ForFriends Inn

ForFriends Inn

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5.0
#1 of 1 B&B in Santa Ynez
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
5.0
Service
4.9
Value
4.8
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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 eight-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 socializing, and our Friendship Pass with over $300 in complementary wine tasting and local restaurant discounts.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Wifi
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

1121 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9651
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 72 out of 100
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles407 reviews
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For Friends Inn boasts a central location that many guests appreciate for its proximity to local attractions, despite some noting potential noise. The spacious, luxurious rooms receive high marks for comfort and cleanliness, with plush towels and robes often highlighted. The hotel's atmosphere is lively, with vibrant happy hours and live music that contribute to its warm ambiance. Reviewers consistently commend the exceptional amenities and personalized service, making the Inn a recommended stay for its value and unique, memorable experiences.
Location
Central
Atmosphere
Welcoming
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Remarkable
Cleanliness
Immaculate
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Outstanding

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Kathleen J wrote a review Dec 2023
Property's Favorite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our fourth time staying at For Friends Inn! The friendly staff cannot do enough to make you feel welcome and spoiled! From the welcome champagne, helping with luggage, happy hour with guitar and vocals by Dave, the owner and Jesse, the delicious breakfasts, the homemade cookies, the after dinner port, the roaring fire! We love it there and we love the staff! The location in the quaint town of Santa Ynez is great too! Walk to dinner, short drive to wineries! 5 stars!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Dave Pollock, Owner at ForFriends Inn
Responded Jan 26, 2024
Katie, it's always a pleasure to have you and John at ForFriends. Thank you for including us in your getaway plans so often. And thanks for the kind review. It means a lot to all of us. Hope to see you again soon. Best, Dave
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Dreamer EE wrote a review Sep 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited ForFriends Inn for the second time with a dear friend; first time was pre-Covid last year.
This is my favorite place to go in Santa Ynez wine country and I am so glad I went! I wasn’t sure what to anticipate,
as I haven’t traveled anywhere aside from work since the pandemic struck and I was a teeny bit nervous.

I felt very secure while there and I appreciate all the precautions the innkeepers take to make their guests feel safe. It’s very easy to check in, everything is ready for you and no need to hang around waiting. We arrived in the late afternoon/early evening.
The place is immaculate (as it was on last trip). Aside from requiring masks (not in room or when dining), having hand sanitizer placed strategically all over, and no housekeeping service during stay (they leave plenty of towels and supplies so it’s no issue), they do the following to ensure guests have a wonderful time:

—The 3 course breakfast is served outside at socially distanced tables on the veranda and everything is set up for you right before seating, with a few seating time options. (Guests for breakfast used to sit at a communal table). The food is absolutely delicious with fresh fruit, yogurt and homemade granola, herb popovers just out of the oven with butter and jelly made from rosé wine, and an egg dish (quiche, egg casserole, or scrambled egg-you have your choice), along with a meat, like sausage with homemade rub, or bacon. And fresh juice and coffee. Heavenly! The breakfast is so satisfying and tasty, I skipped lunch everyday for 3 days!

—The wine and cheese hour nibbles are not buffet style as before but in a box packaged separately so you can share with your friends and family, without sharing with people you don’t know. You receive a wine of your choice delivered to you, so you know no one else has handled it, aside from your gloved server. And you enjoy the hour outside, also socially distanced.

—A sealed glass carafe of water offered in room, which is so thoughtful. And they have cookies individually wrapped each evening on the ground floor.

—Additionally Dave is so knowledgeable about all of the local restaurants and wineries, and helps one navigate through all of the Covid requirements (advance reservations always, etc).

I am so glad that I went to ForFriends Inn and look forward to my next visit. Dave and Katie are amazing hosts and not only is this such a friendly place, I can confidently say it’s a safe place too, with delicious food and friends!

Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Dave Pollock, Owner at ForFriends Inn
Responded Sep 16, 2020
Elaine, We love your note. Thanks for covering so many of the topics that are near and dear to us as well. And thanks for all of your kind words. We are happy to host your getaways whenever you can swing them and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Dave, Katie, Sandra, Alicia, and Angie
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DrMHS wrote a review Sep 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A charming, welcoming, family run B & B with some delicious perks.
Our room with ramp and patio conveniently located, was airy and comfortable and we appreciated the large, safe walk-in shower.
Wine and cheese on the patio is a delightful way to be welcomed after a long drive, as we assembled, just the six of us, with our family members for a weekend of celebrations and opened a bottle of champagne to toast the Bride and Groom to be.
Dave Pollock, owner, arranged chairs in front of a raised deck and pergola and our fairytale wedding took place in a delightful little grove at the rear.
The breakfasts were delicious, in particular the quiche. Cheerfully served and thoroughly enjoyed. Kudos to Dave and Katie Pollock and Sandra Ramos for the delicious breakfasts, afternoon cheese and wine and excellent coffee but most of all for the warm welcome. We plan to return very soon. It’s that kind of place.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We had a quiet room on the side of the building. However we look forward to trying some of the...
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Loanne B wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our second stay at For Friends Inn was even better than our first! Dave, Katie, Alicia and Sandra go all out to make you feel welcome with all the special touches previously mentioned here. The happy hour wine tasting and light appetizers around the fireplace with other guests, warm cookies and port before retiring, delicious three course breakfast with homemade popovers & wine jelly (thanks Sandra!), highlighted our stay. When we arrived Alicia showed us around and helped us with selecting a place for dinner and showed us the cool backpacks we could use for picnicking the next day at the wineries. An added bonus was the Friendship pass which gave us discounts at many local wineries and restaurants only added to the value. The attention to detail put into the entire property makes you want to come back again and again. Thanks Dave and Katie for a memorable stay! Jav & Lo
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn
Responded Mar 8, 2020
Hi Lo Ann, It was great having you and Javier back again at the inn. It's always a pleasure catching up. Thank you for your kind words and great review. We really appreciate it. Looking forward to seeing you two again when next here in wine country. Best, Dave, Katie, Sandra, and Alicia
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Lovetotravelforever0 wrote a review Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived early and picked up a special package designed by Dave with a map of wineries to get 2 for 1 or 2 complimentary tastings at many excellent wineries. At happy hour between 4:30-5:30, wine and cheese were served. The room had a fireplace and was spacious and relaxing. The next morning we had a fantastic three-course breakfast. You could tell Dave took pride in offering us a great experience. The next day he suggested renting electric bikes. We went to Pedegos in Los Olivos and got a discount cause Dave sent us. It was a fantastic Valentine's Day. We will be back to stay at For Friends soon. Also, the budget was midrange but felt like luxury.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Look at the photos
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Response from ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn
Responded Feb 17, 2020
Tamar, It was a pleasure having you and Matt at the inn. Thank you for the kind words. Glad to hear that you were able to sneak in a bike ride in Los Olivos. Chad and his team at Pedego are great. We hope that you and Matt will have a chance to come back to see us soon. Until then, best wishes with life, work, and everything in between. Dave, Katie, Alicia, and Sandra
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Dee wrote a review Oct 2020
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This B&B is worth the money and it's in a good location in the town of Santa Ynez. We received a very warm welcome and our room was very clean and attractive. They serve a delicious hot breakfast in two shifts, which is good for social distancing. They also have a Happy Hour which has individual serves of cheese, olives etc., once again for safe social distancing. And the wine they serve is from local vineyards, which is great because it gives you the opportunity of knowing which wineries to go to. Loved our experience and will return.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms have character and appeal.
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Terry A wrote a review Nov 2020
Hermosa Beach, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed 2 nights in the Demetria Suite. Beautiful large room with great porch complete with rocking chairs, super comfy bed and warm fireplace. The Inn serves a delicious breakfast and pours premium local wines each afternoon. Safe, healthy, and immaculately clean. Owner, hosts, and staff are gracious and helpful. Santa Ynez location is wonderful too.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Dave Pollock, Owner at ForFriends Inn
Responded Apr 7, 2021
Terry, It was wonderful having you and Helen at the inn. Thank you for staying with us and also for the great review and kind words. They mean a lot to us. We hope that you'll be back when your travels next bring you to wine country. Best, Dave & Katie
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Denise B wrote a review Mar 2022
Palos Verdes Estates, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This little Inn is located in the heart of town, walking to great restaurants and shops.
From the minute you step through through the door you feel immediately welcomed.
It's like walking into a home. Our room was up the stairs and it was charming.
There is happy hour in the early evening and a wonderful breakfast is included.
Everyone is friendly and accommodating . It's a very special place.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Jeanniem wrote a review Sep 2020
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm a frequent client of this inn and yet they still continue to surprise me and make things better. Even in a pandemic, I felt very safe and comfortable with the precautions Dave, Katie and Sandra were taking. The inn remains a beautiful escape to a wonderful area that has improvised to continue offering wine tastings and great cuisine.
But one of the most wonderful things about the in is Sandra's breakfasts! From creating unique jellies out of reduced wine to mixing her own unique granola, she excels. Even the yogurt has her touch (honey!). And her quiches and other dishes are invariably unique and perfect. The popovers are fresh out of the oven and still steaming. Sandra is the heart of the place in so many ways. (BTW: her jellies an granola can be purchased on site to take a touch of the inn home.)
I'll be back and often bring friends; I know they won't be disappointed. Thank you so much, and hug Wrigley (the most welcoming inn dog) for me.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The upstairs rooms at the inn have whirlpool tubs! Others have walk-in showers, and there are...
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Response from Dave Pollock, Owner at ForFriends Inn
Responded Sep 16, 2020
Jeannie, You are the best! Thanks for always being such a good friend of the inn. We always look forward to your visits. Thanks also for your many kind mentions about Sandra. Yes, she is the heart of the place and as we often say, she's also the glue that holds it altogether. See you again soon, Dave, Katie, Sandra,
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Sharon M wrote a review Jan 2022
Wellesley, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Love the way we experienced a weekend at For Friends. 8 college friend couples took over the inn and the adjacent bungalow rooms. It was awesome. Dave was so helpful with everyone’s reservation and guiding us on Dining options for our group of 15 and helping us get some discounts. It was amazing to have the courtyard and the living room all for our group. We never locked our doors. It’s comfortable and the breakfast is delicious. What a treat. We feel so lucky to have had our reunion at Dave’s place.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Best meal was at Ellie’s Tap and Vine. SY kitchen. Also good
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Lorimelo2014 asked a question Jun 2017
Calabasas, California
Are there roll away beds available?
Answer from ForFriendsInn
Santa Ynez, California8 contributions
Good morning. Yes, we do have extra beds available. An extra bed can be placed only in certain rooms, however, due to size. Rooms that will accommodate a roll-away are Demetria and Artiste. On the other hand, guests that wish to place more than two people in a room often choose our Sunstone Tower which already has both a Cal King bed (downstairs) and a queen bed (upstairs). Finally, please note that the rates for all rooms, including the Sunstone Tower, are for double occupancy and that there is a $50/night charge for each additional guest. We look forward to seeing you soon in wine country. Dave, Owner, ForFriends Inn
mwygal asked a question May 2017
Oceanside, California
Does the Inn take service dogs?
Answer from ForFriendsInn
Santa Ynez, California8 contributions
Good morning. Yes, we do accept service dogs. Please know, however, that our inn can be quite crowded, especially on weekends. Our hope is that it would not make for an uncomfortable environment for the dog. We hope to see you soon. Dave, Owner, ForFriends Inn
R_Sterrett asked a question Jan 2017
Carlsbad, California12 contributions3 helpful votes
Is the In pet Friendly?
Answer from ForFriendsInn
Santa Ynez, California8 contributions
Hello. We love pets, but unfortunately, we do not allow them at the inn. Best, Dave, Owner, ForFriends Inn
Ted M wrote a tip Apr 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"1 night is never enough...try to stay for 2 nights if you can."
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Liz R wrote a tip Jan 2024
Villa Park, California37 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look at all the rooms before selecting the right one for you."
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Patricia S wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cozy and lovely location to stay and close to Los Olivos, Solvang and Chumash, in case you enjoy playing cards or the slots."
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Tracy B wrote a tip Jan 2024
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very secure with a gate that is locked every night. Even though the area in general is very safe."
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gardenmomof2 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Mission Viejo, California305 contributions86 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not miss breakfast or happy hour. They have very detailed room descriptions so you know everything you need to about your beautiful room "
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Frequently Asked Questions about ForFriends Inn
Which popular attractions are close to ForFriends Inn?
Nearby attractions include Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House (0.1 miles), Carr Winery Santa Ynez (0.2 miles), and CrossHatch Winery (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at ForFriends Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at ForFriends Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at ForFriends Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at ForFriends Inn?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to ForFriends Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn, S.Y. Kitchen, and Trattoria Grappolo.
Is ForFriends Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Santa Ynez.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at ForFriends Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is ForFriends Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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