GETAWAYS NEAR MANHATTAN
The Hamptons and Montauk
Text by Fiona Clarke

Finally, a long overdue visit to the Big Apple is set. My to-do list is staggering: visiting world-class museums, Broadway shows and art galleries, strolling Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown and Tribeca, touring historical landmarks, and nonstop shopping will be exhilarating  and exhausting. Wanting to kickback from this ambitious schedule, there’s no better place than Long Island’s Atlantic Shoreline. Charming inns, quaint beach towns, great bistros and its proximity to NYC make the Hamptons and Montauk ideal stopovers before returning home.

WHERE TO STAY

A Room at the Beach, Bridgehampton

Consider this the perfect quaint hideaway just off the Montauk Highway. Nestled in redwoods trees (which were planted by none other than Martha Stewart—when her family lived on the property), A Room at the Beach boasts 10 cozy and serene rooms in the dreamiest of locales (think: vine covered pergola and twinkling lights strung between trees). Plus, as the name suggests you are a stone’s throw from the beach. https://www.iwantaroomatthebeach.com

Surf Lodge, Montauk

Should you want to be at the center of the Montauk nightlife, the convenience of Surf Lodge is tough to beat. With its ultra laidback atmosphere (there are hammocks in their 19 guest accommodations), expertly curated beauty bars in each room, and a general beachy vibe from the surf-set that frequents the spot, it’s hard to not kickback and enjoy. Plus, with musical performances nearly every weekend, you’ll likely stop by the property anyway. www.thesurflodge.com 

Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor

If you fancy yourself a bit of an intellectual, well then, Baron’s Cove is the place for you. The Sag Harbor haunt, which is recently renovated and nautically themed, used to be the preferred hangout of literary demigods Truman Capote and Kurt Vonnegut as well as the painter Jackson Pollock. Bonus: if the beach isn’t really your thing, Baron’s Cove has a pool. www.caperesorts.com

Shou Sugi Ban House, Water Mill

If you’re in search of a good spa weekend, then Shou Sugi Ban House is for you. And year round, no less. Reset at the Water Mill retreat, which is comprised of a grouping of renovated barns and 13 guest studios, by indulging in nourishing plant-based meals, soul soothing sound baths, and just about every spa treatment under the sun. Pro tip: if you like to take baths, it’s worth booking a trip here for the tubs alone. www.shousugibanhouse.com

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

By far the most shi-shi of the Hamptons hotels, Topping Rose House, which was restored from a 19th century Greek revival home, is located on a one-acre farm, which provides produce for the on-property Jean Georges restaurant. Think full-service luxury with airy and spacious rooms outfitted with Frette linens, Matouk towels, and lush bath amenities. Oh, and they have a shuttle that will take you to-and-from the beach, too. www.toppingrosehouse.com

Gurney’s Resort, Montauk

If the traditional feel of a resort (sprawling property, multiple restaurants, a spa and state of the art gym) is more your thing, there’s no better place than Gurney’s. The beach club is ultra-fun and exclusive, and it’s a great place to stay with a large group or if you have children in tow. www.gurneysresort.com