Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, if we wanted to go to the beach, we either had to drive what seemed like hours upon hours, or fly. We were landlocked, and spontaneously hopping over to the coast for a beach getaway just wasn’t really an easy option. So it’s crazy to me that in just a little over 3 hours you can drive from the insanely hectic city of NYC to the charming, quaint little surfer town of Montauk, New York.
Montauk was at the top of my list of places to visit during my first summer living in NYC. I had heard great things about Gurney’s, and it happens to be one of my preferred partner hotels through Virtuoso, so I made reservations for my dog Misha and I (love that it’s pet friendly), and for my parents who were going to make the trip up to join me.
Gurney’s is Montauk’s only year-round resort, so any time is a great time to go. And there’s so much to do, whether you want to relax on a daybed on the 2,000 foot private beach, get pampered in the Seawater Spa, sit by the fire pit overlooking the ocean, take the resort bikes for a spin, or post up at Scarpetta Beach for a great meal. I was looking forward to checking out this exciting property, and it did not disappoint.
The resort features 146 rooms, suites and cottages, all of which have views of the ocean. I stayed in a Deluxe Oceanfront King style room, which I highly recommend when booking your stay at Gurney’s. All of these rooms are ocean front (literally a few steps from the beach) and feature recent renovations and new furnishings in a beachy, mid-century modern style, plus floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping ocean views, a queen sofa bed, and your own private beach-front terrace with a two-person daybed – the perfect spot for your morning coffee and a late afternoon cocktail.
I loved starting my day with coffee on the terrace, then heading down to the beach with a book. Come lunch time, head right over to The Beach Club Bar & Grill for food and cocktails if you feel like staying in your swimsuit. Open May through September, The Beach Club is actually the only beachfront restaurant in The Hamptons.
Or, take a break from the sand and head up to Scarpetta Beach located off the lobby for more upscale Italian fare. It also makes a perfect place for dinner. Get a table out on the deck which overlooks the ocean, and order the signature tomato and basil spaghetti. Scarpetta is open year-round.
And to take your rest and relaxation to the next level, book a treatment in the Seawater Spa, which features amenities like a one-of-a-kind ocean-fed seawater pool with views of the ocean (seriously, its the only one of its kind in North America), a Russian steam room, Finnish rock shower and a Roman bath. A list of spa services can be found here.
There’s plenty to do off the property in Montauk, too. Check out our full travel guide to The Hamptons for more.