A Review of the Briar Patch Inn
A Review of the Briar Patch Inn Bed & Breakfast in Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona, Arizona
When you first arrive at the Briar Patch Inn, you can’t help but notice the lush gardens that encompass the property, which span nine pristine creek-side acres along the famed Oak Creek. There are an abundance of sun-filtering trees that cast shimmering light among the many textures—from the glistening rapids of the creek below, to the contrast created by the many shadows. There are meandering paths, superfluity nooks and captivating crannies that will continue to disclose themselves throughout your stay.
Located just a few miles from downtown Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, Briar Patch Inn is very accessible and the property is situated on some of the best stretches of the creek that you’ll find. There are a number of rapids that are both beautiful to look at, as well as listen to.
Each of the nineteen cabins is individually decorated in a rustic, but comfortable style. Most of the cabins have real wood-burning fireplaces, private decks/patios and kitchenettes, which make extended stays a bit more affordable by preparing some of your own meals.
The Briar Patch Inn offers a lot of privacy to its guests, with ample separation from other cabins and a lot of vegetation. Made of nature materials, such as river rock, flagstone and knotty pine, some of the cabins almost appear camouflaged by the quantity of flora and fauna.
The grounds at the Inn are without question the star of this B&B, there are so many wonderful paths and places to see, explore and relax. While my stay was during the spring, I imagine any time of year would be a good time to visit and would provide a memorable experience.
Breakfast at the Inn is served buffet in an upgraded continental style…each morning you’re treated to homemade baked goods, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit and the quiche-of-the-day. Everything is quite good, however I imagine if one were staying for more than a few days they might yearn for more variety. The afternoon brings more treats, from cheese & crackers, to fresh baked cookies, with coffee and ice tea also available.
The common area where breakfast is served is absolutely wonderful,very cozy with a variety of alluring scents in the air, including juniper coming from the fireplaces. There are many seating choices throughout, intimate spots for lovers and larger areas for family gatherings. Or, better yet…on a nice day you can take your breakfast or snacks out to the creek-side lounge area. I’m told during the summer months there is live music five days a week.
Many of the structures on the property were constructed in the 1940s to accommodate individuals of the movie industry. Back then this place would have been considered quite luxurious for its rural setting. Today, Sedona (and the Oak Creek Canyon) has become a thriving tourist area with an amazing art scene and other refinements.
The accommodations at Briar Patch, like the furnishings, are also on the rustic side. As a seasoned traveler, I know some people might be disappointed by the lack of quality amenities offered in a more refined establishment, such as heated flooring, Jacuzzi tub, his/her sinks, luxurious linens and toiletries. Personally, what I like about the bed & breakfast experience is that each one is unique and interesting in their own way—each excel in different ways offering a distinctive experience. You just don’t find that when you stay in a hotel.
The Briar Patch Inn is all about being close to nature, therefore it’s important to note that there are no TV’s or phones in any of the cabins, nor is there wi-fi anywhere but the common area, which closes at 8pm. And, cell phone coverage is hit or miss. As a travel writer, I have no problem with the lack of TV’s in the cabins, but wi-fi is essential for me to get any work done. 🙂 Then again, that might be the point…it’s all about relaxation and getting away from the “every day.” With that said, there is no escaping the fact that we now live in a “connected” society and wi-fi is not really choice, but a necessity for many. An iPod music docking station/speaker system would also be nice to see.
Family owned for nearly thirty years, the Briar Patch Inn is a Sedona staple—it’s known for providing its guests with attentive and individual service. Many of the employees at the Inn have been there for over twenty years, which says a lot about the way the place is run.
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