Garland's Oak Creek Lodge has a long history. The property was first settled in the late 19th Century when Oak Creek Canyon was called Outlaw Canyon as criminals of various stripe would settle in the area to avoid incarceration. There is also a mining connection when the first cabins were built for the workers. There are 16 private cabins (most built in the 1950's or before and a few in the 1980's. with 4 set above Oak Creek and the others nestled among the bountiful trees. The Lodge has their own garden, greenhouse as well as chicken coop. Most visitors are repeat and you may well have to reserve your cabin a year in advance. There is no internet/wi-fi in the cabins, no phones and no TV. We learned that the main lodge does open the internet from 8-11 each morning. Then it is turned off and you are left with nature and your own intentions for total relaxation. Great hiking trails are close. Breakfast is served from 8-10 and dinner promptly at 7 (they ring a dinner bell) with cocktails 6-7. You are seated with other guests unless requesting otherwise. Breakfast and dinner included in the room cost. There is an afternoon tea service at 4 with sweet/savory delights. We understand that there is a relatively new chef (3+ years). The chef lives on the premises along with a husband and wife management team. There is a spa and tennis courts. This is not a Four Season resort but a wonderful escape from the digital world set in the woods. The cabins are rustic and comfortable. We loved our first experience and strongly recommend this location for those who love to get away and decompress. If your hubristic tendencies require that you be 'connected' constantly to tell eveyone how wonderful you are, then stay away. You won't like it and the guests won't like you. Here is a sampling of one breakfast and dinner.
Breakfast: Black Powder Biscuits, Juice, Fresh berries or Fruit Smoothie, Cereal. Following these you have a choice of one of the following 1. Oak Creek Trout and Corn Oysters, 2. Spinach & Feta Cheese Frittata. 3. Cashew Coconut Waffles. 4. Eggs as you prefer. 5. Kachina Scramble (Eggs scrambled with fresh sage, sun dried tomatoes, broccoli, caramelized onions and goat cheese). or 6. Huevos Borrachos (Poached eggs cooked in chile broth with melted cheddar cheese. All egg dishes served with delicious hash browns, ham, bacon, sausage. There's your breakfast. Great!! I had the trout. Fantastic. Here was our dinner: Blue Thunder Bread, Tortilla Soup, Mixed greens (with jicama slaw, pineapple and pepitas in a cilantro lime vinaigrette), entree was Grilled Wild Columbia River King Salmon with sauce verde), accompanied with black beans with cotija, braised Kale with roasted Garlic and onions. To top off our dinner, we had a savory and wonderful Ibarra Chocolate Cake. Our wine selection with dinner was a Fess Parker 2010 Viognier. After dinner, we were treated by one of the wait staff (a violin concert master) to a number of violin selections. After an evening of great food and friendship, I went outside the lodge and lit a match for the firepit. The evening completed listening to the rushing waters of Oak Creek and a black, starry night that only can be found in Arizona high country. Leave your tablet and smartphone home and enjoy the real world. Garland's is a jewel. Not for everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Garland`s Oak Creek Hotel Sedona