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ForFriends Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Santa Ynez B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Coarsegold, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Best B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stay in several B&Bs every year. We stayed here because they graciously gave us a free night for Veterans Day. Wow were we surprised! It is a rather new facility but made to look about 50-100 years old. Charming, comfortable without any of the negatives of an older home. The hosts treated us like friends, not merely paying guests and especially not like free guests! They even entertained us during the afternoon wine/cheese time. And the breakfast was wonderful too. We will definitely return!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank terry e
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Terry,

Thank you for your kind words and wonderful 5-star review. But it's us who should be thanking you for your service to our Country. We were honored to be able to create a special day for Veterans to gather and enjoy themselves at our little B&B. It's the least we can do. Meeting all of you and spending good times here together was magical. We even saw some of the Vets paying it forward in unique ways. It's wonderful when folks can be generous to one another. We were also happy to hear that some of our business neighbors helped make your stay enjoyable, too. Santa Ynez Valley is a special place with some of the kindest, most generous folks anywhere. We're so happy to have become a part of this special community.

Please give our best to Sherrie. We are humbled that you've offered us a place to stay should we be visiting your beautiful neck in the woods. Rest assured we hope to happily oblige that kind offer very soon.

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty
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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

As a four time guest of the Inn, I can say without reservation this is the best place to stay in the Santa Ynez Valley. My wife and I have tried most of the higher end places in the area, but none can match the For Friends Inn "vibe". Jim and Debbie do a wonderful job of providing an experience that makes you feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable. The Happy Hour is a must attend event. Tough to go wrong with good wine, Jim's music and Debbie's goodies! Breakfast is also incredible (definitely go for the Santa Fe casserole if available). An added plus is the ability to walk to several excellent restaurants in the area. Every time we leave, the first topic of conversation in the car is when we can schedule our next trip.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Gary B
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Gary,

It was with super heavy hearts that we said goodbye to you folks last week. It feels like we have known each other all our lives! So many things in common that we get to share — from music to… well, our love of the Santa Ynez Valley.

We feel SO lucky to have you as friends and look forward to each and every visit we get to have with you. And on top of it all, to bring such fun folks as Tom and Bev as you did last week! Wow, thanks so much for that. We sure hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we did…. Tell Tom we'll have some Herman's Hermits tunes ready for his next visit. Nothing like a sing along to "Mrs. Brown You've Got Lovely Daughter."

Say hi to Linda for us and let her know how much we miss her already.

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Highly recommend the For Friends Inn in Santa Ynez. Jim and Debbie could not have been more helpful in making it a wonderful stay. They catered to our every need ranging from dinner suggestions, biking directions and including my Vegan diet by making tofu scramble one day for breakfast and making sure there were vegan friendly appetizers for the late afternoon get togethers. Very comfortable accommodations with all 1st class amenities. Most of all we just enjoyed sitting and talking with them about life experiences and learning we have sons that live 1 block from each other in Chicago. Wish we were not 3,000 miles away or we would make sure to stay there at least every few months. They have appropriately named the Inn because we came as guests and left as friends- Jeff in Cleveland Ohio

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Jeff w
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Jeff,

We were just talking about you two. How neat it is that our kids live near each other? WHat a small world! Chicago is such a wonderful town. We miss it (and our kids), but not the winters.

Thanks SO much for your 5-star review. Debbie likes making speciality breakfasts and has become quite good at whipping up some delicious vegan delights (I especially love her vegan chocolate cookies. . . but she gets irked when I sneak them).

Like you, we wish you were closer to FFI, so you could pop in for a visit more often. Rest assured we will be here for you when you two want to escape that cold Cleveland winter that's drawing near. After 54 years in Chicago, we know how those can go on and on and on and on and on….

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Our fifth stay at this beautiful country inn. Jim and Debbie are the friendly, helpful owners. Beautifully decorated rooms named after local wineries. Debbie's gourmet breakfasts are super! Each evening is spent in the back garden area with assorted premium wines and nibbles along with Jim's guitar entertainment, lots of fun. We always enjoy spending the afternoon playing ball with Smitty, their golden-doodle, he's so much fun. We highly reccomend this inn for the perfect getaway!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Bruce752
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Bruce,

Thanks for this review. . . We are truly blessed to have friends like you two. It's nearly impossible to express in words our feelings for you both. You hold such a special place in our hearts. Truthfully, we look forward to your retirement, hoping (a little selfishly) that we'll see you even more. Rest assured that you will always have a room here waiting for you. No matter what. . . .

Say hi to Gee.

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie . . . and Smitty
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Highly recommend the For Friends Inn in Santa Ynez. Can't say enough good things about Jim and Debbie...they are excellent innkeepers! A great host and hostess! And you get to meet Smitty, the Inn dog! The accommodations were comfortable, the breakfasts excellent, and the afternoon snacks, wine, and entertainment (yes, Jim uses his music training to sing and play guitar for his guests) added to our relaxing and fun experience. The Inn is within walking distance of several great restaurants and wine tasting rooms. All in all, a fun time and as advertised, we "left the Inn as friends!" We shall return!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Michael D
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Michael,

What an absolute treat to have all six of you long-time friends here at our little inn. We had so much fun during your visit. We were actually just talking about some of the humorous idioms that Hal would offer up at breakfast. Maybe we call them Halisms. . .

A million thanks for your wonderful words and 5-star review. It's easy to do what we do when we're having so much fun with friends like you six. In fact, when's the next visit? We're ready to see you all again soon!

Say hello to everyone and give our best and our love to one and all.

See you soon!

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty
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Mission Viejo, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

My wife and I stayed at ForFriends Inn last Sunday and Monday. When we checked in, we were given a choice of rooms and we chose the Palmina tower. We went to happy hour the first evening and quickly made friends with all of the other guests. Jim and Debbie are amazing hosts and the food and accommodations were superb. Jim was full of recommendations for things to do in the area and we took him up on all of them as we hadn't been to Santa Ynez before. They gave us a handwritten card when we checked in and also when we left and they were very welcoming to all of the guests throughout our stay. We will definitely be back the next time we go to Santa Barbara County for wine tasting.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Glen R
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Glen,

What a treat it was for us to help you enjoy a special anniversary weekend getaway. We were so happy that you chose the Palmina Tower — such a great room to stretch out and relax.

Thanks a million for your kind words and 5-star review. We are always humbled and honored to read our new friends' comments. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such wonderful words about us and your stay. It's easy to be good hosts when we have such wonderful visitors as you folks.

Please come visit again soon (Smitty misses you).

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty
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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

In September last year I realized I had left it too late to book a hotel for the annual Celebration of Harvest at Rancho Sisquoc - I called a wino friend who suggested FFI. I wasn't too keen on the idea of a B&B but called anyway and I'm so glad I did. Now I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else in the Valley.

It's easy to see why Jim and Debbie become friends with so many of their visitors - they are quality people who do everything they can to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. The daily Happy Hour is a highlight where you can taste local wines, listen to great music and meet some very cool people. No review would be complete without mention of Debbie's rosemary popovers - just magic!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Fulham9
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thanks for the great review. . . and 5 stars nonetheless! Although, truth be told, Debbie's pop-overs may have swayed your vote. Gotta admit, they are fantastic. It's all we can do not to eat them up before they get to the table.

We're honored that you wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. It's so much fun having you here, and your song suggestions have helped augment our happy hour repertoire. Keep those tunes coming. As you know, like you, we're also British Invasion fans and would love to play even more.

Until we see you again (which looks to be VERY soon), all the best to you.

See you soon.

Jim, Debbie, Dave, Katie. . . and Smitty
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Property: ForFriends Inn
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ForFriends Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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 socializing ... more   less 
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