I went to Montauk (about a 3 hour drive from NYC) for the weekend to spend some time at the beach. I stayed at The Crow's Nest Inn and loved it...it is right on Lake Montauk and not a far drive from the beach. When you walk into the rooms you feel like you are right at home and they have beautiful views of the water. Breakfast is included and they have amazing granola and I also recommend eating at the restaurant for dinner--they use local ingredients so everything was super fresh and tasty! I also enjoyed being so close to the lake and taking time to swim + if you want to try paddle boarding they have some that you can use for free!