Shelly is fourth generation Carmel. She definitely knows her way around and is well-versed on all of the great Carmel events that take place throughout the year. And if you decide that you’d like to have a place of your own in Carmel, Shelly is a great person to help you make that happen as she proudly continues the family tradition in the local real estate business which was established in 1913.
What do you believe to be Carmel’s hidden treasures that the locals mostly know about that you don’t mind sharing with visitors?
- Foxy Couture for amazing vintage finds and GBG for retail therapy.
- The Cheese Shop in Carmel Plaza and Ken is amazing at pairing wines. Their cheese of the month club is dangerous.
- Everything at Big Sur Bakery—an extension of Carmel (worth the drive!). Wildflowers at Soberanes (see hike below).
- I am a terrible cook so cooking classes with Chef Justin at Aubergine are so amazing and very fun to do with a group of friends.
- Barre class at Carmel Barre.
- Roux restaurant in CV Village (new and so unique).
- Breakfast (or the cheeseburger) at La Bicyclette; Cauliflower at La Balena; Unique flower arrangements from Lolo at Burst and Bloom and Twiggery; The Hulk (healthy green juice), the Power Lunch and a Zoomeric from Good to Go in Crossroads. Chris Winfield Gallery on Dolores, Surf lessons with Noah Greenberg…. I could go on forever….
For the outdoor enthusiasts, do you have any favorite hiking/biking trails or other outdoor “must see/do” recreation opportunities?
- I am an avid hiker and my favorite hike is Soberanes or Garapata Ridge Trail. It’s an incredible trail, about a two hour hike that passes through cactus gardens, redwood forests, cross streams, up the face resplendent with wildflowers and poppies depending on the time of year, and ocean views to Big Sur all the way down the mountain. I never get sick of it, never. We are so lucky to live here. I love a good Big Sur hike and Snively’s at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley is another great steep hike for a workout where you can still have cell service if you need it (I know, sounds crazy and defeats the purpose, but sometimes a must).
Where do you go for a really great cocktail?
- Without a doubt, I go to Grasings and have Ira mix up a New fashioned or a Natural.
- The Bench at Pebble Beach Lodge has fire pits and a delicious drink called a Benchwarmer.
- Outside Carmel, they have really unique craft cocktails at 1833 in Monterey in the old Stokes Adobe.
Carmel is known for putting on some really great events, what’s your favorite and why? For me, the Concours D’Elegance in August is the most fun week of the year. Many locals dislike the crowds that week, but I welcome it and love the excitement. It’s a great event for Carmel. Parties have become so extreme, from the Carmel Realty/Christie’s kickoff party after Cars on the Avenue to the Jet Center Party at the Monterey Jet Center to the historic races at Laguna Seca and the myriad of small private parties that week sponsored by the likes of Bentley, Bugatti, Rolls Royce and more. I also adore GourmetFest, which is coming right up and founded by David Fink and Relais et Chateaux, simply incredible food only rivaled by the Tasting Tents during The Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival.
Someone visiting Carmel who wants to picnic on the beach, what are your suggestions, i.e. what to pack, where to get picnic accoutrements, and which beach to go to.
Picnics on the beach area a must. River Beach is beautiful for a picnic but the water is not safe to swim so we opt for a to-go order from Cheese Shop or a 5th Street deli basket and then go to Carmel Beach. Always pack warm clothes as when the sun goes down it can be cold. Good options for the beach are s’mores, wine, maybe a little cheese and charcuterie, what more do you need?
What do you love most about living in Carmel?
Everything I listed, plus the beauty and sophistication of the town, plus the diversity of shops, galleries, restaurants, people, dogs, spas, outdoor activities – all against the a natural backdrop that visually changes every day – I never tire of it. I love my job of escorting people into the community and guiding them to discover all that this area has to offer and seeing some of the most beautiful real estate on the planet.