Where to Stay in Montauk
Our curated guide to Montauk is all you need for the perfect getaway
Ahh, The Hamptons. Playground for the rich and famous and now for you too. Who would have thought? Montauk is a great base from which to explore the East Coast’s prime summer hotspot, and thanks to our recommendations on where to stay in Montauk, you won’t have any trouble finding your ideal Hamptons neighbourhood vibe. Here at Plum Guide, we've gone above and beyond to provide you with the ultimate guide to holidaying in Montauk, so you are guaranteed a trip to remember. And the best part? You’ll be a quick jitney ride away from Manhattan in case you have any business to attend to in the city.
If it’s your first time visiting the area, look no further than Montauk Village. It’s right in the centre of the action boasting delicious restaurants, chic shops, bars and beaches. From here it’s easy to explore the rest of The Hamptons and enjoy
weight loss nature activities like hiking and cycling. For those who’d rather veg out, Kirk Park Beach is nearby and the perfect spot to work on that tan (don’t forget the sun cream, you have enough wrinkles already).
When you want a break from the beach, don’t miss the Second House Museum. Dating back to 1746, this is the oldest structure in town and a great spot to learn about the history of Montauk. Hither Hills State Park is also nearby and offers visitors picnic areas, a sandy beach, playing fields, sports fishing and a 40-acre freshwater lake. One of the most delicious perks of staying in Montauk Village is that so many restaurants will be within walking distance. For market fresh seafood and lethally good cocktails, try the eatery at local hotel Backyard. For a more low-key kind of charm, dig into ‘Clams surfside’ and a jumbo shrimp cocktail at the restaurant at the Surfside Inn. For an old school Hamptons experience, try spending the evening at Ruschmeyer’s. This hotel/restaurant/bar hosts celebrity comedy acts, bingo and outdoor movies and is a great place to see and be seen.
Another great choice when deciding where to stay in Montauk is Kirk Park. Located just outside Montauk Village, this area is home to a sandy beach that draws a crowd of locals and tourists alike. A lively neighbourhood, it’s also the perfect place to call your home away from home if you’re looking to enjoy local nightlife. Sometimes it’s important to leave the kids at home and remember you’re still (relatively) young.
Speaking of being young-ish, how about a beer tasting at local brewery the Montauk Brewing Company? Founded in 2012 as a basement brewing operation by three longtime friends, this brand has grown to embody the carefree spirit of the town. Kirk Park has some fantastic restaurants to try too. Don’t miss comforting Italian fare at Harvest on Fort Pond, seafood and American comfort dishes at Shagwong tavern, and tasty and inventive New American cuisine at The Muse at the End. For those packing a sweet tooth - or kids with one - try breakfast at Mr. John’s Pancake House or grab dessert to eat on the beach from the tantalising Montauk Bake Shoppe, famous for their jelly croissant.
Part of the draw of laying holiday roots in Kirk Park is what happens after dark. Plan a date night starting with cocktails at The Point and followed by summer water aka rosé at celebrity hangout The Surf Lodge. When you’re ready to move on to the next spot, make your way to The Montauk Beach House located just one block from the beach.
If you want to be able to tell your friends back home that you stayed in the coolest and most exclusive part of Montauk, look no further than Ditch Plains. This pristine beach is located at the east end of the hamlet away from the crowds and chaos of central Montauk. Spend all day lounging on the sand without anyone bothering you or, if you're feeling adventurous, try surfing. Surfing is one of the best things to do in Montauk, and the waves here are ideal for both advanced and beginner surfers (and your kids will love you for giving them the Instagram holiday activity of dreams). After a morning hanging ten, take your hunger to the Ditch Witch food truck for a delicious takeaway brunch right on the beach.
If the thought of your partner having video evidence that you can’t stand up on your board is sending you into a mild panic, make the easy hike up to the clifftop at Shadmoor State Park and take in the view of the sea from above. For more Christmas card worthy vistas, stroll along the coastal bluffs of Rheinstein Estate Park. For a romantic adventure with your better half, try hiking through the woods to the beach at Amsterdam Beach State Park. When evening comes, don't miss dinner along the shores of Lake Montauk at rustic yet elegant The Crow’s Nest where seasonal and organic ingredients lead the New American menu.
Perhaps the best choice in terms of where to stay in Montauk with your family, Culloden Point is an ultra kid-friendly area. Separated from the rest of the town by Lake Montauk, this area is home to Gin Beach which boasts clean, golden sand and light waves. Your kids will absolutely love any day spent here. The area is also surrounded by Montauk Point State Park, thus making it a perfect choice for those looking to trek or bike. For a historical and beautiful way to exercise while on holiday, hike to the Montauk Lighthouse, built under the authorisation of George Washington in 1796. You’ll be hungry when you get back so make sure to stop for a snack at the Gin Beach Market or go for lunch at The Dock Bar and Grill. For dinner, sit at a table right on the sand at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café. They do picnic baskets too, which make a great choice for family lunch.