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 Jacuzzi tubs 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 wine, hors d'oeuvres and beverages are offered daily in the inn's beautiful floral Wine Garden, accompanied by weekend live music and sing-alongs. Many guests love to play games in the front parlor, on the wraparound porch or cozy gazebo. Be sure to visit our Web site to check out our discounts/specials and to make a reservation.
The largest single room at the inn, Fontes and Phillips 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.
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 Jacuzzi tub for two and a separate glass enclosed shower.
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 has marble floors with a shower and Jacuzzi tub!
Beckmen is named for one of the Valley's most gorgeous, fun and accommodating vineyards. 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 Jacuzzi tub, a small private balcony, and spectacular Valley views.
Situated on the lower level of the Inn with a private entrance, William James is named after a wonderful Los Olivos Winery. The room features a handcrafted wrought iron king size bed, flat-screen television, seating area in the 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.
Palmina Tower is nestled in the back of the property, next to the floral pathway and Wine Garden. It features eleven-foot-high ceilings and is decorated in timbers of the Great Pacific Northwest with a theme reminiscent of the California Gold Rush era. Guests will enjoy the coziness of a king-sized bed beside a river rock fireplace. Adjacent is a large bathroom with beautiful tile work and featuring spacious a glass-enclosed shower. The second floor offers beautiful views of the valley and mountains plus a rustic bar/eating area, refrigerator, futon and game table.
Carmichael Cottage is a cozy building nestled away on the property that offers you total privacy. DDesigned in the style of a master ranch hand&#8217;s quarters, you&#8217;ll enjoy a comfy, deluxe king bed with elegantly designed, wrought iron frame. Flip on the remote controlled climate system to warm on a chilly night or cool off after a warm day exploring Santa Barbara Wine Country. Or if you prefer 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Downtown, Village, Wine country
Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 26 miles
Exit airport following the US Hwy 101 signs. Take 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.
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, Art galleries, Light plane airport, Horse ranches, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Wine tasting (77 area wineries), Easy-to-advanced road cycling, Casino, Glider rides, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Country Inn
BBQ grill, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Piano, Telephone
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Wraparound porch with tables, chairs and gliders, Security gates, Percussion instruments, Wine Garden, Private gazebo, Guitars
Jim/Debbie Campbell and Dave/Katie Pollock
Delicious 3-course homemade breakfast creation!
, Made to Order
Stay between March 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014 and enjoy the following Spring Special Rates: • Weeknights (Sun. – Thurs.): $225/nt. for ANY room. You'll save up to $95/nt. • Weekends (Fri./Sat.): $250/nt. for ANY room. You'll save up to $70/nt. Best of all, you'll enjoy all these same wonderful amenities as offered at our Standard Rates: • A scrumptious three-course homemade breakfast • Daily happy hour with wine, hors d’oeuvres and weekend live music • Over $300 in complimentary winery tastings and local restaurant food. Call or book online today! Sorry, offer not valid on holidays, holiday weekends, special events or combined with any other discount, promotion or bedandbreakfast.com gift card. Must book directly with ForFriends Inn and not through any outside booking agent. Taxes and additional purchases not included. Expires 04/30/14.
Stay weekdays (Sun-Thursday) between May 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014 and enjoy the following special rates: • $250/nt. for ANY room. You'll save up to $70/nt. Best of all, you'll enjoy all these same wonderful amenities as offered at our Standard Rates: • A scrumptious three-course homemade breakfast • Daily happy hour with wine, hors d’oeuvres and weekend live music • Over $300 in complimentary winery tastings and local restaurant food. Call or book online today! Sorry, offer not valid on holidays, holiday weekends, special events or combined with any other discount, promotion or bedandbreakfast.com gift card. Must book directly with ForFriends Inn and not through any outside booking agent. Taxes and additional purchases not included. Expires 10/31/14.