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“Out of This World, Literally”

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Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek
Ranked #30 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Out of This World, Literally”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

When you drive across bustling Oak Creek to Garland's in this heavily wooded, hushed little canyon, you're in another world and another time. It's a simpler world, far far closer to the original 1908 homestead-- now the lodge's kitchen--than to the garish commerciality of Sedona. It's an older time, too. As the lodge grew over the years, adding a few rustic cabins now and then, it retained a connection with the past. You feel, especially with no tv and no telephones, you've stepped into a time warp. Hello, 1955.
Although regular guests book and rebook, same time next year, and there's a somewhat clubby feeling, the management (Megann) couldn't be more welcoming and congenial. We stepped into a one-night cancellation, cabin 3 creekside, just above the busy creek and partly under a burgeoning apple tree-- a snug, varnished-log private nest, charming and spotless.
We took afternoon tea, chatted with guests, skipped the 6pm cocktail hour, and headed for dinner when the 7pm bell summoned diners. We'd mentioned our anniversary, and at our table for two a specially printed menu welcomed us and commemorated the occasion. Dinner and service were flawless: a southwestern theme supplied in part by the gardens and orchards on the property. Fresh red-chile bread, a fine vegetable-heavy tortilla soup, an enormous garden-fresh salad, beef filet with a light ancho sauce (the best I've ever eaten ever) and black beans brilliantly seasoned and wonderful calabacitas. Dessert, a tres leches cake, and the recommended wine, an Estancia '10 Meritage, perfect with the meal and well-priced.
Likewise, a swell breakfast. Apple cider from the orchards, a selection of fruit, an Oak Creek trout (terrif!) with corn fritters.
We hated to leave, but the lodge was fully booked. We'd been fortunate for our single out-of-this-world, unbeatable, unforgettable evening.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We recently stayed at Garlands to celebrate an aniversary. We had a wonderful cabin all to ourselves nestled in the grounds of the Garlands working farm. Apple trees abound throughout the property with cabins scattered about. The weather was 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and the air was crisp and clear with a few afternoon thunderstorms to set a tone for snuggling up in the cabin.
Our hosts were very kind and helpful even recommending a little know trail to hike (we did not see ANYONE for the 2 hours we were hiing). Best of all, the food is amazing. A fixed menu each night that follows a happy hour prior to seating for dinner. The dining room staff is effecient and friendly and we felt we knew them when we finished our first dinner. On Saturday night our wonderful dinner was followed by after dinner coffee drinks as we were treated to a couple of violin solos from our waiter who we were told has a couple of degrees in music. Wonderful time, great people, and an escape from the hectic pace back home.

Room Tip: These are cabins set in the woods of Oak Creek Canyon. The cabins on the upper property are newer b...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, AZ
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Beautiful setting, great food, an overall wonderful place to stay - no phones, no TV, just relax and enjoy! Be sure to walk the property, check out the creek, orchards, and gardens. If you enjoy the outdoors there are many local hiking and biking trails too.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

We were lucky enough to secure dinner reservations at Garland's, even though we were not staying there. It is a 4 course Pre Fixe dinner with cocktail hour being served from 6-7. Our main entree was rack of lamb with a delicious light mint sauce served with fresh vegetables and couscous. If you get there early hike up the hill behind the lodge to see the vegetable garden that supplies many items for the dinner. The cocktail for the evening was a fresh peach daiquiri made from the peaches from the trees in the orchard. The cottages closest to the running creek are old forest service cabins that were reconditioned and moved to the site. Additional cabins were modeled after that style. Would love to come back and spend a few days/nights relaxing.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

This is our wedding anniversary get away. No phones, no tv, peace and quiet, pure heaven. Fabulous food and service. Wouldn't miss our romantic getaway every June for anything. Wonderful way to recharge your batteries! The beauty that surrounds you is uplifting and awesome! New chef, Brian, appears not to have missed a beat. Semifreddo dessert to die for -yummy strawberry last year, chocolate orange this year with a wonderful chocolate bark on the side. I'm not much of a dessert person but this dessert is SO unique and special. I will request it during my stay every year and hope they grant it. You will love your stay here!

Room Tip: Cabins along the creek are wonderful for the sound of running water. Cabins at the top have fabulous...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

My wife and I just spent two wonderful days at Garland's Oak Creek Lodge. We were both pretty tired and Garland's was the perfect prescription. Dinner and Breakfast are outstanding and both are taken at a very relaxed pace. The service is excellent and the surroundings are lush. The setting is the middle of an apple orchard with Oak Creek running along the edge of the property. Quiet, calm and very relaxing.

Room Tip: Take your Camera the flowers and Sedona views are outstanding
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Long Beach, CA
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We have visited Sedona, Arizona many times and have stayed in several of the areas finest Bed and Breakfasts. At the end of May we spent two incredible nights at the Garland's Lodge that is located 8 miles north from the main business district of Sedona.
Our first impression as we drove over the creek was one of awe and delight as we entered the magical world of the Garland's. Once we were there we did not want to leave because of the perfect location of the Lodge. The mountain cabin accomodations perfectly suit the surrounding environment. Our room was a spacious king-size cabin with a couch in front of a wood-burning fireplace, a refrigerator and coffee maker.
The American plan provided us with a sumptuous multi-course breakfast, a four o'clock tea, and a gourmet four course prix fixe evening meal. The quality and quantity of the food had us planning our return trip before the end of our stay. The impeccable service provided by the owners Mary and Gary Garland and managers Megan and Taylor ensured that our every request was provided with a graciousness and thoughtfulness that promised that we would have a memorable stay in their Lodge.
As we strolled through the apple orchards, the organic vegetable garden and the chicken compound, we became acutely aware that these bounties, such as the fresh eggs would be incorporated into our superb meals. The servers, Seann and Edgar provided the perfect amount of attention that is comparable to that found in fine, world-class restaurants.
The scenery, the accomodations, the delicious food and the impeccable service created the perfect vacation retreat.

Room Tip: Our room was "Georgie", and it has the perfect location to the Lodge, gardens and orchards...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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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)
Region: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 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 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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