New York’s hottest spot with Elle Ferguson
Montauk is a quaint but vibrant seaside town at the eastern tip of Long Island and is where New York’s top chefs, musicians, creatives, surfers and personalities flock to for their sun drenched weekends. We had the opportunity to join the US Billabong team at their Spring showings, so we jumped at the chance, teamed up with Surfstitch and took our fav Aussie style sister Elle Ferguson to see what all the fuss was about. Our Hawaiian wahine Tara a.k.a Lady Slider came along to document our travels. We couldn’t tick off everything the popular place has to offer, but here are our top 10 must do’s in Montauk:
This stop is technically in Amangansett on the way to Montauk, but the bright yellow and white wooden farm stand is hard to miss. With a backdrop of tall sunflowers and organic and pristine produce we couldn’t help but stop for refreshing watermelon and berries to break up the roadtrip and to get a few cute snaps of course! They even hold farm to table dinners under the stars and right on the very soil your meal was grown in.
Wide open stretches of sand are the norm around Montauk, with low rolling sand dunes in some spots and 70 foot plus cliffs in others. Ditch Plains Beach is the main surf spot, with Turtle Cove boasting a break for the more experienced. Venturing to the beach early before the crowds flock there for the day is the best bet, but the place is surrounded by water on three sides resulting in a sweet spot somewhere depending on wind and swell direction.
Previously known as Trails End, this is the oldest restaurant in Montauk. We stumbled across this place because it looked cute to shoot at and before we knew it the friendly owner had convinced us to come back for dinner. We were over-whelmed at the incredible service, the delightful patio filled with fairy lights, the freshest seafood in the business and of course the Oreo and Nutella crepes we devoured for dessert.
#7 Rent an American car and ride in style
Epic cars are a frequent sight on the streets of the seaside suburb, from vintage Kombis and Chevrolets to brand new Jeeps and Range Rovers. It takes a while to get used to driving on the left, but such a novelty and definitely a bucket list TICK. There are so many manicured and jaw-dropping houses and estates that are worth cruising around just to admire from afar.
The only year round resort in Montauk, Gurney’s is a Hampton icon and certainly makes you feel very VIP. The Beach Club provides guests with access to a private sand beach, your own cabana for the day so you can steal some shade, with food and beverage service at the ready. We spent a whole afternoon relaxing here, frolicking in the mighty Atlantic ocean and soaking up the surroundings of a happening Hamptons location.
It’s always a good idea to eat Mexican, right? Born on the balmy beaches of the Yucatan, this would have to be one of the coolest Mexican joints we have ever been. Incredible service, delicious guacamole and homemade tortilla chips, chilli corn in a cup and fresh fish tacos with décor to die for. We have to admit that we actually ate lunch here every day and were equally satisfied every single time….. All hail Tacombi!
Located at the hot surf spot of Ditch Plains, the Ditch Witch food trailer services all the hungry beach-goers with the best breakfast burritos in the business, and all without having to give up your ‘permit only’ parking spot. With an ever-changing menu scrawled on an old surfboard you will be sipping on homemade lemonade while devouring a stuffed sandwhich with nothing but salty skin and a huge grin.
A classic motel made famous by The Rolling Stones song of the same name is in the middle of the Montauk main street. It’s true when they say Mick Jagger put Montauk on the map back in the 70s when the rockers stayed at Andy Warhol’s compound. A pretty basic place to rest your head and only one block from the beach, we just stopped by to get the iconic snap. Rumour has it, that if rock music features on your regular playlist then this spot is worth a visit as they have live gigs most weeknights and let’s be honest, it’s pretty cool to be at a bar the Rolling Stones once frequented.
With a simple setting and the opportunity to be your own waiter by ticking the box on the clipboard menus we could have sat there all day waiting for the sun to set over Fort Pond Bay. Their lobster roll was pricey but oh so worth it and to be fair it is pretty much more lobster meat than roll, making it a true taste sensation. Also hosting fish markets with fresh off the boat seafood, it’s kind of your one stop shop.
A ubiquitous whitewashed boutique hotel that exudes the perfect balance of coastal charm and city sophistication with stylish décor that makes you feel as if you are in a movie set. The Surf Lodge makes you feel both relaxed and revived since it is perched right on the waters edge. With local and international artists playing live most nights, pretty pina coladas and a bohemian spirit this place just may become your home away from home.