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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Mellow Out in Montauk


5. Oddball Day

The Montauk Lighthouse is one of the sights you'll see from the Amsterdam Beach Trail.  

Put aside some time to explore Montauk’s impressive state and county parks and see what’s new around town. A block from the beach, get a healthy start to the day at Joni’s, where early birds come at 8 a.m. to avoid the lines for scrambled tofu wraps ($6.95) and organic, flax-coconut waffles with fresh fruit ($7.95). Walk around the corner to the Naturally Good Foods & Café to pick up an all-organic picnic lunch, including vegan chocolate-chip cookies ($1 each), then bike or drive five minutes on Route 27 to Deep Hollow Ranch for a one-hour horse ride through acres of Suffolk County parkland and pristine beaches. Afterward, cross the street to hike the Amsterdam Beach Trail, which opened last summer, and take the secluded path down to the water and find a spot for lunch. Finish up the trail, which is just under three miles long and includes views of the Montauk Lighthouse and Block Island in the distance. Once you’re back in town, stop by Buddha Berry (43 S. Euclid Ave.; 631-668-8393; opens May 16), a new gourmet self-serve frozen-yogurt café across the street that promises 60 dry toppings and fresh-cut fruit. Stroll over to *share with... Montauk, where you can find espadrilles from Biarritz ($68), a bag made with braided recycled leather strips ($150), or organic denim cutoffs from Citizens of All Nations (from $95). Next, cross the road and walk five minutes to the Montauk Brewing Company for a jug ($22) of Driftwood Ale. The tasting room and gallery with work from local artists is right next door to Saint Peter’s Catch (58 S. Erie Ave.; 631-668-7100), where you can buy the best seafood in town, including fish and chips you can eat outside at picnic tables with views of the park. Make your way to the beach to hear traditional African drumming by popular musician Dan Bailey and other locals from 6:30 p.m. until the sun goes down.

Published on Apr 25, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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