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:
○ 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.
○ 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.
○ 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!)
“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
Wish you were here…
By: Emily Corbin