Not far from the bustling city is a quiet, calm retreat in the woods by a river. Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge is not your average Bed & Breakfast. If you’re looking to break free from the chaos of life, enjoy the company of others staying in cabins around you and reset that clock, this is the vacation you’re looking for. If you can’t live without your internet connection, you may freak out a tad, as I did because you only get internet from 8am – 11am in the lodge each morning. That doesn’t seem to scare many people away though, as we found out most reservations are taken long in advance. We’re talking people that have been reserving the same weeks for 30+ years, people that have put their weekends in wills and divorce decrees, that should give you an idea of truly how special this hidden gem is.
When we pulled up to the lodge in the afternoon, the landscape and the cabins were beyond welcoming, gorgeous, green, full of colorful flowers and peaceful with the sound of rushing water in the background. We checked in quickly and headed up to our cabin the Amanda. It was a home away from home, quaint and with a balcony that looked out on the rushing stream below, a kind sized bed for us and a comfortable pull out couch for the toddler. A fireplace, kitchen, table for four and bathroom but no TV, good for us, maybe not for the toddler. We didn’t have much time to waste before afternoon tea started, so we headed back down to the lodge and enjoyed some banana bread, mushroom pate and iced tea. My husband and son played Chess while I relaxed on the couch and mingled with some of the other bloggers.
We were introduced to the previous owner of the lodge, Mary Garland, and she told us about the back story of the lodge and how it has switched hands and stayed true to its roots. By the time we were done with introductions, stories and snacking, we had a few minutes before cocktail hour. This is the time where you enjoy a few drinks with friends before your delectable 4 course dinner starts.
At dinner we started with a flavorful soup, then headed into a spectacular salad with goat feta, nut, fresh asparagus and an egg, for our main we had perfectly cooked lamb and dessert was a rich chocolate mousse with blackberry coulis.
In the morning we were ready for some hearty breakfast and lots of coffee. At the lodge we ordered the scramble, Georgie’s buttermilk waffles, and the eggs, bacon and hashbrowns, love those fresh picked eggs. After breakfast we started the tour of the gardens, we got to collect eggs from the chickens and learn all about the fresh veggies and fruits that they serve daily.
Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge
8067 North State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336