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Ballard Walnut Grove

· Solvang, Santa Barbara, California
22 acres hosted by Mike And Anne G.
2 RV sites
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Private sites
99% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Best RV/van spots: 3rd place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Primitive camping
Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or potable water at this Hipcamp.
We are a 4-generation family-owned and operated working farm, and have lived here since 1976. We are proud growers for Diamond Walnuts, and also have a busy Farm Stand with walnuts and produce, over 500 Christmas Trees, and a small event venue for rent. We love our farm and are happy to open our walnut grove to you and share the bounty and beauty that we have called home for over four decades. Ballard is 2 miles from Solvang, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez. Our Walnut Grove is nestled in the village of Ballard and in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Walking distance to two Tasting Rooms (Rideau & Lincourt), a Bakery (Bob's Well Bread), and a Fine-Dining Restaurant (Ballard Inn). Note that the trees lose their leaves in the winter and will leaf-out in late May. We offer 2 sites the Grove: one that accommodates larger RV's with up to 6 people (called "Diamond" - which has a larger area with soft solar lighting, picnic table, fire pit, corn hole, cozy bench for two, complimentary bundle of wood and a tasty treat. (This site also accommodates two RV's -just "add on" in Extras for each night of their stay.) The other smaller space (called "Chandler") is designed for a single RV or conversion van. Sprinkled with lighting, we include a picnic table, campfire pit with 3-4 pieces of split wood (you can add-on additional bundle for $10), Weber BBQ, bistro table and romantic bench swing. We include a treat for both our guests and their doggies. The two sites are 200 yards apart (that's two football fields) assuring your privacy. Please note in your request what you will be traveling in (RV, Trailer, Sprinter, etc). (** Please note that because we are a food-producing farm, we are only allowed to accept fully self-contained units (with built-in water and waste water tanks - sorry, no portable toilets ). No tents unless they are accompanying a self contained RV).
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Solvang, Santa Barbara, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Chumash and Ineseño First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Mike And Anne G.Joined in June 2019
Response rate: 100%
414 ratings · 357 reviews
Jennifer B.recommends
December 5, 2023
"Diamond" for RV's and Trailers
A Must Visit!!!!
This is a must experience for campers! This was our 3rd visit. It is truly a magical spot! No hotel chocolate on your pillow, but even better, homemade candied walnuts from the grove await you. Mike and Anne are the ultimate hosts. Site was stocked with plenty of firewood and cozy Christmas lights in the seating area. This is a family operated walnut grove. This visit we met Anne’s sister Carrie who was working with her daughter Catherine and grandson Ezra selling their first cut your own Christmas tree from the grove. This Hipcamp is truly a highlight when we visit the Santa Ynez valley. Beautiful landscape and the kindest hosts. It is a must visit!
Kristin W.recommends
October 30, 2023
"Chandler" (for Smaller RV's)
The Weekend Recharge
This was our 3rd stay @ Ballard Walnut Grove & we absolutely love it here. The very private campsite is wonderful & has everything you need for a relaxing weekend. I love the big swing where my husband & I had coffee every morning. The campfire & the view of the stars at night is fantastic. This trip there was a full moon that was so bright it lit up the walnut orchard. The hosts Mike & Anne are lovely people & are always available to answer questions or help with whatever you may need. Anne’s homemade Rosemary Walnut sourdough bread is outstanding. As well are her chocolate chip walnut cookies. The Vanilla Glazed walnuts & the Olive Oil Herb walnuts are delicious as well.
Joy C.recommends
October 28, 2023
"Diamond" for RV's and Trailers
Beautiful and easy RV access!
We loved our stay at the Walnut Orchard! Private and pristine, this camp site couldn’t be more well located. Situated a very short walk into the heart of Ballard, the hosts have even provided a special gate so that walk can be made via the orchard rather than the road. The walk to Bob’s well bread for breakfast was less than 10 minutes. If you’re a wine person, you’re literally in the heat of wine alley with estate wineries and tasting rooms all around. Yet, no hustle and bustle and a distinct feeling of coziness and safety takes it away from a touristy feel. Central to Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, which are all a 5-to-10 minute drive. If biking is your thing, Alamo Pintado gives you direct access to the entire valley. Perhaps worth mentioning more than the location is the reception given by hosts Anne and Mike. As vacation rental hosts ourselves, we always appreciate the extra touches and in this case, no stone was left unturned. We checked in on our own and were delighted to find fresh walnuts, a bit of firewood, dog treats and cornhole boards ready to go. We also partook in the farm’s offerings, delivered hot and fresh to us the next morning. Warm Sourdough bread, candied walnuts, and fresh baked cookies. We loved having an opportunity to support a local biz. All in all, our “staycation” (we live nearby and only had one night for a getaway) was excellent and we are already hatching a plan to come back with friends!
Lisa R.recommends
October 26, 2023
"Chandler" (for Smaller RV's)
Ballard, Walnut Grove, Hipcamp #2,
We stayed in Hipcamp #2, Chandler. It was so nice. Private, Comfortable and truly amazing. We had warm, delicious Sourdough delivered to us along with some amazing tasty walnuts. Mike and Anne were so accommodating. Had a little chat with Mike and YES we will be in that group that plans to return. Please do yourself a favor and Book this today!! See you soon!!!
Tiffany S.recommends
October 23, 2023
"Diamond" for RV's and Trailers
Mike and Anne’s place was so quiet and charming, and we would love to return again! Their hospitality is amazing, and we were blown away by the homemade sour dough bread. We highly recommend!
John M.recommends
October 21, 2023
"Diamond" for RV's and Trailers
We enjoyed staying amidst the lovely, well-kept walnut orchard with its stunning views and privacy. Our hosts, Mike and Ann, brought us a bag of delicious welcome walnuts and we ordered scrumptious, home made chocolate chip and walnut cookies. Ann personally delivered them to our site. We loved the location, as we easily bicycled to Los Olivos and Solvang along the beautiful country roads. We plan to return as soon as possible.
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