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Something about the houses in Snowflake resonates with JoAnne Guderian, owner of the Heritage Inn. They remind her of home. "Being British, I really recognize the English feel that these homes have," she says. "They're built with brick, and they even have white picket fences. People enjoy the mature trees and green grass and the horses grazing in the fields."

Indeed, Snowflake retains a certain bucolic charm, thanks in large part to its Mormon heritage. Founded by settlers Erastus Snow and William Flake in 1878, the town is home to historic pioneer homes — Stinson, Flake and Freeman, to name a few — as well as a massive Latter-Day Saints temple.

"I think what visitors love is the history here, the pioneer spirit that lives on," Guderian says. "Think: Just over 100 years ago, back in the late 1870s, nothing existed in the Silver Creek Valley, and now we have a thriving community."

— Kelly Kramer

30.9 square miles
5,600 feet

Information: Town of Snowflake, 928-536-7103 or www.ci.snowflake.az.us; Heritage Inn, 866-486-5947 or www.heritage-inn.net; Heritage Antiques, 928-536-3741

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