Gardens: Brilliant year-round color can be enjoyed in the many gardens on this verdant 12-acre property. Starting with Daffodils and California Poppies in February, then Iris and lilac in April, Columbines and Shasta Daisies in May, Roses, Lantana, and Day Lilies in the summer, and finishing up with hollyhocks, cosmos, and Mums in November. The flowering fruit trees are beautiful in the spring, and Crepe Myrtle blooms all summer. There is also a special garden devoted to Arizona wild flowers.
Animals, Wildlife, and Birds: Animal lovers will enjoy visiting the resident Golden Retrievers on the grounds. Although they’re adorable and will beg to be invited, they’re not allowed inside the Suite. Stroll along Oak Creek on this historic ranch to see pastures dotted with grazing cattle and horses. Watch for the occasional fox, raccoon, javelina, beaver, and river otter while on outdoor adventures. The wildlife are attracted to the three waterfalls, two ponds, and the many creek banks on the property.Fishing is free from the banks of nearby Oak Creek.
Bird watchers should bring binoculars because lower Oak Creek is a riparian habitat for many bird species including herons, hawks, and owls and flycatchers. Ducks and kingfishers dive into the ponds in spring and summer. Spring also brings tanagers and orioles to feast on ripe mulberries. Quail, robins, cardinals, and finches can be seen year-round.
History of the Property: This property marks the beginning of the Old Girdner Trail. Cattle were driven annually from this historic ranch up the Dry Creek Basin (near what is now West Sedona) below Wilson Mountain, then across Oak Creek, continuing up Munds Canyon (near Schnebly Hill in Sedona), and ending at Mormon Meadow (south of Flagstaff). Up to one thousand head were driven by the Girdner men and their neighbors to the high country during the summer so that the home pastures could be devoted to growing alfalfa for winter feed. Many of the decor items featured inside the Suite and the Spa Cabin are originals from the old cattle driving days of the American frontier.