Girls’ Getaway

This past weekend was my annual “Girls’ Weekend” getaway with my mother and my two sisters, and we had a great time in Montauk (in The Hamptons, at the tip of Long Island).

Montauk #2

For me, getting there was half the fun, as it included three ferry rides and a scenic drive along some country roads. Total travel time was five hours each way, but a good portion of that was spent on a car ferry across Long Island Sound — so relaxing! I was able to sit on deck and read instead of fighting traffic.

We stayed at the Montauk Manor — a grand tudor mansion (turned condo resort) on a hilltop overlooking the water, but we also walked through another resort that I absolutely loved. The Montauk Yacht Club is a recently-renovated full-service resort with a marina, a small beach, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a spa, and more. This is where I want to stay next time! Preferably in one of their beachfront bungalows with private deck, built-in sunbed, and canvas curtains billowing in the breeze.

As you would expect, we spent most of our time window shopping, sitting by the pool, and eating some good meals. The highlight was our Saturday night dinner at Harvest on Fort Pond.  A chilled glass (or two) of Pinot Grigio…family-style dishes of seafood to share….lots of girl talk…and a picture-perfect sunset over the water.  We even watched some deer swim across the pond while the fish splashed right in front of our window. Ahhh!

Montauk sunset

The only question is, where should we go next year?

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