Luxury Getaways for the President: Martha's Vineyard and Beyond

The president's Martha's Vineyard getaway is expected to cost tens of thousands.

ByABC News
August 18, 2009, 5:36 PM

Aug. 19, 2009 — -- What can tens of thousands of dollars buy for a family vacation? In the case of the nation's first family, think of a secluded, waterfront property complete with horse paddocks, a boat house and an apple orchard.

Those are just a few of the amenities offered by the Blue Heron Farm, the 28.5-acre Martha's Vineyard estate where President Obama, his family and, of course, the Secret Service will spend part of the president's summer vacation next week.

Tom Wallace, of Wallace and Company Sotheby's International Realty, said the property, which is home to a five-bedroom main house, also features a Cape Cod guest house, a swimming pool and a half-court basketball court. The Obamas will have their pick of activities on the property, ranging from kayaking on the West Tisbury Great Pond to a simple game of horseshoes.

"It's the type of place that once you get there, it's not something you want to leave," Wallace said. "It's very tranquil, great place for a family vacation. The kids will absolutely have a ball, as I'm sure [Obama family dog] Bo will also."

Wallace declined to say how much the Obamas were spending on the rental, but Caroline Taylor, another Martha's Vineyard realtor, estimated that the property would go for $35,000 to $50,000 a week.

The Obamas will pay for at least a portion of the rental, but taxpayer funds will be used to pay for Secret Service and staff housing on the property.

Martha's Vineyard is a summer resort island off the coast of Massachusetts. Some Vineyard estates, particular those in the towns of Edgartown and Chilmark, home to Blue Heron Farm, rent for even more -- as much as $75,000 a week or higher. But you wouldn't know it by just driving around the island, Taylor said.

"They're just hidden," she said. "They're off of insignificant dirt roads. If you follow down a driveway and wind around, you see all these private homes that are absolutely stunning."

Chilmark, in particular, is known as a secluded area that has attracted celebrities like Jake Gyllenhall, Larry David, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

If the first family ever considered a Vineyard alternative, it might have been the Athearn House, a seven-bedroom, 18th-century home steps away from the property's private beach in Edgartown. A one-week August stay at the secluded three-acre estate, which is also for sale, will cost you $45,000.

Ski Chalet, Deer Valley, Utah

This seven-bedroom ski chalet is a relative bargain in the summer -- just $18,000 a week. But once snow is on the ground, it's a whole different story: It costs no less than $60,700 a week during the winter and a whopping $123,500 for the 10 days of the annual Sundance Film Festival, held in nearby Park City, Utah.

The villa features ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Ski Resort and amenities such as 13 flat-screen TVs, 10 fireplaces, a screening room, an oxygen bar, an outdoor kitchen and an elevator, according to, a Web site for high-end rentals.

New York City Suites

It's called the Presidential Suite, but this eight-bedroom Manhattan hotel suite at the famous St. Regis Hotel might be more appropriate for a king. For $15,000 a night -- $105,000 for a week -- guests can enjoy accommodations with a wood-panelled library, marble floors, silk curtains and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue, according to Elite Traveler.

Want more New York City options? Try the Plaza Hotel's Royal Terrace Suite. This suite, which also costs $15,000 per night, is a duplex on the penthouse floor of the hotel with Louis XV decor and an outdoor terrace featuring views of Central Park and the city skyline.

Halekulani 'On the Beach at Waikiki', Hawaii

Should the president want to return to his home state in style, the Orchid Suite at Halekulani might prove a tempting choice. For $7,000 a night -- $49,000 for a week -- guests receive a privately assigned butler and concierge as well as the use of a custom Maserati, Bentley or Lotus, according to Elite Traveler.

Lake Tahoe, Calif.

In the springtime and early winter, this nine-bedroom, luxury chateau on the west shore of Lake Tahoe costs $10,000 a night. But in July, August and major holidays, the rate jumps to as much as $40,000. The 12,000-square-foot home includes a movie theater, a billiard room and a fully-equipped fitness center, according to The property itself features a children's playground and a 1,200-square-foot guest house.

ABC News' Karen Travers contributed to this report.