There is nothing like getting to a Friday in hot and humid August, knowing that you have a planned escape from the city that afternoon. And one to Montauk no less! Endless miles of ocean and golden sandy beaches, too many yummy eating places to choose from, the smell of salt air and spectacular coastal and inland walks. Here's a standard day on the weekend:
Walk across the road from the Beach Plum Resort, a fairly average studio rooms-type stay but in a brilliant position, to wind your way through an overgrown path and across the dunes to a glorious sandy stretch of a Montauk beach.
Do some early morning stretches before a long walk along the beach.
Bike into town to order a fresh juice smoothie and scrambled egg breakfast wrap at Joni's, the best organic health store in the Hampton's.
Spend the day reading on the beach and swimming in the remarkably calm and warm Atlantic ocean.
Take a later afternoon hike through one of the many state parks around Montauk.
Have an early dinner at the heavenly Crow's Nest - super casual chic dining at its best. Set in a very simple clapboard house, the view from your table over Lake Montauk is divine, with a little private beach to wander down to during courses. The interior is all white linen and bleached wood, with a nod to Africa in music, food and decor. There is even a bonfire on the lawn for those deep, late evening conversations.
After a dinner of the freshest seafood, it's back to the beach to take a romantic stroll before night falls.
Finally, go to bed early and sleep blissfully, as you are lulled into dreamland by the sound of the ocean from your pillow.
images: all mine except (f) gastro grub and (12) crows nest mtk