Election-weary voters in need of a vacation can take some inspiration from U.S. presidents past and present by traveling like the president. While you can’t book a stay at John F. Kennedy’s favorite spot — the Kennedy Compound in Cape Cod, Mass. — you can dine like the Clintons, who often frequented Martha’s Vineyard during their presidential years.
It’s easy to dine like the U.S. president while on the road, as the presidential press corps has well documented the food cravings of former presidents. Bill Clinton was often seen at McDonald’s and President Obama has been known to drop into Five Guys, where he insists on ordering his hamburger himself.
When the president plans a weekend away, it can involve as many as 200 hotel rooms, two jumbo 747s, two passenger jets, five helicopters, 35 motorcade vehicles, charter flights for the press, and a cast of hundreds of people involved in the preparation. To cut down on the number of hotel stays, many presidents have taken up second homes, including George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Richard Nixon’s now-demolished home in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Those who have experienced election overload can unwind and dine like the president at these 11 presidential hot spots.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.