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$199 - Santa Ynez Wine Country 4-Star Escape, Reg. $360

Sold out - This deal was published January 02, 2013 and sold out January 09, 2013.
By Travelzoo Staff
A romantic trip for two to the Santa Ynez Wine Country awaits at 45% off regular prices. Travelzoo negotiated a deal with the 4-star Ballard Inn that includes accommodations for two, a full cooked-to-order breakfast, wine-tasting passes, a gourmet picnic lunch and a bottle of wine upon arrival.

Why we love it

  • Escape to this quiet neighborhood bed-and-breakfast, 30 miles from Santa Barbara. With this deal, guests can sip wine then kick back with a picnic -- supplied by a local gourmet grocery store -- that includes fruit, a fresh baguette and cheese.
  • Guests rave about the homemade cookies delivered nightly during turn-down service. Expect tempting surprise flavors like lemon sugar cookies with raspberry or shortbread with chocolate drizzle, baked fresh each morning.
  • The inn is known for its intimate, candlelit restaurant. Savor the creations of chef Budi Kazali, named Central Coast Magazine's Ultimate Chef.


The Ballard Inn
2436 Baseline Ave
Ballard, CA 93463
(See Map)
Tel: 800-638-2466

What's included & when

  • Jan. 2, 2013 - March 31, 2013
  • Overnight romantic Santa Ynez Wine Country escape for 2 at the 4-star Ballard Inn
  • $199 per night, Sunday-Thursday arrivals (reg. $360)
  • $299 for 2 nights, Sunday-Wednesday arrivals (reg. $605)
  • Wine-tasting vouchers at 3 nearby wineries (reg. $60), gourmet picnic lunch (reg. $25) and bottle of wine in room upon arrival (reg. $30)
  • Also includes evening wine & hors d’oeuvres, full cooked-to-order breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking
  • Travel through March

The fine print

Update: Due to the popularity of this offer, all Sundays during the travel window are now sold out. With this deal, purchase a voucher from Travelzoo then call the hotel directly at 800-638-2466 to make a reservation for desired travel dates. This deal cannot be combined with other offers. A 10% service charge will be additional. Reservations are subject to availability and early booking is highly encouraged. Not available on: Jan. 20; Feb. 10, 14, 17. See below for full terms and conditions.

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$199   $360
45% off | 414 bought
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The Ballard Inn
98% Enjoyed The Ballard Inn
98% (295 ratings)
Sold out at
11:12 a.m. CT on Jan. 9


M – F, 9am – 9pm ET

98% Enjoyed The Ballard Inn
(295 ratings)
Quality of Service
Value for the Money
Overall Enjoyed Most Other Comments

Without question, The Ballard Inn is by far one of the best all around values we have enjoyed. The staff are exceptional, the food is amazing (and you MUST have dinner in the Inn), the location is central for wine tasting excursions and the accommodations are very nice. We appreciate the opportunity to enjoy this experience through Travelzoo and look forward to return trips!

Thank you Ballard Inn for continuing to make our stay enjoyable. You are a well hidden secret and we very much appreciate our beautiful experience at The Ballard Inn!

Feb 19, 2015 Patricia CA, United States

the downstairs room with the fireplace was darling! Very cozy

Just didn't prefer there itty bity tiny breakfast

Feb 18, 2015 Rebecca California, United States

Cozy, classy setting.

Feb 18, 2015 Steven California, United States

The food

Don't get the farmhouse room if you want quiet

Feb 01, 2015 Linda CA, United States


Things started off pleasantly enough. We were given the Cynthia room, which has a nice view out the window and a king size bed, as well as a fireplace. Everything was very clean and ready for us when we arrived. The wifi seems to be improved, it worked fine for me throughout the duration of our stay. I liked that they leave the doors to the rooms open before guests check in, so that you can see each room and the way it is decorated. That was a neat touch. We pretty quickly figured out that we should have requested the Vineyard Room or the Mountain Room, which are larger and at either end of the hallway. As soon as people started arriving for dinner (this was on a Sunday night) was when things really started to take a turn for the worse. The main door to the lobby and the restaurant is directly underneath the Cynthia room. That wasn't a big deal. What was a big deal was the tables seated outside on the porch. It was like trying to relax in the middle of a crowded dining room. It was so loud that after eating our own meal, we left the hotel for 2 hours between 8 and 10. When we got back enough wine had been consumed by the diners that the volume was cranked up even higher. My boyfriend is a bartender, so we are used to loud folks, but this was too much. He actually went downstairs to mention the noise level and one of the diners overheard him. She then proceeded to make fun of him for being annoyed. I could hear all of it from upstairs. The hotel staff didn't seem to care about our experience. I brought it up again as we departed and got a "sorry about that." I won't go into the dining experience as that can be reviewed separately and there were some extenuating circumstances there due to Restaurant Week. I'm really broken up about this experience, and it feels like a childhood dream was shattered. I love sending people to nice places in the Valley where I grew up. I would not recommend that you stay at the Ballard Inn, deal or no deal.

Jan 31, 2015 Leah CA, United States

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2436 Baseline Ave
Ballard, CA 93463
Tel: 800-638-2466

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