Travel: Montauk

There’s nothing like summer in the city, with outdoor films, concerts in the park and food and drinks being had on rooftops rather than sidewalks, but come the weekend the real fun begins when you head to the Hamptons. Close enough to jet to by car, train or Jitney, but far enough to seem a world away, Montauk lures all of the top chefs, musicians, city talent and personalities to its shores for beaching by day and dining and dancing by night, it’s the perfect pairing of relax and revive.

Nowhere is more ubiquitous with Montauk weekending done well than with The Surf Lodge. Capturing the timeless charm of the seaside, balanced with the sophistication and stylish décor of the city-set, the oceanfront home away from home is a sought out destination for NYC locals and the cosmopolitan set.

Wake up to brunch on the patio with a fresh, local, and sustainable menu and organic Vittoria coffee imported all the way from Australia. After your appetite is sated hit the beach for surfing, swimming, fishing or an afternoon diving into a good book with sun and sand, or jump in the car to one of the nearby vineyards for an afternoon of tours and wine tasting. A number of artists also escape to the Hamptons for the summer and open studios, along with exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall, or the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s home turned study center are all close cultural destinations.

Come late afternoon you’ll want to be back at the Surf Lodge, as the latest buzz-worthy music talent hits the stage for an intimate, oceanfront performance. The lineup lets you to see your favorite bands outdoors sans the festival crowds, with this summer’s lineup including Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, St. Lucia, Gary Clark Jr., and Sky Ferreira.

Finish your evening with seafood chef-specialties served under the stars, and opt to venture out to any of the pop-up nightlife outposts (city hot spots SL, The Box, 1Oak all have Hamptons locations during the summer months) for special guest DJs and endless dancing. A sunrise later and you can rise and do it all over again. Did we mention you might want to make it a long weekend?

For more information visit http://thesurflodge.com/

Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.

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