Inside Obama’s Vineyard vacation rental
CHILMARK — To the infinity pool and beyond!
When President Barack Obama arrives for his fifth summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard today, he may just want to chill out for a bit at his swanky new rental.
The Obamas will unwind at a nearly $12 million property that features a seven-bedroom house along Vineyard Sound. The home, on Gosnold’s Way, is in a more secluded spot than the South Road house the first family rented last year, a location that caused traffic headaches.
This summer’s 8,100-square-foot rental home has sweeping views of the Elizabeth Islands, a combination basketball and tennis court and an infinity pool, but is not located on a swimming beach. The home belongs to Joanne Hubschman, according to public records.
Hubschman did not return a phone call from the Times this week, but she told the Vineyard Gazette’s Bill Eville in a report earlier this summer that the house was nicknamed Flying Dog Acres, after a series of stories her late husband Henry Hubschman used to tell his children.
The first family will be on Martha’s Vineyard from Aug. 9 to 24, according to the White House. There are no public events scheduled, a White House spokesman said, although during past Island vacations the Obamas have ventured out to bicycle and visit bookstores or restaurants.
And of course the first golfer will likely hit the links several times during his vacation. But President Obama’s summer vacation will be interrupted this year, according to White House officials. He is scheduled to go to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 17 to attend White House meetings, and then return to Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 19 to resume his vacation.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told The Associated Press that Obama would meet with staff in Washington but declined to say who else would participate or what the meetings were about.
Presidential vacation excitement is mounting on the Island, according to Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce. “I think that nothing will top the first year, but there is absolutely still a buzz,” she said.
Gardella said she doesn’t hear many complaints about the traffic delays and general hubbub a presidential vacation brings to the Island. “My experience is that the motorcade causes about as much disruption as a couple of fire engines driving by,” she said.
Though the streets might be a little more congested and temporary flight restrictions are in place by the Federal Aviation Administration, Gardella said the White House team goes out of their way to minimize the effect on the Island.
Some Island businesses capitalize on the presidential presence. Mad Martha’s ice cream shop will roll out an Obama-themed flavor in its three locations, as it has in previous years, said owner Patti Roberts. “Barack My World” features coffee ice cream with caramel swirl and macadamia nuts.
By: Jason Kolnos
also by Eric Williams
August 09, 2014