Obama and family arriving at Martha's Vineyard today
President Obama and his family will arrive at Martha's Vineyard today for a family vacation. Get the details on the First Family's trip, plus some interesting facts about the Vineyard.
The Obama family's vacation plans
President Obama, Michelle Obama and their two children are headed to Martha's Vineyard for a ten-day family vacation. Martha's Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts and the Obamas have vacationed there twice in the past.
The Obamas will stay at Blue Heron Farm, a $20 million estate. When the Obamas first vacationed at Blue Heron Farm in Martha's Vineyard in 2009, it was the talk of the nation. The Blue Heron Farm, which covers 28 acres, is in Chilmark. It overlooks Tisbury Great Pond and is complete with a pool house, a boathouse, a putting green, a basketball court, a gym and a swimming pool.
Many locals are happy to have the Obamas, both because of who they are and because the economy is highly dependent on tourism. "That end of August business, whether it's the press corps, members of the Secret Service, that's all good for business as far as we're concerned," Nancy Gardella, head of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, told ABC. "When a head is in a bed, we don't really care whose it is. It just works for our economy."
Most people have heard of Martha's Vineyard, but what makes it such a popular vacation spot? It is comprised of six towns, each offering unique activities and places to stay. The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce notes that there are over 100 lodging options, so there is something for everyone -- from families on vacation to corporate retreats to couples getting married.
Dining while vacationing at Martha's Vineyard is an experience as well. The Chamber of Commerce says that there are no chain restaurants, but instead a large variety of options that "make every meal an experience."
Summer season is usually lasts from June through August and the temperature doesn't exceed 90 degrees.