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Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek
Ranked #29 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
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Logan, UT
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“Breathtaking view, amazing food...”
Reviewed May 15, 2011

This is a great oasis in the Sedona desert, really it is Sedona like you have never seen it before. Lush green grass and trees, flowers blooming everywhere you look (even in cracks in the road). The food was amazing, possibly the best in Northern Arizona. The staff were friendly and professional. It is also an Incredible value at $295 a night that included breakfast a four course dinner and gourmet afternoon snacks. We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

My husband and I, both Gen-Xers, stayed at Garland's for the first time last weekend. Yes, people under the age of 50 do go there. Besides us, there were 2 other couples that appeared to be in our general age range. Overall we loved it, and will definitely return next year. I hope we get to do that for many more years too.

What we loved: 1. The location is perfect, easy access to Sedona, but far enough removed from "civilization" to be truly peaceful. The proximity to great hiking trails is nice as well. We hiked the West Fork Trail (highly recommend) which is a lush, forested, hike with multiple creek crossings just a couple miles up the road from Garland's. 2. The setting was very relaxing. All the green from the trees, the adorable cabins, the orchard, gardens, lawn and the sound of the creek below make for a very nice ambiance. We were able to toally "unplug" from the world. (literally as well as figuratively - no phone or TV there) 3. The food was excellently prepared. Everything we ate was delicious, but the standouts were the salad with goat cheese fritters, the pumpkin & apple soup, the stewed prunes, (don't knock them until you try them), and the fresh pressed cider. 4. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

What we wish we would have known ahead of time: 1. Some cabins were definitely more desireable than others (to us anyway). We had #9, which is a large cabin with a fireplace (we loved that part) that overlooks the parking area (didnt love that part) and the grounds. By the second day we really didn't mind it, but it's not as condusive to sitting outside on your porch as some of the other cabins are. We did a lot of reading, and would have liked to take advantage of that. The parking area is relatively quiet, very little coming and going, and is set with brick pavers, so it's not an ugly gravel or dirt situation. At night it made no difference. What we are going to stay in next time is one of the smaller cabins, 1-4. They do not have a fireplace, (bummer), but they sit right above the creek, have a bit more privacy, and have outdoor sitting areas where the sound of the rushing water is very relaxing. 2. We should have brought along an ice chest with some drinks and snacks. The breakfast and dinner were wonderful, but then there is the in-between time, especially if you are starving after a long hike. 3. (Not Garland's related - just an Oak Creek thing) All the trails require parking fees now - $10 for a day pass! - and they only take cash. We ended up having to double back 4 miles to get some, and then had to wait in line for about 40 minutes to park at the trail head when we returned, as it had gotten quite busy in the 20 minutes it took us to get the cash.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2010

Sedona is picturesque.The cabins offer a secluded vacation amidst the evergreen Coconino forests. I enjoyed the unforgettable walks and the magnificent panoramic views.This has been my favorite lush creekside getaway.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

We attend Garlands yearly as an escape from the Phoenix heat. It is located north of Sedona just past Slide Rock. It is nestled almost secretly away from the hustle of 89a.

The special experience begins as you leave 89a and drive across small river crossing. The crossing often has a layer of water flowing over it and people hanging out and fishing. Once across, you head up a steep hill into Oak Creek paradise. As you past the Garlands entry you are greeted with a beautiful lawn with red tables and chairs scattered along the tree line that acts as a natural fence between Garlands and the steep hill to the river below. The mountains beyond and over arching trees act as a backdrop and embrace the Garlands log cabin lodge.

When you check in, don't expect a key...there are no fancy locks at Garlands, instead, all the doors have a wood lever that moves up as you pull on a leather string. The rooms do have chain lock and peep holes, but once you are there the feeling of comfort and trust overcomes any "big city" fears. The log cabins are are very comfortable and rustic. The floors are flagstone and the walls and ceiling are logs and tongue and groove wood paneling. The wood finish is natural with a clear lacquer finish. The rooms all have fireplaces and a typical "below window" a/c. The rooms are comfortable, rustic but not fancy and extravagant. There is no microwave, iron, TV, phone, stereo, etc. In exchange for these amenities you get a great deal of quiet that is accentuated with the sound of birds and breeze...very beautiful. There is limited wireless access for checking emails. Garlands is not an "action" centered resort. It is "quiet" centered.

A typical day goes like this....you arrive at 3pm, get settled and head to the lodge for "tea" time which consists of hot tea, herbal tea, bread, treats, etc. Very simple, yet very pleasant. After Tea...you can read, talk a walk and get ready for cocktails at 6 and than dinner at 7. Dinner is treat. It is a 5 course delight. When you walk in you will find your name on a table, you may share your table or as is with my family we take up a 6 person table. You can request your table and special menu consideration in advance. The dinner menu is set and is the same for everyone unless a special request has be scheduled ahead of time. For example if you don't like fish...than chicken is what you get. :)

Everything tastes fresh and amazing. Most of the vegetables and fruit (depending on season) come from the Garlands extraordinary garden that is on the hill above the lodge. The Garden is surrounded with peach and apple trees, grape vines, herbs and flowers...it is a beautiful place to take a walk. After dessert there is an evening "after dinner" drink menu for those interested in brandy, irish coffee, regular coffee, etc.

After dinner, some people hang out in the lodge to chat, others take walks and others find a nice spot outside by the exterior fireplace and continue their conversation. Kids often stay in the lodge and play cards or a board game. Regarding kids for a moment...there are no water slides, play areas and any typical kid distractions. They do offer "baby sitting" and a little kid dinner during dinner for the younger children. My youngest is 11 and she attends the big person dinner, although grimaces occasionally at the "different" food.

Sleeping with the windows open is very pleasant. In the morning, i often take a hike along the river before breakfast. My kids are up and ready for 8 am breakfast. Breakfast is from 8 to 10 am and extremely good. The pancakes are simply magical. Unlike dinner, you choose from a limited menu of glorious food. After breakfast the normal routine is to go and read a book, take a nap, take a walk around the grounds and visit the chickens or play a little ping pong in the apple orchard. There is also Saturday morning yoga and massages available. In addition, for the more action minded...there is a very nice clay tennis court which is a fun distraction before the afternoon nap and tea time.

Playing tennis surrounded by apple trees, dramatic mountains and landscape with the sound of bubbling of water from a nearby stream and chickens from the chicken house is quite simply beautiful and makes you less concerned about your tennis stroke and winning the game.

After your nap...you repeat with tea, dinner, chatting, sleeping, morning walks or hikes, breakfast, another walk, massage, ping pong or tennis, read, nap and repeat.

Overall, Garlands is about high quality food, casual comfort and peace and quiet. It is closed on Sundays and for winter. October is a very popular time because of all the fall colors. Early summer is also very beautiful. Getting a reservation is tough. Garlands, like many traditional summer lodges have a first right of refusal for all returning guests. So once you get your reservation...it is yours until you give it up. There are people who have had the same reservations for over twenty years. By the way, that is my plan. :)

If you are interested in causal comfort, quiet and extraordinary food, Garlands is your place.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

Our whole family descended on the Garland's Lodge for a combined birthday/Mother's Day treat and it was perfect in every possible way. Great accommodations: two cabins -- one for mom and dad, the other for two daughters and one son-in-law -- each with wide porches and a lawn in between, and just detached enough so that we could hang out together after dinner without fear of disturbing anyone. The meals, included in the price, were absolutely spectacular: great breakfasts -- freshly-baked muffins or biscuits, your choice of anything from pancakes to omelets to perfectly poached eggs and bacon -- afternoon tea, and Michelin-quality dinners, all served in a rustic lodge. (FYI: Rack of lamb: killer! ) The Garland's grow most of their produce in their on-site organic garden, and the eggs come straight from their own chickens. We signed on for on-site massages and morning Yoga, plus there was time to sit back with a book and soak up views of the red rocks that tower on one side or Oak Creek that runs below on the other. There's lots of hiking nearby or you can just stay at the lodge the entire time and detach completely from whatever you left behind in the world of nine-to-five.. The best was that from the moment we drove up, we were treated like family, and from then on, were blissed out. No locks on the doors, no TVs, not even any telephones. Hooray! Great experience, in every way! The Kelleys

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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santa barbara
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

This place is such a gem! Sedona itself is so beautiful, and The Garlands Oak Creek Lodge kind of pulls together all the best the area has to offer. Driving over the creek to get to the lodge makes you feel like you're in on a little secret -- and you kind of are. The grounds are absolutely spectacular - phenomenal views of the red rocks that make the canyon walls, beautifully kept grounds, an orchard, dogs, roosters, and individual little cabins that all have a story. Mary and Gary Garland treat every guest like an old friend -- and they kind of are, as it seems that everyone there has been visiting the lodge for years. There are a ton of really incredible hikes just a couple of minutes away, and town is just a short drive away -- and while you're there, the Garlands Jewelry Store is a MUST. (They have massage chairs to keep the non-jewel-obsessed entertained.) The open-air yoga studio is right above the creek - perfect for getting your om on -- and we also took advantage of the come-to-you massages. And the food! The food is amazing -- and included. (Pray you're there on lamb night! And don't miss the snacks at tea time! I could go on for a very, very long time about the food...) It's the perfect spot for relaxing and unplugging.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Phoenix, AZ
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

My wife and I have been visiting Garland's for several years and feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy it twice each year - opening weekend and a week in September. It is undeniably the best vacation we have ever taken.

The setting of Garland's in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona is hard to beat for natural beauty and simple outdoor recreation. We enjoy our morning strolls around the grounds to visit the orchards, beautiful Oak Creek and the vegetable and flower gardens. The spring visit usually is decorated with the blossoming of the apple, peach and plum trees - along with springtime flowers. A hike at the nearby West Fork Trail is a pleasant and easy excursion and there are plenty of nearby hiking trails through the gorgeous redrock country of Sedona. Other natural attractions are the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Hart Prairie near Flagstaff, Meteor Crater, etc. Cultural attractions include Sinagua Indian ruins throughout the Verde Valley (including Montezuma's Castle and Tutzigoot), Anasazi ruins at Wupatki National Monument, the picturesque mining town of Jerome, old Fort Verde and the great Museum of Northern Arizona at Flagstaff. There is certainly plenty to do, but I enjoy the quiet time at Garland's the most - walks through the gardens, quiet conversations at the Lodge during afternoon tea, a couple of hours under a tree with a good book, perhaps a nap in the afternoon. The stresses of life melt away at this place.

The cabins are basic, but attractive, homey and comfortable. They are always clean and well-equipped with necessary comforts and the little touches. It is impossible to go the breakfast and return to the cabin before the housekeepers have done their best to freshen and straighten the rooms. The beds are as comfortable as in any hotel we have ever visited.

One of the best things about Garland's is the food - much of which comes directly from the garden and orchards. Chef Amanda Stine works magic daily to provide a dining experience that cannot be beat. We recommend the prizewinning cookbook that she and Mary Garland have published.

Over the years the staff and owners (Gary & Mary Garland) have become friends. Since people tend to renew their reservations, we also see many of the same guests each time we visit and we can pick up conversations where they left off the previous year. Many guests have been visiting Garland's more than thirty years. That really says it all. I can't imagine ever giving up our time at Garland's.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek
Address: 8067 N Highway 89A, 8 Mi North of Sedona, Sedona, AZ 86336 (Formerly Garland's Oak Creek Lodge)
Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #29 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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Historic Garland's Lodge is now Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek: Unique Cabins & Lodging, Orchard Canyon is a unique, historic and acclaimed American-plan Lodge cradled in Oak Creek Canyon. Open year-round. Relax & unplug with no TVs or phones. Afternoon tea, gourmet dinner and breakfast are included in most stays. ... more   less 
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