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ForFriends Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Santa Ynez B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a wonderful B&B run by Jim and Debbie, the most charming hosts you could wish for. If you are staying in this area, stay here if you can, and you will not regret it.

The room is nicely decorated, clean, and as comfortable as you would expect, with nice quite air-con. Breakfast is very good, and as vegetarians we were very well catered for. But all this (good though it is) is eclipsed by the warm atmosphere ...

Each evening there is a happy hour with complimentary wine and nibbles, and Jim plays guitar and sings songs! This was a complete surprise to me, and is a perfect way to break the ice with your fellow guests, and to relax and enjoy the evening. Jim's songbook is eclectic to say the least, from 60's classics to modern day. Any man who can take on Adele, Pink Floyd and the Beach Boys gets my respect!

Jim also gave us some good wine tasting advice, and helped get the best from our time here. For sure, if we come back to the area, there is no where else for us.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Ian14_11
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2014

Ian,

Thanks so much for your wonderful 5-star review. What a treat it was having you both here, chatting, enjoying good food and wine, and joining in the happy hour sing-alongs. As contemporaries (albeit from across the pond) we seem to have the same taste in music, which made it that much more fun.

We're glad that you both enjoyed the special vegetarian breakfast dishes and hors d'oeuvres that Debbie is so good at preparing. Our goal is to make sure everyone enjoys her wonderful cooking and, in addition to Debbie's many breakfast offerings, she sure has created some delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes (and cookies!).

We realize it's a LONG way from England, but we sure hope that one day you'll find your way here again and we'll sing even longer and more joyfully out in our newly designed Wine Garden.

Cheers!

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

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We had such a wonderful time at For Friends. Jim and Deb (and Smitty) were all superb hosts and accommodating. Rooms were beautiful and relaxing. Breakfast was delicious and had a homemade and cared for taste. Happy hour provided us all with wine and music each night.
Very convenient to everything Santa Ynez has to offer. Will definitely be making our way back here again and recommending For Friends to Our Friends! :D

-Bryan and Janis

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2014

Hi Bryan & Janis,

Sorry so late in responding to your wonderful review. It was so great having you two here during your wine country getaway. We hope you enjoyed the cozy Carmichael Cottage. We're so happy that you could take advantage of our Friendship Pass and visit so many great wineries and restaurants. Wondering which were your favorites?

BTW, Smitty misses you both and wishes that you'll come back to say hi.

See you soon!

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Ynez
Price Range: $212 - $433 (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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