Rande Gerber’s Favorite Places in California

The Casamigos co-founder (and Cindy Crawford’s other half) shares his Golden State secrets



Where do you live?
Malibu. It’s a small beach town with locals who are mostly here for the same reason: to escape the stress and intensity of the city and live a more simple life at the beach.

What is your favorite beach?
Surfrider is a great, wide beach, the waves are long. I do stand-up paddle, and my son, Presley, surfs.

Favorite place on the beach?
Paradise Cove has been around forever, and once in a while I’ll walk down there. It’s great for a burger or for breakfast.


Favorite getaways?
Solvang, Big Sur, San Ysidro Ranch, Auberge du Soleil.


Favorite hotels?
Malibu Beach Inn, right by the Malibu Lumber Yard. And Calamigos Ranch, which is different from any place out there. It’s in the mountains, and it’s got a unique vibe and energy. It’s got fireplaces and a pool table outside. I’ll take my wife and kids there on a Sunday.

Favorite date spot?
Cafe Habana has the best local scene — you get the surfers, some musicians and celebrities. The carne asada and fish tacos are great.


Favorite drink?
If I’m going to have a margarita, I’ll have the Casamigos blanco or reposado on the rocks. If it’s late at night I’ll have an añejo neat.

What’s the secret to a great party?
Setting the ambience. Ambient lighting or candlelight, never direct. If you look good and feel good you want to stay longer.

What’s on your party playlist?
An eclectic mix of Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley to Eddie Vedder and The [Rolling] Stones.


Favorite buildings?
The Getty Center for its clean architecture; it’s beautiful at nighttime. The architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson and Frank Gehry are interesting to me.


Favorite road trip?
The drive up the coast to Big Sur in the 1967 Corvette convertible my wife bought me for my birthday years ago.

What do you drive every day?
I have a Chevy Silverado that a company called Rocky Ridge did some work to.

What are your favorite sports?
I’m pretty athletic. I like to wakeboard, go mountain biking on the trails, basketball, hike.


Daily uniform?
I keep it pretty simple: Levi’s 501s, Ray-Ban aviators and John Varvatos lace-up boots.


Feature image: The terrace at MALIBU BEACH INN. photo by Lisa Romerein.


This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 Men’s Edition of C Magazine.

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