July 09, 2007 12:00 PM

STARS TELL US ABOUT THEIR BEST SUMMERS EVER

AMERICA FERRERA

“The summers of childhood, when I woke up at noon, watched cartoons, went to the movie theater and rode my bike.”

DENIS LEARY

“The summer of 1990. My son was born and then for some reason my career took off, so it was sort of serendipitous.”

ROSARIO DAWSON

“When I was 14 and I went to upstate New York for the summer. I couldn’t believe my friends were living this life—jumping into rivers.”

ASHLEE SIMPSON
“Last year was a fun summer. I was on tour and all my girlfriends were with me. So we’d lie on top of the tour bus and tan.”

VACATION LIKE THE STARS

From the Aloha State to the Riviera, here’s how celebs have been sunning, surfing and sightseeing

SAINT-JEAN CAP FERRAT, FRANCE

In France for a friend’s wedding, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and baby Suri stayed at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden Roc. Junior Suite: about $1,750 a night.

KAUAI, HAWAII

Jen Garner, Ben Affleck and daughter Violet spent their vacation splashing in the surf. The average cost of a hotel room in Kauai: about $570 a night.

DISNEYLAND, ANAHEIM, CALIF.

Mariska Hargitay and son August, 1, rode the carousel and the park’s newest attraction: the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

Tickets: $63 for adults, free for kids under 3.

PORTOFINO, ITALY

Touring the Riviera in their chartered yacht, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z docked for a day of sightseeing in this coastal town. Weekly yacht rental: as much as $70,000.

CELEBS’ SUMMER PLANS

MARG HELGENBERGER

“I’m renovating a house!”

HILARY DUFF
“I’m touring in Canada, the U.S. and then Europe.”

DAVE ANNABLE

“I’m traveling around Europe with my little sister.”

KELLIE PICKLER

“Summer vacation means the beach to me.”

20 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER

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1 Go barefoot

2 Catch a firefly

3 Toast a marshmallow

4 Play charades

5 Paddle a canoe

6 Visit a farmers’ market

7 Get up and watch the sun rise

8 Have a barbecue

Get Take Home Chef Curtis Stone’s grilling tips at people.com/summer.

9 Relax in a hammock

Find other ways to chill out at people.com/summer.

10 Sip a fruity drink through a straw

Go to the beach with The Hills’ Lauren and Audrina at people.com/summer.

11 Fly a kite

12 Sleep under the stars

13 Run through a sprinkler

14 Eat ice cream from a cone

15 Skip a stone

16 Reread your favorite book

17 Build a campfire

18 Ride a Ferris wheel

19 Eat cotton candy

20 Throw a Frisbee

See more pics of Matthew McConaughey at people.com/summer.

5 WAYS TO HELP THE WORLD

• Help save the declining frog population by observing your local leapers.

FROGWATCH.ORG

• Be a foster parent for the pet of a soldier in Iraq.

NETPETS.ORG

• Plant trees.

TREESFORLIFE.ORG

• Set up a lemonade stand to raise money for kids’ cancer research.

ALEXSLEMONADE.ORG

• Round up old bicycles to send to Third World countries.

P4P.ORG

5 THINGS YOU CAN ONLY DO THIS SUMMER

Attend the Monterey Summer of Love Festival July 28 and 29.

sfsummeroflove.com

Vote for the new seven wonders of the world.

new7wonders.com

See David Beckham‘s first game with the L.A. Galaxy.

la.galaxy.mlsnet.com

Celebrate America’s birthplace at Jamestown, Va.’s 400th anniversary.

americas400thanniversary.com

Rock out at the worldwide Live Earth concert series July 7.

liveearth.org

HOT TRENDS

The hippest ways to dress, snack, work out and stay connected

GLADIATOR SANDALS

Aerosoles metallic leather Santuary sandal, $69; aerosoles.com.

KOOL-AID PICKLES

This sweet-and-sour crunch—nicknamed Koolickles—has been a favorite in Mississippi’s Delta region and is suddenly gaining fans nationwide.

Recipe: Prepare a pitcher of Kool-Aid as directed on package. Add pickles so that they’re submerged in liquid. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.

OVERSIZE METALLIC SUNGLASSES

Forever 21 sunglasses, $4.80; forever21.com.

iPHONE

Apple’s latest innovation combines phone, iPod and Web browser into one sleek package—for a price of $499 and up. Available only in limited quantities and only at Apple and AT&T stores (and their Web sites), the techie toy of the season was a phenomenon even before its June 29 debut.

JUMPING ROPE

The old-school pastime is back in vogue thanks to the top-rated Disney Channel movie Jump In. But it isn’t just for kids anymore—Matthew McConaughey, Katherine Heigl and Hilary Swank all swear by it to get their hearts pumping, and ESPN airs professional jump rope championships.

SUMMER FUN FACTS

Surprising stats about everyone’s favorite season

Standing 49.55 feet tall and 60 feet wide, the LARGEST SAND CASTLE on record was built in May in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and required 300 truckloads of sand.

THE MOST POPULAR ICE CREAM FLAVORS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

BLUE MOON: This Midwest fave (which tastes like Froot Loops) has a Smurfish hue. icecreamsource.com

GADZOOKS!

Chocolate ice cream, caramel swirls and chunks of chocolate and peanut butter brownie pieces make up this Philly hit. bassettsicecream.com

PEACH SORBET WITH HABANERO PEPPERS

This Arizona blend mixes sweet and spicy. Karen’s Kreamery, 623-877-1026.

THE POPSICLE was accidentally invented in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson, who had left a flavored drink outside in the cold with a stir stick in it. He dubbed it the Eppsicle, then changed the name decades later after his own children began referring to it as “Pop’s sicle.”

134°

The number of degrees reached on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, Calif., making it the hottest day in U.S. history.

74 MILLION

The number of Americans who either hosted or attended a barbecue in 2006.

The inflatable beachball was invented in 1938.

75ft.

2in.

The record for the longest watermelon seed spit.

TOP SUMMER SONGS

2002: “Hot in Herre”

by Nelly

2003: “Crazy in Love”

by Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z

2004: “Burn”

by Usher

2005: “We Belong Together”

by Mariah Carey

2006: “Promiscuous”

by Nelly Furtado, with Timbaland

Sources: Billboard, Nielsen Business Media, Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.

Sources: National Ice Cream Retailers Association, Guinness Book of World Records, U.S. Census Bureau

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