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ForFriends Inn

1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Ranked #1 of 1 Santa Ynez B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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San Diego
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

ForFriends Inn is without a doubt a place I will visit again and again. While this is a great romantic getaway, it's just as perfect for a weekend with friends. The three of us were very comfortable in the spacious sunstone tower room. The home is absolutely lovely and words can't describe how hospitable our hosts are and how sincerely... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Tina, What a wonderful five-star review. We should write one for YOU. . . so here goes: Recently, we were lucky enough to have a guest return. . . with friends.! They were the NICEST folks. We all seemed to just "click." We liked the same music, food, wine, restaurants. . . it's like we've known each other for... More

DEBORAHJ805
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved this place!! We went for a quick weekend wine-tasting getaway and couldn't have enjoyed our stay or hosts any more!! Debbie, Jim, and Dave (Katie wasn't around during our stay) were so accommodating, friendly, and all around fabulous! Happy hour with live music from Jim and Dave was really enjoyable and Debbie's snacks and breakfast were delish!! We... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Debbie, Thanks SO much for your wonderful five-star review! We're glad you loved the Refugio Ranch room, it's a favorite of ours, too. Big room with wonderful lighting and a cross breeze that's to die for during these gorgeous Santa Ynez nights (perfect sleeping weather). Thanks for singing and participating during happy hour. It's alway so fun when folks are... More

Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I whisked my husband away for a surprise birthday weekend in Santa Ynez. ForFriends, owned and operated by four friends, lived up to its billing. Wonderful accommodations, including a lovely large private balcony, generous tasty breakfasts and evening entertainment/wine/camaraderie with other guests. A nice bike ride to Los Olivos and walking distance to restaurants right in Santa Ynez allowed us... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the five-star review, Lynn. What a treat it was for us to meet you both (and help with your surprise birthday weekend for hubby). Truthfully, your genuine smiles and bright laughter will linger long in our memories — certainly until your next visit. ;^p It's always fun to have folks bring their bikes. One of the big reasons... More

Thousand Oaks, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've stayed here on two occasions, most recently in April of 2014. Jim, Debbie, Dave, and Katie are the owners and their passion for hosting their guests is unmatched at any B&B we've visited. Breakfast is leisurely and full of conversation with the hosts and other guests. But the best part is the Happy Hour - Jim and Dave are... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Ed, Thanks SO much for this five-star review. Your trips here have been so fun. We've so enjoyed our time spent with you two. . . the conversation, the songs. . . the fun. We're especially touched by your point of us being unmatched by any B&B you've visited. That means the world to us. Thank you! Thanks also... More

Palos Verdes Estates, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
44 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice stay here. Arrived around 6pm and the owners were just finishing up with a "happy hour" in the back area. We were able to enjoy the last few songs and have a glass of wine. We didn't have a reservation but there were 2 rooms left. We chose the room that was attached to the... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks SO much for your four-star review. We were happy to have a place for you to recoup on your ride back home after an emotional experience. We have so many new friends stay for so many different reasons — we're happy to be here for each and every one of them, and were especially honored to be here for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This inn had so much to offer. I can't say enough praise. At first I was concerned about celebrating our anniversary at a bed and breakfast. However, our room (Imagine) was romantic and comfortable. The balcony was larger than I expected and private. There were nice antiques throughout The inn. The breakfast was yummy and just what you need before... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your wonderful 5-star review. Sorry so late to respond, it's been a busy summer of making new friends, singing great tunes, eating delicious food and drinking excellent, local wine. It's a tough job, but we handle it with a smile every day. ;^p We're So happy that your experience here helped change your mind about staying at a... More

Templeton, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband and I wanted a last minute getaway from the northern central coast. We were directed to ForFriends Inn by our neighbor. They had a vacancy so we made the drive down to santa Ynez for what ended up being an amazing experience. My husband has to be the pickiest traveler alive. He notices things that I don't, and... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this wonderful 5-star review. We're doubly happy that you both enjoyed the Sunstone Tower so much. It's a very special room and we were delighted to be able to offer it to you that day. We're especially happy you could achieve the R&R you so wished to get while visiting. That's music to our ears! It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We love wine country, particularly the Santa Ynez region and found this amazing inn on Trip-advisor with great reviews. My husband and I were greeted by our wonderful innkeeper Debbie and her most amazing dog, Smitty...being a "dog person" I fell in love (with both the inn and the dog)...we were shown our well appointed room the Demetria ( that... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Niki, Next to a wonderful review such as this (and this one is truly fabulous), there's nothing more wonderful to an innkeeper than a guest suggesting during their visit "we're having such a great time. can we stay longer?" We all seemed like such long-lost friends that is was more than a pleasure to say "yes, of course." It's... More

Denver, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My wife and I stayed at ForFriends Inn for our 10th wedding anniversary trip and had a fantastic experience. We stayed in the Inspiration Room and it worked well for us. It's a smaller room with no closet but an armoire for clothes. It does have a quaint private balcony and fireplace. I was able to see good pics of... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

You've said the magic words: you arrived as guests and left as friends. . . Yea! That is what we strive for every time. Thanks for this 5-star review. It's an honor to read them, but doubly good when we read them from folks who've shared a special anniversary getaway with us. We feel SO lucky to be able to... More

California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had a lovely stay at ForFriends Inn. The owners are totally hospitable and helped make our experience extra enjoyable. They host a lovely happy hour where the owner, Jim, sings and plays his guitar with a great deal of skill and talent. They pour some nice local wines and offered a varied cheese plate. The breakfast, served by Jim's... More

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

It was so nice to have the four of you here during your wine county getaway. We sure wish we could have had you longer, but are grateful to have hosted you for the one night. Thanks for complimenting the wines. We do our best to partner with the best winemakers here in the Santa Ynez Valley. Debbie's homemade hummuses,... More

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Address: 1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Location: United States > California > Santa Ynez
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Located in downtown Santa Ynez, CA, in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country: Minutes from Solvang, Los Olivos and all the wonderful wineries. ForFriends Inn is a luxurious seven-room B&B where you arrive as guests and leave as friends. Your stay includes:• Daily three-course breakfast• Daily Happy Hour with wine, hors d'oeurves and weekend live music ... more   less 
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