End of Summer Getaway Part II: New York
Today?s Getaway: NYC ? Montauk Masses of city slickers have been making the trek to the eastern most tip of Long Island ? new hotels, hangouts, and happenings have surfaced in the once laid-back scene. But this stretch of sea, sand, and sky still has the simple beach town at heart. You can bag yourself a new Cynthia Rowley then tuck in a basket of clams or two.
It?s nearing the finale of summer, and we?re itching to get out and have one final hurrah! This week we will share our favorite weekend getaways and our tips on what to wear when you get there. Each day will showcase an easy jaunt from one of our featured cities. Relax, pack lightly, and enjoy the adventure.
Check out yesterday's getaway: Colombia.
Today?s Getaway: NYC ? Montauk
Masses of city slickers have been making the trek to the eastern most tip of Long Island? new hotels, hangouts, and happenings threaten to take over this once laid-back scene. Luckily this simple stretch of sea, sand, and shops has managed to remain an old-school beach town at heart.
764 Montauk Highway
A haven for earth-conscious and stylish beach-goers, Share With? is the creation of former Calypso Christianne Celle designer Joelle Klein who showcases her collection in this part art gallery/part boutique. Share With? has a boundless collection of ethical, fair trade artwork, accessories, and beachwear.
696 Montauk Highway
Considered the queen of innovative design-forward collaborations, Cynthia Rowley prefers to trade the city for the beach on the weekends ? she flees with her family for surfing, sunbathing, cliff walking, and secret beaches. Her 800-square-foot boutique, which could no doubt pass as a chic beach-side bungalow, houses a large variety of treats including shoes, shades, and handbags. It?s also next door to the famous Memory Motel (put on the map by Mick Jagger in the ?70s) and the latest addition to the Montauk dessert scene -- Momofuku Milk Bar.
Cynthia Rowley boutique in Montauk
54 South Erie Ave.
This shop is inspired by beach communities from Bali to Venice Beach. Its maritime furniture and artwork are reason enough to linger here, but you?ll really stay for its Saint James fisherman sweaters and striped shirts, Paper Wings jewelry, Basta Surf wear, Sol Moscot eyewear, and Rainbow flip-flops.
161 2nd House Rd
You could call it a luxe nautical summer camp. Its renovated cabin-inspired rooms are clustered around a decorative teepee. From ping-pong tables and grills to bicycling and Thursday night bingo, Ruschmeyer?s playful vibe is the epitome of Montauk?s aura. If you?re not paddle boarding, downward dogging, seeing a concert or Monday night movie, enjoying a meal at its restaurant (the culinary team behind The Smile in Manhattan), you?re probably dancing the night away at the Electric Eel.
90 Second House Rd
Set in a low-key Tudor-style house, Sole East?s beachy accents inlude sisal carpets and wood-burning fireplaces. It has 61 whitewashed rooms, a sexy and vast pool with sunset DJ parties and pillow-top beds draped in Italian linens, and a farm to table award-winning restaurant called Backyard. Sole East also regularly hosts a slew of concerts, celebrity gatherings, and lavish events.
Sole East Montauk
Joni?s, one of Cynthia Rowley?s most frequent breakfast spots, is known for its breakfast wraps, pancakes, and on the whole lighter fare (it has gluten free options). Milk Bar, set in the back patio of her store, has the best of Momofuku?s cookies, pies, cake truffles, and coffee. Duryea's Lobster Deck is where you go for the best bun in town ? it?s full of summer staples like lobster rolls, mussels, Littleneck clams, and beautiful sunsets. This nearly-100-year-old BYO joint has a plastic table and paper cup vibe with the freshest shellfish in town. For a beach-chic dinner right on Lake Montauk, head to The Crow's Nest Inn & Restaurant, which is now owned by NYC hotelier Sean MacPherson. The seafood and view is hard to turn down. The Surf Lodge?s rowdy late-night crowd can wait ? come early for a full frontal sunset reflected in Fort Pond and a punchy cocktail in hand.
Joni?s: 34 S Etna Ave. Milk Bar: 696 Montauk Highway. Duryea's Lobster Deck: 65 Tuthill Rd. The Crows's Nest Inn & Restaurant: 4 Old West Lake Dr. The Surf Lodge: 183 S Edgemere St.
The Surf Lodge
Duryea's Lobster Deck
Ditch Plains is Montauk?s best beach for surfing, and is also where you go to see and be seen. It gets packed to the brim on the weekends with hipsters, style stars, celebs, and designers. For a memorable and quieter sunset, grab a W?lffer Estate ros? from White's Liquor Store in town, pack a blanket and two mini bar glasses and stroll over to the sand with your camera. If you?re an amateur when riding the waves (don?t be intimidated by the Ditch Plains surfer pros), some lessons with Air and Speed will give you an instructor, surfboard, a wet suit, and major brownie points for getting out on the famous MTK waves.
Lady Slider's Tara Michie wearing a KIINI Bikini on Ditch Plains, Montauk. Photo courtesy of
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