Much to love about Montauk!!! My Travel Review of Montauk, NY
Updated: Jun 20, 2021
Traveling these days does present its challenges. While we are all having a bit of cabin fever, it’s important to remember we can't travel like we did pre-pandemic. However, with a little ingenuity and creativity, and a whole lot of safety precautions, you can get away while still being safe.
So, while you are waiting for the green light to travel again, start making a list of places you want to go and put Montauk, New York on that list.
What’s so great about Montauk, New York, you ask besides the historic Montauk Lighthouse? It’s on the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island and is accessible via car, boat/ferry and even plane. From where I live in Connecticut, it’s just a couple hours journey and close enough to be seen in a day.
So, no matter which way you get there, your first stop on your way to Montauk should be at the aptly named restaurant, LUNCH (really known as The Lobster Roll), in Amagansett, NY. You might be familiar with this spot if you watched the Showtime series, The Affair.
Lobster rolls and Bloody Mary's for the win here! The restaurant boasts a lovely outdoor patio, a gift shop and friendly locals. It's a must-see spot!
Next is the well-known Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa where the view and the espresso martinis are to die for. Staying in one of their rooms is bit expensive but it’s lovely and delicious for lunch or drinks by the fire pit. Definitely have the scallops or the avocado toast and soak in the sun, the scenery, and the people watching.
Do you like wine? A short drive out of Montauk is Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York where the official drink of Long Island -- a glass of chilled rose – is a great choice! There are 2 parts to this vineyard, the main Winery, which is bit more formal, and The Wine Stand, which is a bit more casual, but just as lovely. Enjoy a charcuterie board along with your flight of wines.
But what about the beach you ask? Montauk beaches are public and you can park for free in town and take a short walk to the nearest beach entrance. Surfers, seagulls and a sand dollar or two will greet you and the crashing waves will be your natural boombox.
And top off your visit with dinner and sunset at Navy Beach Montauk. Outdoor couches, tiki torches, and delicious food & drink compliment the sunset. I’m a sucker for Truffle Mac & Cheese and anything with Brussel Sprouts so definitely try them both.
At the end of the day in Montauk, you’ll be too tired to think of anything but sleep, so when you put your head down on the pillow at night to the sound of the ocean, remember the fun you had there and think about how you can’t wait to get up and do it again in the morning!