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Garland's Lodge: History - Cabins, Lodging, Bed and Breakfast, B&B, Sedona, AZ, Oak Creek Canyon

Most of Oak Creek Canyon was homesteaded in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The first structure at the Lodge, now the kitchen, was built in 1908 from pine trees felled above the property.

Garland's Lodge History

The Lodge was purchased in the late 20's by Frank and Catherine Todd, and their son, Bill. Old timers in the area reminisce about wonderful chicken dinners served after the arduous drive from Flagstaff.

Cabins were eventually built to accommodate these guests and the miners fom Jerome who came to fish in Oak Creek. The current dining room was added in '43, verified by a buffalo nickel found under the cornerstone.

Garland's Lodge, Sedona history
Bill and Georgiana Garland, and their children were old acquaintances of the Todds, having spent many summers in Oak Creek to escape the heat of Phoenix. All elatedly agreed to purchase the Lodge as a family project when it was offered for sale in 1972.

Bill Garland brought the business expertise; Georgiana loaned family recipes, and piemaking techniques. The kids set to work, learning to garden, cook, and build cabins, determined to retain the original character of the place.

Garland's Lodge staffAs the years went on, the family started Garland's Navajo Rugs, Garland's Indian Jewelry, and the Indian Gardens Trading Post.   

In 2014 Ken McElroy and his partners, Alex Brigham, and Robert and Kim Kiyosaki bought the lodge. While under new ownership, Garland's has retained its charm and rustic beauty as well as their friendly dedicated staff who are proud to maintain this Arizona tradition.


Family New Year's, Three Generations of Garlands Gather at the Lodge in Arizona
At 350 million years of age the red Schnebley Hil stones and pale Coconino sandstone of Oak Creek Canyon…have a few years' residency on the Garlands. But considering that as recently as the turn of the last century, only a few dozen families lived in the area, the Garlands qualify as "early" Sedonans. Georgianna Isham Garland, the family matriarch, started coming to Oak Creek Canyon with her parents in the 1920s, before there was electricity or even a paved road running through this spectacular setting, Arizona's most popular destination after the Grand Canyon. To-ing and fro-ing between their cabin at Oak Creek and their home in Flagstaff, the Ishams often stopped for dinner with the Todd's, friends who had (on Georgiana's father's advice) acquired a homestead built in 1908 and turned it into a lodge for paying guests. Little did young Georgiana know that both she and Todd's Lodge would later become Garlands...
Heather Smith MacIsaac, Martha Stewart Entertaining, Special Issue, 11/2000

...old places that reminded me for some reason of the magical land of Oz. One of these is Garland's Oak Creek Lodge, tucked among the high trees across a creek ford...Each night the chef serves up dinner to seated guests, and whatever she elects to cook on a given almost sure to be the best food in town. Afterward, what used to be strangers can stand around an outdoor fire and exchange genial lies under a trillion stars and the looming Mogollon Rim. It is as far outside the world as one could ever wish to be, a little utopia.
Lawrence Cheek, National Geographic Traveler, 9/91