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“Comfortable, Relaxing Bit of Paradise”
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ForFriends Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Santa Ynez B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 November 2012

My blood pressure is still down 10 points after my visit to this incredibly relaxing vacation spot. The rooms are very comfortable, the town is charming and quaint, and the entire experience suggests that you've made a quick sojourn into paradise. The owners are very helpful and can give great tips on things to do and see in the area. Also, while the hotel suggests years gone by, the amenities of the hotel are top notch. The shower in our room was oversized and had multiple shower jets, including rain shower. And believe the other reviews - Debbie's breakfast really is that good. Homemade touch but certainly light years beyond what happens in my kitchen. Loved the rosemary popovers and the quiche!! She also makes homemade granola, which is offered for purchase in the lobby so you can continue to enjoy the granola when you are back at home (or will be available after she replaces everything that we brought home with us!).

One way to tell when you've had a great experience -- you leave wanting more. We only stayed for one evening, and it wasn't long enough. So, we will definitely be back, and soon.

Room Tip: The rooms have different themes, so it really depends on individual taste. We stayed in the tower, w...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2012

Thanks so much for your glowing 5-star review. We must agree, your stay should have been longer. But then again, we wish everyone's stay could be longer. We so enjoy meeting new folks and making new friends. We also agree that Debbie's breakfasts are outstanding. Thanks for saying do. We promise to have plenty more ready for when you visit again (hopefully that will be soon).

Thanks Again!

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

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Reviewed 27 October 2012

The owners (Debbie, Jim, Katie, and Dave) were all very nice and personable. They made me feel at home and while I was here solo, I didn't feel all alone. We all went to the Jim Messina concert and my table was right by the stage. They thought that was very cool. The concert was awesome! Before the concert, Happy Hour was fun! Nice music in the nice garden area while I kept an eye on how my San Francisco Giants were doing. I would like to go back and grab a chair and read a book in the garden, it was that nice! The porch of the main house was nice too - could have read a book sitting in a chair there too. The bed was comfy. The huge walk in tile shower was great! Breakfast was very yummy! I would highly recommend For Friends Inn for anyone wanting a nice B&B in the area or if you are attending a show at the Ranch & Reata or The Maverick, it is within a very short short walking distance.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2012

Karla,

Thanks so much for the five-star review. Boy, oh boy, what a special night it turned it was for you. We couldn't have been happier that you got the best seat in the house at Ranch & Reata Roadhouse during the Jim Messina concert. Knowing what a huge fan you are, we just felt so happy for you. And the rest of the evening was fun as well. The happy hour that night was fun — perfect weather, good wine, good friends. . . even good music. We hope to see you again soon. Please tell all your friends. And speaking of friends, please like us on Facebook and share with your friends. That way you all can follow what we're up to.

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . Smitty

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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Gee and I have stayed at this fantastic Inn multiple times, beautiful rooms, quiet area, wonderful restaurants to walk to. The new owners are friendly, helpful and Debbie's gourmet breakfasts are to "die" for, especially the rosemary popovers! Can't wait to return, this is truly a gem of an Inn! Bruce and Gee!

Room Tip: We always stay in the Paladin suite with its covered balcoony.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Bruce and Gee,

Thank you so very, very much for the 5-star review. We know that you two have been coming to the inn many times, so your words and review means so much to us. You both hold a special place in our hearts, and seeing your kind words really makes us feel like we're doing a good job. We always enjoy having you stay with us. It's so nice to be able to relax and enjoy wine/food and each other's company. Next time, we'll have to play more music. Maybe try and stump the guitarist. . . My guess is that you two could easily do that.

All the best to you both. Hope to see you very soon.

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

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Reviewed 24 October 2012 via mobile

This was our first Bed & Breakfast. Was worth the price of admission. Jim & Debbie have a great concept for the Hotel. Food was great. Evening. Time with other guests singalong was a memory to remember. Rooms are set up excellent.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Stephen,

We so enjoyed hosting you folks last week during your first B&B stay. And we're happy that it was such a positive experience for you both. We love meeting new folks like you and sharing stories, good food/wine, music and fun. By the way, Smitty is sitting beside me right now waiting for a belly rub, so feel free to come back anytime. He'd greatly appreciate it. ;^P

Thanks for spreading the good reviews about us. We're happily spreading the good news to our guests who live in your area about your excellence auto repair service. See you soon!

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

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Reviewed 21 October 2012

My friends and I stayed at Four Friends Inn for four days. Such a lovely place and great location. When they say "arrive as guests and leave as friends" they mean it! Everything was awesome... From the delicious gourmet breakfasts, to 5 pm appetizers, wine and music happy hour. Santa Ynez is a lovely little town and very close to best wineries and wine tasting rooms the area offer. We had an amazing four days and thanks to our new four friends who made it even more pleasurable... Cheers. Ergun

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ergun L
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Ergun,

What a nice review, thanks! We had such a great time with you and your friends. The inn is a special place and even more special when so many friends come and enjoy it together. And you all were so wonderful to invite us out to dinner on your last night. We were honored to join you. All the fun stories and jokes. . . even the Caesars every morning. What a hoot! We can't wait until we all meet again, Perhaps we'll visit your winery Black Hills Estates up in Canada. It looks so marvelous. Please come back again soon.

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

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Reviewed 8 October 2012

My husband had planned a surprise weekend away and gave no information to where we were headed. I was delighted to end up in Santa Ynez and even more excited to be staying at the ForFriends Inn. When we arrived we were greeted, by name, and immediately felt at home. The weekend was easy to enjoy due to the Friendship Pass that is provided, upon arrival, with specific wineries, eateries, and such that have been suggested based on stellar qualities. This allows for more time to be spent enjoying then searching.

We stayed in the beautifully traditional room, The Californian. The footed tub was a wonderful feature and allowed for relaxing while my husband was able to catch the UCLA on cable-This is a very big deal.

Debbie took special care when dealing with dietary restrictions and made my breakfast gluten free! They even have their own house blend coffee and made from scratch granola! I left with a bag coffee beans and probably will be calling soon to have some shipped!

The Happy Hour is fantastic- fun, friendly and relaxing. The the music is delightful and joyous! You can't help but join in the signing. You can feel the fun Dave and Jim are having on this new adventure. It really allows you to see the joys outside of the corporate world, My husband and I need this reminder and I can only hope that we can make a yearly visit.
I highly recommend a stay at this beautiful Inn!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Risa,

Thanks a million for such a wonderful review! Having just left the corporate world, we know exactly what you mean about getting away to relax and enjoy time alone. We love it when our new friends get to just chill out and enjoy the inn, the valley and themselves for a few days. Hopefully you'll be able to make it a regular thing. We'll always be for you. . . Fall is nice. . . Winter too. . . :^p

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

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Reviewed 26 September 2012

This is my first 5 star rating ever. I don't think the owners care about making a profit- they just want to create the best b&b of all time. Don't miss happy hour or breakfast. Listen to the owners suggestions on wineries and activities around the town. They are great guides to a wonderful weekend.

Room Tip: they are all about the same- and it's more fun to spend time in a place other than your room.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jim L
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Hi Jim,

We are so honored to be your first five-star review. Our goal when we purchased the B&B was to be in the happiness business. It's meeting folks like you that help make it all come true. Please come back soon and spend more time with your new friends.

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

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Address: 1121 Edison St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9651
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Region: 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: £153 - £305 (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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