A Weekend Guide to Montauk, NY

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Montauk, New York – the town is an excellent place for an idyllic getaway during any season. Compared to other Hamptons destinations, Montauk has historically been a scene for locals, surfing, and fishing. But in recent years, Montauk has become a go-to in the East End for visitors looking for an oceanfront escape. While many may think of the Hamptons as an exclusively summertime destination, an off-season visit gives visitors room to roam without the crowds while enjoying all there is to see, do and eat. From independent boutiques, delicious food, and relaxing activities, read on to plan a weekend getaway to the End of the World – Montauk, New York.

Disclaimer: Some places are only open during peak season, so if there’s a specific Montauk attraction or activity you want to visit be sure to call ahead.

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How to Get There

LIRR

Taking the train is one of the most popular ways to go from New York City to Montauk. The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) offers a route from New York to the Montauk train. Pack a vacation read, sit back, and enjoy the ride out to Montauk.

The Jitney

One of the most convenient parts of vacationing in the Hamptons is the Jitney, a bus route that exclusively serves the Manhattan to Long Island route. Jitney stops are located all throughout the Hamptons. No matter where you go, there’s likely a stop nearby.

Where to Stay

Hero Beach Club | 626 Montauk Highway

Hero Beach Club

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Hero Beach Club has a gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and is ideal for visitors who wish to be close to the beach and within walking distance to town. The spot has plenty of amenities and the location just can’t be beaten. You’ll be greeted with the building’s signature winking smiley face – perfect for any IG photo op.

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Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa | 290 Old Montauk Highway

One of the most luxurious hotels available to stay at in the Hamptons is located right in Montauk. Gurney’s Resort and Spa not only has its own private beach, six on-site dining options, gorgeous rooms, and cottages but the amenities can be enjoyed year-round. We recommend hitting up the spa for all your wellness needs.

The Montauk Beach House | 55 South Elmwood Avenue

The Montauk Beach House

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With a chic design and happening pool parties in the summer, The Montauk Beach House is a great option for a stay in Montauk. The hotel is so close to town, and just a couple of blocks from the beach. This End of the World gem gives off the ultimate coastal vibes.

Things to Do

Hither Hills State Park | 164 Old Montauk Highway

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Right at the entrance of Montauk, visitors are greeted by this state park. With sandy beaches, swimming, biking, camping, and hiking available, this park is a great spot to visit – and the over 100 camping sites make it a fun alternative for lodging. For those looking for a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean, Hither Hills State Park is a must-visit.

Montauk Brewing Company | 62 S Erie Avenue

Montauk Brewing Company

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Visitors can get the true spirit of Montauk through beer. This local brewery has some great beer selections, and be sure to sample the seasonal offerings (especially the pumpkin – it’s delicious!) as well as the staple brews. This is a craft beer fan’s paradise.

Shadmoor State Park | 900 Montauk Highway

Explorers come to this park to enjoy aerial views from trails overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. These breathtaking views are ones that movie scenes are made of. Plus, the hikes along the cliffs at Shadmoor State Park provide outdoor activity during any season. 

The Montauk Lighthouse | 2000 Montauk Highway

Montauk Lighthouse

It is the oldest lighthouse in New York State, and the Montauk Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark. The Lighthouse was authorized by the Second Congress under President George Washington in 1792. It is located on the easternmost tip of Long Island and is a prime spot for Insta-worthy photos. No trip to Montauk is complete without a visit to The Lighthouse. 

Where to Eat

Clam Bar | 2025 Montauk Highway

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Located off the main highway (technically in Amagansett, NY), this popular roadside seafood spot is a great lunch stop for lobster rolls, clam chowder, and other fresh seafood dishes. As you’re approaching Montauk, you’ll be tempted to stop. We highly recommend doing so.

Crow’s Nest | 4 Old West Lake Drive

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The Crow’s Nest is one of the ultimate destinations visitors can’t miss. With a menu that includes local lobster fettuccine, grilled organic chicken kebabs, oysters, and more, this restaurant sits on Lake Montauk (yes, that means stunning views) and features seating under outdoor twinkle lights. It truly is a dream.

Duryea’s | 65 Tuthill Road

Duryea’s montuak

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For anyone on the hunt for authentic, East End seafood, Duryea’s is the place. This classic restaurant features all kinds of seafood dishes, from lobster rolls to oysters, clams, and more. It also has an outdoor market area where visitors can purchase fresh fish to bring home. Bonus: The views at Duryea’s will take your breath away.

Goldberg’s Bagels | 28 South Etna Avenue

Goldberg’s Bagels montauk

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While we all know NJ bagels are the best, but Goldberg’s is definitely one of the best options for bagels and tasty brunch food in the Hamptons. There are a few locations throughout the different Hamptons towns. The Montauk location has flagels (flat bagels), along with breakfast sandwiches, bagels sandwiches, and more. After a visit, you’ll be wishing NJ had a Goldberg’s location.

Harvest on Fort Pond | 11 South Emery Street

As New Jerseyans, we also love (and are pretty picky about) our Italian food. But at Harvest on Fort Pond, diners will be blown away with the family-style servings, great views, and overall classic Italian vibes. If this isn’t on the Montauk itinerary already, we recommend adding it.

Joni’s | 28 S Etna Avenue

Joni’s montauk

This low-key spot is a go-to for breakfast or lunch while out in Montauk. It has an extensive menu of breakfast offerings, sandwiches, and salads, including plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. Plus the fresh fruit smoothies and squeezed juices are worth a try.

Left Hand Coffee | 83 South Elmwood Avenue

Left Hand Coffee montauk

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Our love for local coffee takes on Montauk. Left Hand Coffee is a go-to spot to get a great cup of coffee, cold brew, lattes, and more in the mornings. It’s conveniently located near the center of town to pick up before the busy day ahead.

Lunch Lobster Roll | 1980 Montauk Highway

Lunch Lobster Roll montauk

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Directly across from Clam Bar on Montauk Highway is another delicious seafood joint that’s been around since the 1950s. This gem is definitely worth a visit either on the way in or out of the town. This local spot is also technically located in Amagansett, NY – but just moments away from Montauk.

Montauk Bake Shoppe | 29 The Plaza A

This is a laid-back bakery for your morning coffee, fresh bread, and pastry needs. The Montauk Bake Shoppe produces its baked goods on the premises, and it shows (in the best way possible). HG Tip: If you try one thing, it must be the jelly croissants.

The Montauket | 88 Firestone Road

One of the best things to do at any beach is to enjoy a gorgeous sunset with a drink. And The Montauket bar/restaurant/hotel that has been around since the 1920s is a prime place to do so. The classic Montauk attraction boasts epic sunset views overlooking Gardiner Island.

The Shagwong | 774 Montauk Highway

Shagwong

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When you come over the hill to Montauk – the Shagwong’s neon lights are one of the first things you’ll see. And it’s fitting: as a Montauk mainstay (and a Hoboken Girl favorite), this local gem is the perfect local spot to grab a cold beer or a cup of clam chowder. The bar/restaurant has been a staple in town since 1936 and has retained the old-school feel of Montauk, which makes it a must-visit.

Surf Lodge | 183 Edgemere Street

Surf Lodge

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One of the most famous Montauk spots for celebrities is The Surf Lodge. This spot overlooks Fort Pond and can be challenging to get into. But the live performances and atmosphere should make it a summer bucket list item.

Where to Shop

bontemps Montauk | 786 Montauk Highway Side Entrance

bontemp Montauk

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Salty air and sandy beaches – everything in this adorable Montauk store is made for your visit to the End of the World. From hoodies to the chicest espadrilles –you’ll love the offerings at this store. Think: East Coast meets South of France vibes.

Destination Haus | 83 South Elmwood Avenue

Destination Haus montauk

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The destination if you’re looking for home design inspo is Destination Haus. With a curated selection of works from artists around the world, the store has beautiful furniture, glassware, pillows, throws, artwork, candles, and other home accessories. (PS – it’s women and family-owned, plus the staff is amazing).

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Mako’s Vintage | 770 Montauk Highway

Mako’s Vintage montauk

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We love the hand-picked vintage treasures at this local spot. Shoppers are bound to find a hidden vintage piece that you’ll want to take home with you. It will be your own little piece of vintage Montauk.

Vintage Pink | 787 B Montauk Highway

Vintage Pink montauk

Look out for the cute pink cottage – you’ll want to stop in for that reason alone. But here, shoppers can browse through antiques, vintage (gorgeous) jewelry, and crystals while in Montauk. Vintage Pink also carries unique candles, incense, inspirational items, greeting cards, and more. Bonus: Montauk Clothing Co. is right next door – where you can pick up your Montauk-branded clothing as a souvenir.

Wyld Blue | 716 Montauk Highway, Level 2, Store 2

Wyld Blue

For those on the hunt for luxury vintage fashion, this Montauk spot should be on your itinerary. The vibes at this boutique are next-level. There is even a perfect backdrop for Insta-worthy photos. The timeless vintage handbags, jewelry, clothes, and accessories are all so dreamy.


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Taylor is an {overly} proud, born and raised Jersey girl. Originally from a small town in Hunterdon County, Taylor received her degree in multimedia journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also spent some time in Miami, but always knew she’d find her way back to the Garden State. Taylor has a career in sports, digital, and social media strategy in the NJ/NYC area. A lover of all things New Jersey, exploring the state is Taylor’s passion {that, and watching Real Housewives reruns}. A local favorite of hers is the Corner in Montclair.