On Saturday, Nov. 19, Cindi Hinds, recently from the San Francisco area, was in the front yard of the family’s newly renovated vacation rental property putting touches on exterior landscaping. It was one day prior to the day the first guest would occupy one of their recently remodeled units and just over a week before their scheduled Sunday, Nov. 27, grand opening.
Hinds was adjusting a landscape light on a deer on the property when a car, driven by Idyllwild resident Ed Hansen, apparently failed to negotiate a curve, came up onto the property in the area in which she was working and struck her.
Hinds was airlifted to a trauma center in Palm Desert, having sustained serious injuries, including a broken pelvis and three out of four ligaments torn in the right knee.
Now, after a long and difficult four-month recovery, Hinds and family are looking forward to their rescheduled grand opening from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25. A ribbon cutting is at noon.
Strawberry Creek Village is a family operation, jointly created out of a love for the property and need for more space for their extended family — Cindi and Rick, their children and grandchildren, and Cindi’s mom, Joyce Schilling.
Cindi and Rick have a shared background in vacation rentals and property management. They owned and operated a 6 ½ acre property, 6,000-square-foot estate home that could accommodate 22 guests in Castro Valley just across the bay from San Francisco. Called Deer Crossing Inn, the property was first run as a bed and breakfast and then as a vacation rental for large events. Cindi also has a background in hotel management.
“When we came here, we intended to retire completely,” said Cindi. “But then we have a large family and our home only has three bedrooms. So, when the property [for the inn] became available, it just seemed the right thing to do. We found the sign about the schoolhouse on the property and that inspired us to create our village. The sign reads, ‘This 93 year old schoolhouse was moved to this site in 1924 from east of Corona.’ That was our inspiration.”
In the renovation, Cindi acted as decorator in chief and Kenny Gioeli provided landscaping, with help from other family members and locals.
The Hinds family will welcome visitors and guests to their grand opening with tours, free drawings and complimentary refreshments. Their village comprises the Historic Schoolhouse, the Creekview Barn, the Day Dreamer’s Den and the Mill House. The property also features a Bocce Ball court and a hot tub.