ForFriends Inn

1121 Edison Street , Santa Ynez, CA 93460 USA (Show map)


Opened in 2005 and located in downtown Santa Ynez, CA in beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country only minutes from Solvang and Los Olivos ForFriends Inn is a boutique B&B with seven luxurious rooms, suites and cottages. Rooms feature fireplaces, private balconies and luxurious bathrooms and ultra comfortable king-sized beds. At check-in you'll receive our Friendship Pass that offers over $300 in complimentary wine tastings and food at several area wineries and restaurants. A delicious three-course homemade breakfast is provided at the inn each morning. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and beverages are served at the daily afternoon happy hours and are often accompanied by live music, games, socializing and fun. Many guests also love to play games in the front parlor, on the wraparound porch or cozy gazebo. There is free wifi throughout the property. Be sure to visit our Web site to check out our discounts/specials and to make a reservation.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Just amazing!

5 on January 28, 2016

Here it is, in a nutshell: Clean, very comfortable, quiet, great location, super value, great breakfast and treats, friendly and accommodating owners, and just all around super duper. And I am incredibly picky! Hated to leave, and can't wait to return! One of the best inns I can ever remember staying in. Seriously. I can't say enough positive things about this place!

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast

5 on December 14, 2013

My husband and I have celebrated our anniversary for many years by spending a few days relaxing in this area. I wish we had discovered this wonderful bed and breakfast years ago. Everything about this B and B is perfect. Our room was gorgeous! The owners, Debbie and Jim are so warm and welcoming and Debbie's breakfast is incredible. We look forward to our next stay, and highly recommend this charming Bed and Breakfast.

Veterans Day Donation

5 on November 16, 2013

Being a Vietnam veteran on a fixed income it is so special when someone such as Jim & Debbie the owners of ForFriends Inn donates their rooms to veterans for Veterans Day. When we arrived we thought we were stepping back in time because the house and "out buildings" looked to be 50-100 years old. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was only about 7 or 8 years old so the windows didn't leak air, the floors were level, everything worked like a charm. Debbie was the gracious hostess showing us everything we needed to know to get comfortable. Jim entertained us during the afternoon wine/cheese time and made arrangements for local restaurants to be generous to veterans too. Not your typical B&B and certainly not your typical hosts. We WILL return again some day. Thank you for your generous use of your place.

Loved, loved it!

5 on March 01, 2013

We were there celebrating a family member's retirement., along with 5 other couples. Everything about this B & B is perfect, from the delicious food to the beautiful accomodations. Debbie's appetizers at happy hour, as well her breakfasts reflect her talents in baking and cooking, and make me hungry to think about even now. Our room was so inviting and romantic and meticulous...we felt as though we were the first ones ever to stay there, from the fabulously comfortable bed, to the sparkling black and white tiles in our gorgeous bathroom. They gave us a tour of all the rooms when we first arrived, and they were all special in their own way. We would have loved staying in any one of them! But the icing on the cake for this place are the owners themselves. Their warmth and positive energy and spirit fill this lovely inn with fun and laughter and even great music. Jim and Dave both sing and play guitar during happy hour, and while the wine is flowing freely, so are the nostalgic tunes sending out good vibrations throughout the room. My husband enjoyed singing along, and they even had a brief encore performance at breakfast. It was a wonderful, fun memory for sure! Not to be forgotten is Smitty, an adorable golden labradoodle who is the resident mascot. Even if you are not a dog person, you will fall in love with this dog for sure! The location is ideal, walking one block to the darling little downtown, as well as a short drive to wine tasting vineyards. Santa Inez is breathtakingly beautiful. The ForFriends Inn has a gorgeous outdoor garden area for seating and happy hours, as well as special events, when the weather is warmer. This B & B is perfectly named because you truly do feel as though you arrive as guests, yet leave as friends. We look forward to going back, and highly recommend it!

Great Stay in Santa Barbara Wine Country

4.8 on February 11, 2013

Close to everything yet apart enough to relax. Wonderful innkeepers-helpful but not overbearing. Great breakfasts and evening reception. Will stay here again

Fabulous B&B with Amazing Inn Keepers - Very Special

4.6 on October 17, 2012

ForFriends B&B is lovely on every level. From the comfy rooms with wonderful details that make each room unique to the Inn Keepers who are literally 4 friends who decided to leave the corporate world, buy and run this Inn together, this place is romantic and located in the quaint, less touristy town of Santa Ynez, which is close to Solvang and many wineries. One of my favorite things about this inn was their attention to details: They had delicious macadamia nut coffee, AMAZING homemade shortbread cookies, and a wine&cheese "happy hour" each night where the owners play music for everyone! We stayed in the Big Valley room which was super cute, western is style, with a balcony and little fire place. The only thing I wish it had was feather pillows and softer sheets. We will definitely make ForFriends Inn the only place we stay when visiting the Santa Ynez wine country.

Girls weekend

5 on September 05, 2012

The Edison soon to be For friends inn was a amazing weekend get away. This B&B was not your typical B&B's. Not stuffy, cozy yet fresh decor, comfortable beds, and quite a few young couples for a change. Love this place! The moment we stepped foot in the main room we were welcomed Just as though we were family. Jim, Debbie, Dave, and Katie are the perfect team. Their purpose is to offer the best experience at the same time they're loving what they do. Not only did we have a great time but the other couples during the happy hour in their lovely garden also seemed to be having a wonderful time. This is a hidden jewel and town is quite small but offers quality shops and resturants unique in its self. And by the way, pictures Do not do justice. I give it an 10+ they didn't miss a beat! I will definitely be back for the yummy homemade granola.

Outstanding new ownership!

5 on September 03, 2012

My husband and I had a great time at the Edison Street Inn (soon to be For Friends Inn). We had never been to Santa Ynez and were just looking for a relaxing weekend with a little wine. From our booking to our wine tastings and bike riding, the owners (Jim, Dave, Deb, and Katie) were beyond helpful and accommodating. We felt like part of the family! The happy hour was a highlight since Jim and Dave encouraged us to join in on their live music. The breakfasts were delicious and healthy- Deb's homemade granola was amazing! The rooms are large and clean. Even though the whole place was booked both nights, we never felt like it was crowded. We highly recommend this place! You'll truly leave with new friends!

The greatest place to stay in Santa Ynez!

4.6 on December 06, 2011

My husband and I just enjoyed our second stay at this awesome inn! It had been about 2-3 years since our first stay of which we had very fond memories. The owner and innkeeper, Larry, is warm and thoughtful, and we genuinely enjoyed spending time sitting in front of the cozy fireplace with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee engaging in conversation. The common areas as well as the guest rooms are immaculate, spacious, and very tastefully decorated and appointed. The location of the ini is perfect in that it is right at the edge of the small quaint town of Santa Ynez, and within a very short walking distance from some wonderful restaurants. Despite it's close proximity to the town, the inn is very peaceful and quiet. Larry was very informative about some great spots to hit, and his recommendations were spot on! Although there is no hot breakfast served directly on the premises, there is an arrangement with a local cafe for a full breakfast as part of the package, so you get a tremendous variety to choose from, and the wait staff of the restaurant could not have been more pleasant. We vow to make a trip up to stay at this charming inn annually, as we just came away with such a great relaxed feeling after staying there both times. We just cannot say enough good things about this establishment! Val and Jeff 11/11

Loved this Place!

5 on August 29, 2011

We recently visited this quaint, beautiful place in Santa Ynez. It is the vallely's best kept secret! Great rooms, fun hospitality, wonderful time! We'll definitely be back!!!

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Rooms & Rates


The largest single room at the inn, Consilience features a super comfy, deluxe king bed that beckons you after a memorable day enjoying gorgeous Santa Barbara Wine Country. Rustic, hammered tin tiles handsomely frame the fully automated working iron stove. Simply push a button and you willl enjoy a romantic fire while relaxing in a pair of plush chairs. Step into the cheery, bright bathroom and marvel at its gleaming tile work and huge walk-in shower. Accommodates up to three adults with added inflatable bed. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the inn property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $350


Demetria is named after one of the finest wineries in the Valley. The room is fashioned in a Victorian elegance meets Craftsman simplicity decor. Room amenities include a king-sized bed, an ornate cast iron fireplace, large private balcony with town and valley views, antique furnishings and a bathroom featuring a large corner tub for two and a separate walk-in shower. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the inn property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $350


Imagine features a super comfy king-sized bed with an impressive wrought iron frame. Relax after a wonderful day in the Valley in two wing back chairs, or log onto to your computer and use complimentary Wi-Fi while sitting at the antique writing desk. A large, working stone fireplace is yours to enjoy at the push of a button. Enjoy your favorite shows on the flat-screen HD television or relax and your private balcony with panoramic views of the property, town and nearby mountain ranges. The bathroom features a shower/Jacuzzi. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $330


Buttonwood is named for a gorgeous 109-acre Santa Ynez Valley vineyard & farm. Fashioned in the style of a Santa Ynez ranch, the room is decorated in knotty pine and gingham wall coverings with distressed oak plank flooring and features leather furnishings and a custom designed king size bed. Guests can enjoy the warmth of the buck stove fireplace, the relaxation of a shower/Jacuzzi tub, a flatscreen TV, a small private balcony, and spectacular Valley views. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $330


Situated on the lower level of the Inn with a private entrance, Beckmen is named for one of Los Olivos' most gorgeous, fun and accommodating vineyards. The room features a handcrafted wrought iron king size bed, flatscreen television, seating area in a bay window, a cast iron gas fireplace, and an exquisite bathroom with a large glass enclosed shower for two. The front door connects the room to a secluded area of the wraparound porch where you can enjoy a comfy glider love seat for two. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $330

Sunstone Tower

Nestled in the back of the property, Sunstone Tower features 11' ceilings and is decorated in timbers with a theme reminiscent of the California Gold Rush era. Guests enjoy the coziness of a king-sized bed beside a river rock fireplace. Adjacent is a large bathroom with beautiful tile work and a spacious walk-in shower. The second floor offers beautiful views of the valley and mountains plus a rustic bar/eating area, refrigerator, futon and game table. Accommodates up to four adults when including futon and inflatable bed. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $200 - $360

Carmichael Cottage

Carmichael Cottage is a cozy, private building nestled away on the property. Designed in the style of a master ranch hand's quarters, you'll enjoy a deluxe king bed with wrought iron frame. The climate system will warm you on chilly nights or cool you after a warm day exploring Wine Country. For more intimate climate and lighting, switch on the automated Amish fireplace. Finally, refresh yourself in the full bathroom, complete with a soothing, walk-in shower. Free wifi/internet access in the room and throughout the property.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $330

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Location Type

Downtown, Wine country


Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 26 miles

Directions to property:

US Hwy 101 north to Hwy 246, east on Hwy 246 past Solvang to Edison Street, left on Edison Street, one block, to the Inn. Hwy 246 is also accessible from State Hwy 154 exit in Santa Barbara. Guests travelling south on US Hwy 101 will exit at Hwy 154, go past Los Olivos, to Edison Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Horseback Riding, Light Plane Airport, Art Galleries, Wine Tasting (130+ area wineries), Easy-to-advanced Road & Mountain Cycling, Glider Rides, Hot Air Ballon Rides, Hiking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Parking, Telephone , Guitars; Percussion Instruments; Floral Wine Garden; Private Gazebo; Wraparound Porch with Tables, Chairs and Gliders; Security gates

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Live Music/Sing-alongs, Board & Parlor Games, Happy Hours with Wine tasting & Hors d'oeuvres

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No No smoking anywhere on the property, inside or outside.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No 12yrs > never alone. Under 21yrs. barred from alcohol areas.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No No pets allowed.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends require two-night stay
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Fifty percent (50%) of the reservation total will be charged to credit card at time of booking.
  • Cancellations: Cancelation: As a small inn dealing almost exclusively with advance reservations, date changes and cancelations affect us significantly — especially those made during special events and holidays. If you find it necessary to cancel, please call by 3:00 p.m. fourteen (14) days before your scheduled arrival date and your credit card will be refunded your deposit less a $35 service charge. If canceling after 3:00 p.m. within fourteen (14) days of your stay, you will be charged for the full amount of your reservation at the time of cancelation. If we can rebook your room nights, you will be refunded monies we receive for the new reservation, less a $35 service fee. A shortening of your stay is also deemed as a cancelation. Note: Single room reservations of five nights or longer have a 60-day cancelation policy. Groups/Extended Stays: Groups requiring six or more room nights — whether booked as a whole group or individually — have a 60-day cancelation policy. One hundred percent (100%) payment is required in advance. If canceling after 3:00 p.m. within 60 days of your stay, you will be charged for the full amount of your reservation at the time of cancelation. If we can rebook the entire inn for the same amount of time as your stay, you will be refunded monies we receive for the new reservation, less a $100 service fee. If canceling outside 60 days of your stay, you will be refunded your deposit less a $200 service charge. A shortening of your stay is also deemed as a cancelation.



Jim/Debbie Campbell and Dave/Katie Pollock

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 8:30am - 10:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

, Breakfast alternatives for dietary and allergy restrictions are available with 72-hour advance notice.


Special Package

2016 Spring/summer/fall Specials

Here are three fantastic ways to save during 2016 weekday getaways to wine country: -One-night stay is only $250 in select rooms; -Two-night stay is only $225/nt. in select rooms; -Three night stay is only $200/nt. in select rooms. Call 805-693-0303 or book online today! NOTE: Available Monday – Thursday nights only. Exclusions: The Demetria room and Sunstone Tower; all Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, special events or combining with other specials or discounts. Taxes and additional purchases are extra. Must book directly with ForFriends Inn and not through any outside booking agent. Offer expires 10/31/16.

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