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“The perfect, beautiful, off-the-beaten path retreat” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek

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Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek
Ranked #27 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
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“The perfect, beautiful, off-the-beaten path retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ejs1492
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2009

This is an absolute "do not miss" if you are considering a trip to Sedona. A rustic setting by Oak Creek, romantic cabins with fireplaces, and incredible meals for breakfast and dinner by Chef Amanda Stine. Simply put, nothing else even comes close.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

Great place to relax and unwind. There are yoga classes and massage treatments, but no fitness facility. The food is fantastic - a set menu for dinner, but choices for breakfast. Ours was a large cabin, with a fireplace, separate sitting area, fridge, coffee maker, table and chairs, front and back porches.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2009

I cannot count the places we have stayed over the years in Sedona. All of them were lovely, but Garlands is memorable! This is our second year back and we loved everything about it. We prefer the upper grove cabins. We like to walk the grounds. I love that there are no phones or television. It forces you to decompress. The food each of the four nights was outstanding. Don't miss Tea time ! Just heaven!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2009

We recently stayed at Garland's. We got a cancellation, so we had no choice of cabins. Some cabin locations are better than others. Our cabin was right in the parking lot. There was no privacy if you are looking for seclusion, ask about your cabin location. However, the grounds around the cabin are beautiful and the greenery is lush and very well maintained. The cabin itself is rustic, but very clean. We had no complaints with the actual cabin or grounds. Upon arrival we were not given a warm greeting of any kind. After a long drive, and for the price we expected more hospitality. Many of the families that stay at Garland's have been coming for years. We felt like outsiders. We made every effort to say hello and were given a cold response by the owners and servers. Almost as if we were intruding. Maybe the owners were having a bad day, but we were disappointed after reading all of the stellar reviews. As far as dinner, it was very good, yet not exceptional. The breakfast servers were very friendly.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Portland, OR
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2009

We like to explore new places, restaurants and lodgings, and so seldom return to places more than once or twice. However, we have been staying at Garland's for 30 years. Why? Because there we experience wonderful food and attentive service from people who really care in one of the country's most beautiful settings. In 30 years, we have had one meal that disappointed. We have met dozens of interesting people who have become friends. If you are looking for a posh resort with Jacuzzi tubs and wet bars, this is not your place. But if you want to feel a connection with pioneer Arizona while enjoying wonderful cuisine and companions, visit Garland's.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nosynet
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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
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Garland's Lodge: Unique Cabins & Lodging, Oak Creek Canyon Garland's Oak Creek Lodge is a unique, historic and acclaimed American-plan Lodge cradled in Oak Creek Canyon. Open March 28 thru November 16, sixteen simple cabins dot the lush ten acre property. Relax & unplug with no TVs or phones. Afternoon tea, gourmet dinner and breakfast are included in your stay; seasonal menus feature the bounty of our organic garden and orchard. ... more   less 
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