I ♥ Montauk

Montauk

Late summer in NYC is the perfect time to get out of the city, and there is no better way to beat the heat than hopping on the LIRR and heading east to Montauk. A beach idyll at the very tip of Long Island, Montauk, known to locals as “The End,” is a small surfing village just outside of the luxurious Hamptons. Don’t get me wrong, Montauk can be just as fabulous and glitzy, but has a more laid-back persona. Think Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf in a flower crown sitting around a beach bonfire. With top-ranked beaches and 5-star restaurants, your trip won’t be anything short of fabulous. Here’s a list of my must-visit, not-to-be-missed, most favorite faves:

 Crows Nest Restaurant

○     This local organic eatery does not take reservations, so I suggest going no later than 6:30pm to beat the crowds. Have dinner in their bohemian dining room, and enjoy a beautiful view of the Long Island sound. After dinner, ditch your shoes and walk down to their beach bar for a handcrafted cocktail on the sand while you take in that perfect sunset.

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 Surf Lodge

○     Surf Lodge Inn and Restaurant is an absolute must. Over the past few years it has served as Montauk’s premiere seen-and-be-seen destination. Featuring wonderful food and live music, it’s no wonder Surf Lodge is a celeb magnet—Jimmy Buffet, Scarlett Johannsen and James Franco have all been spotted there. Stop in for dinner on Sunday, and enjoy an early concert before hopping the LIRR back to the reality of city living.

Surf Lodge

 Hither Hills Beach

○     Hither Hills state park runs along the south side of Montauk between the town of Amagansett and the eastern point of Montauk. The park is perfect for sport fishing on the shore, camping, hiking, and most of all, lazing around on its pristine un-spoiled beaches. Bring your towel for a day of sunning, or grab some logs to build a sunset campfire (don’t forget the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows!)

Hither Hills Beach

“There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away…” – Sarah Kay

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By: Emily Corbin

A Darling Rose Blog

  

End-of-Summer Getaway: Martha’s Vineyard

Marthas Vineyard

Photo By: Lauren Zaffaroni

Now that it’s August, all we can think about is our next (last?) summer escape. Are you still dreaming of perfect beach towns, bikini weather and a bit of nature, too? If so, and if you’re in the general vicinity (or own a private jet) consider…

 Martha’s Vineyard!

 This small island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is as quaint as it gets. With beautiful port towns, woodsy, windy roads, and miles of beaches, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the best summer escapes on the Atlantic. If and when you go, don’t miss…

 Farmers Markets: One of the best parts about leaving the city (any city) is eating like a country girl. Fresh fruits and vegetables, small batch jams and pickles, and homemade, still-warm-from-the-oven pastries are staples at the islands farm stands and markets.

 Beaches: Martha’s Vineyard has fantastic beaches with rolling dunes and (surprising for the New England) clear water. We love South Beach on the southeastern shore for a day of fun/sun.

 Edgartown: This is “downtown” Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll find bars and restaurants, great shopping and plenty to see. One of our favorite things to do is grab a drink at one of the many dockside bars and watch the yachts come and go from the beautiful harbor.

 Bottom Line: Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect summertime escape on an idyllic little island far from the scratch and claw of urban living. Meet us there?