The Ballard Inn

Select Registry Member Since 1993

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The Ballard Inn

Select Registry Member Since 1993

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.

Things We Love


Our on-site restaurant features globally inspired cuisine and delectable local wines


We are ideally located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s renowned wine country

the ballard inn and gathering table living room

Our guestrooms are designed to capture aspects of the Santa Ynez Valley’s beauty and rich history many feature fireplaces and private balconies

At A Glance

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Free On-site Parking
  • Concierge Services
  • Pub, Tavern or Bar Onsite
  • Fireplaces in Some Guestrooms
  • Onsite Spa Services

Best For

  • Culinary Experiences/Regional Cuisine
  • Romantic Retreat/Honeymoon Destination
  • Wine/Vineyard Destination

In The Know

Here are a few things you can't miss when you visit...

  • Don't miss the eclectic artistry of the Funk Zone complete with boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that cater to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side
  • 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
  • Just across the Santa Barbara Channel is the Channel Islands Marine Preserve, home to one of the most unique national parks in the world. Here you can hike, sea kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive to get one-of-a-kind encounters with local marine life


The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table, a romantic country bed and breakfast 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.

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 your next family reunion or small business retreat in California.


Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Restaurant On Site, Wine/Spirits Available, Concierge Services

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast, Dinner

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Breakfast: Complimentary

Breakfast Service: Full

Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables

Alcohol Permits: Beer, Wine

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Snacks

Rooms & Suites

Accommodations: Suites

# of Rooms: 15

Beds: Queen, King

Safes: Front Desk

Handicap Accessible: Full ADA

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishing, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Private Deck, Rollaway Available, Turndown Service

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary

Front Desk/Security: OnSite

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Restaurant On Site, Wine/Spirits Available, Concierge Services


Minimum Stay Required: Weekends

Pet-Friendly: No

Smoking Policy: Smoke Free

Family Friendly: Over 12

Weddings & Events

Events Supported: Private Parties, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon

Business Travel & Events

Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats, Social

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