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ForFriends Inn

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1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, IL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are from Chicago, and had never been to Santa Barbara let alone Santa Ynez. This little slice of heaven just north of Santa Barbara is a beautiful part of our country. For more info please feel free to visit www.wineawaywhine.com. We searched tripadvisor for a place to stay as we often do when going someplace new. Based on reviews... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU. Debbie and I just finished reading your review and we both have tears in our eyes. It is an incredibly touching 5-star review. We do what we do for one reason only: To connect with folks exactly for the reasons that you have described. We love what we do, so it's not... More 

Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a superior experience, you can't beat the hospitality of Debbie, Jim & Smitty (their adorable dog). My guy and I joined 4 couples for a wonderful stay at a beautiful, well-appointed, cozy B&B in Santa Ynez. Each room has a theme, and we stayed in Demetria. It had a comfortable bed, a fireplace, a bath with a jacuzzi tub,... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Wow, thanks so much for this outstanding 5-star review! We SO love when friends come up as a group. It makes the inn just hum with excitement and friendship. Your group was so much fun. Thanks for mentioning the sing-alongs. That's one of the most enjoyable times when friends travel together — seems like we sing songs from nearly every... More 

West Hills, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed on Sunday night on our visit to the Wineries in the area. The rooms all have themes and the Inn is one of those old comfortable buildings. We were made to feel very welcome by Jim and Debbie the Inn Keepers. All the rooms are I believe named after wineries in the area. Ours was very comfortable with... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Nigel, Thanks so much for this wonderful 5-star review. We enjoyed having you here — the breakfast conversion was stimulating and very informative. We're glad that you chose our little inn during you trip. Isn't it wonderful to just sit our on that balcony with the one you love, sipping wine and overlooking the cute little town and mountain... More 

Malelane, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent the night at For Friends Inn while wine tasting in and around Santa Ynez. Our timing was perfect as we arrived during happy hour and had opportunity to meet Jim & Debbie as well as some of the other guests. We were really well looked after by Jim & Debbie, found some great resturants nearby and our room... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Justin, Thanks for this wonderful 5-star review. We so enjoyed meeting you both during your stay. It was great hearing about South Africa and all the natural wonders it has to offer. It sure sounded like you may have convinced a few other guests to visit there. We're so happy that you enjoyed our recommendations and our Happy Hour.... More 

Long Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to Santa Ynez many times. Decided to spend the weekend at ForFriends Inn for my wife's 50th b-day with three other couples. Everything was perfect. Walked to local restaurants/bar. The inn is well maintained and Jim and Debbie are awesome. The "friendship pass" is a great idea, we visited several really good wineries for complimentary tastings. We will... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for this great five-star review. What a fun weekend it was celebrating a 50th birthday with so many family and friends — all NEW friends for us. There's nothing like being in wine country to help make such a momentous occasion super special and fun! We're glad you took such good advantage of our Friendship Pass — lots of... More 

los angeles, ca
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Really can't say enough great things about this place and Jim and Debbie. Like everyone else writes below, they really care about the place and everyone's well being. Had an incredible time there. Breakfast was delicious and anything you need to know about the area, Jim and Debbie can tell you.

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this wonderful 5-star review. We should give you two five stars. Your visit was VERY special. A first for us! Congratulations and best of luck in everything ahead of you in life. . . and PLEASE remember your friends here at ForFriends Inn. We'd love to help you celebrate many more special occasions. See you soon!... More 

San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

For Friends in Santa Ynez is a super place to stay! the innkeepers, Jim & Debbie, could not be nicer and more welcoming. They have a Happy Hour each night at 5 PM, where Jim plays guitar and sings from an amazing repertoire of songs, while guests sing along or share news of their day. The B&B is adorable. We... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Cheryl, Thank you so very much for this wonderful, glowing 5-star review. We are were glad that you could sneak away for a weekday getaway here in beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country. Weekdays are great here — it's quiet and you get the best service and attention at all the shops, wineries and other establishments. And we offer such... More 

Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We loved our room, the inn and the grounds of For Friends, but Jim and Debbie (and let's not forget Smitty) and their staff were truly the shining jewels of our stay. Wonderful, friendly and professional, yet always making every guest feel as though we were at a family gathering, especially at the evening happy hour sing along. Our room... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this wonderful 5-star review! We're super happy that you wrote you felt like you were at a family gathering. That truly warms our hearts. We strive to make everyone feel that way and it's so nice to hear when we do. We also loved reading how the Friendship Pass helped you while visiting. You're correct,... More 

Hawi, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This place is great!!! The room was spotless, I thought I was at a Four Seasons resort! The staff was so in tune with meeting my every need...I could walk to wine tours and Restaurants that were only steps away...They even had a free wine tasting every evening and cookies as well ....Breakfast was just wonderful. The owners go way... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi David, A 5-star review that compares us to the Four Seasons. . . YES! You are the BEST for writing this! (and we're blushing with happiness and pride because you did) Your successful background in entrepreneurship and innovation makes it doubly cool to get such kudos. Thank you very, very much. We LOVE that you mentioned the short walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We just spent 4 days at ForFriends Inn and we had a fabulous visit. The Inn itself is beautiful,spacious and well-appointed. But, the warm and friendly demeanor of Jim and Debbie really made our visit special. The good vibes begin with happy hour, wine,snacks and acoustic guitar played by Jim. Lots of fun meeting other guests and friends. Continues in... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Bob, Thanks for your wonderful 5-star review. It was a pleasure having you two here all the way from the east coast. We had such a great time visiting with you both, and your son and his girlfriend who are locals. Their portable pizza business — Autostrada — is so cool. . . and those wood-fired thin crust pizzas... More 

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