As summer melts into fall, NYC heads to Montauk for a variety of family-friendly activities. From viewing the Atlantic Ocean at the Montauk Lighthouse to stopping at roadside farms, there is something for everyone on Long Island’s East End this fall. NYC natives realize the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of fun in Montauk.
Finding accommodations can be a challenge unless travelers frequently check websites such as Booking.com. As rooms become available, travelers can score them for a discount. It seems a growing number of people are discovering the beauty of the fall season on Long Island’s East End. There are an array of exciting choices in Montauk including the notorious Gurneys Resort and Spa and the legendary Memory Bar and Motel with its own spot in rock and roll history.
For years we stayed at the Crow’s Nest on Montauk Lake. Its rolling grounds and panoramic views make it an idyllic getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle. There are 14 king rooms and a fabulous two-bedroom cottage available to rent for your weekend escape. Once a fisherman’s paradise, Sean Macpherson took it over a couple of years ago and transformed it into a tony venue for the most discerning travelers. Multiple renovations were evident when we recently visited the Crow’s Nest including an irresistible restaurant and bar as well as a tiki bar outside.
We landed at the beautiful Atlantic Terrace during our recent stay in Montauk. There was a mix-up with our reservations through an online booking service but the manager graciously took care of everything to our satisfaction. The service was outstanding and the views of the Atlantic Ocean from our waterfront terrace were breathtaking. There is a friendly cafe on the premises serving down-to-earth cuisine and delicious coffee. There is a sparkling clean swimming pool and plenty of outdoor seating with a view. According to Montauk tradition, we built bonfires on the beach at night as the ocean roared. We also visited the IGA grocery store in town to buy fresh fish to cook in the kitchenette at our suite. We will definitely return to the Atlantic Terrace for another great escape.
Any trip to Montauk should always include a visit to the Montauk Lighthouse. Travelers can enjoy the scenic grounds and go up into the lighthouse for a guided tour. There is a gift shop on the premises selling t-shirts, bumper stickers and an array of alluring merchandise. The jewelry selection is quite unique and we scored a few one-of-a-kind pieces. We also strolled along the beach to examine the seashells and rocks.
With fashion in mind, the season is getting chillier and classic clothing with a bit of warmth is ideal. Casual yet attractive effortlessly takes you from day to evening in Montauk. I depended on sheer yet warm Paperwhite Collection sweaters, white Ralph Lauren jeans with the perfect fit and Coach sandals for comfort. A Vera Bradley tote bag with a crossover strap held all my souvenirs and shells from the beach as we walked around Montauk.
On the way home, travelers should take time to stop at the local farm stands for fresh fruits, vegetables and pies. Another place to explore is Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill. The staff is helpful and inviting during your wine tasting experience. You can sit out on the deck and sip a glass of wine as musicians play. The view is memorable with fields of grapevines and a charming little pond. As you drive away from Montauk, make sure to stop at one of the designated viewing spots to look out over the rolling hills. It is also a joy to see fields of corn, pumpkin and sunflowers as you head west.
When you get back to the din of Sunrise Highway and NYC, take the peaceful vibe of Montauk back with you. While you might welcome returning to the city that never sleeps, you are sure to want to return to the sleepy town of Montauk before all the colorful leaves fall to the ground.