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ForFriends Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Santa Ynez B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 15, 2014

From the first interaction, it’s apparent this establishment is one of those rare, gems that's all about their guests connection and experience. Not a detail is overlooked - from personally prescreening an extensive list of recommended wineries that include complimentary tasting fees (which must have saved us at least $100), to every aspect of room comfort, to warmly performing evening wine-tasting music, to personally preparing a scrumptious multi-course breakfast, to helping confirm dinner reservations and discovering on return a generous platter of delicious assorted home-made cookies. Such constant attentiveness to guest comfort reaffirms an absolute caring. Most B&Bs and some specialty hotels aim to deliver this experience - but very few actually succeed. Jim & Debbie are those unique, incredible treasures for travelers to find and feel celebrated in their delightful home embrace. We are so looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

Wow, thanks so much for this wonderful 5-star review! We try so hard to make sure everyone experiences "the perfect day" here Santa Barbara Wine Country, so to hear that you two had such a good time is music to our ears. And to hear that you've already booked a second trip in May makes us very proud . . . and happy. We'll be sure that your next visit is just as enjoyable. (The weather will be gorgeous in May too!)

See you soon!

JIm, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is a great B&B Inn. Perfect location; away from busy Solvang and Buelton and within walking distance to good restaurants Gated parking and several rooms with private entrances. Great food and nightly Happy Hour. Jim and Debbie are wonderful hosts. You can choose to participate in the Inn activities or have perfect privacy. Jim has vetted the wineries in the Valley and can recommend those that he thinks are the best for his guests. You will also be treated to the Inn's 2 for 1 and Comp tasting sheet as a guest.

This was our second visit to the inn and we'll be back next year.

Room Tip: William James is right off the main house but with a private entrance.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Riede
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

How nice of you to visit us a second time. . . and doubly nice that you've written this wonderful 5-star review. We love it when folks return and have favorite rooms here at the inn. We have our favorites too. Thanks for complimenting Debbie's breakfasts. . . she sure has some delicious dishes! We're so glad you enjoyed the Friendship Pass and all its complimentary and 2-for-1 offerings. It certainly helps make a trip here even more enjoyable.

We SO look forward to your next visit here in paradise.

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Katie, Dave. . . and Katie

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is an outstanding bed and breakfast. The inn is modern with large rooms , king size beds and large well done bathrooms. Debby and Jim are the friendliest hosts. They serve excellent wines at their nightly happy hour. The two nights we were there the happy hour went for a couple of hours with Jim singing and playing guitar with Steve (one of our fellow guests playing bongos). It was a lot of fun. Breakfast is delicious. They have a card that gets guests free wine tastings and discounts at numerous wineries and restaurants.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank sgs312
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

Thanks for such a wonderful 5-star review. We had such a great time when your foursome visited our little inn. It's nice to hear that you enjoyed the Friendship Pass at so many wineries and restaurants. We're happy that you could take advantage of the complimentary tastings and food. It's always so fun to see friends visiting together and enjoying the Valley and our inn. We sure hope that you'll come visit again soon. . . w'll be sure to add some of those fun folks songs to our happy hour music repertoire.

Please be sure to say hello to the rest of the foursome.

Take care.

JIm, Debbie, Katie, Dave. . . and Smitty

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

You will do no better than a stay at this beautiful, well-appointed B&B! From my first call to reserve a room through to the last moments of our stay, Debbie and Jim have created a get-away experience that is well-thought out and anticipates any travelers needs. From the fantastic Friendship Pass giving you discounts to an amazing array of wineries/tasting rooms/restaurants in the area to fantastic recommendations of how you might spend your day to the happy hour and music in the evening, they have thought of everything and deliver it with style and quality. Debbie and Jim are two of the most hospitable and gracious hosts you will find. Cannot wait for our next trip to the inn - we will be back!

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Tower room - separate from the house with a nice deck in the back of the property.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014

Thanks so much for your wonderful 5-star review. We so enjoyed having you both here for your special getaway; moreover, you both aded so much joy and fun to the inn — especially during the singsongs at happy hour! We know how precious time together is for you two and we were honored to be chosen as the place where you would enjoy it. We are excited to have you here once again. . . and the maracas miss you!

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Two couples making our way from Pittsburgh to California found a beautiful nugget nestled it the hills of Santa Barbara. This gem could not be more appropriately named; it is the ForFriends Inn and is located in the town of Santa Ynez.
This surprise trip for our wives turned into one of our favorites and scored some at-a-boys for us. From the moment you walk through the door of the Inn you feel right at home. The warm greeting form Jim, Deb and Smitty instantly brings a smile to the tired faces of these travelers. We arrived just in time for happy hour-imagine that. This was more of a reunion that a meeting of strangers, thanks to the efforts of Jim and Deb. These were so enjoyable we did not miss one in our five days at the Inn. (I even did back-up vocals for Jim and I was sober.)
After happy hour we were promptly shown to our rooms. These are not your typically small quarters. These rooms are big, bright, beautifully decorated and impeccably clean, as is the rest of the Inn. The king beds were extremely comfortable, especially after a hard day of wine tasting and eating your way through the Santa Ynez Valley.
In the morning you are greeted by a great breakfast. From Deb’s granola to the entrees, everything was fresh and served to your liking. We never felt rushed. We relaxed, enjoyed the start of the day and got to know Jim and Deb and them us. This is also where they shared with us their travel tips and recommendations for our daily adventures.
As you can probably tell this turned into more than a five day getaway at some B&B, this was more like visiting your favorite relatives and just as difficult saying goodbye to them when you leave.
Add four more friends to your list…
Dan & Michelle
Don & Sharon

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank dan c
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Dan,

Thanks for this wonderful five-star review and all of your kind words. We will file your visit in the "why did they have to leave us" folder. Man, it was hard to say goodbye. What a wonderful time we all had during your "four friends' getaway" from snowy, cold Pittsburgh to ForFriends Inn in wine country paradise. As soon as you checked in it felt as if we were old friends reconnecting. It was fun for us to break away a few times with you folks to show you around the Valley. We wish we could have spent even more time hanging out with you four, and certainly feel like we've made friends for life. Thank you for the wonderful time here and your special generosity as you were leaving. We were (are) totally moved. You folks only solidify our lifelong experience of meeting the nicest people from Pittsburgh. It's a special town (tahn) with special folks. ;^p

We will definitely be seeing you again someday (either here or there). All the best to Michelle, Don and Sharon.

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Such a beautiful inn, in a beautiful valley. The rooms are lovely, the service top notch and everything is perfect. Jim and Deb are lovely and will bend over backwards to ensure you experience perfection.

They have certainly earned all these 4 star reviews!


Don't miss the lyrical happy hour!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Eileen C
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Eileen,

Thanks so much for your five-star review. We're so happy to have been a part of you and your family's lives the past year and a half. Thanks for choosing our inn as a place to stay during your many visits to the Valley. After so many stays at ForFriends Inn it feels like we're a part of your family now — which is an honor. We can't wait to see you folks again in the coming weeks.

All the best to everyone!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

My wife has wanted to stay at a B&B in Santa Barbra County for some time now. I've always resisted as I wasn't sure if I would be comfortable at a B&B. My wife finally convinced me to give it a try and for our ninth anniversary we did.
We had been to the Santa Ynez valley before and really enjoy the charm of the area. The ForFriends Inn fits into the area perfectly. The rooms are clean, comfortable, well maintained and well appointed. Each room has its own bathroom and ours had a Jacuzzi tub. The rooms are enough for a great review, however Jim and Debbie are the reason we will be returning. They do a great job in making you feel at home. From Jim playing guitar and singing during the evening happy hour to Debbie’s amazing food, they truly understand what hospitality is. Keep it up and we’ll see you soon.
Nilesh and Alpa

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Hi Nilesh & Alpa,

What a joy to read your wonderful review! We were so honored to be a part of your anniversary getaway here in Santa Barbara Wine Country. It made us feel great that you were able to enjoy yourselves here as you did. After speaking on the phone and via email with Alpa prior to your visit — helping her choose which wineries to visit and which restaurants to go to — we were hoping that the Valley (and our inn) could deliver the perfect experiences for you during such a special weekend. We're super glad to hear that it turned out so well for you both.

I was thinking about your words in your review and, I must admit, I was never a B&B guy either. Now that I own one and we get to meet some the nicest, coolest, most interesting people, I wish I had stayed at more years ago. There is NOTHING more rewarding than meeting and talking to our new friends here at the inn. And watching you two and how you engaged with everyone. . . it was inspiring. It's clear you both are naturally outgoing and friendly. . . it seemed like everyone wanted to chat with you guys. We loved it!

Thank YOU for saying such kind things about us and thank YOU for making everyone's stay here that much better by getting to meet such kind, fun and interesting folks as you two.

We so look forward to seeing you both again soon.

All the best.

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty

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Address: 1121 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9651
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Location: United States > California > Santa Ynez
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Ynez
Price Range: $246 - $411 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ForFriends Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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 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. ... more   less 
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