The Crow’s Nest Inn
The 14-room hideaway is removed enough from the crush of Montauk crowds but an easy bike ride away from town when you need it. As for the design? It’s the brainchild of hotelier Sean McPherson (of the Bowery and the Marlton fame), which means every detail has been considered from the crisp Indian-inspired John Robshaw bedding and shibori-dyed throw pillows to a fridge stocked with Tate’s Bakeshop cookies and Wölffer rosé. For families traveling together, or for those seeking a bit more space, the collection of David Pharaoh Cottages are a solid option since 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). During the day, a small-but-thoughtful breakfast spread includes fresh berries, croissants, coffee and a stack of the New York Times; come evening, grab a table at the on-site Mediterranean-inflected restaurant, which serves up everything from curried vegetable ragout and blue crab claw tagliatelle to fresh whipped ricotta and local kale salad. Stop by Melet Mercantile, a jewel-boxed sized outpost of the vintage connoisseur’s Manhattan outpost, 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 fire pit or hanging out on the lounge chairs overlooking Montauk Harbour.