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Be Like Barack: Holiday in Martha’s Vineyard for Presidential-Level Respite

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Want to vacation like a president? Take a hint from the Obamas, who’ve made Martha’s Vineyard their annual retreat.

Though it’s made up of six different towns each with a distinct vibe, the island of Martha’s Vineyard offers a distinctly quaint respite with its dramatic coastlines and bucolic scenery including sheep farms, rolling hills, and clay cliffs. The ports brim with activity—take boat tours and sailing trips through the sound or buy seafood fresh from the Atlantic. Martha’s Vineyard serves up a perfect balance of tranquil repose and wholesome activities to help you unwind from even the most stressful of jobs—after all, the Obamas just keep coming back year after year.

Lodging can get a little pricey in the summer months—the average for a week on Chilmark was about $2,900 for a two-bedroom cottage and can rise as high as $20,000 for a four-bedroom beachfront property—but go in the fall or spring for reduced property prices (and crowds!).

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