There's a carefree summer camp spirit at Ruschmeyer's, a boutique retreat in Montauk where a central garden full of hammocks and picnic tables creates a relaxing backdrop. First built in 1952 in a shaded stretch of lakeside woodlands in Montauk, the hotel now features recently renovated rooms inspired by camp cabins with cedar-plank walls, a hammock, and some with an outdoor charcoal grill. Ruschmeyer's has an appetite for culture, seen in a rotating series of music performances, guest DJs, and artists-in-residence. This is a place to play, and the hotel happily arranges paddle boarding, fishing, and yoga. Start your stay on the central lawn, called the Magic Garden, with a game of ping-pong before drinking and dancing the night away at the hotel's bar, the Electric Eel.
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Ruschmeyer's is set in a few acres of lakeside woodlands near Fort Pond. It is not along Montauk's famous wide, sandy beach, though Navy Beach on the bay side is nearby, and offers excellent sunset views. A car is the best way to get around, especially for visitors wanting to explore and see local attractions such as the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Ruschmeyer's does offer bike rentals for guests who wish to explore on two wheels. This boutique is built to satisfy guests' needs day and night, but there are also fun dining options nearby, such as the Crow's Nest.
Need to Know
Rooms: From $235. 19 rooms, 1 suite. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Operated by the team behind the Smile in Manhattan, Ruschmeyer's Restaurant serves seafood-centric dishes in the restaurant and outside in the garden. Dishes are fresh and local, from sea scallop crudo to clam pizza. At the Electric Eel, guests dance to live music and DJs while sipping maritime-themed cocktails. Spa and gym details: Bike rentals, surf lessons, paddle boarding, and yoga are on offer, but there is no spa.
Who's it for: Couples seeking a chic beach escape. Design-conscious travelers nostalgic for summer camp. Our favorite rooms:The Deluxe King features a king-size bed, hammock, and outdoor charcoal grill. Don't forget:Ruschmeyer's is a seasonal hotel, opening Memorial Day and closing for the season in September. Plan your visit during the week (as opposed to prime weekends) for big savings.