Sedona has a special place in my heart; my soul is immediately connected once I arrive in the majestic Red Rocks. I have been coming to Sedona for 15 years to offer connection to myself, my hubby and with family and friends. The energy in Sedona is so special, grounding and uplifting. I will be sharing lots of places, some of which include beautiful hikes to cozy, modern lodges and hotels, to yummy local restaurants. For this post, I’d like to share my most recent journey to the healing Red Rocks for a quick but super potent 48 hour soul connecting vacation with my husband and Ellie May, our boxer pup.
Where we stayed: Butterfly Garden Inn, located in upper Oak Creek Canyon. I have a passion for finding hidden gems tucked away from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist spots. Sedona is absolutely stunning which draws people from all around the world, so needless to say it can be very busy. To find something away from it all and download the healing energy Sedona has to offer is essential for me. I have driven by this little log cabin resort numerous times on my way to my favorite hike, West Fork (very busy on holidays but great during mid-week). Just south of West Fork is a special place called The Butterfly Garden Inn. When I was looking to book a cabin for this last minute vaca, I googled the Butterfly Garden to read reviews. Well, the reviews were VERY good… from the cleanliness, to the comfort. However, the highest reviews are for the husband and wife team/Inn owners, the Garrisons. That’s all I needed to read, when I find owners that take great pride in their business and have passion for what they do, it’s a win/win! I checked availability – we were in luck with the one cabin that I really wanted to experience, that’s the Mimic cabin #19. The Mimic cabin is full of character and has been recently remodeled to add modern comforts which include a beautiful kitchen and heated floors in the bathroom. They also kept the huge stone wood burning fireplace that warms and fills the cabin with history & charm. After doing some reading on the history of the Inn, some of the property’s cabins were built back in the late 1800’s. In 1945 the resort was run as Don Hoel’s cabins and then sold in 2002. After a few brief ownerships the Garrisons bought the property a couple of years ago, renovating the cabins but leaving the history and charm of each cabin intact.
The Mimic cabin has a comfy queen bed in the upstairs loft that you access up a spiral staircase. The loft has skylights which make it feel as if you are in a tree house. Imagine falling asleep in peaceful slumber looking up at the stars and moon, awakening to the tree tops & sky. The place is really only big enough for 2 people and a child or your pet. Our boxer, Ellie loved it there and was welcomed by the staff & owners of the Butterfly Garden Inn. The Mimic cabin was very clean and offered all modern amenities needed to cook, relax and embrace the quiet and connective space. FYI, there are no TV’s or internet just pure solitude in beautiful Mother Nature and having the ability to simply “BE”. So bring a good book, playing cards & your favorite board games; quality time, peace and relaxation is abounding at the Butterfly Garden.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
One of the unique & scrumptious offerings at the Butterfly Garden is a breakfast picnic basket delivered to your cabin each morning full of fresh-baked goods, fruit and yogurt… topped off with a hand written message to start your day. Bravo Garrisons, you two have done a wonderful job making your guests feel welcomed and engaged. There is also The Canyon Market on site that offers anything you need, from forgotten essential items, and just in case your sweet tooth starts talking to you, wonderful fresh baked cookies and plenty of your favorite candy bars. They also have a great selection of beer and wine & local offerings. Super cute, quaint market with focus on customer service, quality & simplicity.
Lastly, thanks to awesome reviews on Trip Adviser and Yelp. The Canyon Market also makes fresh breakfast burritos, sandwiches and burgers! I brought food to make dinner the first night and planned on having one of their highly recommended burgers for dinner the second night. We had the “Special” offered that night which featured a burger with melted brie cheese, bacon and caramelized onions severed on a toasted brioche bun with home fries on the side. The burgers were delivered to our cabin and we enjoyed dinner by the crackling fire, they were rich and juicy, so good!!! For dessert, I brought creamy Belgian chocolate to dip some fresh strawberries. I poured myself a glass of wine while my hubby & pup relaxed by the fire… the sweet culinary journey continued.
To fully embrace Mother Nature, we went on 2 beautiful hikes, one in the town of Sedona called Brins Mesa Trail #119 and Sterling Pass trail #46 recommended by Frank, the owner of the Butterfly Garden. Both hikes were amazing and offered incredible views of the towering Red Rocks. Below is more info and facts on each hike.
“The Souls Path is not strait & orderly; It’s windy, often bumpy and has an incredible view.”- Elisa Romeo
Length: 6.4 miles round-trip
Elevation: 4,503 to 5,099 feet
Difficulty level: Moderately strenuous.
Distance One Way: 2.2 miles
Trail head Elevation: 4,840 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,049 feet
Accumulated Gain: 1,053 feet
Average Time One Way: 2 hours