My Perfect Summer Day: 12 Hours in Montauk
We bought our home in Montauk 4 years ago so we could get to the beach on most weekends and without a doubt, it’s one of the best decisions we have ever made. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful, but since Montauk is a fishing town and a surfer’s dream, it’s home to a much more relaxed vibe than the rest of the Hamptons — no need for fancy parties or high heels. This town is about kicking back, enjoying the beach and escaping the hectic pace of New York City.
I love starting my day bright and early- there’s plenty to do and see out East, so here’s how I would spend a perfect Summer day in Montauk.
First things first - breakfast! If I just finished my favorite class at New York Pilates then you’ll find me ordering my usual at Goldberg’s; an everything flagel with smoked salmon, red onion, tomato, and light scallion cream cheese. It’s the perfect on the go breakfast that I usually enjoy poolside or at my favorite beach, Gin Beach. Now if a full sit down old school diner breakfast is more your speed, you can’t miss Bird On a Roof. Ignore the menu and just order the pancakes. Trust me on this one … my husband and I have been dining at this local spot years and the light fluffy pancakes are just one of the reasons we keep coming back summer after summer.
What’s a summer day without a little shopping? There are so many cute boutiques scattered around town and one of the newest and best is 8th Drifter. I love picking out gifts here and you can never go wrong with their cute shell coasters or wooden soap dishes for your home! This season, I’m also super excited to welcome Wyld Blue to Montauk! They’re the new kid in town and you will definitely find me there shopping for one of a kind vintage finds. Speaking of vintage, you can’t miss Melet Mercantile. It’s off the beaten path, but definitely worth a stop. And I have some locals only intel to share — my sources say there will be a Gucci Pop- Up inside Melet Mercantile come July! Not sure how long it will be around so keep your eye out for this one!
For a late lunch/early dinner, nothing beats Duryea’s Lobster Deck. But don’t come hungry - the wait times can be very long so be patient and kill some time with a glass (or three) of wine and some dock talk! My husband always orders the Duryea’s Lobster Roll (as do most people) but sadly, I’m allergic to shellfish, so their Chicken Paillard and French fries is my go - to order! I love spending a Summer afternoon here sipping rose and chatting with friends!
To wrap up the day, head to the top of the hill and catch some live music at The Montauket. It’s not fancy but it’s perfect and there’s no better place to watch the sunset over the ocean.