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McKinley Bungalows
Address Upon Booking, Montauk
As the eye behind well-trafficked Montauk spots Ruschmeyer’s and Surf Lodge, interior designer Robert McKinley is no stranger to the beach town's mellow vibe and wild coastline. McKinley and his wife, Kate Nauta, opened McKinley Bungalows, six sprawling homes available for rent. We love the design details here, like natural oak floors and exposed beams, vintage decorative objects mixed with mid-century modern furniture, and lively communal spaces for families or weekend guests. And if you really love it, everything from the linens and furniture to the homes themselves is entirely shoppable, should you want to bring some of those Montauk memories home with you. Photos: Nicole Franzen.
Hero Beach Club
626 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
Here, along Montauk's Umbrella Beach, each of the 34 bedrooms features tastefully beachy furnishings imported from Bali, the kind of mattresses you'd happily spend the weekend lounging on, and crisp linens from Hill House Home. (Several of the rooms also have balconies.) In the morning, there's a small breakfast setup (bagels, coffee) but not too many other frills—and that's kind of the point. The delightfully in-the-know hotel staff will help with everything from, say, setting you up with surf lessons to tipping you off to the best lobster shack in town.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk
This large resort in Montauk, which ranges along a prime slice of beach, is a good option if you have kids or a bigger group. Beyond a spate of great restaurants (Tillie's, Scarpetta, a coffee shop in the lobby), there's a kids’ club, a beach club, and all the amenities you'd expect from a big hotel, like free Wi-Fi, a gym, a pool, and a spa. It's also one of the area's only year-round resorts, which is great if you're hoping to make a visit during the quieter spring or fall months.
The Crow’s Nest Inn
4 Old W. Lake Dr., Montauk
This 14-room hideaway is removed enough from the crush of Montauk crowds but an easy bike ride away from town when you need it. It's the brainchild of hotelier Sean McPherson (of the Bowery and the Marlton fame), which means every detail has been carefully considered, from the crisp Indian-inspired John Robshaw bedding and shibori-dyed throw pillows to the fridges stocked with Tate's Bakeshop cookies and Wölffer Estate rosé. For families traveling together or those seeking a bit more space, the collection of David Pharaoh Cottages are a solid option; each has its own kitchenette, daily housekeeping, and a beach parking pass (clutch if you've ever brought a car out to Montauk in the summer). Come evening, grab a table at the on-site Mediterranean-inflected restaurant. Stop by Melet Mercantile, an outpost of the vintage connoisseur's Manhattan store, for an expertly curated selection of beach-centric vintage books, magazines, and a small collection of clothing, as well cheeky cashmere sweaters from the label Lingua Franca, designed by McPherson's wife. Don't miss the s'mores by the firepit or the lounge chairs overlooking Montauk Harbour.
The Montauk Beach House
55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk
This is the kind of convivial, party-prone place you want to go with your whole crew—in fact, it's pretty much the heart of Montauk's social scene. Need proof? The events calendar is loaded with activities that range from morning zen sessions to live tattooing to poolside socials. If and when shuteye is required, the vintage-themed guest rooms are meant to be shared—plus, they're equipped with beds so fluffy you'll gladly sleep through prime pool time.