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$239 -- Santa Ynez Wine Country 4-Star Escape, Reg. $435

Sold out - This deal was published December 03, 2013 and sold out December 18, 2013.
By Nicole Guanlao
For 45% off, find respite at a AAA 4-Diamond inn nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, the perfect setting for an "elegant wine-country escape" (Fodor's).

Why we love it

  • Indulge your taste buds with cooked-to-order breakfast, a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception and sumptuous cookies delivered every evening
  • Visit the restaurant for a French-Asian meal crafted by chef and owner Budi Kazali, Central Coast Magazine's Ultimate Chef in 2009
  • The Ballard Inn is a short drive from the vineyards in Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos


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

What's included & when

  • Through March; rates vary within the travel period and blackout dates apply
  • $239 per night, Sundays-Thursdays, or $379 for two nights (Sunday-Wednesday arrivals) in a room with a balcony or fireplace
  • Tasting vouchers for two nearby wineries and one tasting room
  • Boxed lunch for two and a bottle of wine upon arrival
  • Packages also include a full, cooked-to-order breakfast, evening wine and hors d’oeuvres, house-made cookies during turn-down service, Wi-Fi and parking
Travelzoo Tip: This Inn is 30 miles from Santa Barbara. Visit Fly.com for cheap flights to Santa Barbara.

The fine print

Update: Due to the popularity of this deal, March 23 is now sold out. With this deal, you don’t have to decide yet when to go. Just purchase a voucher from Travelzoo then call the hotel directly at  800-638-2466 to make a reservation for your desired travel dates. Not available on: Dec. 8-10, 22-26, 29-31; Jan. 19-20; Feb. 16. A 10% service charge based on the purchase price of the voucher is additional. Reservations are subject to availability and early booking is encouraged.

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$239   $435
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98% Enjoyed The Ballard Inn
98% (295 ratings)
Sold out at
1:59 a.m. CT on Dec. 18


M – F, 9am – 9pm ET

"This two-story inn may look 100 years old, but it's actually of modern construction, offering contemporary comforts and charming country details like wicker rockers on a wraparound porch." - Frommer's
The Inn is located in the historic town of Ballard nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country.
98% Enjoyed The Ballard Inn
(295 ratings)
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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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