Shannon Shultz has been modeling since the age of 15 and has worked for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, J. Crew and more. Now a newly certified aromatherapist, she currently resides in Bethel, NY where she splits her time between New York City with her husband and two sons.

WHICH PART OF OUR REGION DO YOU CALL HOME?

Bethel, NY, in Sullivan County

WHEN DID YOU ARRIVE?

Spring 2001

WHAT KEEPS YOU UP HERE?

We’ve been here a long time and it has changed so much. It’s finally got a steady pulse. For so long there were small attempts to revitalize the area, which would sadly fail. Now it feels alive. We have more than one option for restaurants, food markets and farmers markets. Also, the memories. We can’t leave!

FAVORITE UPSTATE ANTHEM

Richie Havens. If upstate had a voice, it would be his.

WHAT’S ON YOUR READING LIST?

I always have a stack of books on my bedside table up here. At the moment, the one that’s on the top is Norman Mailer’s, ‘The Executioner’s Song.’ And at 1,100 pages long, it will take me a year of weekends to finish.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“If you give me seventy one hundred kisses, you will break the spell and I won’t poop in my pants anymore.” – My kid, Walker

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Benji & Jakes on White Lake.

FAVORITE DESTINATION

Hemlock Forest down the river from us.

DESCRIBE A PERFECT DAY UPSTATE

Simple things, simple days. A good cuppa tea on the back deck, quality time with the family and quiet time for myself.

HOW DOES LIVING UP HERE INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?

Living up here has given me perspective. It allows me the space to think and that helps in all aspects of my career and family.

WHAT HAS LIVING UP HERE TAUGHT YOU?

Patience…

WHAT IS UPSTATE’S BEST-KEPT SECRET?

This really great antique store off of 17 but, it’s a secret…