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This summer, like all summers on Martha’s Vineyard, was  gone with what seemed like a blink of an eye.  Rentals were understandably off to a slow start at the beginning of the year due to the state of our economy. My fingers were crossed that the allure of a sun filled week at State Beach or the Agricultural Fair would be enough to bring back old and new visitors alike. Once June came, with only a handful of sunny days, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

What separated this season from previous rental seasons was the amount of inventory that was still available at the beginning of the summer. Also, owners who have never rented in the past were now opening up their houses to rentals.  When the draw of the Island was just too strong to stay away, last minute renters were able to still find a vacation home that would suit all of their needs.  As more and more last minute renters arrived, Martha’s Vineyard was transformed, once again; into the frenzy we call August.

With the Obama’s scheduled visit at the end of August you could feel the excitement in the air. The First Family enjoyed their stay up-island in Chilmark and enjoyed the occasional round of golf or dinner out. Surprisingly, throughout their week visit they maintained an extremely low profile.  With all of the media attention that their trip received, this presidential trip, like others before it, helped put Martha’s Vineyard back on the map.  Overall, 2009 turned out to be a very successful rental season here on the Vineyard.  However, there is no rest for the weary as I am already booking for next season! Whether you are a first time visitor or have been returning summer after summer to this captivating island, I would be honored to help find you the perfect vacation rental home for 2010!

Obama arrives on Martha’s Vineyard

The first family arrived on Martha's Vineyard Sunday, August 23, 2009.

Whether you like him or not, it’s pretty darn exciting to have the President of the United States staying just down the road this week. The ‘summer White House’ for 2009 is a private estate in Chilmark, Blue Heron Farm. Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 several helicopters, including Marine One, flew over the island and landed at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. From there, they drove up South Road and into Chilmark in the motorcade – the streets lined with people, young and old, hoping to catch a glimpse of the first family, including Bo, the first dog.

The Secret Service and news trucks (even though Obama specifically told the journalists to just have fun this week) cover the long dirt road that leads to Blue Heron Farm, and islanders and summer visitors alike are curious about where the Obamas will go and what they’ll do. Rumors abound and are debunked just as quickly. The girls didn’t go to the Ag Fair on Saturday and Obama says he won’t be playing golf with Tiger Woods on our shores. But, will they go to the Farmer’s Market or Artisan’s Fair in West Tisbury? Will they venture down to the Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs? Will their staff run out for Mad Martha’s or will Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia stroll the streets of Vineyard Haven?

The plan seems to be ‘no plan’ – so, I think we’re going to all just have to keep our eyes peeled for any sightings! In the meantime, Plum TV’s Alex Friedman put together a great video that shows Blue Heron Farm and the beauty that is up-island Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy and let me know if you see anything in the video that you can’t resist! I know we’ll be able to find you a vacation rental close by, you know, one that will let you live the dream you envision!

Island of lights: Illumination on Martha’s Vineyard


It’s only fitting that the Grand Illumination in Cottage City, Oak Bluffs lands just days before President Obama and his family arrive for their Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Over a century ago, this wonderful tradition was created to welcome the Governor of Massachusetts to the island.


This Wednesday night, August 19, 2009, as the sun sets in Oak Bluffs, the gingerbread cottages at the old campmeeting grounds, hundreds of colorful Chinese and Japanese lanterns are lit – effectively ‘illuminating’ the houses, the ground, the ocean-salty air. Visitors and islanders, newcomers and old friends walk around the campgrounds and sit on porches chatting, enjoying and taking in the sights.


Music can be heard from the center of Cottage City as a Community Sing and a band concert happen in the Tabernacle -the ‘physical and spiritual center of the Campground.’ Built in 1879, the Tabernacle and the community hold weekly church services and many musical events all summer. It’s a beautiful place to listen to music – especially with the glow of lanterns surrounding and adding to the music!

For more information about the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association and the Grand Illumination, visit their website.

And to book the perfect Oak Bluffs rental, contact me!