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We Specialize In Unique & Memorable Company Retreats

Offering exclusive use for small teams of 5-15

SANTA YNEZ

DRIVE FROM LOS ANGELES OR FLY INTO SANTA BARBARA

This is Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Surrounded by mountains, vines, rolling golden hills, and equestrian estates in the midst of the quaint valley town of Santa Ynez – groups enjoy all of the comfort and charm expected from a boutique inn as well as first-class, concierge-crafted experiences. Everything needed to run a successful off-site is here. The ForFriends team has curated everything needed for teams to conduct highly productive meetings and morale-building activities. Expect your team to leave here refreshed and inspired.

PLANNING MADE EASY

NO NEED FOR AN EVENT PLANNING FIRM

Whether all work, all play, or a combination of both, planning the perfect off-site is easy.  We’ll lead you through the steps starting with our Sample Itineraries followed by a discussion of options for gatherings, meals, events, and activities. A site visit for planning purposes can also be arranged.  When the retreat begins, teams are spoiled with the standard of care provided by our staff including an on-site Coordinator, Tech Support and Concierge Services.

CHOICES

5 DIFFERENT MEETING SPACES & PLENTY OF BREAKOUTS

Facilities and operations have been designed to provide optimal settings, productivity and benefits to corporate teams. Located on nearly an acre in the urban setting of downtown Santa Ynez and with 9,000 ft2 under roof, ample spaces and options are available for large group meetings, small group breakout sessions, exercise gatherings, and catered events. Thanks to Central California weather, meeting outside is usually an option.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

MEET, STAY, EAT, & PLAY LIKE WINE COUNTRY INSIDERS

We spoil our guests.  With 14 rooms, exclusive use of the highly rated ForFriends is affordable.  Wondering what to do with downtime? ForFriends is just a short walk from many restaurants, shops, and entertainment saving the cost and hassle of group transportation.  Our very capable staff members are always on-site to ensure all of your team members are well cared for. With our relationships that include 50+ wineries, renown restaurants, live entertainment, and myriad activities, we make our guests feel like Wine Country Insiders.  

 

 

Booking Your Corporate Retreat Is Easy – Let Us Help You

We are committed to providing first-class service – before and during your retreat – to create an experience your team will appreciate and enjoy.

 

 

1

Choose Your Package

4 days/3 nights or 3 days/ 2 nights

2

Customize Your Itinerary

with breakouts, team
building exercises, activities,
adventures, and meals

3

Treat Your Team

Look forward to a memorable
off-site in wine country

Sample Itinerary: 4 days / 3 nights

Sample Itinerary:  4 days / 3 nights

Day 1

– 3:00pm:  Arrival & Check-in
– 5:00pm:  Welcome Wine, Live Music
– 6:30pm:  Group Dinner SY Kitchen
– 8:00pm:  Music & Fun at Maverick

 

Day 2

– 8:30am:  Breakfast at FFI
– 10:00am:  Team Mtg & Breakouts
– 12:00pm:  Gourmet Box Lunch
– 1:00pm:  Team Mtg & Breakouts
– 3:00pm:  Wine Blending Artiste Winery
– 5:00pm:  Wine & Hors d’oeuvres FFI
– 6:30pm:  Group Dinner Leonardo’s
– 8:00pm:  Free Time

 

Day 3

– 8:30am:  Breakfast at FFI
– 10:00am: Team Mtg & Breakouts
– 12:00pm: Group Bike Ride to Brander
– 4:00pm:  Free Time
– 5:00pm:  Wine & Music at FFI
– 6:30pm:  Group Dinner at Red Barn
– 8:00pm:  Music & Fun at Maverick

Day 4

– 8:30am: Breakfast at FFI
– 10:00am: Wrap-up Meeting
– 11:00am: Check-out & Good-byes

 

 

Sample Itinerary: 3 days / 2 nights
Day 1
– 3:00pm:  Arrival & Check-in
– 5:00pm:  Welcome Wine, Live Music
– 6:30pm:  Group Dinner SY Kitchen
– 8:00pm:  Music & Fun at Maverick

Day 2
– 8:30am:  Breakfast at FFI
– 10:00am:  Team Mtg & Breakouts
– 12:00pm:  Gourmet Box Lunch
– 1:00pm:  Wine Blending Artiste Winery
– 3:00pm:  Free Time in Los Olivos
– 5:00pm:  Wine & Hors d’oeuvres FFI
– 6:30pm:  Group Dinner at Red Barn
– 8:00pm:  Free Time

Day 3
– 8:30am: Breakfast at FFI
– 10:00am: Wrap-up Meeting
– 11:00am: Check-out & Good-byes

Expect concierge service + assistance with planning, support & recommendations

FAQs

Location & Contacts

– Santa Ynez, CA (45 mins from Santa Barbara & SBA, 10 mins from Solvang)
– www.forfriendsinn.com
[email protected]
– (805) 693-0303

Capacity

The ForFriends Inn & Village Estate offers accommodations for all preferences. 14 total rooms are available, each including either one king bed or one king and one queen bed. Double occupancy is available – perfect for guests who wish to include family members or to extend their visit.

  • 2 Deluxe Inn Rooms – traditional Inn rooms with king beds (options for double occupancy)
  • 4 Inn Suites – traditional luxury Inn rooms with king beds (options for double occupancy)
  • Kalyra Cottage – charming, freestanding cottage with king bed (options for double occupancy)
  • Sunstone Tower – a spacious, freestanding tower with one king bed downstairs and one queen upstairs
  • 6 modern California bungalows – each have one king bed and one queen bed and studio layouts with kitchenettes

Planning & Day-Of Support

– We love to make recommendations & reservations
– Our Corp Services Team will organize it all for you
– Our staff will take care of your team while here at the inn

Itineraries

– No minimum length of stay (except on Saturdays)
– Suggest to start with our sample itinerary and customize to your liking

Meeting & Breakout Spaces

– Living Room (Main House, 1,000 ft2, up to 40 people)
– Garden (Outdoor, 1,000 ft2, up to 40 people)
– Front Porch (Outdoor, 2@200 ft2 sections, up to 10 people per section)
– Kitchen (Main House, 300 ft2, up to 10 people around the island)

Technology

– Ultra High-Speed Business Class WiFi
– Projector & Screen
– 48″ Monitor on Rolling Stand
– Streaming Services
– Easels & Flipcharts
– On-Site Tech

Refreshments

– All day coffee, tea, soft drinks, & homemade cookies
– Wine & Hors d’oeuvres each afternoon

Group Dining Options

– Renowned restaurants with group seating for up to 40, Walking distance from inn
– Several others just a short drive away
– Multiple options for catering at the inn, Use of kitchen available

Activities & Adventures

– Wine & Hors d’oeuvres (Daily at the inn, Local winemakers and live music)
– Wine Tasting (Complimentary wine tasting on us at 40+ wineries)
– Wine Blending Workshop (2 1/2 hrs, Competitive & Educational)
– Wine Tasting Room Tours (4-5 hrs, Guided, 3-4 wineries, Can include lunch)
– Wine Cellar Tours (2 hrs, Guided, Several nearby wineries)
– Bike Rides Thru the Vines (3-4 hrs, Guided, eBikes for all skills and fitness)
– Horseback Rides Thru the Vines & Backcountry (2 hrs, Guided, All skill levels)
– Golf (Four 18-hole, par 72 courses)
– Maverick Saloon (Authentic western saloon, Music and dancing)
– Cold Spring Tavern (Authentic stage coach stop, Great food and live music)
– Spas (Several choices within walking distance or short drive away)

Transportation

– Several transportation options available in the area
– Uber is well established

Privacy

– ForFriends Inn is for your exclusive use during your stay

Inn Dog

– Wrigley is on-call & usually available
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Call To Begin Planning Your Retreat Today

805.693.0303