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Enchanting Getaway At Briar Patch Inn in Sedona


Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

When people think of Sedona they think of red rock formations and an arid scenery but there is nothing more beautiful than the contrast between the orange hued canyons and verdant forest blooming with flowers along  Oak Creek.  Nestled among the emerald green vegetation of Oak Creek Canyon Briar Patch Inn can only be described as magical.  Private wooden cabins, most of them with wood burning fireplaces welcome visitors looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Sedona’s touristy downtown.  Because it is located in the bottom of the canyon cell phone service is limited and there are no phones or TVs in the cabins providing a real opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

Briar Patch Inn We visited in early spring and as soon as we arrived we found ourselves transported to an idyllic oasis.  As I walked throughout the property, beneath towering Sycamore trees, listening to the gurgling creek and enjoying the crisp pure mountain air I just felt like I I belonged here.

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Guatemalan worry dolls will take your worries away while you sleep if you put them under your pillow. ThisBriar Patch Inn Sedona

I mentioned in a previous article that Sedona had a profound and spiritual effect on me and one of the places where I experienced this more strongly was at Briar Patch Inn.  I felt connected with nature and with the land around me in a way that I only feel when I am home in Guatemala.  Sedona in general, but Briar Patch specially, reminded me of Lake Atitlán back home because somehow these incredibly different places share a certain magical energy.  I was surprised and delighted to find that our room’s eclectic and warm decor included a couple of colorful decorative pillows from my home country Guatemala! And on the bed a hand written note warmly welcoming us and a hand painted wooden box containing Guatemalan worry dolls, tiny hand made dolls that promise to take your worries away if you put them under your pillow at nigh. This was a sign: I was meant to find this enchanted place!

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

We stayed at the Deck House, a romantic one bedroom rustic wooden cottage located right next to the creek.  The cottage was just the perfect size for two people; it was warm and inviting, with southwest inspired decor and a full kitchenette. We felt right at home from the moment we got there.

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Our cottage had a wooden deck right over the water where we enjoyed sitting and listening to the music of a splashing stream accompanied by a chorus of excitable birds.  From here we had a front row view of the rosy hued cliffs looming above the creek.

Briar Patch Inn

Briar Patch Inn

An outdoor patio with a wood-burning fireplace provided a romantic and private hideaway, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine in the evenings while looking at the full moon.

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

What We Loved About Briar Patch Inn

  • Oak Creek Canyon is simply gorgeous and for us the location was ideal: close enough to some of the most beautiful hiking trails including West Fork, yet far away from the hustle and bustle of town.
  • To ensure a peaceful environment there are not telephones or TVs in the rooms and internet access is available in the lodge only which lets you disconnect completely and simply focus on the beauty all around you.
  • Many of the cottages have a full kitchen or kitchenette which is ideal as you will not want to leave and there is nothing more romantic than enjoying a home cooked meal next to the stone fireplace while you listen to the gurgling creek below.
  • The cottages all have private entrances and patios providing a secluded getaway.
  • The breakfast was fantastic, everything was fresh, home made and healthy.
  • The service was outstanding and you can just tell that everything is made with love. The staff was warm, welcoming and quick to point us in the right direction when it came to things to do and places to go.
Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Things To Consider

  • For those who need to be connected all the time the lack of phones, limited phone service and no WiFi in the rooms may trigger withdrawal symptoms, but this can also be the perfect way to break that addiction to your electronic devices and learn to reconnect with nature and with your loved ones!
  • Briar Patch Inn is tucked away in the canyon and you do need to drive a couple of miles to get to town.  
  • There is no restaurant at the Inn and although you will find delicious snacks and refreshing drinks at the main house during the day and amazing breakfast served in the mornings if you want to go to a restaurant you will have to hop in the car. 
Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn Sedona

Briar Patch Inn is the kind of place that inspires poets, rekindles loves and makes for unforgettable family memories.  For more information visit the Briar Patch’s website or follow Briar Patch on Facebook.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Jeanette E.

    This looks amazing! Wow, the deck house is so private and romantic. I would love to go on a trip like this with hubby! We are planning an anniversary trip and will definitely look here!!
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  2. coolchillmom

    What a beautiful place!!! I am so excited they had quitapenas!!!!
    So many amazing details there
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  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That looks like a cozy getaway. Hopefully I will make it to Sedona one day!

  4. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Wow this looks like an amazing place to stay. Very relaxing and tranquil. I would not want not leave!
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  5. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    I would LOVE to go there! Looks like a dream place to stay, for sure!
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  6. Michele

    This definitely looks like the type of place I would feel very comfortable staying. I would have no problem disconnecting from electronics as ling as I had a couple of books to read while sitting on the patio or even with my back against a tree next to the creek!
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  7. Lesley

    Looks like a lovely place to stay . I live in Arizona, its beautiful.
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  8. Christi from sexymoxiemama.com

    This looks like such a magical place.
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  9. Caroline

    This is my kind of place. I would have really enjoyed that outside fire place.
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  10. Toughcookiemommy

    This really is an enchanting getaway. It looks like the perfect environment to get some true rest and relaxation. I would love to lay on that hammock.
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  11. Elizabeth Lampman

    This looks like a fantastic place to go for a get away. I would love to disconnect from all my devices and truly unwind.

  12. Katherine Bartlett

    That looks like a really cozy place to relax!
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