Montauk Staycation 2018
A Complete Travel Guide
I received so many direct messages this weekend asking me all about the details of my trip to Montauk with Taylor. We had such a lovely get-away “stay-cation”, celebrating his birthday. We literally did not want to go home. If you are from the eastern end of Long Island, NYC, NJ or the surrounding eastern region; you must take a little trip to Montauk. From the sandy beaches, delicious seafood, homemade ice cream, trendy shopping and fudge/candy shops- you will be in heaven. All of the details and things you need to know, will be in this guide. I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! What a wonderful way to kick-off the summer.
For Taylor’s Birthday dinner, I made a reservation at Scarpetta restaurant in Gurney’s. The atmosphere was charming, elegant and had a romantic feel. We ate dinner overlooking the sandy beach and clear-blue ocean. If you are looking for a romantic anniversary, and or celebration spot, then this is the place to eat at. If you are starving, I don’t suggest eating there to fulfill your appetite. Taylor and I left hungry and ready to order a pizza to bring back. The portions are very small, but very tasty and filled with flavor. The menu consists of primarily Italian dishes. They make fresh homemade pasta and their speciality is the “lobster ravioli.” This is a romantic and trendy spot and will give you all the Montauk, beach vibes. After dinner, we took a walk along the trails to the beach and watched the sunset. On our way out, we visited the little cafe by the front entrance, where they served delicious gelatto. Tay got a huge sprinkled sugar cookie!
(Our view from the dinner table)
If you are looking to grab a quick bite to eat in town, Tacombi is the BEST spot in town. If you are a fan of Mexican food and tacos- you must stop here for some delicious margaritas and chips & guac. The aesthetic is adorable and totally gives you the summer vibes, while dining. I totally recommend this restaurant for kids and families. It has a fun atmosphere and is perfect for a quick bite.
Other Spots I recommend for food:
Harvest On Fort Pond- Another romantic spot/ evening dinner. They open at five and start taking reservations at 3 pm.
The Lobster Roll- For the seafood lover
Muse- a great trendy spot for young adults (great night life)
The Surf Lodge (Beach party vibes)
For breakfast- Montauk Bake Shoppe (The donuts are to DIE for and they make awesome egg sandwiches.)
For Dessert- John’s Drive in ice cream (homemade and DELICIOUS!)
Where To Stay?
Taylor and I stayed in an Oceanfront beach rental at the Beachcomber. To be honest, most of the spots in Montauk are not luxurious and trendy, but I was actually pleased with our stay here. The room was extremely spacious, clean and overlooked the ocean. We didn’t need much. We just wanted a clean room, kitchen and ocean view. There were many young families in the rentals; which was nice to see and understandable considering these units had kitchens (Not as much partying.) We felt very comfortable, safe, relaxed and would definitely return. This was a last minute birthday surprise trip, and everything else was booked up. I wanted to book Gurney’s, but sadly it was sold out. I used www.booking.com for the best available price and everything worked out perfectly!
(Our view from the balcony of our room)
Where we would stay next time:
Gurney’s Resort –
If Gurney’s wasn’t so booked up, I definitely would have booked this for the weekend. The aesthetic, the accommodations and the resort grounds are just beautiful. They have three different restaurants on site, valet parking, cabanas for rent, hammocks for a restful nap on the beach and a beautiful spa for relaxation. They recently renovated the premises and I am obsessed with how it turned out. We would love to visit in the off-season, when it isn’t as crowded. It is a blissful, romantic and trendy place for young couples celebrating an engagement, milestone and or a weekend getaway.
Last year, I visited Ruschmeyer’s and loved the camp-style vibes. There trendy boho chic styled rooms are perfect for the beach lover. They have a ton of events and a very active night life. They have fun events, such as movies under the STARS and daytime events and games. I look forward to checking out Ruschmeyer’s my next visit.
The Montauk Manor is a historic, charming castle-like hotel. The outdoor facilities resemble buildings in England and the UK. There is a beautiful garden, that overlooks the ocean. I would recommend this resort for families, but the rooms seemed older and in need of renovation.
Things to Do & Places to See:
1. Obviously you MUST visit the beach when staying in Montauk.
The public beach is Kirk Park Beach. There are public restrooms and the town is within walking distance, as well as the supermarket. The Beachcomber (where we stayed) did have a private beach, but we wanted a restroom that we could use. There are lifeguards on duty at the public beach and we found that it was not as crowded there too.
We had an overall beautiful day.
2. The Montauk lighthouse
You must, must, must climb to the top of the lighthouse. The view is so cool and is a great thing to do with your family. After viewing the lighthouse, taking photos; we climbed the eroded rocks all the way to the edge of the water (Another great photo opportunity).
3. Main Street
You guys, all of the shops along Main Street are charming and quaint. Each one carries unique clothing, accessories, antiques, jewelry, home decor and more. One of my favorite little shops is the Strawberry Fields florist. The outside is unique, rustic and adorned in flowers. I adore this town and I always leave with a few souvenirs.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me.
“Saltwater heals everything.”