Sean and I decided to take advantage of the East End’s off-season deals during our February long weekend.
We rented a little car near LaGuardia airport and drove 113 miles through Long Island, along the south fork, all the way to the very tip to a village called Montauk. (I, probably like most of my peers NOT from the East Coast, first learned of Montauk from the awesome 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; movie clip here.)
Sean and I stopped for brunch in Sag Harbor at a Hamptons institution called Estia’s Little Kitchen.
We arrived at the lighthouse in Montauk in the early afternoon and took a quick look around.
Sean’s eyes froze while looking through the binoculars, so we figured it was time to get back in the car. We rolled up to the historic and majestic Montauk Manor and got settled into our little studio with a lovely ocean view.
That afternoon we drove over to the taproom at the Montauk Brewing Company to try some local brews and mingle with some local people. One pair of locals in particular gave us a great recommendation for dinner that night. We ate at Harvest on Fort Pond and had a fabulous meal – pizza with artichokes and a perfectly cooked piece of salmon. All the plates are served family style, which meant that we had pizza for lunch the next day!
We were indoors 95% of the time we spent in Montauk because we were there during New York’s coldest day on record. We woke up on Valentine’s Day to find the ocean steaming up into the frigid winter air.
We were so thrilled by this temperature (-19C, for my metric friends and family) that we decided we needed to truly experience it, so we bundled up and drove to Ditch Plains for a beach walk.
Sean lasted about 20 minutes out there, a good 13 or 14 more than I did. My fingers reached a painful level of cold that actually scared me. I’d never felt like I was in physical danger just by standing outside. I headed back to the car, which never really warmed up, and waited for Sean to come back.
I’m happy I at least got a few photos before scurrying back to the car.
We drove back to the hotel for a nice inside day. Unfortunately, Sean caught a cold (and then I ended up with it too), but we still had a relaxing afternoon watching HGTV and planning our trip to Ireland. This seagull was somehow able to hang out outside on our balcony.
Oh and it’s a good thing we brought wine! Bacchus = new favorite.
We watched the sunset and then headed to our Valentine’s dinner at Swallow East: a nice salad with goat cheese, beets, and pistachios; a simple ravioli dish with marinara sauce; seared tuna in dashi with broccoli rabe; and sea salt dark chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
It snowed on our way out of town, but the temperature was almost 30 degrees warmer than the day before. That makes a real difference! We stopped for tea, coffee, and a muffin at the Hampton Coffee Company and continued our journey west. It was a memorable, freezing, and romantic weekend way out at The End.