Ballard was founded in 1880 on the site of a Wells Fargo stage coach stop, and was named after the owner of the station. In 1882, residents believed that Ballard would grow to be the main city of Santa Barbara County. Today, however, Ballard is a combination of a sleepy village and an upscale bedroom community for the Santa Barbara region. Ballard boasts an excellent elementary school and prosperous residential market. The surrounding Santa Ynez Valley area is famous for its thriving and well-respected wine industry. A world-renowned equine veterinary hospital is located near Ballard.
California wine country landscape

Weather & Geography of Ballard

A visit to Ballard, CA in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is like taking a step back in time. The Valley, located near the center of Santa Barbara County along the central California coast, is partially surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. Weather in Ballard features a mild Mediterranean climate with an average of 285 sunny days per year. Summer highs are in the low ’80s, and winters average comfortably above freezing in the 40s. Ballard is surrounded by beautiful and peaceful country scenery. It sits at 669 feet above sea level. Ballard is an unincorporated town recognized by the U.S. Census, with a population of 467 according to the 2010 census.

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Ballard Tourist Attractions

Ballard Red Brick School
Ballard tourism features visits to the famed wine producing region around the Santa Ynez Valley. The wineries of the Valley and the Ballard region were featured in the Academy Award nominated film Sideways. Wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley offers an outstanding opportunity to try a variety of premium wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot. The first school in the town of Ballard was the Little Red School House. It was built in 1882 and is still in operation today. The School House has become the primary tourist attraction in a tiny village bypassed as a city by history.

Nearby towns hold multiple cultural events and festivals throughout the year, including bike races, wine tours and seasonal celebrations which include Ballard as part of the route for tours and races. Visit Ballard as part of your stay in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley area and enjoy wine, scenery and a restful, peaceful country atmosphere.

Visiting Ballard

If you are planning to visit Ballard, California in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, view photos and video tours of vacation rental homes in Ballard, as well as read property reviews, and make a reservation today:


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