First built in 1967, the Surf Lodge has been a destination for surfers, artists, and musicians for decades. Today's Surf Lodge has kept that bohemian spirit, creating a breezy boutique for savoring Montauk's simple pleasures: sunsets, fishing, surfing, sunbathing, and music. Every summer season, live concerts attract music lovers. Hammocks on private balconies, cozy lounge furniture in the sand, and a spacious waterfront deck set the scene for relaxation. The Restaurant serves fresh seafood plucked from Montauk's shores, while the bar serves healthy juices by day and potent cocktails by night. At the heart of the Montauk community, this local landmark is the perfect base for a trip to the serene sibling of the Hamptons.
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The Surf Lodge is located on the shores of Fort Pond, with water views. Unlike other local hotels, it is not set along Montauk's wide expanse of sandy beach, though Navy Beach (on the bay side) is nearby. Many guests find that a car is the best way to get around, particularly for adventures like visiting the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Nearby dining options include the Crow's Nest and the Restaurant at Ruschmeyer's, another boutique hotel in Montauk. The town of Montauk itself is home to a farmers' market, small beach-themed stores, ice cream parlors, and plenty of watering holes.
Need to Know
Rooms: From $200. 20 rooms, 3 suites. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The Surf Lodge Restaurant serves seafood straight off the fishing boats of Montauk Harbor, accompanied by local produce from farms along the North Fork and East End of Long Island. The menu is simple and clean, including dishes like steamed Montauk fluke with ginger-sesame broth or a seafood platter from the raw bar piled high with shrimp, oysters, and crab claws. Spa and gym details: There is no spa on-site, but a variety of wellness classes are on offer.
Who's it for: Food and music lovers seeking a hip retreat. Well-heeled couples who appreciate good food, design, and art. Our favorite rooms: Rooms with private patios equipped with hammocks are particularly special. Stay fit: Every weekend during the season, wellness classes such as yoga or CrossFit are offered, with top name instructors.