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A Wild Dove
90 2nd House Rd., Montauk
A Wild Dove is one of those rare-gem boutiques that truly reflects how we live right now. In other words, a store that marries lifestyle and fashion with ritual and wellness. A trip to A Wild Dove’s summer residency space might involve trying multiple pairs of Linda Farrow x The Attico aviators, replenishing your Moon Juice Sex Dust stock, splurging on a Live the Process playsuit, or buying a Caroline Robert’s sculpture. Moreover, store founder Lynn Levoy hosts a series of activations and panels like crystal workshops and meditation sessions for kids.
Kissaki x Fish Cheeks
467 E Lake Dr., Montauk
Japanese sushi-meets-Southern-Thai at Montauk Angler’s Club is a thing through October 31st. The spicy-sweet-sour flavors mark a departure from the classic coastal seafood served throughout the East End. Expect lobster stir-fried with scrambled eggs, scallions, and chili jam, coconut crab curry, seasonal nigiri, and hearty futomaki rolls. This pop-up is operating on a drop-in policy, so be sure to get in early to beat the crowd. (Or skip the crowd entirely and order takeout to enjoy at home.) Images courtesy of the Montauk Anglers, Kissaki, and Fish Cheeks.
La Fin
474 W. Lake Dr., Montauk
Tucked into the former Swallow East space, La Fin brings a touch of St. Tropez to the Montauk seafront. While chef and co-owner James Tchinnis cut his teeth at Le Cirque, the food at La Fin is simple, sustainably sourced from local farms, and healthy-ish. The setting, on the other hand, has a touch of that unmistakable Riviera glitz with plush turquoise seating and a stellar playlist. The morning menu is a light one, featuring juices, paleo muffins, and chia puddings. Dinner centers on oysters, seasonal seafood, and seriously good lobster toast.
21 Oceanview Trc., Montauk
Marram—the much-anticipated sibling to East Hampton’s Journey—is a beachfront surfer’s paradise. In place of the typical whitewashed coastal décor, Marram has a Santa Fe vibe, with poured concrete floors, textural furniture, and warm jute rugs. The whole place exudes cozy simplicity. It’s right on the Atlantic (hence the surfer’s paradise comment), the pool is bigger than most, s’mores around the firepits happen nightly, the on-site surf shop is stellar, and we want to buy all the Brian Bielmann photos that dot the walls. Images courtesy of Read McKendree.
Morty’s Oyster Stand
2167 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
A toasty lobster roll, crisp fries, and a cold glass of Chablis are the components of summer on a plate. Morty’s Oyster Stand excels at the hyper-fresh, sustainable-when-possible seafood and salad we all crave when the soupy summer heat sets in. Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas are perfect for bigger groups, but there’s something whimsical about the nautical-themed wallpaper and white-wood interior that encourages lazy suppers. Plus, there’s a live (and resolutely laidback) comedy night every Tuesday. Images courtesy of Eric Striffler.
Seawater Spa at Gurney’s
290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk
This resort on a prime stretch of Montauk coast underwent a total renovation in 2014, which included a reimagining of the spa and the restoration of the Olympic-sized saltwater swimming pool, which uses sand-filtered water drawn from the sea. A Finnish-style sauna was also added, where guests can pour aromatherapy-enhanced water over hot stones, and there’s also a eucalyptus oil-infused steam room. Set at 120 degrees and 100 percent humidity, a few minutes here is meant to help the body release impurities through sweating. As one of the only places open year-round, it’s an ideal off-season getaway, too.
McKinley Bungalow
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. So it follows that just in time for the East End's summer crunch (when prime lodging books up months in advance), McKinley and his wife, Kate Nauta, have opened McKinley Bungalow, a sprawling four-bedroom ranch-style home available for rent (there's a three-day minimum). We love the design details here, like natural oak floors and exposed beams, vintage decorative objects mixed with mid-century modern furniture, and the open kitchen and living room that flow into one another, which makes for a lively communal space for families or weekend guests. The backyard, meanwhile, is storybook Hamptons, lined with seagrass and white hydrangeas, and it comes with a BBQ and communal table for outdoor meals. There’s also a stash of Shinola bikes (Ditch Plains, known for its long surf break, is just a five-minute ride away). And if you really love it, everything (yes, everything), including the linens and furniture, is entirely shoppable, should you want to bring some of those Montauk memories home with…