Carmel is always a very special place during the holidays with holiday lights and decorations putting on a grand show! It’s a time for good friends and family to gather to enjoy each others company, time to attend many of the special events in town, and an opportunity to just take a bit of time off work and perhaps slow down to enjoy all the natural beauty we are surrounded with everyday.
All my best wishes to you!
However you celebrate this festive season, make it a good one!
I’ve mostly spent my life as a Stewardess (Pam Am), as a teacher (SFUSD), and as a realtor both in San Francisco and Carmel (Alain Pinel Realtors). BUT, I always had this secret desire to model so when I was in my 20’s I gave it a whirl. I went to a modeling school in San Francisco and some how wound up teaching “Walks and Turns” at the same modeling school on Saturdays – all while teaching 5th grade. It was my secret life! I did do some live fashion shows, but alas, it was obvious this could not be a part-time gig. And I was certainly not emaciated enough to do print and liked a steady job – plus I loved teaching. I decided it was not my calling, but it had been fun! To this day, I love fashion! Some days you can’t tell by the way I dress, but issues of Vogue, Elle, and Bazaar are always stacked up on my coffee table.
Did any of you reading this catch the Oscar de la Renta exhibition at De Young in San Francisco? Now that man knew how to make a dress!
The qualities I most admire in a woman are confidence and kindness. ~Oscar de la Renta
But I digress, if you love fashion, and love supporting good causes, come to our WCR Fashion Show Fundraiser, “Havana Nights”
It’s going to be an amazing time, with Delicious food, fabulous fashion, at an incredibly beautiful place (Inn at Spanish Bay), and lots of fun MOST IMPORTANTLY! Salsa dancers, latin music to get your blood boiling, and the “experience” of steaming nights in Havana in the 50’s! Only $95 a ticket if you act NOW!
ABC’S of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “C” is for “Car Week”
Carmel ~ Pebble Beach ~Pacific Grove ~ Monterey
Every August one of the biggest events of the Monterey Peninsula rolls along. Mid August on the Monterey Peninsula is “Car Week” and it’s going on right now in 2017!
Every year car enthusiasts converge on the Monterey Peninsula (which includes the towns of Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Monterey) from all corners of our nation and beyond to attend a week of events, road rallies, parades, parties, fashion shows, racing, and car auctions.
The week culminates on Sunday with the prestigious Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach. But first on Thursday there is a Tour D’Elegance and Display on Ocean Avenue in Carmel- a free event.
A number of the cars showing on Sunday do a Road Tour of the Monterey Peninsula and stop in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch in the park and have their vehicles on display on Ocean Avenue. How cool is that?
“Car people” look forward to this week with its events and parties all year. For the locals it is just great fun to partake of some of the events and enjoy the “Car Eye Candy” on the streets of Carmel and Pebble Beach!
Antique cars polished to perfection, Ferrari’s, Corvettes, Porsches,
Bentleys – you name it and its here!
The owners furiously polish their cars because soon the judges will appear and their car will be judged for prizes – and who doesn’t like to win!
Every year new events are added and the menu becomes more and more diverse, plentiful and delightful! For instance this year there was a new event called the “Prancing Ponies” which happened on Wednesday. It was a group of Women Ferrari owners showing their cars and raising money for charity. Now that’s a club I’d like to join!
There is something now for everyone’s tastes and pocketbook. Many of the events, also, raise thousands for Charity ~ so that’s a good thing.
Other than the Thursday Tour D’Elegance, another favorite event of mine is on the Tuesday of “Car Week” and is called “Concours on the Avenue” (Tuesday August 15th this year from 10:00am-5:00pm) which takes place on Carmel-by-the-Sea’s world famous Ocean Avenue and is FREE!
This is the newest large event founded by Doug and Genie Freedman. Sixteen blocks of downtown is filled with collector cars including Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Sporting Cars.
The spit and polish needed to prepare these automobiles for showing and judging is incredible!
Tiffany will be on hand with beautiful trophies for the winners and, of course, those famous “blue boxes”! This impressive presentation is free to spectators and benefits the Carmel Foundation that provides a wide variety of services to local seniors.
To add to the fun the merchants up and down Ocean Avenue have decorated their show windows with displays that depict the car industry. Be sure to check out our Alain Pinel Realtors window display at the NW corner of Ocean and Dolores.
It’s impossible to mention every event there are over 50. There are the auctions, the car displays, auto road rallies, racing out at Laguna Seca, reunions of car clubs, Concours Italiano, and even Concours D’Lemons. No matter what there is enjoyment and fun for all – so take your choice this week and the years to come.
If you are planning for next year, The Concours D’Elegance will take place on the 4th Sunday August 26th and Car Week activities running from August 20-26th.
And if you fall in love with the Monterey Peninsula while you’re here and would like to find your Dream Home, give me a call!