Monterey

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With cool winters, warm summers, NorCal’s climate supports a range of crops, from almonds and walnuts to juicy plums, peaches, tomatoes and olives. It’s no wonder some of the nation’s most ground-breaking chefs have migrated to the Bay Area and Napa Valley? to set up shop and sample the local bounty. Here, find five popular markets and fairs that offer a range of locally sourced crops and handcrafted products—make sure to stop in to support their efforts the next time you’re in the area. 

FORT MASON CENTER FARMERS' MARKET - Hosted by the California Farmers’ Markets Association (CFMA), this weekly Sunday market takes place from 9:30am to 1:30pm at Fort Mason and typically includes 35 local growers and food purveyors. It’s the perfect place to find fresh

Each year since 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance automobile show has drawn thousands of car aficionados and collectors to the beautiful, pine tree-fringed beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The gathering is one of the most anticipated of the season. This year’s event on Sunday, August 18 is sure to attract a bevy of designers, racing pros, industry leaders and media representatives.

Ahead of the Concours d’Elegance, The Agency’s Carmel-by-the-Sea office will proudly sponsor The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, set at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. This garden party-style event takes place on Friday, August 16 from 10am to 4pm and is set amidst the club’s pristine 18-hole golf course, with a picturesque backdrop of the Santa Lucia mountain range.

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

GET YOUR FESTIVAL FIX HERE - Now in its 12th year, this summer’s annual Outside Lands Music Festival will take place August 9-11 and spotlight Paul Simon, Childish Gambino and The Lumineers, among others. Always forward-thinking, the Golden Gate Park event will also offer TED-like D.A.V.E. talks (Discussions About Virtually Everything) and a curated cannabis experience in a special area called Grass Lands. 

EAT EVERYTHING HERE - Head to The Midway in SF’s Dogpatch neighborhood on August 24 for Eat Drink SF, where you can opt for the daytime session ($120, 12-3:30pm) or the evening soirée ($120, 7-10:30pm). Both feature food, wine, and spirits


With natural beauty at nearly every turn, living in this part of the state is all about getting outside. No matter what part of Northern California you’re in, these tips will help maximize your outdoor living and entertaining spaces, no matter what the season or occasion. 

Add Outdoor Furniture and Lights - A well-illuminated set of table and chairs can bring a back patio from passable to perfection. See what a difference it makes to the back deck of 3116 Fox Creek Drive—a refreshing new open-air space is created for dining, game nights or afternoon kick-backs.

Extend Indoor Space - Adding a wall of glass doors will make indoor-outdoor living a total breeze—and bring in plenty of natural light. This design element will help elevate any type of patio (stone,

12255 SKY LANE - The spectacular Brentwood estate, with views that stretch from Downtown L.A. to the ocean, was crowned Home of the Week by the Los Angeles Times. “Sweeping across an acre in Brentwood, this ultra-modern compound catches the eye and doesn’t let go,” the article states, while noting the home’s Italian marble driveway, glass elevator and rooftop garden that doubles as an auto gallery. The seven-bedroom house, represented by Santiago Arana and Mauricio Umansky, was masterfully designed by De Loren & Associates. 

848 HOT SPRINGS ROAD - The Wall Street Journal recently spotlighted this sprawling Montecito château, which Hollywood director Kinka Usher had designed after Spain’s Alhambra Palace. Represented by Billy Rose, this recently


From San Francisco’s FiDi neighborhood to the rolling hills of Healdsburg, these seven studios, clubs and trails are sure to get your muscles moving and heart rate pumping. 

FORT POINT BAKER BEACH TRAIL - Super scenic and good for all skill levels, the Fort Point-Baker Beach Coast Trail is a 3.9-mile out and back that meanders around the bluffs above Baker Beach and provides a stunning, photogenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Trailhead is at the Fort Point National Historic Site and is accessible year-round. Bring the dogs—but keep them leashed. 

WHEEL HOUSE - Wheel House’s expansive 7,500-square-foot facility offers a cutting-edge combination of indoor cycling, yoga, TRX and core strength classes in multiple studios. Busy


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around San Francisco, the East Bay, and Wine Country.

SEE FIREWORKS HERE - In honor of Independence Day, one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, Pier 39, will hold its one-of-kind waterfront Fourth of July Celebration, which promises 180-degree views of the Bay, plus live music and access to all of the pier’s world-famous eats. The day kicks off at 3pm with the yacht rock jams of Mustache Harbor on the Entrance Plaza Stage. Get an Alcatraz Escape cocktail at the Fog Harbor Fish House bar or order a tiny bucket of Trish’s Mini Donuts and a bag of salt water taffy from the Candy Baron—you’ll want to snack on something when the firework display launches around 9:30pm.  


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your summer in and around Marin County.

GET YOUR STEPS IN HERE - Talk about storied steps: the Dipsea Stairs, a series of 688 wooded steps in Mill Valley, have been tread upon by locals and legends alike since 1905. Recently restored, the iconic stairs are part of the oldest trail footrace in the country. Local legend Jack Kirk (“the Dipsea Demon”) was famous for running the race every year since 1930, until he was 96 years young. Emblazoned with inspiring placards like “Don’t stop now!” and “Live life fully!” the stairs are perfect for a leisurely walk or full-on workout.

GET LOST IN THE WOODS HERE - A National Monument since 1908, this otherworldly forest, just a few miles north of San


May Agent of the Month is the latest distinction bestowed upon Tracy McLaughin, one of the top brokers in the country and the fearless leader of The Agency’s Marin office. Not only has she sold more than $1 billion in real estate throughout her career, Tracy has ranked as the highest producing agent in Marin County since 2005—a national record for any county in the country. Most recently, she added accomplished author to her impressive resume with the publishing of her book Real Estate Rescue with Tracy McLaughlin - How Not to Leave Money on the Table in the Sale and Purchase of Your Home.

We caught up with Tracy to get her thoughts on the Marin County market—from the latest buying trends to what we can expect in the year ahead—and to get her take on a


It isn’t often a single-family home comes available in the iconic and highly coveted Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Originally built in 1913, this magnificent three-story residence, represented by Samantha Resnik and Michelle Long, has been reimagined for the modern lifestyle. 1707 Grant Avenue was recently highlighted on The Agency’s curated Luxury Homes + Lifestyle page featured on Dwell.com. Read the full story here.