Do you ever just have one of those weekends that seems to just fall into place perfectly? Recently we went to Montauk over Christmas weekend, normally thinking about doing any traveling over the holidays is nightmarish! But luckily it couldn’t have been better!
If people are familiar with Long Island, instantly the Hamptons comes into mind, but in my opinion Montauk is where it is at. Montauk is all the way at the end of the island on the South Fork, with tons of things to do! We got some great wineries which I could and will devote an entire post too. Also we have beaches for miles and miles, the best bagels in town, and great hiking trails. Not to mention it’s just a really pretty area. With my normal anti-social self I normally don’t like going out there during the summer season. So with a super long weekend we took an opportunity to drive out for the day.
We started at Shadmoor State Park, which is by far my favorite park on Long Island. I think we have some pretty unique parks here but this one takes the cake. Sitting right on the end of the island the views of the Atlantic are unparalleled. On a clear day, you are able to spot some seals, and view bird life. The cliffs diving into the sand below is my favorite part of it, truly this makes you feel like your at the End of the World. Also you can spot some old bunker forts they built during World War 2 out of fear of a German invasion. Camp Hero is also not too far away where although masked as another defense station, rumor has it that it was a testing facility for human science experiments. Strange Things uses this place as inspiration for its series!! Oddly enough we ran into some of Z’s friends at the park, and we were able to hang out with them, super crazy coincidence, but they were awesome people so I am happy they joined in our little party!
Afterwards we drove over to Montauk Lighthouse. This was the first lighthouse ever in New York State, commissioned by President George Washington himself, ya it’s that old, back to 1792! It is a NY State Park so they do charge to visit the park, I believe its $8.00 if you don’t have the Park Pass, but they were luckily not charging today! We did a nice little lap around the lighthouse, got some pictures in and then decided it was time for libations! Z’s friend mentioned they were going to go to a bar called Montauket which is known for great views for sunsets! So obviously we decided to follow along.
We got there early, it wasn’t a bad drive at all. Unfortunately the kitchen was closed for the holiday weekend. But luckily we made friends with some really kind people who offered us some of their snacks which I was really glad to have. They explained they were going to Harvest on Fort Pond for dinner, and that we should make reservations of our own, which of course we did. Later on Z’s friends met up with us and we all watched the sunset together which really was superb.
Later he told us that a friend of his were bartending at Montauk Brewery and that we should move the party over there! Well his bartender friend really knew how to be heavy on the pour and we were finding ourselves not wanting to drive back home. So I whipped out Expedia and found a GREAT deal at Montauk Manor. Now I have always wanted to stay here, but this place is expensive. Its like $400+ a night in high season and somehow we managed to steal a deal for $100!!! So we decided to stay and treat ourselves to one more drink at the Brewery, which their beers were so great and the atmosphere was a lot of fun! Later we went to dinner at Harvest on Fort Pond which is family style, I don’t have any pictures from here because well, I was feeling reallllll happy at this point from my liquid lunch but the food is outrageous and I highly recommend.
After filling our bellies, we headed over to Montauk Manor to check in for the night. They explained to us that they provided shuttle service back to Montauk Lighthouse to go and view the Christmas Lights! What luck, because honestly we should not be driving at this point. We hopped on the shuttle and drove over to the lighthouse. It was lightly snowing at this point and it was just so pretty and magical, I was totally loving it, or maybe it was just the beer talking….who knows. From there it was back to the hotel where Z’s friends were oddly enough staying, and for me it was an early pass out, while I heard they played cards well into the night, lol.
The next morning we woke up to a snowy Christmas Eve! And we headed back home to be with our families. I’ll make a note to myself to make sure to pack sandwiches the next time we go to a sleepy beach town in off season. So that way I can make it past 12am, but lesson learned I guess!
Shadmoor State Park, Montauk, NY 11954
Montauket, 88 Firestone Rd, Montauk, NY 11954
Montauk Brewing Company, 62 S Erie Ave, Montauk, NY 11954
Harvest On Fort Pond, 11 S Emery St, Montauk, NY 11954
Montauk Manor, 236 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954
Montauk Lighthouse Museum, 2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954