The Ballard Inn

Elegant accommodation and inspired cuisine in the Santa Barbara Wine Country.


Elegant accommodation and inspired cuisine in the Santa Barbara Wine Country.

the ballard inn and gathering table living room

The Basics


In the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, just minutes from Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang, the restaurant at The Ballard Inn delivers an award-winning Ballard, California wine country experience by combining warm and inviting accommodations, attentive staff, and gourmet cuisine. Set against the quaint and scenic vineyards and orchards in the heart of Santa Barbara County's renowned wine country-this wine country inn is the perfect weekend getaway or business retreat.

At a Glance

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Fireplaces
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Romantic Getaway

In the Know

  • Don't miss the eclectic artistry of the Funk Zone complete with boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops 

  • Spend the day meandering down State Street and shop at the many stores and boutiques along the way
  • Celebrate 5,000 years of human history and creativity on a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Visit the Channel Islands Marine Preserve - hike, sea kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive to encounters with local marine life

Stay for the Story

In the heart of California's picturesque Santa Ynez Valley, lies the Inn, a hidden treasure that captures the essence of wine country. The inn stands as a gateway to the region's renowned wineries, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see.

Sip & Savor

Here are a few things to sip & savor when you visit…

Celebrate the bounty of the Santa Barbara wine country with wonderful wine and delicious food at the on-site restaurant
Visit the nearby Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard for wine tasting and beautiful views
Try Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn for their amazing prime rib

See & Do

Here are a few things to see & do when you visit…

Pedal past scenic vineyards and into the heart of the Valley on a wine country bike tour
Summerland Beach at Lookout Park is a great place to explore the coast and enjoy a day at the beach

Explore the wonders of the natural world at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Guest Reviews

This was our first time at the Ballard Inn and the hotel is definitely beautiful. We enjoyed the decor and interiors of the living rooms and the provided games. Other things to note: the 24/7 tea/coffee in lobby, the sit-down included breakfast, and the included wine tasting vouchers (can use 1 per day). The rooms are cute with high-end bedding. The additional amenities in the rooms could be improved...See More

- Hayden Rae

Lovely serene hotel with comfortable older world type ambience. Nice rooms. Small bathrooms. They do provide wine and cheese for one hour in the late afternoon, hot limited breakfast. No chef at this time for evening dining as in the past. No pool/spa. B & B atmosphere close to delicious restaurants, shopping, Chumash Casino for gambling or concert venue. Definitely will return

- Jan Bergman

Such a quaint and adorable property! It was warm and cozy and perfectly decorated. Loved the freshly baked cookies left at your door at night and hot coffee and breakfast in the morning. Will definitely be visiting again.

- Sara Roberts

We had a fabulous stay at the inn. The breakfast with 3 options that changed each morning plus a starter of fresh fruit or a pastry was absolutely delicious (especially loved the eggs Benedict and the granola options). The cookies at night was a special touch. The whole inn is beautiful and the service was top notch. Thanks for a great stay and look forward to hopefully coming back...See More

- Emily

This was our 4th stay at the Ballard Inn, fabulous area and the new owners have made excellent upgrades to the hotel common areas and patios, excellent seating areas to enjoy. We received warm & welcoming handwritten cards on our bed for our Anniversary and my birthday, what a nice touch!! And of course the cookies every evening placed in our room always appreciated. We enjoyed our dinner at...See More

- Greta Richardson

Rooms & Suites

# of Rooms: 15

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Hair Dryer, Rollaway Available, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishings

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For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.


Smoking Policy: Smoke free

Family Friendly: Yes , Welcomes children over the age of 12

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the Public

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Snacks, Special Diets Accommodated

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Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: Onsite

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Restaurant On Site, Weddings & Events Available

Weddings & Celebrations

Events Supported: Elopements

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Location Type: Small Town/Village