Being teachers, we always look forward to summer break. We usually head out to the Caribbean and bask in the sea, lay pool side, and drink endless tropical cocktails. However, this summer, we wanted to keep it closer to home. We are huge fans of hopping a train into the city and exploring new places to eat and drink. We are equally as drawn to the shore as we are the city. So, we figured, why not head out east to Montauk. We did just that, and loved every minute of it.
The drive out from NJ was totally painless (not just because Twin #1 drove), but because in just a few short hours, and a few kick ass tracks on the radio, we were there! We arrived into Montauk earlier than we had planned, so our room wasn’t quite ready, which was no problem to us, because we had been craving lobster rolls the whole ride down, and pretty much the whole week leading up to our trip. With a little bit of research and some recommendations, we decided to grab some lunch at Duryea’s Lobster Deck.
We were thrilled that we chose this spot, and it remains one of our favorite stops of our trip. It literally gave us that “Montauk Vibe” that we were seeking. It was a totally laid back environment, which is right up our alley. It was quite the cloudy/chilly day in Montauk, but that was no worry to us, as we were provided with fleece blankets to snuggle up in while enjoying our lunch on the back deck. Although the menu is mainly family style, we were able to choose single servings of the lobster rolls, which were our favorite of the many we had while visiting Montauk. We also shared the mussels, which were bathed in a super delicious broth, along with maybe the most delicious fries we’ve ever had. To drink– Montuak Watermelon Ale.
After we filled up on lobster rolls and a few watermelon ales, we headed over to The Surf Lodge to check in. It was everything we read it would be. It was totally cute, boutiquey, and coastal. The room was relaxing and serene, the perfect retreat from a busy day gallivanting around Montauk.
Settling into our room, we decided to crack open some wine. We never leave home without a bottle of one of Winc’s finest (click here to shop Winc using our code to receive a $20 discount + complimentary shipping). In the true spirit of Montauk, we brought along Summer Water, a dry rose, ideal for summer drinking.
At night, we found a cozy spot on the patio at the Surf Lodge, and enjoyed live music while sipping cocktails, and beers, and more cocktails.
It seemed like there was always something happening over at the Surf Lodge. Just when we thought the delicious drinks, fire pit, and live music were enough, the Boobie Mobile rolled in. I know, you must be thinking—Boobie Mobile? Huh? But, Olivia, the founder of Sugar Titties produces some amazing boobie art, right out of her super cool teal van.
For dinner, we headed over to The Crow’s Nest, a rustic eatery right on the water. We sat at the super intimate bar and had a glass of Chianti and the burrata appetizer before heading out on the terrace for dinner. Even though it was a less than warm summer night, we kept warm thanks to the heat lamps that hovered over each table. We ordered the ricotta, which despite the menu description was full of truffle oil (which some might delight in, but not us). Thankfully for us, we also ordered the Crab Tagliatelle, which was phenomenal. After dinner, we headed down the hill to sit by the water for a while, hoping to catch the sunset. Unfortunately, the clouded sky prevented us from doing that. But still, it did not take away from the amazing views and ambiance that The Crow’s Nest provided.
After dinner, we hopped into a Surf Taxi back to the hotel to get some shut eye for Part II of our Montauk trip- Stay Tuned.
Check out Part 3 here.