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The Bees Knees

Springtime at the Lodge is all about THE BIRDS AND THE BEES…


Every March 15 or so, we hear the distinctive call of the Mexican Black Tailed Hawks (mates for life), returning to Oak Creek Canyon, where they nest their young on scags of Cottonwood trees along the banks of the creek.

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The fruit trees... peach, apple, and wild plum... rely on our friends, the bees, to pollinate their blossoms.  Our local bee whisperer, Patrick Pines, brings us hives to make this happen.





Last year we watched as he gently replaced the Queen, a docile and harmonious gal from New Mexico, with her former "evil", less diplomatic, predecessor.  

The succession worked; the next dramatic episode included an intrusive black bear, curious and hungry after his long winter's nap.   We were "hip" to his interest, called Patrick, who removed the hive in the nick of time…our neighbor's garden was ravaged by the bear nearby.

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So this winter's project included the erection of a secure enclosure for our busy friends.  Join us in hoping for organic fruit this Summer and Fall. 
"Honeybee Democracy" by Thomas D Seeley is a great read, or for those of you short on time you can visit the Integral Options Cafe blog.
For information on the new Bee Colony Collapse Disorder visit. 
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Introducing... Henry Karpinski

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Henry Karpinski (of the Long Island Karpinskis) was hitchhiking across the  country when he ran out of money at the Grand Canyon.  Accustomed to  eating daily, he got a job on the South rim and figured he'd stay two weeks,  get his first paycheck, and split in the night for California. 

Forty years later he decided it was really time to move on and so here he is  at Garland's. Henry will be delighting guests each evening as the new  evening manager.

A bit of an historian, he became recognized as an expert on the human  history of the Grand Canyon and has appeared on the Travel Channel, the  Learning Channel, the History Channel, and PBS.

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Wine Perks

Every year we look to revamp the wine list, finding new favorites, always on looking for something special to offer. This often entails tasting copious amounts of mostly delicious wine. One of the many perks of working at the Lodge. Blushed cheeks and purple teeth give us away in this incriminating photo.


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Opening Day is on the Horizon!

Brian Widmer, our executive chef, just returned from a week long baking intensive in San Francisco with new skills and fresh ideas. Taylor and Megann spent the holidays in Utah, then embarked on a long driving excursion from Portland to SF, visiting wineries and sharing culinary adventures with friends. Mary and Gary just returned from Maui and Kauai, so now it’s time to get to work!

Tblog1-donald-zealandhis season we say a fond farewell to Donald Zealand, our night manager for the last 17 years.  Donald celebrated his retirement in Paris and Barcelona.  He leaves big shoes to fill, but plans to return for opening week-end to train his replacement. 
Dean-resident dogDean, our resident dog, misses his companions, both human and canine.
We wish you health and happiness and a visit to Garland’s in the year ahead.


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