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ForFriends Inn

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1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, CA
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great for a couples getaway to the wine country. Got lucky to book last minute. Jim and Deb are so pleasant, offer valuable suggestions, and are interesting people. Great happy hour with Jim's music. Perfect place to take a great bike ride thru the wineries, walk around Santa Ynez and explore the area. Rooms are lovely and homey and very... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your super five-star review! It was SO great that we could accommodate you two for a last-minute getaway to celebrate 17 wonderful years of marriage. Thanks for helping make the weekend so fun. We're glad you two could spend your days enjoying the Valley and then just relax here at the inn during Happy Hour. Thanks for singing... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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69 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This inn provides a lovely environment for an adults escape. Overall, the accommodations are well appointed and offer an upscale B&B experience. There are a differing accommodation types within the property which are outlined on their website. While we prefer Los Olivos to Santa Ynez, the location in Santa Ynez is ideal as one can walk to various eateries and... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for this comprehensive four-star review! We love that you've picked up on how convenient it is to be able to walk from ForFriends Inn to six excellent eateries for lunch and/or dinner. After a day of wine tasting, followed by our fun late afternoon/early evening happy hours, it great to be able to walk vs. drive to dinner. Thanks... More 

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

Highly highly and highly recommend. Well kept, thoughtful, homey and lovely place to stay. The owner, Jim and Debbie are so engaging and charming. The have a great happy hour daily where Jim, a talented musician, plays guitar and sings pretty much any song (very well) you throw out to him. Food is homemade and excellent. Accommodations are super comfortable,... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your sweet five-star review. "Home-style atmosphere mixed with professionalism, nurturing and care." Boy, you have NAILED it right there. Our motto of "Arrive as Guests, Leave as Friends" means we are devoted to delivering ton of what you've stated. And that just gets easier to do as we make more and more friends like you two. We are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had an outstanding stay here. This was one of the best nights of sleep I've gotten and overall such a welcoming, warm place. The dog was so cute and such a great welcoming way to go into a bed and breakfast. Whooo, I can't say enough about the food too. The food was good, Jim was da bomb at... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Jake, Thanks a million for this five-star review. Tell the truth, you REALLY loved it here because Smitty loved YOU so much. . . He's a superstar. On the other hand, Debbie is too. . . those breakfasts of hers are to die for. Please know that you'll always have a place here in paradise. See you soon! Jim,... More 

West Orange, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We visitied family in Santa Ynez and found this delightful b & b located a few minutes from their home. We got a warm welcome and enjoyed a wonderful stay. Everything was perfect and I am happy to highly recommend this for your visit to a most beautiful part of California.

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your wonderful 5-star review! We LOVE it when folks visit the Santa Ynez Valley (and ForFriends Inn) from far away and have such great experience. It made our hearts warm to see you enjoying this paradise like we do. It wan't that long ago that we were like you, visitors from far away. It didn't take long after... More 

jillymag@ca.rr.com
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this perfectly quaint bed and breakfast? From the time you arise until you call it a day- Mike and Debbie will make sure everything is perfect. From the delicious breakfast ( best ever) to suggestions for day trips to a rip roaring jam session with Jim on guitar and wine... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Jill, Thanks for your super 5-star review! "Take the leap and just go. . ." We LOVE this suggestion. It was great having you both here for three nights this Summer. Nothing like a little couple's getaway in the Santa Ynez Valley (and ForFriends Inn) to bring HUGE smiles and good times — not to mention all the nice... More 

Westlake Village, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

For Friends Inn has been the destination of choice for my wife and I for the past few years when visiting the SYV. Sometimes its just the two of us...sometimes with friends or family, but the experience is always the same - fantastic! I've lost count of the exact number of visits, but Jim and Debbie (and Smitty) now feel... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Gary, Thanks so much for this heartfelt review. . . Ok, let's throw all the cards on the table, you and Linda flat out own the title for most stays here at ForFriends Inn. It fills our hearts with infinite joy to know that, simply by owning and operating this little inn, our lives have been graced with making... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Myself and a friend stayed this weekend at For Friends Inn. The highlight for us was the daily breakfast and happy hour. We enjoyed live music thanks to Jim and met new friends. The room was very comfortable. Debbie and Jim know the area very well and recommended great restaurants and wineries. We will visit again in the future. I... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for this 5-star review. Sorry we're late responding. . . kinda busy this summer (a VERY good thing). It's great to hear that you met and made new friends here. We LOVE that about being innkeepers. It's one of the reasons we do what we do! Also happy you that recommend us for business retreats.... More 

Long Beach, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We had a lovely middle of the week getaway from the hustle and bustle of Southern Cal a few weeks back. Debbie and Jim made our stay comfortable as can be. When we returned back from dinner each night, we felt like we were sneaking into our home as kids, only to find warm cookies waiting for us, along with... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Jodi, Sorry so late to reply with a great big THANK YOU for your wonderful 5-star review (very busy summer here at FFI). We're so happy that you both enjoyed your stay. . . Smitty is too! ;^P We love it when folks try their hand at the jigsaw puzzles in the front room. . . Admittedly, I'm not... More 

Chicago, IL
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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 

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