Friday, September 12, 2014

take me with you - montauk

my husband travels all the time for work. sometimes we try and all travel together as a family as we did this summer and sometimes he travels alone and i stay with the girls. it is rare that we travel without the girls and i'm always a nervous wreck leading up to a trip without them. last week we took the second trip away from them to the east coast. michael had an event on shelter island in the hamptons and another in chicago so it was quite literally a whirlwind weekend away.

i haven't been to the hamptons in over seven years and we decided to stay in montauk. i remember trying to find a place to stay back then and the options were limited as it was a sleepy little surf town and fishing village. it has changed tremendously since then and is still my favorite area of the hamptons. we opted to stay at the crow's nest inn which is on lake montauk rather than the uber popular surf lodge. i'm so glad we did. it wasn't super fancy but the design elements were perfect. i also had an insane birthday dinner out under the almost full moon.

i love how different it feels from california. the east coast is so beautiful in the summer. it is so green, lush, and humid. the road leading out to montauk (the 27) has such good memories for me. it rises up around you and all you can see is the road and scrubby pines. you are surrounded by water and the dunes but you can't really see much of a horizon. the fast moving clouds move over the road like a mirage. it is such a dreamscape.

some highlights:

lobster rolls at lunch lobster rolls on route 27. make sure you visit it and the clam bar directly across the street for delicious chowder and clam strips. this area is actually called napeague between amagansett and montauk. 

a sunset sail on a locally chartered catamaran

a tour of the montauk lighthouse - the oldest light house in new york

a swim at ditch plains

hiking in hither hills state park, such lovely dunes

dinner at the crow's nest

brunch at the surf lodge (i preferred surf lodge for brunch over their dinner menu)

stuart's in amagansett for fresh fish (so good!)

balsam farm stand in amagansett for local produce

i hope we get back before another seven years go by!


  1. Such a beautiful trip. Was it hard to leave the girls?

  2. So glad you had a nice getaway! I've been dying to visit Montauk but though I'm only in RI haven't been able to make it down there yet. Thanks for another great tip on a place to stay for when I finally do :)