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Briar Patch Inn
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

If individual cabins tucked along side a bustling creek sounds nice, then punch your ticket. The staff is over-the-top nice and the facilities are quiet and top notch. Lots of greenery and little paths wander over the grounds and they have a couple of sheep that free range in the middle of the facility. The sheep are the closest thing you'll find to meat on the grounds. Being a carnivore, I found them oddly comforting. They do have some sausage and cheese, crackers, etc for snacking late afternoon so it's not all veggie.
The breakfast was nice. It's heavy on the breads with a single egg dish, hard boiled eggs and steel cut oatmeal...that kind of stuff...but all of it very tasty. Their home-made granola was really good.
I enjoyed lighting a fire that afternoon and just chilling with some wine while the GF took a walk and decompressed down by the creek.
I'll be honest here guys, it's geared towards the women but it has enough to appeal to us too...ummmm for the short term. The cabins are rustic enough that if you light a fire, you can imagine you're deep in the woods ready to go on a hunt.
No T.Vs or internet. Just a cd player with lots of mystic mood music...lonely flutes, etc.
My GF absolutely loved it there so...it was good for me too. As she has told me countless times, it's all about her. :-)

Note: There's a nice little market right on the road on the left a couple of miles up the canyon away from Sedona. Stop in and get a bottle of wine and some stew or sandwiches for a very cozy dinner inside the cabin. There is no microwave so we heated the stew by the fire in the coffee mugs. You can also put the stew in the coffee carafe and turn on the burner but it's not as "romantic"...and that's all I'll say about that.

Note: we stayed in "Owl" and the people connected to us upstairs were heel bangers...pretty noisy and there was a sewage smell for a brief time while my GF was having her moment down by the creek. The place is old and these kinds of things will happen from time to time. But the smell was very minimal and disappeared after only a short while.
Note: There's a trail about 15-20 minutes up the canyon...it's called "Call of the Canyon" and it's a really nice level hike along the canyon and stream. You have to cross the creek several times over fallen trees and rocks so wear water proof shoes or sandals with wool socks (we went in March) cause you likely get your feet wet. It's only 4 miles and very scenic. THEN go to the little market and get dinner for the night and while she's showering, fix it all up. Take some candles, build a fire and let 'er rip.
Once you come here, you will come back...we will.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank bogeyboy99
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

The Briar Patch Inn was better than we expected. Beautiful, quiet setting along Oak Creek. The cabins are quaint, rustic, very clean, with comfortable beds, clean sheets. The shower stall is very small, but this is a minor inconvenience. The staff is very pleasant and accommodating. The breakfasts are wonderful -- food is excellent, good variety of items. Would highly recommend this inn for couples, honeymooners or anyone seeking an accommodation away from the "tourist hustle & bustle". Only a 3 to 4 minute ride into uptown Sedona from the Briar Patch. I will definitely return to the Briar Patch next time I go to Sedona.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2008

I recently returned from a very pleasant 4-night stay at the Briar Patch Inn, 8/5 - 9. I agree with all the posts that state the inn is an extremely tranquil setting outside the hustle and bustle of touristy Uptown Sedona and has management the takes great care to ensure that each guest feels personally tended to.

The Inn's guests varied from a few families with small children, couples looking for a romantic getaway, girls (of all ages) looking for some pampering, and a single mom with 2 teenages (me). At no time did it feel crowded or noisy.

We stayed in Oriole, one of 18 cottages scattered about the lush and shady grounds; some stand alone and some duplex (side-by-side), but all with a very private, self contained feeling. Our rustic little cottage with knotty pine paneling was a 1-bedroom/1-bath with full kitchen and alcove with two twin beds. Like most cabins, the cottage was without phone or TV and had a wood burning fireplace that we weren't allowed to use because of seasonal fire danger, but looked like a cozy option for a cold night! The decor was a tasteful collection of western cabin-like furnture and wall hangings, borderline funky (but in a nice way!).

Free with our stay was a full breakfast buffet until 10 AM, which we enjoyed each and every day seated on the patio in Adirondack chairs next to the rushing water of Oak Creek while listening to a pair of musicians serenade us. The meal was always vegetarian (not vegan) and included an egg dish, soft & hard boiled eggs, some sort of yummy dense grainy bread, sweet breakfast cakes/muffins, granola, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, juices/coffee/tea. A pampered way to greet the day!

The staff was accommodating and showed a tremendous amout of care for their guests. They made us feel very at home and were warm and welcoming. Our cabin was promptly cleaned each day by the time we returned from breakfast.

The grounds were well kept and neat and tidy. There were several shared use areas with chair swings, lounging chairs, tables/chairs, and butane BBQs. The inn is along Oak Creek with two swimming holes accessible by rocky paths directly off the property. The creek is COLD and the banks very rocky.

Cons? Well, unfortunately there was one. As much as I love the Oak Creek Inn and would definately recommend and return for a a stay, I disliked the fact that the resident sheep, Wooly and Bully, were located near our cottage. Sheep stink.. and boy did they. For the most part, we did not smell them, but when the wind shifted and because our cabin's air conditioner was located on the side of the sheep pen, there were several times when our cabin got "gamey".

Overall, our stay was lovely. I would most definately return.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank mizzrizz
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Reviewed July 15, 2008

First my biases. In spite of what the guidebooks and the AZ tourism office may say, Sedona is over-hyped, the drive on 89A through Oak Creek canyon is over-hyped, the scenery in general is over-hyped. The city is simply not that special, except for two aspects: the architecture, which must be a consequence of a rather strict building code, and the art galleries, which I found to be really unique and interesting.

As a consequence of too much hype, all lodging in the Sedona area is overpriced and the Briar Patch Inn is no exception to this rule. But if you are going to stay in the area, then you might as well stay at this place as anywhere else. My family of four stayed one night in the Syracuse cabin, as a stopover on the way to Phoenix airport from the grand canyon. The inn is located right on Oak Creek, about 3 miles from uptown Sedona on 89A. Because of the irrigation rights of the property, the landscaping is lush and green with many mature trees. Our cabin had one bedroom with a king bed, a very large living room with two "daybeds" that our two teen sons used, and a large kitchenette area. The bathroom was small but serviceable. Outside the cabin was an 8-foot privacy wall covered with vines and a private patio with table and chairs. The cabin contained many original Indian art items, mostly Navajo wedding baskets and Navajo rugs. Our sons tell us that the day-beds were as comfortable as their regular beds and they had no problems sleeping on them.

The biggest problem with the cabin is the fact that the bathroom is on the other side of the living room from the bedroom. Thus my wife and I made three trips during the night across the living room and past our sons to reach the bathroom. The hosts have thoughtfully provided a flashlight lantern on the bedstand for this purpose, because otherwise the pitch-black night would certainly result in many stubbed toes.

The breakfast food was somewhat disappointing. I was expecting a healthy new-age-type breakfast and I was very happy to have a meal that did not include sausage, bacon and high-fructose corn syrup, which I consider to be evil. But still the food was mostly boring and limited in variety. There was nothing special about the vegetable quiche, and some of the fruit in the mixed-fruit bowl wasn't ripe. Granola and yogurt was fairly standard but good. The best part of the breakfast was the bread, which had a nice nutty texture, and this was especially good with it soaking up the yolk from a soft-boiled egg.

We ate our breakfast outside next to the babbling Oak Creek, while a live guitarist played softly in the background. A very mellow and pleasant way to start the day, if only the food were more exciting.

So all in all, we were not disappointed but we also do not give it a rave review. At $340 for the night, it would be overpriced in most parts of the country, but probably not for the Sedona area. We recommend it, but also suggest that you spend time shopping around other properties.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank gtcochran
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Reviewed July 13, 2008

If you want to feel pampered, the Briar Patch Inn is a great place to go. The cottage was comfortable and nicely decorated in southwestern style. The setting was magnificent, with lots of greenery and the mountains looming over. Breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the creek, was a delight. The staff was very friendly and very eager to help. For a special treat, get a message in the gazebo that overlooks the creek. Nothing feels better than that!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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