ve always been keenly aware that I grew up in a very magical place," says Rebecca Romijn-Stamos of her roots in California's Bay Area. Her early life seems to have been a storybook existence. Dad is a Dutch-born San Francisco street artist turned toymaker turned furniture designer; Mom is an English teacher. And Rebecca attended Berkeley High School, where her nickname was Jolly Blonde Giant. But when she entered the University of California in nearby Santa Cruz, she was left feeling that there had to be more. "I used to sit in my dorm room thinking, 'I just know I'm missing out on something.'" Through a friend's connections, she hooked up with a modeling agency and was on her way to Paris, where she became an internationally known model. In 1994, she met her future husband, actor John Stamos, at a fashion show. Their first date was at Disneyland. Now, having made numerous TV appearances and starring in movies like X-Men, she's back this month in Rollerball, a remake of the 1975 sci-fi film. Here's a weekend with the beauty in the beautiful Bay Area.
"The famous hotel in San Francisco is the Westin St. Francis, but the cool one now is The Clift, which is where I'd stay if I were a tourist. It's a Philippe Starck design, and I'm a big fan of his. I also love The Clairmont in Berkeley. It's sort of settled into the hills right on the border of Berkeley and Oakland. It's a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful old hotel. Very traditional and grand and gorgeous. Several presidents have stayed there. It has an amazing spa with massages and facials and a gym with trainers. I used to go up there in the summertime. You would feel like you were on a tropical island somewhere."