Jun 292011

By Naomi Hatch–

Two local businesses made Arizona Highways’ top 20 lists for best bed and breakfasts and best restaurants in 2011. In addition, native son Sanford “Sank” Flake was highlighted in the July issue of the magazine.

Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast was selected as one of the top 20 bed and breakfasts in the state. Craig and JoAnne Guderian bought the inn from Dean Porter two years ago. They have worked hard to promote Snowflake and Taylor and in the process, their inn. They often donate a room for various fundraisers throughout the community and recently hosted a French television crew that was doing a story on the White Mountains and the Snowflake-Taylor community.

“We are truly excited to be recognized by Arizona Highways as one of their favorite places to stay. You can’t pay for that kind of advertising,” said JoAnne. “Our goal is to get Snowflake and Taylor recognized as a unique place to come visit and stay.”

The Guderians serve on the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce Board and the Snowflake-Taylor Tourism Committee, and are very active in community events.

Craig said that when they have guests they always refer them to local businesses, and JoAnne will give a tour of the historic homes.

If you have spent any time with Sank Flake, you know of his love of his pioneer heritage and of Snowflake. Sank and Louise’s home and barn are museums where everyone is welcome.

Sank said that the photographer from Arizona Highways visited twice and took “a whole bunch of pictures” in his home, at the barn and at his grandfather James M. Flake’s home across the street.

Sank rides with the Pony Express and next year he and a cousin, James Fairborn, will ride their horses to the “This is the Place Monument” in Salt Lake City. Sank has ridden his horse Denver from coast to coast.

When Louise was asked how she felt about the Arizona Highways story, she said, “Isn’t that wonderful?”

Sank said he was surprised when they contacted him, but he had plenty of stories to share.

Deborah Yordt owned and operated Celebrations, a restaurant she started as a tea room that offered some of the best scones and quiche you’ll ever find. Approximately four months ago Celebrations was purchased by Rita Webb, Amber Webb and Julie Hensley. They cater events such as weddings, bridal shower, birthdays and office parties. You can make reservations for “High Tea,” whether it’s for two people or 40.

“We’re kind of unique, because we do the tea shop thing and have the English scones,” said Amber.

Celebrations has been recognized as one of the top 20 restaurants in the state by Arizona Highways.

“It’s wonderful! We just took over the restaurant, so that was kind of in the works before,” said Amber. “We’re just so thrilled to get that recognition.”

Julie noted that they still have the boutique and the excellent food, including sandwiches, scones and quiche.

Photo by Naomi Hatch

Sank and Louise Flake are highlighted in a story in the July edition of Arizona Highways. They have a love of their pioneer ancestry and of Snowflake, and have been ambassadors promoting the community.

Photo by Naomi Hatch

Craig and JoAnne Guderian show off the room at Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast that is dedicated to Ira Hinckley. The inn was selected one of the top 20 bed and breakfasts by Arizona Highways.

Photo by Naomi Hatch

Celebrations was selected as one of the top 20 restaurants in Arizona by Arizona Highways. Rita Webb (not pictured) owns the restaurant along with Amber Webb (left), who is the cook and Julie Hensley (right), who is the face of the restaurant. Behind them is a tea set display.