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Brea, CA
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59 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a wonderful,lovely B&B! The innkeepers Debbie and Jim and their dog Smitty make you definitely feel like you have been their friends for a long time. Wonderful happy hour with wine, snacks and music..Jim plays the guitar and sings. Along with a lovely breakfast and a pass to local wineries where some you don't have to pay, what more... More 

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Thank MNFROST
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

A million thanks for our super great 5-star review. We had such a great time helping you celebrate your birthday! Thanks for bringing so many smiles to our little inn. We hope you made a few new friends, as we know we have after meeting you two. Btw, Smitty says hello... ;^p See you soon! Jim, Debbie. . . and... More 

Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a three hour car ride on Friday, my wife and I arrived to a warm greeting during happy hour. Our hosts introduced themselves and the rest of the couples who were enjoying snacks, wine and of course, Jim’s great music. After putting our bags in our lovely room (Sunstone Tower), we joined happy hour again before heading out to... More 

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Thank Travelgalore21
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks SO much for your fabulous 5-star review! We're so happy that we helped make your getaway so special. Speaking of, isn't it great to pull up to our Happy Hour after a long drive through LA traffic and be greeted by smiling faces, wonderful wine and Debbie's homemade appetizers? We're glad you got to experience that and all the... More 

San Diego, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary at Forfriends B&B. Little did we know how fast paced our life had been, until we stayed here. As soon as we walked in we were welcomed to a glass of wine, soft comfortable chairs, friendly guests, owners, and their dog (Smitty?) Our room decor was elegant, with a king size bed and large... More 

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Thank dale7192015
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Dale, One thing we're most proud of is all of the anniversaries we've been honored to play a small part in. Forty-one years of marriage is a wonderful achievement. Folks like you two are an inspiration to us trying to catch up (Debbie and I will be married 30 years this October). Isn't it great that you don't have... More 

Placentia, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We stay in B&Bs often and this inn is by far, the best yet. We couldn't have asked for better hosts who gave great advice on wineries and restaurants to visit. Meeting people at the Friday and Saturday wine tasting/sing alongs was so much fun. Thank you so much for making our weekend so memorable. We can't wait to bring... More 

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Thank denamelland
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks, Dena! Boy, you've written our favorite words "we can't wait to bring friends back." We can't wait to MEET your new friends. As you recall, friends meeting and having fun is what we're all about; the more the merrier! Thank YOU two for making OUR weekend memorable. See you soon! Jim, Debbie. . . and Smitty More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We had the most wonderful weekend at this quaint Inn. Hoping to plan our next visit soon. A very special place, surrounded by pretty amazing people!!! Highly recommend staying at For Friends Inn to anyone wanting a relaxing, yet fun weekend away.

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Thank Danielle G
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Danielle, Thanks a million for your kind words and your 5-star review! We couldn't agree more about being surrounded by "amazing people." Every day we meet and socialize with some of the most interesting and kind folks in the world (as you know, they come from EVERYWHERE). It's the best part of being an innkeeper. See you soon! Jim,... More 

Cupertino, California
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74 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This B&B, located in the Santa Ynez wine country, has everything that an outstanding B&B should have. The rooms are spacious, impeccably clean and nicely furnished. The hosts are friendly and accommodating; the "house dog" is mellow and non-allergenic, the breakfasts are unique, plentiful and delicious; and, when the inn keeper is so inclined, he will entertain the guests with... More 

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Thank JBuckel
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hello and thank you SO much for your wonderful 5-star review! We are honored to be at the top of your 30-year list of B&B experiences. Your kind words really touch our hearts. We so enjoyed being a part of your family visit and wish all the best to everyone — especially the graduate! Such a wonderful life awaits him.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely lovely bed and breakfast! Beautiful bedroom with fireplace and large updated bathroom..We met couples who have stayed here multiple times while enjoying afternoon wine together compliments of the inn. I would definitely stay here again!

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Thank Barbara S
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Barbara, Thanks SO much for your 5-star review. We enjoyed being a part of your California adventure (wish you could have stayed longer), and hope you had fun during the rest of your journey. We love it when folks meet and mingle during our afternoon get togethers. It's so fun to hear about everyone's stories while enjoying Debbie's delicious... More 

The Sea Ranch, California
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58 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

We chose this inn based on all the wonderful reviews, and they are so true: Jim, Debbie, and Smitty are the best! This was our first time at the inn, and to the Santa Ynez area, and I'm sure it will now become a yearly destination for us. We stayed in the Consilience room and appreciated the large room/spacious closet/fantastic... More 

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Thank Judy K
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Hi Judy, Thanks for your wonderful five-star review! Reading these high praises means a lot to us, knowing how well traveled you both are. Admittedly, we probably enjoyed meeting you folks and becoming new friends as much as you enjoyed your visit. ;^p Just seeing your smiling faces each day and chatting away as we did was SO enjoyable. Thank... More 

Harrison, Arkansas
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149 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

FourFriends Inn is a gem--a wonderful place to stay. Jim and Debbie are terrific hosts, and the evening socials featuring Jim singing and playing the guitar (join in; you're certainly welcome), Debbie's hors d'oeuvres and wine from area vineyards, are not to be missed! Breakfast is great, too (we love Debbie's rosemary popovers and wine jelly). "Smitty," their 11-year-old golden... More 

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Thank siloamjim
ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Wow, thanks for this super five-star review. It's always great to hear that folks enjoyed so many parts of the ForFriends Inn experience. . . including Smitty. We have to agree that being able to simply walking to some of the best restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley is one of the best features. After wine tasting all day and... More 

Chicago suburbs, Illinois
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64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Comfortable, relaxing, elegant but not stuffy... there's a reason why I have visited this inn at least once a year for the last three years. It never disappoints. I add variety by asking for different rooms, because each one has something unique about it (this visit was the Consilience room, large room, private entrance, great closet, and even better bathroom... More 

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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review

Thanks a million for this awesome 5-star review! Here's a secret, OUR blood pressure is always down at least 10 points since we've become innkeepers. The reason is as you've stated in your review: connecting with others is so comfortable and relaxing. We have such good times with our wonderful visitors, and, as you know, we all become friends. Thanks... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about ForFriends Inn

Address: 1121 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9651
Location: United States > California > Santa Ynez
Price Range: $272 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ForFriends Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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