He has been golfing. He has strolled the beach. He has purchased a few books at a local bookstore with his daughters. And, of course, he has been briefed every morning about the imminent fall of the Khaddafy regime over his bowl of Cheerios. (A vacation is never quite a vacation when you’re the President of the United States.)
But despite his recent fall in approval polls throughout the country, and the controversy over taking a vacation during these troubling economic times, President Obama and his family have shone some positive light on the charming little island of Martha’s Vineyard during their current stay, their third since he has been in office. News reports have showcased the quaint main streets, quiet beaches, impressive golf courses, and relative seclusion that are part of the ordinary landscape there, and have made “The Vineyard” (as locals call it) a popular destination for the rich and famous.
That’s right; for a few months a year, the island is often nicknamed “Hollywood East” for the sheer number if celebrities that flock to its shores. Look across from you at the farmer’s market or over your morning cup of coffee at the local breakfast joint and you might see the likes of Carly Simon, James Taylor, Spike Lee, Meg Ryan, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Woody Harrelson, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, or even former President Bill Clinton across the table from you. But they don’t want your attention. The Vineyard is the place where the famous come to be normal citizens. They don’t come to be “seen,” but rather to pass by unnoticed, left to enjoy their ice cream cones in peace.
This laid-back vibe, coupled with family friendly restaurants, pleasant shops, and ample outdoor activities like hiking, biking and swimming make the island appealing to the budget conscious, as well. Many have discovered that, at only a short (and inexpensive) 45 minute ferry ride from the mainland, it makes a wonderful day trip. Because in a single day, you can easily hit the highlights of the island without feeling rushed. Stroll around the candy-colored Gingerbread Cottages in the Methodist Campground section of Oak Bluffs. Tour the grey-shingled and impressive whaling captains’ houses in Edgartown. Sample some of the delicious and fantastically popular chocolate in Chilmark. Throw back a pint or two at the iconic Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven (and buy the obligatory t-shirt on the way out.) And you’ll still have time to catch a breathtaking sunset over the cliffs at Aquinnah, which glow red in the waning light.
And if you go soon, you may even catch the Obamas while they’re still on the island. Here at TakeTours, we still have a few slots available for a 2 Day Martha’s Vineyard Tour or a 3 Day Essex, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard Tour that might allow you to catch a glimpse of the First Family during their summer holidays. Or you can simply wait until the summer hubbub is over, and enjoy your tour during September, when the days are still long and warm, and there’s a much lower chance of being disrupted by the Secret Service.