If you reside anywhere within the greater NYC area, you may find that the word summer tends to be synonymous with Hamptons, the beachy paradise along the eastern tip of Long Island. And for many urbanites, summer isn’t official without a weekend jaunt to Montauk, which is the town farthest out on the South Fork.
With so many entertaining and indulgent activities—waves, libations, music, dining—it’s easy to see why so many city dwellers commit to making a weekly trek out to Montauk during the summer months.
To get you excited about all the goodness Montauk has in store, we’re highlighting five must-see spots in the slideshow above—along with the essential Coach items you ought to pack and wear for your getaway. No matter if you arrive in Montauk via the Cannonball train, the Hampton Jitney, or by car, know that you’ll be doing so in style.
What to Pack and Wear
Whether you'll be lying oceanside or traipsing around the quaint town, you'll need a pair of trusty sunglasses for the myriad outdoor activities ahead. Don't forget a colorful, floral dress that wears perfectly from day to night, and an emergency sweatshirt for unexpectedly chilly beach evenings. Throw in an easy satchel and low-heeled booties, and you're good to go.
Horse and Carriage Pilot Sunglasses, $160; at Coach; Western Surf Sweatshirt, $395, at Coach; Long Front Placket Dress, $795, at Coach; Tea Rose Applique Outlaw Satchel 36, $795, at Coach; Bandit Zip Shoe, $395, at Coach
Air & Speed Surf, 795 Montauk Highway
No matter if you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, a trip to Montauk wouldn't be complete without hitting the waves. This summer, consider taking a surf class through local favorite Air & Speed Surf. Lessons come with a board and wetsuit rental, plus plenty of guaranteed fun and a workout for muscles you forgot you even had.
The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street
Even if you don't stay at the Surf Lodge as a hotel guest, you can still hit up its tasty restaurant or scene-worthy bar for its incredible outdoor seating area (complete with a fire pit!) and live musical performances. It has one of the best views for sunset-ogling, so booking a reservation is recommended if you're rolling with a large group.
The Surf Lodge
The Crow’s Nest, 4 Old West Lake Drive
The menu is on the pricier side, but the Crow's Nest offers much more with its unique ambience. After you have yourself a killer meal, shimmy outside to the restaurant's huge yard where you can grab an after-dinner cocktail at the outdoor bar and relax on the beach beds as the sun goes down.
The Crow's Nest
Montauk Beach House, 55 S. Elmwood Avenue
We know—ocean swimming isn't everyone's cup of tea. For those who prefer to dip in watering holes where you can actually see the ground, Montauk Beach House's double-pool setup is a sanctuary. With live DJs spinning every weekend and frequent outdoor events (such as movie screenings), this spot puts the "party" in "pool party."
Montauk Beach House
BuddhaBerry, 43 South Euclid Avenue
The name of this dessert spot sure sounds a bit New Agey, but for good reason—you can indulge in sweets that are actually healthy, organic, and full of flavor. On the menu: froyo with superfood toppings, custom-blended sorbets, gluten-free buckwheat Belgian waffles, vegan shakes, and much more. We guarantee you've never had a Zen experience like this one.