Charmer – Ballard

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Find pastoral peace at Ballard Inn which centers the miniscule, and historic, town of Ballard. A country bike ride away, taste wine at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, among peach trees, pomegranates – and baby goats – depending on season. Visit with miniature horses and donkeys at their respective ranches in the immediate area, and down the road a bit, the Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze provide acres of fall fun. Spend languid mornings practicing vineyard yoga, hit the Solvang Farmers Market for afternoon nourishment, stroll through fields of local lavender, or arrange for an al fresco, organic olive oil tasting at Global Gardens. If it’s not on the farm, it’s not in the food at Solvang’s peasants FEAST, and back at the Inn, cozy up for dinner – fireside, indoors, or under soft blankets on the rose bush-lined porch – at Chef Budi Kazali’s award-winning eatery, The Gathering Table. Plan your escape to bucolic Ballard.