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Slide Fire Update

You may have gotten wind of the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. A small, probably man made wildfire started South of the Lodge between Slide Rock State Park yesterday afternoon. The dry windy conditions kicked the fire into high gear and the Lodge was evacuated within 20-30 minutes.

The Lodge remains unscathed and we are relieved that the evacuation went so smoothly. The fire continues to move North, growing in size with the gusty conditions. Those North of us are in our thoughts as well as the firecrews in the air and on foot.

For more information visit: Inciweb Fire Conditions or AZ Central Fire Information


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Our Gardener & Garden

Every year magic happens in our garden. Rows of nitrogen fixing plants are set for the winter and removed come spring. The chicken coop is mucked, the "droppings" added to the compost pile. After weeks of stirring the pile and ammending with other organic materials a large pile of beautiful soil is produced. We use this for everything, enriching our soil to enhance the garden year to year. As Mario says, "You can taste when the soil is unbalanced".

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As the soil is ready and the spring temperatures rise the garden transformation continues. The greenhouse is filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce greens and chives. Trays of starts from seed are planted and kept warm and happy until it is time to move outdoors.

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Kale, Chard, Peppers, Tomatoes, and more are transitioned outdoors in late spring. Insulated for the first week or so to prevent frost.

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Learn more about our garden & Gardener here...

Foodies West Article: Garland's Gardens

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Coconut Rice

This week our guests are salivating over our Coconut Rice. Delicious with fish and tropical inspired sauces & salsas.


1 cup Jasmine Rice

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

1 1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Toasted Coconut

1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro


Heat milk and water to a simmer, add rice, return to boil. Cover, cook on very low heat for 15 minutes. Combine coconut & cilantro and add to cooked rice, stir gently to fluff.

Makes 6  1/2 cup servings.

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Easter at the Lodge

Spring has been beautiful this year and Easter Sunday did not dissappoint.

Baskets await the Children's Egg Hunt while eggs lay hidden throughout the grounds.


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 We even had a visit from an old friend...



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