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Experience AZ Top 5 Finalist

vote for briar patch inn as arizona's number one bed and breakfast

Honored by our distinction with Ranking Arizona as the state’s #1 Bed and Breakfast, we were delighted to hear that another organization has recognized us.  Experience AZ, an online and in-print publication detailing the best places to eat, play, and stay in Arizona, recently announced that we’ve been selected as a Top Five Finalist for their Reader’s Choice Awards.  In the category of “Bed and Breakfast,” we are among the five favorite in the state.

If you would like to see us as #1, we would love to have your continued support.  Please follow these simple steps to give us your vote:

1. First, click on this link.

2. Next, type “Briar Patch Inn” into the window and select it from the drop down menu.

3. Then, submit your email address in the second window that pops up labeled: “Your email address”.

4. Last, click on the box that says: “Cast my Vote”

5. That’s it! You’ve voted!

vote briar patch inn as number one bed and breakfast in arizona

Heron cabin hospitality.

Voting will conclude the last day of September and winners announced October 1st.  We will update you when we find out the results of the contest.

If you’re in the sharing mood, you can also leave a review on Trip Advisor.  If you have any questions about how to vote or about anything else, please feel free to leave them as a comment below.

Honey Bran Bundt Cake

honey bran bundt cake served at the briar patch inn and featured on the briar patch blog

Breakfast is something we take very seriously at the Patch.  Besides it being the most important meal of the day, it is also one of the best ways we get to know our guests as they join us in the office each morning for fresh orange juice, coffee, a bowl of granola, or a delicious egg quiche.  Over the years we have varied several of our recipes, dropping this or adding that.  But the recipe we care to share with you today is one of our oldest and most prized.

If you have read our book, The Life and Times of the Briar Patch Inn, then you are already familiar with our Honey Bran Bundt Cake.  With a dense crumb and slightly sweet taste, it is perfect spread with our fresh butter and jam.  It also stands on its own as an accompaniment to a light meal of fresh fruit and a soft-boiled egg.  From our sweet and spicy Jalapeno Corn Muffins to the savory Tomato Feta quiche, the recipes we share in this book are worth making again and again.  It is available for sale here.

Today meet the star of the show: Briar Patch Inn Honey Bundt Cake

Have you tried this recipe before?

Honey Bran Bundt Cake


2 cups 2% milk
3 cups bran
2/3 cup canola oil
1-1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup raisins, optional

Blend oil and sugar, add eggs, vanilla, milk and warmed honey. Mix dry ingredients together, add to egg mixture, blending well. Add raisins if you choose. Pour into lightly oiled bundt cake pan.

Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from pan, tip upside down and let cool on rack.  When cool, sprinkle powdered sugar or drop a little lemon flavored icing over the top.