[spotlight series. zachary lynd and agnes rizzo]

[montauk soundtrack. lose yourself to dance]

Montauk… we have a major crush on this old fishing village town, just a quick 3-hour drive from New York City, at the easternmost point of Long Island. This is the Hamptons’ most hip and laid-back outpost. We come here to getaway from the scorching summer city days…for surf, for fun, for food, for friends, and just to chill. It is a blissful place, sort of daggy but sort of cool, and definitely a summer staple (we also love it in the off-season when most things shut down, and the crowds depart).

Long, sandy dune beaches, good surf, fresh produce, great restaurants, stunning sunsets, yoga, fishing, biking, walks…everything you need for a low-key summer getaway.

We list some of our favorite things below (including a couple of things we love outside of Montauk as well).

To caffeinate…

Jack’s in Amagansett: by far the best coffee on Long Island. Only a 10min drive from Montauk, its worth the extra effort to get to Jack’s in super cute Amagansett Square. Jack’s organic brews are super delicious, and you will also find some great breakfast options and good drink options as well, like Kombucha. The queues can get pretty long, but make sure you stick it out. A gorgeous little nautical-flavored store with vintage buoys and hanging driftwood.

To eat…

Joni’s for breakfast: people go nuts for the breakfast wraps at this Montauk institution. We think they are good, not earth-shattering, but there are lots of other great healthy brekkie options as well. Always busy, it’s a good spot to check out – post-yoga, surf or swim. Grab a juice or smoothie, and sit out the front on the coloured picnic tables. You are sure to bump into a bunch of people you know.

One of our favorite Aussie chef’s, friend Chris Rendell, is doing spectacular things at the Surf Lodge Restaurant at The Surf Lodge. Chris’ food never fails, and you will be treated to simple and delicious organic-market driven fresh fish, salads, curries and more, in the super-hip and beautiful Surf Lodge setting. We love it here for breakfast, lunch or dinner…and anything in between. Fun times guaranteed.

Ruschmeyer’s hotel: this revamped fifties estate, is one of our favorite Montauk hangs. You feel like you are on summer camp here. Come to stay (see below), or come to eat, drink and dance. Fresh, delicious food, by The Smile crew in the city, and fun dj beats.

Tacos at La Brisa: we love Tacombi in the city, and so were super pumped when their Montauk outpost – La Brisa – opened last summer. A fun corner taqueria, come here for tacos, ceviche, and icy-cold modelos, and margaritas.

Lobster rolls from TURF: it doesn’t get much cuter than Zach’s 1967-renovated airstream-turned-lobster-roller. The most perfect Montauk experience, you can find Zach and his to-die-for lobster rolls set up in the ‘Dirt Lot’ at Ditch Plains beach. These are hands down the best lobster rolls we have ever eaten – plump, juicy, generous portions of lobster, not too much mayo and fresh bread rolls. Such a good post-beach lunch. Make sure you pop your head in and check out the stunning artwork inside the airstream that Zach’s creative wizard of a lover – Kelly Framel – did last summer. It’s beautiful here.

Dosas from the Hampton Chutney Co.: a trip here for dosas and mango lassis is not only recommended, it’s essential. A staple for us on any trip to the Hamptons. Run by an American couple, who met at an ashram in India, these authentic doasa are huge and delicious savory crepe-like creations, filled with non-traditional fillings. So tasty and even gluten-free (for our non-wheat eating friends out there). Grab them to-go and sit outside in the gorgeous Amagansett Square.

Bread and supplies from the Amagansett Farmers Market: supporting local farmers, this is a great (but quite shockingly over-priced) option for lunch on the go. We come here most mornings for their amazing fresh bread. Deli goods, pastries, fresh juices and fruit and veg. An easy place to stop on the drive into Montauk.

Fancy lunch at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton: if you are looking for something a little more up-scale, maybe a fancy long lunch with the girls, or visiting parents, bring them here. Classic French bistro. Oysters, steak and frites, and rosé. Yum.

South Edison: for great fish and good cocktails. We are never disappointed here. Delicious seafood, and amazing cocktails. Try the Montauk Mojito with mint and berry puree. Always busy and fun.

Navy Beach: come here for a burger and a cocktail. Beautiful location (on a private stretch of beach), and gorgeous views. Lunch on the beach, or just a bottle of rose as the sun goes down. A cute nautically-themed dining room. Try the Southside cocktail (vodka, mint and lemon). Best at sunset.

To drink…

For sundowners…Crows NestNavy Beach orThe Surf Lodge.

For party…Ruschmeyer’s…or The Surf Lodge. Good vibes, good tunes (look out for their weekend gigs), good views and boho beach bunnies.

To sleep…

The Surf Lodge: a nonstop beach bonanza, come to this cute boutique hotel to eat, sleep and play. Looking over Fort Pond, it’s beautiful here. Hang in a hammock, chill out on one of the giant outdoor beanbags, or try one of their weekend yoga classes on the back deck. Cocktails, sundowners, summer weekend gigs (catch bands like The Drums, MS MR, Portugal.The.Man). We love it here.

Ruschmeyer’s: it’s the little things we love at this grown-up summer camp. 1950s cedar cabins, filled with beautifully coloured rugs, wicker beds, hammocks, and classic touches like ingredients for s’mores set up in the fridge. The “Magic Garden”is filled with ping-pong tables and bocce ball courts. At night, paper lanterns swing from its trees. The food here is amazing (thanks to the culinary team at The Smile – one of our favorite spots in the city) as well, and the cocktails never fail.

Sole East Resort: the first place we stayed on our maiden voyage to Montauk five years ago. Cute, airy (small) rooms, a quaint little restaurant, bikes for hire, and a great pool (complete with daybeds, and a dj spinning pop tunes throughout the summer).

To shop

Cute pop-up boutiques at The Surf Lodge andRuschmeyer’s:

Gorgeous stores in Amagansett Square. We especially love Jack’s for coffee, the dosas from the Hamptons Chutney Company, and cute bits from LOVE adorned.

Melat Mercantile in Montauk.

To do

Yoga (Heather’s class) at Love: our favorite yoga teacher from the city, takes clasess here in Montauk through the summer. No better way to start your day.

Surf at Ditch Plains.

Walk along the beach at Hither Hills.

Catch a band at The Surf Lodge.

Go for a drive: check out the mind-blowingly beautiful homes in Amagansett, East Hampton etc.

Parrish Art Museum: this striking barn-like building by Herzog and De Meuron, stops in our tracks everytime we drive past on the Old Montauk Highway heading from the city down to Montauk.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack: originally a potato farm, this 55-acre winery was founded in 1987. Classically European, Wölffer is a beautiful place, producing some delicious wines. Stock up on some of their delicious, light Rosé.

Visit Shelter Island (Sunset Beach): about an hour drive (plus a couple of ferries) will get you here. Book a night at the super cute André Balazsboutique hotel…and settle in for a long lunch on the beach, with a couple of bottles of his André Balazs collection of rosé's. Only open for summer from May until September.