NoCal's breath of Asian-inspired airiness
Tradewinds Carmel has been owned and operated by the Catlin family since it was built in 1959. In the late '90s, current proprietor Susan Stilwell, daughter of founders Richard and Patricia Catlin, hired designer Charles Gruwell for a major renovation of the Asian-style property; the changes even resulted in an Architectural Digest feature. Bathrooms were gutted, new carpets and furniture were brought in and the swimming pool was taken out. In its place came a Meditation Garden with a large Temple Bamboo, stone fire pit and a recessed alcove Buddha fountain. Foo dogs stand ceremoniously by the lobby door but it’s still a family affair with Sweetie, the house feline adopted from the humane society, greeting guests at the registration desk.