Despite the on-site traffic, the location is isolated from the rest of the Hamptons
Rooms and suites are well appointed but relatively small
Parking on site
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Chill beach vibe with three bars, a top-notch restaurant and lakeside bonfires
On Montauk’s Fort Pond, the Surf Lodge aims to embodies an old-fashioned notion of what a seaside getaway should be. Three bars and daily activities set a lazy, sun-drenched mood by day and conjure a formidable party scene at night. The crew from the popular Cain Luxe and GoldBar nightclubs in NYC brings one-third of the ownership muscle (as well as lively evenings), while a top-notch chef supplies a first-class destination restaurant on the premises. A touch of mod ’60s surfer mojo fills the Den, and in the restaurant, reclaimed nautical furnishings and driftwood cover the walls. At the 2,600-square-foot outdoor deck and cocktail lounge, listen to funky reggae with the hip crowd. The hanging rattan chairs and hammocks outside each room get guests into the chill swing of things while whitewashed walls and sun-bleached pine floors offer a fresh, modern beachy feel. Most mornings the chalkboard in front of the Den lists the day’s activities — stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, yoga on the beach, in-room massages — kind of like summer camp for grown-ups. If only all camps mixed such stellar versions of the classic rum cocktail the Dark and Stormy (here it’s called the Montauk Storm and features ginger beer made on the premises). Only a few miles from the ocean (and what’s said to be the best surfing in the East End at Ditch Plains), the Surf Lodge offers shuttle service to the beach in a decommissioned Panzer military assault vehicle — refitted to carry surfboards, the local weapon of choice.
In the Area
Shoot pool at the Memory Motel (692 Montauk Highway), the dive bar the Rolling Stones immortalized in song after wandering over from Andy Warhol’s Montauk estate. Hop into the Panzer and head over to Ditch Plains to hit the waves. Grab a breakfast burrito or fuel up with a smoothie from the Ditch Witch truck. Check the wave report, scrawled onto a chalkboard in the lobby every morning. If there are no waves, make your own with a kite-surfing session. Stare down the shark that supposedly inspired Jaws. His head is mounted on the wall behind the bar at Salivars (470 West Lake Dr.). Then, cage-dive with live sharks. Charter a boat for a half day, and go deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin and shark. Go horseback riding at Deep Hollow, which claims to be the oldest cattle ranch in the U.S. Head to the very end of the East End to see the historic Montauk Lighthouse.
The Surf Lodge Montauk
183 Edgemere Street
Montauk, New York 11954
How to Get There
Flights are available from major U.S. cities to all New York Airports on a variety of carriers. Free shuttles are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to/from East Hampton Airport (HTO) and Montauk Airport (MTP). Please contact the property to arrange transfers. Alternatively, taxis to/from East Hampton Airport are approximately $60 per taxi, each way. Public transportation to Montauk from New York is available via the Long Island Railroad or the Hampton Jitney. If you're driving or renting a car, parking is available on-site for hotel guests only.