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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Summer on the Cheap in Montauk

Long Island’s easternmost village has the same ocean views, sandy beaches, and fresh-fish obsession as the Hamptons. With one difference: You don’t need tons of cash to enjoy them.


1. Where to Stay

Lakeside Inn  

Take a pass on Montauk’s dated, overpriced beachfront motels in favor of a recently renovated room at the Sunrise Guest House (from $125; from $150 after June 21), less than a mile west of town and a mere 300 feet from the beach. To save a few bucks, book a room without views—you can still gaze at the ocean while sipping your morning coffee on the back porch.

The brand-new Lakeside Inn’s (from $190) modern, minimally decorated rooms have fabulous decks and oversize showers with river-rock floors and teak ceilings. The inn piles on the freebies: There’s a complimentary glass of Champagne every evening, beach-cruiser bikes for morning exercise, and paddleboats and kayaks for lazy floats on the adjacent Fort Pond.

Formerly the Shepherds Neck Inn, the resortlike Solé East reopened on June 7 (from $160; from $240 after June 29) with updated rooms sporting hardwood and black-slate floors. The inn provides free shuttle service to and from the Jitney and train station, and will even taxi guests to the beach—great if you don’t feel like lugging your gear fifteen minutes to the dunes.

Published on Jun 13, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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