July 9, 2010

President, family to vacation in Acadia

Rebekah Metzler, Staff Writer

President Obama and his family are scheduled to vacation on Mount Desert Island from July 16-18, Rep. Chellie Pingree's office said Friday.

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President Barack Obama walks down the stairs during his arrival at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 8, 2010.

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Obama, his wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, are expected to visit Acadia National Park, which is located on the island, during their visit. The 47,000-acre park averages more than two million visitors annually and is the only national park in New England.

Mount Desert Island is about 108 square miles and located closely off the Maine coast. It has long been a summer vacation haven for some of the America's wealthiest and most prestigious families, including the Astors and the Rockefellers. Martha Stewart currently owns a home in Seal Harbor, located on the island just outside of the well-known tourist mecca Bar Harbor.

“What an honor that the Obama family has chosen Maine for vacation when they could have gone anywhere in the country. I think the Obamas will really enjoy the quiet woods, beautiful coast, wonderful people and everything else that brings thousands of families here every year," Pingree said in a release.

Last summer the Obamas took their vacation in Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Similar to Martha's Vineyard, Mount Desert Island offers a variety of expansive vacation rentals that can provide privacy to the famous first family.

Pingree's office said the visit is personal and no public events are scheduled.

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, has a vacation home in the coastal town of Hancock, which is just a couple of miles by boat from MDI.

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