Seniors Enjoy Oak Bluffs


President Obama played a round or two of golf on a recent vacation to Oak Bluffs, “a place in the sun.”  This senior will almost bet he played at Farm Neck Golf Club. I figured that there must be something special about Martha’s Vineyard that attracted him there.

Located on the northeast shore of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Oak Bluffs is a resort town with the population right at 4,000 happy Vinardians (that’s what I’m labeling the folks who live there).

Incorporated in 1880 as Cottage City, in 1907 the town’s name was changed to Oak Bluffs. Downtown offers senior visitors a wide selection of unique restaurants, shops and live entertainment. We are never too old to climb on board a carrousel and the country’s oldest operating platform carousel, known as the Flying Horses Carousel (Circa 1876) features wooden horses and real stirrups.


Oak Bluffs operates the largest marina on Martha’s Vineyard, which not only has the most slips, but is situated in the midst of the historic gingerbread campgrounds, and offers easy access to the rest of the Island. The town is home to several beautiful public beaches, a teaming shore of wildlife, fish and shellfish, fabulous public parks, a golf course for the prexy and even a microbrewery.

Seniors Discover An Unusual Place

Folks who have been there say that the town of Oak Bluffs is an unusual place.  Any place that needs words like gingerbread, ethereal, phantasmagorical and Carpenter Gothic to describe it is extremely unusual.


It’s at Oak Bluffs that senior visitors can step back in time to an era of excitement and oh yes…elegance. Pristine beaches, festivals, fireworks, super seafood, fishing, free concerts as well as fabulous park-spaces and  you can walk to everything.

Oak Bluffs was the only one of the six towns on the island to be consciously planned, and the only one developed specifically with tourism in mind. Oak Bluffs has a large well to do African American community, particularly in the summer season when many families vacation along the clean sandy shores of Nantucket Sound.

 The Best of Martha’s Vineyard


Oak Bluffs enjoys its title as…“The Best of Martha’s Vineyard.”  Now I know why President Obama chose Oak Bluffs. September is the perfect time to hop the Steamship Authority ferries in Woods Hole and visit the village on Martha’s Vineyard.

One of the most visited sites is Oaks Bluffs Cottage Campground Historic District dating back to the 1800′s. The Corbin-Norton house on Ocean Avenue is one not to be missed. Totally awesome. A fishing trip is also a great idea… that will depart from Oak Bluffs harbor.

Senior visitors can enjoy the sites, great food, great golf, great fishing, and great sea air.  I can’t wait for my wife and me to visit Oak Bluffs. jeb

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