this summer we decided to head to the hamptons for our beach trip. it was super fun to check out something completely different. everyone in my area heads to the gulf coast for vacation and this year we wanted to branch out. we decided to stay in montauk and found a super cute cottage on the lake. the next time we come we will relax a little more, but this time was all about exploring and seeing everything the area has to offer. it was a great time!
montauk / montauk is the most natural and relaxed towns in the hamptons / it is the farthest out on long island and is about three hours from the city / this town caters to surfers and the waves are perfect for water sports / many of the beaches and restaurants and tucked off the roads in the hills that roll into the ocean / it is beautiful the perfect place to unwind
the crows nest / 4 old west lake drive / www.thecrowsnestmtk.com / we rented one of the david pharoah cottages here / the cottage was as cute as can be / the amenities include complimentary wifi, paddleboards, bicycles, continental breakfast, beach parking passes and beach towels / this made for a really relaxing stay / next time we visit, we are going to order our plated delivery service and have fun meals delivered / this would make for an even more relaxing time!
we enjoyed sunset views of the lake
the deck was the perfect place to enjoy a breakfast of coffee, croissants with preserves and blackberries / the kids enjoyed housemade granola and greek yogurt.
the living room was adorable
the kitchenette was great for light cooking
the minibar was fabulous and stocked with local goodies
our cottage had two identical bedrooms and bathrooms, which was perfect for us
the bathroom was stylish
the amenities were fantastic too!
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the surf lodge / www.thesurflodge.com / 193 edgemere street / we decided to try this super hip spot for brunch / iced latte / the big breakie / two eggs, slow roasted tomatoes, portobello mushrooms and baby spinach / it is fantastic to enjoy the pretty view on the lake while lingering over a latte / this place is swamped in the evening and there is good reason / this summer’s concert series included one of my favorite bands, edward sharpe and the magnetic zeroes….pretty amazing
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rushmeyer’s / 161 2nd house road / www.chelseahotels.com/us/montauk/ruschmeyer-s/about / this resort and restaurant is summer camp for hipsters / jalapeno watermelon margarita / smashed pea crostini with house made ricotta / wood fired asparagus / margarita pizza
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buddha berry / 43 south euclid avenue / www.buddhaberry.com / my kids are fro-yo crazed and this dessert mecca did not dissapoint them
ditch plains beach / ditch plains road / this is the beach to watch surfers and completely relax for the day / you will need to have a parking permit and most hotels provide those / you will need to bring your own umbrellas and chairs here / there are food trucks that serve snacks and lunch fare / the cliff views are sensational
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cynthia rowley / 696 montauk highway / www.cynthiarowley.com / this boutique has a fantastic selection of rash gaurds, bathing suits and dresses that are perfect for elegant evenings out
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air and speed surf shop / 795 montauk highway / www.airandspeedsurf.com / this surf shop has all the surf brands you expect / i got great turkish towels for lingering by the beach and pool / next time we are in montauk, we are signing up for surf lessons here!
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local knit / 725 b montuak highway / www.localknit.com / this shop has a great line of vintage tees from the area / i also love the rope bracelets for my husband
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amagansett / this preppy little town is in between montauk and east hampton / this is quintessential hamptons / adorable boutiques surround amagansett square and you can grab a cup of coffee and window shop down main street
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jack’s stir brew / 146 montauk highway / www.jacksstirbrew.com / my husband is a coffee snob and he said this brew was sensational / take his work for it
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mary’s marvelous / 207 main street / www.marysmarvelous.com / i had a fantastic avacado sandwich here and my kids went crazy for the chocolate cupcakes / we took our picnic and had a nice afternoon lunch in a gazebo in amagansett square
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la fondita / 74 montauk highway / www.lafondita.net / chips and fresh salsa / vegetable burrito / negro modelo and mexican sodas for my kids / this is great mexican in a really fun outdoor setting / you order from the bar and enjoy your food on picnic tables or on brightly colored mexican blankets / the picnic area is ensconced in thick bamboo and has lights strung across, making it a fun setting / the portions are gigantic and my husband and i could have easily split a burrito
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amagansett farmer’s market / 367 main street / www.elizabar.com / this historic farmer’s market was established in 1954 and is still a gem featuring produce from local farmers / the market is run by nyc tastemaker eli zabar and his gourmet goodies are available here / amazing baked goods are prepared on site / stop here before heading back into montauk and get preparations for an outdoor feast
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goldberg’s / 2101 montauk highway / www.goldbersbagels.com / everything bagel toasted with veggie cream cheese, lettuce and tomato / i am a major bagel snob and these passed the test with flying colors
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sylvester at home / 154 main street / www.sylvesterathome.com / this chic shop for home carries furnishings for super chic beach houses
east hampton / this town is chic and fun and something from a storybook / there are windmills and a beautiful lake with swans that snakes right through town / the shopping is elegant and fun / the restaurants are lovely and you can definitely have a wonderful day of shopping and linger over a fancy lunch / the architecture here is fabulous and insanely preppy chic / you should definitely take time to drive around and check out the lovely mansions on lily pond lane that sit on the ocean….dreamy
serafina / 104 north main street / www.hamptons.serafinarestaurant.com / malbec / porto cervo insalte - lettuce, carrots, hearts of palm, avacado, corn and sardinian dressing / al caprino pizza - mozzarella, goat cheese, arugula, red peppers, roasted eggplant / this is my family’s go-to spot in nyc and everyone can find something they love on the menu
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scoop du jour / 35 newtown lane / 631.329.4883 / this place smells heavenly and my kids were super happy with the double chocolate chip and mint chocolate chip cones they chose / cash only
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main beach & ice cream shop / 101 ocean avenue / www.easthamptonvillage.org / daily parking passes are available for $25 per car, on weekend there are only 40 passes sold and it is reccomended that you come at 9 am to get one / at this beach you bring your own chairs and umbrellas / there is a snack bar that serves ice cream, snacks and lunch fare
the monogram shop / 11 newtown lane / www.themonogramshops.com / this cute shop has all things monogrammed as well as cute gifts customized with cheeky phrases
lullanest / 78 main street / www.lullanest.com / this is the go to shop for all posh baby things / they carry uppa baby and the like...
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bookhampton / 41 main street / www.bookhampton.com / this is a well curated collection of books / they have a great selection of books on local interests, design and cooking.
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dylan’s candy bar / 52 main street / www.dylanscandybar.com / your children will be in heaven / this is the candy mecca and is packed to the gills
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ralph lauren kids / 42 main street / www.ralphlauren.com / this is a beautifully edited collection of rl children’s clothes in a beautiful setting / the seasonal displays are wonderful
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restoration hardware / 69 main street / www.restorationhardware.com / we are all about restoration hardware in our home / we feel like the pieces are stylish, timeless, and well contructed / the location in the hamptons is a great place to gather inspiration and think about how it could be translated in our home
scoop / 51 newtown lane / www.scoopnyc.com / this boutique is chalk full of cute chloe flats, beautiful alice + olivia lace tops, and beautiful b brian atwood peep toe pumps.