Montauk: the most un-Hamptons part of the Hamptons, there is a certain charm about Montauk that isn't readily found anywhere else in the Hamptons. We wanted to check it out for ourselves. Boarding the jitney from the Upper East Side, it was an adventure for our two young boys. We chose to stay at the Montauk Beach House mostly for ease, as it was a short walking distance from the jitney stop. Our Whitewater Garden room had two queen sized beds and a small outdoor space for our sole use. It was decorated in a rustic style fitting for the seaside location. With a pool, bar, restaurant and a boutique summer store - it had everything one would need for a long weekend in Montauk.
We did tear ourselves away from the pool long enough to explore this beach side town. Nearby to our hotel, we came across the beautiful Round Swamp Farm shop filled with homemade breads, cakes and other delectable goodies! Another notable eatery we loved was 'The Shack' - the fish tacos were simply divine!
Our whitewater garden room was on the ground floor. (Photo source and credit: Montauk Beach House)
The beautiful Round Swamp Farm Shop next to the Montauk Beach House
One of the most recognisable Montauk sight is the lighthouse at the easternmost point of Long Island, situated next to the Montauk Point State Park. We hired bikes and a trailer for the boys and set off from central Montauk towards the tip, taking in some stunning scenery as we passed through Camp Hero, Amsterdam Beach and Montauk Point State Parks before popping out at the lighthouse.
There is a lighthouse museum open to visitors and one can also go inside the lighthouse tower. Nearby, Georges Lighthouse Cafe gave us a place with a great view over the Block Island Sound to rest after our bike ride.