Family Weekend Getaway in Montauk
1Stretch your legs after your long drive or train ride by renting a road bike from Montauk Bike Shop in the center of town and cruising out to the fisherman's dock to see the day's catch unloaded. It's an eight-mile jaunt round-trip, so allow about 90 minutes for the ride.
2You're at the beach, so savor the sunset. Grown-ups weekending without kids should head to East by Northeast, a sophisticated but casual Asian-fusion restaurant/bar, where cocktails come with panoramic views of Fort Pond. If you have kids in tow, but still want to enjoy a water view and delicious seafood, grab a snack at Navy Beach, where you can opt for Montauk clam corn chowder and seared sea scallops, while the Kids Menu offers burgers and fish & chips.
3For dinner, the Fort Pond area offers a number of delicious (if pricey) options: Head to either Harvest on Fort Pond to dine on steamed mussels, calamari salad, grilled pizza and more in an outdoor herb garden or Inlet Seafood Restaurant for clams on the half shell and potato-crusted flounder; the owners are six local fisherman.
1For a classic breakfast diner experience, join the crowds at John's Pancake House on Main Street where the portions are generous and the coconut pancakes are a specialty.
2Spend your morning on the water: Catch some breaks at the top local surf spot, Ditch Plains; newbies can take lessons with Air and Speed Surf Shop. Or go fishing for fluke or striped bass (in season) on a charter fishing boats.
3Take a break from the action by enjoying a casual lunch at the Clam Bar on Gosman's Dock, a been Montauk tradition since 1947. Favorites include the crab cakes and the seafood combo plate — fried clams, calamari, shrimp, and fish — just watch out for sneaky seagulls trying to steal your french fries!
4Have your cameras ready as you enjoy an easy afternoon hike on the five miles of hiking trails at Montauk Point State Park, where you can also climb the 137 steps to the top of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State. It dates from 1792 (George Washington was still in office!).
5Wind down with cocktails, live music, and terrific sunset views at the outdoor daiquiri bar at Montauket. For a family alternative, consider a friendly mini-golf competition at the 18-hole Puff 'N' Putt Family Fun Center
6Friends should reserve a table in advance at South Edison to enjoy former Manhattan chef Todd Mitgang's delicious versions of beach classics such as fried belly clams, local diver scallops and seared yellowfin tuna.
7For a sweet end to the evening, grab some ice cream at local favorite John's Drive-In on Main Street. If adults want to keep the night going, designate a driver or hire a taxi and head back West on Rt. 27 to take in live music at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett (shows are at 8pm and 10pm and there's usually a cover charge).
1Stop by for an early brunch at Bird on the Roof which, despite its simple décor and location behind a souvenir shop, actually serves up memorable omelets and eggs Benedict.
2Digest and soak up a little sun at nearby Edison Beach or end your stay with a relaxing 60-minute aromatherapy massage at the Sea Water Spa at Gurney's Inn.
3On your way back West, enjoy one last taste of the briny Atlantic with a stop at Lobster Roll on Rt. 27 in Amagansett, where signature rolls and sliders are made with a 50-year-old recipe. Afterwards, stop in Amagansett and browse the shops at Amagansett Square.