After staying at dingy hostels and backpackers, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a little luxury. And so we did when I did on my trip to Sedona. It’s not posh mind you. It’s more like enjoying a home away from home, which while all B&B’s claim to be, the Inn at Oak Creek really pulls it off. I arrived late so the Innkeepers had set out a key for the Inn and our room in the mailbox along with a personalized welcome note. This little detail alone let me know I was in for a truly wonderful experience.
As I took a visual account of my new weekend home, I enjoyed seeing the childhood pictures of the family who owned this particular piece of heaven as it brought back memories of my own childhood time spent here in this land of red rock awakening.
My room was called the bunkhouse but aside from the homey cowboy décor, it was far removed from the rough and grubby digs most “cowboys” might expect to find in a typical bunkhouse. The room came equipped with a soft and cozy Queen size bed TV/VCR with remote, gas fireplace, creek side deck with chairs and a wonderfully large Jacuzzi style tub made for two. The inn also has a small but quality video collection for those who just want to lounge in the room and relax.
Upon entering our room we were greeted by a roll of parchment lying on our bed, which contained a recipe for homemade granola inside. The same delicious granola, as it turned out, that I would be eating the following morning. This is the kind of attention that separates a resort stay from a good Bed and Breakfast stay.
The innkeeper Dee, made our stay easy and stress free as she graciously handled all of our reservations for both meals and activities. The Inn also included the menus of every restaurant in town, which made pre preparation for dining easy. Perfect for someone who takes an unusually long time to decide on a meal, like I do. They were also fabulously accommodating to my every dietary request. Myself being a semi-vegetarian, they even allowed me to bring in our own food items and prepared them for me.
Saturday morning after breakfast I had Dee confirm our reservations with Red Rock Jeep Tours and they showed up at the inn at 4pm just as scheduled. Red Rock has a history nearly as rich as the Inn at Oak Creek and is the second longest running jeep tour company in Sedona. Dan, who would be our guide, stepped out of his customized red jeep looking like a throw back form another time with his chaps, boots and beat up old cowboy hat. The only thing that kept him from seeming a complete anachronism was the cell phone just above his six gun and his sunglasses. Dan was a personable fellow who had a love of the land’s geography and shared eagerly of his knowledge of local history. The tour took our small group deep into the mountain terrain of Sedona where we learned much about the uniqueness of this land and it’s flora and fauna.
We were blessed that Saturday by a few billowy clouds in the sky and a soft breeze that whispered like music through the trees. Our guide Dan afforded us moments of silence to truly appreciate the space, then encouraged us to yell into the cliffs to experience the dynamism of the echoes that bounced our voices across the red goliaths that surrounded us. We discovered sink holes, pools of water teaming with life and the wonders of the Sedona Cyprus tree which would extinguished itself when it had been struck by lightening. Little wonder the native Americans of this land held this tree in such high regard.
Dan graciously entertained any questions we had and answered them to the best of his knowledge. Red Rock Jeep Tours was a beautiful way for us to spend an hour and a half and after our return to the inn we settled down for a quick nap before our dinner reservations.
Keep in mind that the Inn at Oak Creek is conveniently located to a wide variety of galleries and shops to explore and after getting your fill of the delicious breakfasts they serve you may want to do just that.
The Inn at Oak Creek is an intimate little gem edging the waters of the Oak Creek canyon and with a winning combination of great location, fabulous hospitality and all the comforts of home, you are sure to have a most enjoyable and memorable stay in the land of the red rocks.
Photos courtesy of The Inn at Oak Creek
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