moderate central California climate and meticulous maintenance provide excellent year-round playing conditions.

Maverick Saloon – Visit a real “cowboy bar” and participate in their seasonal offerings such as western dance lessons, NFL night, live local music or comedy night.

Windhaven Glider Rides – The Santa Ynez Valley is one of the most picturesque gliding areas in the country.  Surrounded by mountainous national forests, beautiful Lake Cachuma and the valley itself is dotted with vineyards and world class horse facilities.

Theater – Central Coast’s resident professional theater company PCPA Theaterfest is an outdoor seasonal theater located in charming Solvang.



The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard, CA 93463

800-638-2466 / 805-688-7770  email:




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