Montauk is an Easthampton hamlet located on Long Island’s south shore that attracts visitors due to its rich history and numerous state parks. Named after the local Montaukett Native American tribe, Montauk is the home of New York State’s first lighthouse, Montauk Point Lighthouse, which remains the fourth oldest in the country that still operates. The US Congress authorized its building in 1792, under George Washington, and the lighthouse was finished by 1796. Montauk also, incidentally, houses the United States’ oldest cattle ranch.
Montauk’s gorgeous state parks include Hither Hills State Park, Shadmoor State Park, Montauk Downs State Park, Amsterdam Beach State Park, Camp Hero State Park, and Montauk Point State Park, along with several others, including Theodore Roosevelt County Park, and a number of Nature Conservancies.
Montauk maintains its quaint Hampton charm by local governmental regulations that do not allow any chain stores, chain restaurants, or chain hotels in the area. In other words, all businesses are locally owned. In fact, tourists have the option of around 50 locally owned hotels to choose from, such as Gurney’s Inn, which is famous for being the first-ever spa to open on the East Coast and includes rooms with their own private decks, and cottages with fireplaces and hot tubs, Hartman’s Briney Breezes, Sole East Resort, Ocean Beach Resort, Ocean Resort Inn, Beachcomber Resort, and The Memory Motel, which has its own rich pop culture history. It is located right near land owned by Andy Warhol and is where The Rolling Stones stayed while touring in the mid-seventies. They even named a song after it.
Local restaurants of various varieties (most spotlighting seafood) include the Surfside Inn, Manucci’s, Gosman’s Restaurant, Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Harvest Restaurant, and East by Northeast Restaurant. There are also a number of coffeehouses, like Joni’s. Meanwhile, Montauk also offers a number of local bars and taverns such as Point Bar & Brill, O’Murphy’s Pub, Liars’ Saloon, Second House Tavern, Shagwong Tavern, Endless Summer Bar & Grill, and Sunset Saloons. For people craving to kick up their heels and dance, the local restaurant and bar, Nick’s, turns into a dance club late at night, which some nights also offers karaoke. Montauk also presents community theater productions at the Montauk Playhouse and films at Montauk Movie.
Great places to shop include Haven, an eclectic shop that offers vintage and antique items, as well as interesting new pieces, The Book Shoppe, and At Home en Provence, a gift shop full of French and French-themed items. People can also buy seafood at markets such as Duryea’s, known for its fantastic lobster, and Gosman’s Fish Market.
Besides all of the parks, people can also spend outdoor time at any one of Montauk’s three beaches, the Ditch Plains beach, the Gin Beach, and one at Hither Hills State Park, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, as well as a large number of marinas, such as Gone Fishing Marina, Montauk Marine Basin, Montauk Yacht Club Resort Marina, Star Island Yacht Club & Marina, Uihlein’s Marina, and West Lake Fishing Lodge.
As far as transportation, people can get from Manhattan to Montauk and vice versa via Long Island Rail Road and the Hampton Jitney bus. The local bus routes are the 10C and the S94, via Suffolk Transit. Montauk also has a small airport.