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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Mellow Out in Montauk

While the South Fork’s most remote beach town has spawned a growing nightlife scene in recent years, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy its natural beauty and quieter pleasures.

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1. Where to Stay


Rooms at Ruschmeyer's feature a clean, cabin-inspired look.  

Head from your room directly to morning yoga class on the sprawling green lawn at the East Deck Motel (from $210), located right on Ditch Plains. The lodgings are basic yet clean, but booking can be hard to come by since you have to send a deposit through the mail.

Wander into the Magic Garden at Ruschmeyer’s (from $195), a vast green space that’s perfect for chilling out in teepees, playing Ping-Pong, or lounging at movie night. The rooms are design-conscious and comfortable, with Moroccan rugs, wicker headboards, and cedar-plank walls. The mellow vibe continues in the morning, with a complimentary breakfast of fresh-pressed juices, Greek yogurt, and avocado toast.

Choose the most stylish new locale in town, the Montauk Beach House (from $479), which is opening for its first full summer this season. The rooms are all white or charcoal gray with leather loungers, coffee-table books, and modern art. This year, there’ll be silver costumed “mermaids” swimming in the pool for family photo ops and restored sixties Vespas for guests to use.


Published on Apr 25, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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