We had a family reunion in Phoenix the last week of January, so my fiance and I decided to fly in from Boston early and rent a car to check out Sedona for a couple nights. We love staying in B&B's instead of hotels, so I spent a lot of time checking out the B&B's on TripAdvisor. We chose Sedona Bear Lodge because it was just enough out of the tourist area to make it easy to get into town if we wanted, extremely close to the great hikes we wanted to check out and still nice and quiet in the evenings. I emailed with Masumi (she and her husband Myles own the inn) and got a great winter rate for the Indian Garden Room. I asked for some advanced advice on hikes and other activities, and she was quick to email back with recommendations.
We drove up a little earlier than check in time, so we stopped at the Ranger Station for a map and headed to our first hike. Turned out it was only a few minutes drive from the B&B so we went there right after we got off the trail. The Sedona Bear Lodge is tucked into a residential area, with an easy U-shaped driveway and lots of parking. We were greeted by both Masumi and Myles and they gave us the tour. The front door opens into the dining room and kitchen...they have a coffeemaker, tea and small fridge in the dining area which are always available for guests to use. The fridge is stocked with water bottles for guests and the side table has lots of books about Sedona and things to do in the area. The room opens into a large living room with couches and lazy boy chairs, a big flat screen TV, fireplace and DVD's about Sedona. We didn't see the other rooms, but headed right up the stairs to the Indian Garden Room. It was just right for us - queen bed, wall mounted flat screen tv with satellite, a small table with chairs and a bathroom (complete with heat lamp). It also has a porch off the room with chairs that would be great in warm weather. We happened to get snow during our stay - which didn't stop us from hiking - but we appreciated the electric blankets on the beds to take the chill out!
Breakfast both mornings was delicious and plentiful...I don't eat wheat and Masumi went out of her way to make - from scratch - a wheat-free tortilla to wrap my breakfast burrito in! I was so impressed and grateful, as it was delicious! We started with coffee and they had yogurts, granola (including a wheat free one), and beautiful fruits on the side bar that we helped ourselves to. Then they brought out the main meal, amazing, and then followed it up with a homemade cantaloupe sorbet!! We were so full, and honestly, we ate lunch after 3pm both days because breakfast kept us going. On our last day, Masumi even made us a bag of homemade wheat-free cookies for the road!
It was a really wonderful few days...we got great sleep, did about 2-3 hikes each day, came back to the room and napped and then went out to dinner. Each room has a binder filled with information, brochures and menus from the local area, so we took advantage of them and had some great meals. Masumi and Myles were lovely to chat with, both are very warm and calm and we enjoyed their company. We had keys to both the front door and our room, so it was easy to come and go. They even had slippers available so we could leave our red mud covered shoes at the door.
I highly recommend this B&B for your Sedona stay! This B&B is just right and you'll be good hands with Masumi and Myles!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in beautiful West Sedona on 3/4 acre and nestled in its own quiet and peaceful atmosphere of Juniper and Cottonwood trees. You will awake to the aroma of fresh ground coffee and a delicious gourmet breakfast served with home-baked breads or muffins. What you’ll find at Sedona Bear Lodge is a warm and friendly place where you can relax and feel at home. ... more less