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The Back Porch in Ballard.

Entire house hosted by Ken And Dawn
2 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath
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House rules
The host doesn’t allow pets, parties, or smoking.
Super clean 1 bedroom, 1 bath, plus den, above garage apartment in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Centrally located between Santa Ynez, Solvang & Los Olivos in quiet, quaint Ballard. Kitchenette, dining nook, fireplace, full laundry & new bath. Private outside deck space.

Covid-19: Please know the unit has been vacant for at least 24 hours prior to your stay. In addition to regular cleaning, we are disinfecting surfaces and touch points with a bleach solution.

The space
Lovely apartment above garage with private deck. Amenities include a queen bed, small kitchenette, dining area, den with pull out queen sofa bed, living area sofa in front of fire, laundry, and new full bathroom. The approx. 500 square foot apartment is located in a quiet and peaceful family neighborhood.

1 free parking spot next to unit. Wifi and Direct TV.

Guest access
1 free parking spot next to unit. Access to the apartment is provided via a private staircase and entrance. A personal, lock box key is available for guest's ease of access.

Other things to note
Walkable Ballard:
From Garden Street, turn right to walk the Ballard flats, viewing our 1883 Ballard School…still in session. Loop back to Baseline, turn left and walk path at base of the hill past (or through) cemetery to Still Meadow. Walkers can enjoy views from both directions on Still Meadow Rd.
The Ballard Inn on Baseline hosts the award winning Gathering Table restaurant and is a 5 minute walk.

Scenic drives/hikes:
Foxen Canyon Road, part of the Wine Trail, takes you to several vineyards and tasting rooms, turn onto Alisos Canyon Rd. to the cute town of Los Alamos with plenty of foodie options. (Bob’s Well Bread, Flatbread Pizza, PICO, Plenty on Bell, Charlie’s).

Figueroa Mountain Road to just past Midland School, park after hair pin turn and hike Lover’s Loop. Trailhead and sign in book just across street. Road will continue up and over mountain to Happy Canyon Rd. (1.5 hour) back to the valley. Or, return the way you came, noting former Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch entrance with notes/graffiti along walls at gate, across from Midland.

Alisal Road left through Solvang and backroad to Nojoqui Falls and then Hwy 101 South. Take exit for Gaviota Beach State Park just after rest stop. Pay to park or veer right up hill to park above beach for free. Trailhead to Gaviota Windcaves is at upper parking, or you can walk along same road towards (the) Hollister Ranch, or along the beach if low tide.

Drive Ballard Canyon Road which runs from Buellton to Los Olivos. Great views, buffalos, and wineries.

Los Olivos Crawl:
Carhartt and Coquelicot tasting rooms among others, Lemonade Pop-up. Lunch at Panino’s (great picnic to go) and/or dinner at Sides, Los Olivos Café, or Bear and Star. Shopping at Avec Moi and J. Woeste.

Santa Ynez Western town:
SY Kitchen or Brother’s at the Red Barn are both excellent. Dos Carlitos for Mexican. Ellie’s Tap and Vine is a new, popular spot.
Maverick Saloon night cap
Uber readily available

Breakfast:
Paula’s in Solvang = Ellen’s in Buellton, both serve large, thin Danish pancakes with strawberries, whipped cream, and Danish sausage.
Alisal River Grill next to golf course with beautiful patio views. The Longhorn in Santa Ynez for good food and western atmosphere.
Super clean 1 bedroom, 1 bath, plus den, above garage apartment in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Centrally located between Santa Ynez, Solvang & Los Olivos in quiet, quaint Ballard. Kitchenette, dining nook, fireplace, full laundry & new bath. Private outside deck space.

Covid-19: Please know the unit has been vacant for at least 24 hours prior to your stay. In addition to regular cleaning,…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Wifi
Air conditioning
Cable TV
Dryer
Washer
Iron
Hangers
TV

Accessibility

Getting inside

Well-lit path to entrance
Wide entrance for guests

Bedroom

No stairs or steps to enter
Wide entrance
Accessible-height bed
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Ballard, California, United States

The Santa Ynez Valley wine country is rich in character and culture. Whether on a wine tour or here for a simple getaway, the Valley is the perfect host of unique history and quaint community. Home is located within walking distance to the award winning Ballard Inn Restaurant, and soon Bob’s Well Bread Bakery!
The Santa Ynez Valley wine country is rich in character and culture. Whether on a wine tour or here for a simple getaway, the Valley is the perfect host of unique history and quaint community. Home is located…

Hosted by Ken And Dawn

Joined in November 2013
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We have loved living in Ballard for over 30 years, raising 3 fun kids, and are now enjoying retirement from our teaching careers. Our delightful experiences with travel have inspired us to provide warm hospitality to others visiting our hometown. We love all things Scandinavian, winter tide pooling, HAPA music, and good ice cream.
We have loved living in Ballard for over 30 years, raising 3 fun kids, and are now enjoying retirement from our teaching careers. Our delightful experiences with travel have inspir…
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House rules
Check-in: After 2:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Smoke alarm
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