ForFriends Inn

1121 Edison Street , Santa Ynez, CA 93460 USA (Show map)
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>>Check-in is 3:00-6:00pm. If you're going to arrive late, please call us at (805) 693-0303 and we'll be glad to make arrangements for your late arrival.<< 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 eight 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 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

3 Buttonwood

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, balcony, gas stove, sitting area, and writing desk.

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

Nightly Rate: $350 - $400

6 The Cottage

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, amish stove, sitting area, writing desk, and private entrance.

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

Nightly Rate: $300 - $350

8 Californian

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, gas fireplace, sitting area, and writing desk.

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

Nightly Rate: $330 - $350

2 Imagine

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, balcony, gas fireplace, sitting area, and writing desk.

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

Nightly Rate: $350 - $400

7 Artiste

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, gas stove, sitting area, and writing desk.

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

Nightly Rate: $350 - $400

1 Demetria

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, balcony, gas stove, sitting area, and writing desk.

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

Nightly Rate: $350 - $400

5 Sunstone Tower

Two floor suite with king bed and queen bed, private bathroom, balcony, fireplace and gas stove, sitting area, wet bar, game table, and private entrance.

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

Nightly Rate: $420 - $480

4 Beckmen

Suite with king bed, private bathroom, balcony, gas stove, sitting area, writing desk, and private entrance.

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

Nightly Rate: $340 - $390

*6 Buttonwood

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

*2 Tercero

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

*4 Demetria

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

*8 Sunstone Tower

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

*1 Kalyra Cottage

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

*7 Artiste

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

*3 Beckmen

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

*5 Imagine

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

9 The Manor

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Beds 8 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $2500 - $1900

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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 &amp; Mountain Cycling, Glider Rides, Hot Air Ballon Rides, Hiking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Electric vehicle charging, Fridge, Ironing Board, 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, Bath robes, 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

Wine Tasting

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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: A 50% deposit guaranteed with a current/valid credit card is required when booking. Posted rates do not include county bed taxes. (NOTE: Credit cards on file must be kept up to date and valid through the last day of the reservation)
  • Cancellations: Cancellations (Reservations of up to five room nights): If canceling before 3:00 pm more than 14 days prior to check-in, there is a 100% refund less credit card transaction fees and applicable commissions and a $35 service fee. The refund will be issued within 72 hours of the cancellation. If canceling after 3:00 p.m. within 14 days of your stay, the remainder of your balance will be collected and the room nights will be opened for rebooking. Should a rebooking occur, you will be refunded the amount of your payments less the difference collected from the rebooking and any credit card transaction fees and applicable commissions and a $35 service fee. Refunds will be issued within 72 hours of the rebooking. In all cases, ForFriends Inn reserves the right to issue refunds in the form of a check regardless of the manner in which the monies were received. A shortening of your stay is also deemed as a cancelation. Note: Reservations requiring six room nights or longer should refer to the Groups Cancelations policy. (NOTE: Credit cards on file must be kept up to date and valid through the last day of the reservation) Group/Extended Stay Cancelations (Reservations of 6 rm-nts or more): Please call the inn at (805) 693-0303 for details.
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Kendra McClelland

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About the innkeepers

We love helping people to (re)connect with each other and to create wonderful memories. Having been long-time B&B'ers ourselves, we knew that owning and running a B&B would be very fulfilling. And, we love wine country. As wine enthusiasts, we have created the perfect wine country get-away for those already into the wine lifestyle and for those who are simply curious about wine country.

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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.

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