My wife and I had a great opportunity to spend 3 nights mid-week at “Ballard Inn”. The Inn is very warm and inviting with roomy public areas and comfortable rooms. Our accommodation was roomy and the bed was very comfortable, but all the rooms have only a wardrobe cabinet instead of a closet, and personally I found the single in-room washstand uncomfortable to use. The staff is warm and friendly and very accommodating. Each evening from 4:30 to 5:30 a selection of 3 wines is served, accompanied by an assortment of cheese, crackers, tasty tidbits and assorted fresh fruit. A nice cooked breakfast with at least 2 “specials” is offered each morning. Pancakes were delicious! The only food negative was that the fruit bowl was prepared too far in advance and it lacked the freshness and the crispness of the fruit served at the previous evening’s wine tasting. This happened all three mornings. The fruit looked like “leftovers” from the night before. Peets coffee and Pellegrino water are available 24/7. The Inn is very quiet on Monday and Tuesday nights when the restaurant is closed, but it can be quite different on the weekends when the wine tasting crowds descend on the area. The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday and prices run to the high side. Definitely a “special occasion” restaurant for us! The menu is limited but the dishes are expertly prepared and served. I can personally attest to a small but delicious seared foie gras appetizer and an outstanding rack of lamb. The wine list is filled with interesting selections but also run to the high side in price. The restaurant does accommodate guests with their own wine, and corkage is $15/btl. All-in-all, a great place to stay if you want to avoid the hotel/motel scene in Solvang and enjoy the quiet ambiance of a small inn.
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