Tucked in the center of Strawberry, the Windmill Corner Inn has welcomed guests for years. The charm of the two-story motel has been getting a little extra love in recent months with new owners.
Doug McLean bought the inn from longtime owner Cheryl Holland in May. McLean, along with sister Debbie Weber and cousin Merlina Stevens, have been sprucing up the motel, revamping rooms, adding a gift shop and in April, a bar.
While each of the eight rooms at the Windmill boasts a unique theme, they all offer a quiet respite from the busyness of the city.
There is the Harley Davidson room with deep grey walls, motorcycle artwork and bright orange trim. There is also the bear-themed room, cowboy room — complete with lasso and a pair of worn boots in the corner — antique, wilderness, cottage and presidential suite.
Stevens said the idea for theme rooms is new. Before, every room had similar worn down décor.
While they are still renovating several of the rooms, nearly everything in the remodeled rooms has been torn out and replaced.
In addition to redoing the motel’s rooms, the new owners have been busy adding new amenities.
Stevens opened a small gift shop adjacent to the motel. The shop features heirloom and vintage gifts.
This is the third gift shop Stevens has run. The other two were in Utah, where Stevens and the rest of the family are from.
It was early last year when Weber found the Windmill Inn for sale on a real estate site. When Weber, McLean and Stevens visited the inn, they decided it was the right time and place to buy.
This is the first time either has run a motel. McLean, an oil rigger, always dreamed of owning his own business, specifically a bar, Stevens said.
The space was the perfect fit for the group with room for a gift shop and bar in addition to the inn.
“It has been really great,” Stevens said.
The group hopes by April 1 to have the bar open, which will eventually sell food.
In addition, a small building with a windmill out front could eventually be another small gift shop or information center for the area.
Several Strawberry-area businesses have been getting the fix-up recently. There is a new market, pottery shop, Strawberry Bear and a microbrewery is under construction.
Combine the new with the well-loved Mama Joe’s Italian Grill, the Strawberry Lodge, Cabins on Strawberry Hill and Sportsman’s Chalet and Stevens says the area is turning into quite a nice getaway.
For more information on the Windmill Corner Inn or to make a reservation, call (928) 476-3064 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. or visit www.windmillcornerinn.com.