One hundred miles from New York City is our heaven on Earth.
Ron’s grandmother has a house on Fire Island that has been in the family since the 40’s. They purchased it for $500. This area of the country has always been special to him, and seven years ago he started venturing off to Montauk, New York – a relaxed and laid back town with a different, surfer feel than the nearby East and Southampton.
Three summers I have now had the pleasure of coming to this magical place with him, and it’s been our spot – a place where we can go and breathe in all that is around us. And there is so much to take in. The cliffs at Shadmoor State Park, the boards dotting the surf at Ditch Plains, the chill that comes when the sun touches down over Lake Montauk, all adding to this place that gives us all of the feels.
And among this town is our home away from home – Gurney’s Montauk. This visit we were honored to stay in the Gurney’s Residences, currently for sale with Saunders. To say that these accommodations took our breath away would be the biggest understatement. From the moment that we were handed the key, we were overjoyed with having such a gorgeous spot to spend our time in Montauk. This space is dripping with the best from Restoration Hardware, and visions of beach life. We could hear the ocean waves crashing from the master suite and it was like we had a natural sound machine that drifted us off to sleep. Every morning we got to open our eyes to the pink sky that rises over the Gurney’s beach – a perfect backdrop for the yellow umbrellas that line the water. It was a moment to be still, and we could not have been more thankful for this time.
Over the past three summers, even more so than just the love for this place, the staff has become like family. Seeing our friends – Helen, Piero, and Jarhn – and making new friends – Brielle, Caesar, Anthony, David and Trevor – we have such a respect for you and the level of quality you bring to our vacation destination. There is no doubt that it wouldn’t be the same without your warm hearts and sweet souls. We love spending time with you and closing out our nights at the fire pit.
If you have missed my past ravings about Gurney’s, my death bed meal is at Scarpetta (duck foie gras ravioli) and for lunch we go for the lobster roll at Tillie’s (minus the roll, we prefer a big ol’ pile of lobster!). The Sweaty Betty pop up shop on the deck is amazing, and there were so many pieces I fell in love with! The fitness sessions through the Wellth Collective are killer and are right there on property. They are bringing the best of the best to you.
We also had some wonderful meals in town. Go to the Crow’s Nest (blue crab tagliatelle) for some of the best sunsets we’ve seen and a relaxed beach vibe. If you can make it to East Hampton, the EMP Summer House pop up shop is one of the best meals I have had all year. We recommend the beef and the corn and truffle flatbread. They only take reservations if you are an American Express cardholder, and the restaurant itself only takes AmEx or cash. Make your reservation through AmEx, and arrange a 7 series BWM to pick you up!
In Rallis fashion, we did not leave Gurney’s on time. We had to stay one more extra night to soak in all of the memories we have made this week. Last year we were in the Hamptons for five weeks, and narrowing that down to one week this year left us with some serious FOMO. We miss you already Gurney’s and we can’t wait to see you again very soon.
Thanks so much to all of our friends that helped make this birthday week so special. We love you all.
xx, Paula and Ron