Now this is what I call luxurious. The setting couldn’t have been any better. For Friends is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, right smack in the middle of the very charming downtown area, and less than five minutes from Los Olivos and Solvang. This immaculately detailed seven-room boutique bed & breakfast lies in the heart of the Santa Barbara County Wine Country and is surrounded by rolling hills, cattle ranches, horse farms and over 100 gorgeous vineyards.
You can walk to most of the restaurants and even the local cowboy-dancing bar, Maverick Saloon. Everything was at your fingertips, what a great experience!
What I truly loved about For Friends Inn is their uncompromising hospitality. They really do their best to make your stay memorable, just like you’re in someone’s very elegant home. You can relax and make friends at the same time at For Friends Inn.
Completed in 2005, For Friends Inn was built in the fashion of a large Craftsman farmhouse. Great care has been given to combine Wine Country and the New West with a touch of elegance to create a perfect wine country getaway for couples and friends seeking a brief respite from their busy lives.
For Friends Inn features seven luxurious guest rooms in three separate buildings. All of the rooms offer a king-sized bed, large private bathrooms and are elegantly appointed, providing an array of personal touches and all of the desirable amenities one deserves. There is free Wi-Fi in each room and everywhere throughout the property. Each room includes air-conditioning as well as its own fireplace and private balconies or porch. There’s also a gorgeous Wine Garden with a large deck, patio and gazebo for outdoor gatherings. As well as a huge wraparound front porch, family room with a river rock fireplace. Other amenities include laundry facilities with detergent, an easy-light gas BBQ, security gates, a private parking lot, and even adult dogs up to 40lbs welcomed for an additional fee. The main house has five luxurious rooms complete with private balconies, walk-in showers, tubs, and working gas fireplaces or stoves for a more romantic atmosphere. Those with private tastes may enjoy the cozy Carmichael Cottage or the truly unique two-story suite in the Sunstone Tower. You can also rent the whole property for a big group they call it For Friends Manor. Friends and family can enjoy the comfort and amenities of this spacious estate all to themselves. There is a huge kitchen with two ovens, two sinks, two dishwashers, and microwave. There’s even a full complement of dishware, cookware, flatware, and everything you need for entertaining a large family gathering.
They graciously offer a Friendship Pass which entitles you over $300 in complimentary wine tastings at over 30 excellent vineyards, and over $50 in free appetizers at local restaurants.
You can also enjoy a short, leisurely stroll to some of the Valley’s best restaurants and entertainment, just steps away in downtown Santa Ynez (no need to drive). Later, your evenings can be spent lounging on the Inn’s large wraparound front porch, strolling through the peaceful, lighted Wine Garden, or relaxing on a private balcony with wonderful views of the Valley’s surrounding mountains and infinite stars above.
They serve a decent three-course breakfast that changes every day. The fabulous meal includes many scrumptious homemade specialties like granola and fresh baked bread or rolls that are always available. You also have your choice of scrambled eggs or a casserole quiche type of a dish. They also have a happy hour in the floral Wine Garden or comfy front room with wine and nibbles, a great way to meet the other guests and socialize.
The staff is remarkable, always having a smile and giving you just the right amount of information needed to have a memorable vacation. You are in the best part of the world, and have all the tools to drink great wine and be in the lap of luxury the whole time, what a concept.
However you spend your time at For Friends Inn, you arrive as guest and leave as a friend.
For Friends Inn
1121 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA.
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