Not the Tourist’s Montauk

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Like the rest of the non-Hampton ‘summer home’ owners living in New York City (read: those of us still eating ramen for dinner occasionally), I have taken the trek to Montauk for a long weekend.  Except unlike the rest of the city, I went in early April- when the weather is thinking about warming up, but in reality is still pretty darn freezing on the water.  Welcome to the Northeast.

When you go in the off season, the entire beach is for you and you alone.  Or the significant other you bring with you.  Who happens to be a photographer.

We stayed at the Royal Atlantic Beach Resort, which on a scale of 1 to Beyonce-level glam, was about a …3 (arbitrary number, but you get the idea).  But it was just what I was looking for – a room with a view of the ocean AND within walking distance of a great pizza place. (I probably would’ve given up the bed for another slice of that veggie pizza).

I totally recommend going to Montauk not during the months of June-August if you want a cozy, semi-isolated trip that truly feels a million miles away from the city.

All photos courtesy of Dylan Johnston.

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4 responses to “Not the Tourist’s Montauk

  1. Ugh so jealous that you’re living in NYC! I’ve never been to Montauk but it looks peaceful, even if it wasn’t the warmest. I’m heading down to the city in April though, maybe we can meet up for coffee! My soon-to-be sister-in-law’s brother is FDNY and plays on their hockey team so I’m going to watch the FDNY vs NYPD game. Anyway….my point is I’d love to see you!

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    • yes please!! Let me know when you’re here 🙂 Montauk was beautiful and I’m so happy I didn’t go when it was crazy busy! A lot of places were closed but it was still so nice!

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  2. I just went this summer and it was a beautiful day–but definitely crowded. I love being on the beach in chilly weather though so I do want to go back in the off-season and get that totally different experience!

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