Travel Diaries: Elle Ferguson Takes New York
Serving up the laid-back coastal charm that only a seaside town can provide, Montauk is a picturesque tourist hotspot located at the eastern tip of Long Island. This small town is host to multiple hotels, restaurants and attractions, drawing in people from all over the world who come to make the most of the warmer months. We teamed up with Billabong and style icon Elle Ferguson to soak up the sights, sounds and lifestyle of this vibrant area to give you our top 5 must-do’s in Montauk.
1. VISIT BHUMI’S FARMSTEAD FOR SOME FRESHLY PICKED PRODUCE
With a bright yellow and white paint job, Bhumi’s farm stand on the way to Montauk is impossible to miss. Much like the stand itself, tall yellow sunflowers frame this picturesque scene, with fresh organic produce on offer to give you a break from your drive. If you prefer the backdrop of the night sky, Bhumi’s Farmstead also offers farm to table dinners promising the most pristine and fresh produce available.
2. SURF AT ONE OF THE MANY BEACH OPTIONS
Once the foodie inside you is satisfied, Montauk also has multiple surf spots on offer. From 70 foot cliffs to open sand dunes, the beaches of Montauk leave little to be desired. Hitting Ditch Plains Beach early in the morning is your best bet to secure a prime location, as this is Montauk’s main surf spot. For more experienced surfers, Turtle Cove provides consistent swells and powerful waves just west of the Montauk Lighthouse.
3. VISIT TAUK RESTAURANT
Surrounded with rich history, Tauk Restaurant, previously known as Trails End, the oldest restaurant in Montauk, offers a more modern dining experience while still keeping some its historical charm alive. With a simple yet sophisticated menu and a host of local product and sustainable fish, Tauk has quickly established itself as one of Montauk’s favourite restaurants.
4. TAKE A PHOTO AT MEMORY MOTEL
Made famous by the Rolling Stones song of the same name, Memory Motel provides simple accommodation, a lively bar and most importantly, an iconic snap or two. Embedded in rock history, Memory Motel is famously known as the Rolling Stones’ bar of choice when they were in the area, and to this day offers live music most days of the week – all just one block from the beach. So if you’re searching for a little piece of rock history, Memory Motel is the place to be.
5. STAY AT THE SURF LODGE
Chasing the ultimate summer experience? Montauk’s Surf Lodge is a melting pot of locals and travelers, balancing bohemian coastal vibes with stylish décor. The Surf Lodge provides more than just accommodation, with artist residencies, live music, adventures, yoga, fitness classes and beautiful sunsets as just a few of the staples in this unique experience. Whether you enjoy lazy summer days overlooking a lake or a flourishing live music scene, The Surf Lodge is the perfect getaway.