Celebrities, they’re just like us. It’s July. It’s hot out there. Who doesn’t want to take their family for a weekend at the lake? Hot dogs, cold beer, throw the kids in some life jackets and you’re good to go. In the opposite of celebrity news, my husband and I packed our four kids, the Great Dane, coolers, life jackets, and a few subs from the supermarket into the minivan and headed to Fish Lake in Western Washington this weekend. My kids know it’s a good day at the lake if they can jump off of a dock and the toilet flushes. Or if there is a toilet, really.
But what about the beautiful, famous people and their beautiful, famous children? Where do they go when they want to splash around in pristine lake water under the towering pines? I would wager that their standards run a little beyond running water and no visibly floating fish.
Jennifer Garner probably isn’t willing to remind Violet, Seraphina, and newest baby Samuel that “limes we find on the ground are not for eating, they go in the trash can.” Something I tell my little darlings every time we visit our local lake. Maybe she and Ben Affleck get the occasional invitation to George Clooney’s Villa Oleandra on Lake Como in Italy.
Lake Como has been a playground for the aristocratic elite since Roman times. Madonna and Sylvester Stallone have also owned homes on its shores.
Yes please, I’ll take three. Clooney bought Villa Oleander in 2002 and filmed parts of his blockbuster movie Ocean’s Twelve there. George and his girlfriend Stacy Keibler— She has my first name. so I believe that means I’m one step closer to a villa on Lake Como with only 500 million steps to go—are spending the summer frolicking in Italy. Although, according to a tweet by Keibler, they acquired food poisoning eating dinner with friends in the town of Cernobbio on Wednesday night. Score one for the nasty limes scattered about on Fish Lake Beach! No poison can survive dousing in a Corona and a week of bleaching by the sun!
If Italy and its questionable food are too much, Lake Tahoe on the border of California and Nevada is a lovely domestic option. I know, it looks a bit like Lake Como, right? Apparently, all jewel-like lakes for the fabulously wealthy look alike. Another point for Fish Lake; once you have sat on its muddy shores, you will never mistake it for another.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Marilyn Monroe all spent time on this famous lake. Regular residents in this decade (sort of) include Sammy Hagar of Van Halen, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, James Hetfield of Metallica, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, and Alanis Morissette. They could make their own band! Robin Williams sightings are also known to occur.
Less well known, but just as stunning is Lake Pend Orielle in Northern Idaho (only a few hours’ drive from Fish Lake of this article’s fame).
Wait a minute. Haven’t we seen a lake that looks very much like this above? The gorgeous pines on snow-capped slopes trend continues. John Travolta and quarterback John Elway are rumored to own multi-million dollar homes in the town of Hope on this fabulously cold, Idaho pan-handle lake. A visit to Sandpoint on the north shore is possible, but you’ll need a helicopter to get to Hope on the eastern shore, at least efficiently. That’s three points for Fish Lake! A private landing pad is not required. That reaches a little bit past my family’s flushing toilet requirement.
To end on a somber note: summer is fun, but water safety is serious. Tragic accidents happen every summer. Usher’s 11-year-old stepson, Kyle Glover, is in critical condition and may not survive according to some reports after being struck by a jet-ski while floating in an inner tube on Georgia’s Lake Lanier on Friday. My heart is with his family. Safety first. Keep the alcohol on the beach. Wear your life jackets in the water, wear your bike helmets when you ride on land, and remember that children can drown in less than 60 seconds.