Surf's Up

1 year 8 months ago

The Obamas headed to the south shore of the Vineyard Tuesday afternoon for an afternoon at the beach with family and friends. The outing took place at an unidentified, private Atlantic-facing beach off the Edgartown Great Pond on a sparkling August day with temperatures in the 80s and light sea breezes.

Quiet Day, In for the Night

1 year 8 months ago

Out for golf, home for dinner. That wrapped up the day for President Obama, who was home at his rented house on North Road in Chilmark by suppertime Monday following an afternoon at Farm Neck Golf Club. Streaky white clouds over the Elizabeth islands carried the promise of a pretty sunset.

Another Round of Golf

1 year 8 months ago

President Obama headed to the links again at Farm Neck on Monday, the second full day of his Vineyard vacation. His partners on this sunny day, with heat and humidity building in, are Steph Curry, Dell Curry and Cy Walker.

The Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, a public-private 18-hole course that hugs one end of Sengekontacket Pond, is a favorite presidential haunt.

Dinner Down Island

1 year 8 months ago

The President and First Lady headed to Oak Bluffs Sunday night for dinner out at Down Island, a new restaurant on Kennebec avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama arrived in Oak Bluffs at 7:44 p.m., greeted by onlookers on Circuit avenue, and left at about 11 p.m. The couple dined with family and friends, according to the White House.

Down Island opened earlier this summer; it is an upscale communal dining restaurant with a fixed $59 menu that changes weekly and is based on what is available locally. This week's menu features octopus with marble potato, ice lettuce, and bouillabaisse, Island-caught sea bass, roasted carrots, and chocolate pate.

Earlier in the day the President spent about five hours at Farm Neck Golf Club, also in Oak Bluffs, where he hit the links with Chris Paul, Cyrus Walker, and Joe Paulsen. The President wore a gray polo shirt and dark shorts.


Sunday Tee Time at Farm Neck

1 year 8 months ago

Back on the Vineyard, back on the golf course. President Obama headed to Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs on the first full day of the Obama family's summer vacation.

The motorcade left the Obamas' Chilmark rental home at 12:38 p.m. on a sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s. The motorcade passed by a "Welcome back, first family" sign and some onlookers during the trip to the golf course.

The President's golf partners Sunday are NBA player Chris Paul, Cyrus Walker, and White House aide Joe Paulsen.


The Presidential motorcade travels down Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Sunday.

First Family Arrives on the Vineyard

1 year 8 months ago

President Obama, the First Lady, and the daughters Sasha and Malia arrived at Martha's Vineyard Airport aboard Marine One at about 2:37 p.m. Saturday, a muggy, breezy, overcast day. The President and First Lady greeted some well-wishers gathered at the airport before the Presidential motorcade, some 25 vehicles long, departed from the airport towards the family's rental house off North Road in Chilmark. The motorcade arrived around 3:09 p.m., and the White House said the President will remain in Chilmark for the rest of the day.

Wheels Up for Martha's Vineyard

1 year 8 months ago

The First Family is en route to Martha's Vineyard to begin their two-week family vacation on the Island.

President Obama, the First Lady, and daughters Malia and Sasha left the White House to board Marine One on the south lawn. Marine One took off at 12:41 p.m., bound for Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. There the family boarded Air Force One for the flight to Cape Cod and the Vineyard for a 1:03 p.m. departure.

Sasha and Malia were chatting with each other as they boarded first, according to pool reports, and Mr. and Mrs. Obama followed. The President was wearing slacks and a button-down shirt, and the First Lady wore a blue dress with red piping.

Prior to the First Family's arrival at Joint Base Andrews, the Obamas' dogs, Bo and Sunny, were taken for a pre-flight walk.

This is the President and First Family's seventh and final summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard during the Obama presidency.

Military and government aircraft were seen coming in and out of Martha's Vineyard Airport this week to prepare for the visit, as seen below.



White House Confirms President's Vineyard Vacation

1 year 8 months ago

President Obama is scheduled to arrive Saturday, August 6 for a two-week Vineyard vacation, the White House has confirmed.

The visit will the be the seventh and final summer trip during his presidency. The First Family is scheduled to arrive Saturday and depart on Sunday, August 21, according to a White House spokesman.

There are no public events scheduled during the visit, the White House said.

Preparations Underway for President's Summer Visit

1 year 9 months ago

As the busy summer seasons begins on Martha's Vineyard, preparations for President Obama's seventh summer visit are also in full swing. The White House has yet to officially confirm the presidential visit, but the Coast Guard, Martha's Vineyard Airport, and other organizations have said planning and preparation for an August visit are well underway. The President is expected to stay once again at the Chilmark home owned by Joanne Hubschman. The Obama family has rented the house off North Road for the last two summers as well.