If you’ve ever been curious about how a celebrity like Cindy Crawford vacations in the summer, you’ll be delighted by the September issue of Vogue, in which the famed supermodel opens up about her chic Muskoka retreat. A spread of the space and Cindy’s family – husband Rande Gerber and children Presley, 16, and Kaia, 13 – at play gives a glimpse of why they’ve chosen northern Ontario as their cottage destination of choice.
When vacationing in the “Hamptons of the North,” the 49-year-old forgoes makeup and sits for hours uninterrupted. The family spends about a month in the area each summer and loves activities like paddleboarding, making banana bread, fishing, logrolling, swimming and boating.
“You’re the real you up here,” she says to Vogue. “You never have your game face on, your party face. When you’re getting dragged behind a boat on an inner tube, it’s hard to have much of a facade.”
Part of the reason she and Rande first fell in love with the area is because it offered a privacy they can’t find anywhere else. “That anonymity is certainly nice,” Cindy says, “though these days I’m the perfect amount of famous: enough to get a dinner reservation but not enough to get hassled.”
Their oasis can only be accessed by boat, and the seven-acre island had to be completely redeveloped before they could spend a summer there. Famous neighbours who also own property in the area include Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Justin Bieber , Martin Short, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Jason Priestly.
The best part of having the plot of land, save for family time, is how at peace the brunette beauty says she can be. “There are days – not up here, thankfully – when I feel I need to deliver that Cindy Crawford thing,” she says. “But I’ve gained so much confidence with age. That’s something I never felt early on, even if my generation of models was paid to radiate it – the shoulder pads, glamazon, hair out to there, boobs up to here. It would have been nice to have all that confidence in my 20-year-old body.”
She wraps up the piece by saying: “The point here is to slow everything down… Life moves quickly, but it will wait.”
A canoe hangs from the ceiling in an ode to the Great White North. Photo: © Vogue
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