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“Excellent B&B”
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ForFriends Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Santa Ynez B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 December 2013

We stayed just this week at the ForFriends B&B. We have been to many B&Bs over the years and this is one of the best. The room was fantastic, beautiful furnishings, very clean and well maintained. Owners Debbie and Jim were very friendly and treated us like family. The food was outstanding: one of the best breakfasts we have ever had. We highly recommend this B&B.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good size and have good furnishings. Our room, Demetria , had a large shower and...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Richard W
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2013

Rick,

Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We enjoyed meeting you both and spending time getting to know you. Demetria is our most popular room, so we're happy that you got to enjoy its comfort and amenities. Thanks also for complimenting Debbie's breakfast (her secret ingredient is love — I know from 27 years of experience and enjoyment). It was fun seeing you interact with Smitty — he's such a charmer.

We sure hope that we'll get to see you both again soon. Perhaps try another room (they're ALL great), and maybe on a weekend night when we have wineries come pour and we're playing live music for all the guests to enjoy, everything from Elvis to Adele. On the other hand, there's something to be said about a nice quiet getaway. Plenty of those left this winter.

Happy Holidays!

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

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I have been to ForFriends Inn 3 times. The first time, my boyfriend and I were looking for a place to stay at the Santa Ynez end of the "Santa Barbara" wine country. The second time, we spoiled one of my nieces and took her there during a wine-tasting outing. And the third and most recent time, I went with 3 girlfriends for a "girls' weekend." We are so thankful to have found this Inn, as well as meeting Debbie & Jim and Katie & Dave, and Smitty! They are wonderful people, wonderful hosts, and they have a lovely Inn. Such a blast every time! They are so fun and so welcoming. And the food! The breakfast has been delicious every single time! One of our favorite things to participate in, is the evening cheese+wine and music "happy hour." (I don't think it will ever last "only" an hour whenever we're there!) Can't say enough positive things about our 4 friends at ForFriends and their very special hospitality. And we love Smitty, too!

Room Tip: The main house rooms are comfy and cozy. The cottage and tower are great for a little added privacy.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Sandy D
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2013

Sandy,

Wow, what a review! Our goal in opening this B&B was to meet wonderful people like you and make friends. . . Boy, you two are SO special to us. Each time you leave is a so sad and each time you come back is like family returning. You always put a smile on our faces. We all seem to have so much in common — it's SO easy to relax, chat and sing together. We are truly lucky to have you as friends and can't wait for your next visit….in February! Yea! Can't come soon enough.

Happy Holidays. We'll see you soon.

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

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Highly recommended for anyone staying in the area, it was a great experience.. Upon arrival there were flowers waiting for us and the host Lisa offered us the choice of red, white or rose wine. The room was top notch, with the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on. Everything about the Inn was 5 stars, as good as it gets. Thank you Jim and Debbie for the wonderful stay!

Room Tip: the cabin room felt just like a mountain cabin!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mike s
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ForFriendsInn, Owner at ForFriends Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2013

Mike,

Thanks so much for the wonderful 5-star review. We're happy that you enjoyed yourselves so much. It was a nice getaway for you folks and you certainly deserve it. We're glad you enjoyed the flowers, wine and room — "as good as it gets" is an amazing compliment. Thanks you so very, very much for staying with us and for taking the time to write the review. It means SO much to us.

Hope to see you soon!

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

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 - £304 (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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