Greetings! I’m Gael Gallagher, the owner and managing director of Carmel Walks since 2012. I am honored to have been personally chosen to take over Carmel Walks after the untimely passing of the previous owner, Gale Wrausman. I strive everyday to continue her legacy, providing an extraordinary introduction to the charms of Carmel.
I am most fortunate to have called the beautiful Monterey peninsula home for the past 40 years. One visit from my native Boston was all it took to capture my heart. My life’s work as a tour director, naturalist and historian being a perfect fit. It is with passion and enthusiasm that I share my beloved Carmel with guests.
My goal is to delight your senses, enhance your knowledge, and exceed your expectations, leaving you feeling like a local and wanting more of this magical village known as Carmel-by-the-Sea.
While I aim to lead most tours, there are times I have to turn to one of my trusted guides to be your leader. A little bit about each of them follows.
We hope to see you soon.
Brooke Bailey is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco, CA and has been conducting tours of the Monterey Peninsula for 20 years. Being a guide for Carmel Walks gives Brooke the opportunity to share her passion for the beauty of this paradise and bring this “fairytale village” to life. Brooke is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Monterey County Hospitality Association.
Mary Condry has been a tour guide on the Monterey Peninsula since 1993. She is an active participant in community life in the charming village of Carmel and was instrumental in the formation of the Carmel Mission Docent Association. Mary is past president of the Carmel Residents Association and loves the historic cottage she shares with her husband.
Kelly Steele makes his home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, having lived here since he was one year old. Though he has spent many summers on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, his travels have only reinforced his appreciation for home. Kelly is an artist and learned to draw through careful observation and on site rendering of Carmel’s unique buildings and landscape. He takes special pleasure in sharing the beauty and history of the town with his fellow travelers.