My wife and I just spent three nights at the Briar Patch Inn and I would find it hard to believe why anyone visiting this place wouldn't agree that it is special. Unlike many properties in Sedona which seem to be located on small parcels of land, the Briar Patch sits on nine acres. And what nine acres they are. The first adjective that comes to mind in describing them is "shady". In Sedona, that seems to be a rarity. We went in June and, as one would expect, the sun was blazing down pretty good. It was so nice to come back to a leafy retreat. We never put on the air conditioning. The Briar Patch is located about two miles north of downtown Sedona (which is called "uptown") on the beautiful road leading down from Flagstaff. Each cottage is geared to privacy and thus they are scattered throughout the property. All are located in the shade. Whoever did the landscaping did a magnificent job.
All b & b's tout their breakfasts, but this one is something else. While the breakfast food is certainly very good, it is not the food that makes the experience so pleasant, but where you eat it. The breakfast is set up in the beautiful central building which serves as the reception/lobby area to the property. While you could take it back to your room, most guests carry it by tray out to tables that are set up (in the shade) overlooking the creek. What a scene. But there's more. While you are eating breakfast, a duo is playing classical music. You just want to linger-and you can, since breakfast is served from 8 to 10. The staff is right on top of things, walking around making sure that everyone is pleased with their table and meal. Yet they are not in any way obtrusive.
Our cottage was lovely--very tastefully done. The furniture was extremely comfortable and obviously not bought en masse. Some inns and b & b's try to project individuality but fail. Not this one.
As far as being outside uptown Sedona, this, in my opinion, is a plus. While the red rock views are great, uptown Sedona is poplulated by t-shirt stores and stores selling cheap souvenirs. Hucksters tried to engage us in conversation. I have visited Sedona twice and both times I couldn't wait to get out of the uptown area.
If you want a memorable stay in Sedona, put the Briar Patch on your list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful 9 acres along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Nineteen individual cabins, kitchens, fireplaces, private patios, and free breakfast included. Creekside massage is available in our open air gazebo. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Briar Patch Inn Sedona
- Briar Patch Hotel Sedona