Hoping to celebrate your wedding with a quick getaway? Head to the beautiful beaches of Montauk, a vacation spot that's just a quick train or bus ride from New York City.

By Nashia Baker
Updated May 26, 2021
gurneys resort lighthouse
Credit: Courtesy of Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina

If you're planning a mini-moon and happen to be in the New York area, why not go all out to pick the local destination of your dreams? If you have your sights set on a peaceful location complete with great restaurants and even better views, a trip to Montauk, New York, might be the perfect place for you and your new husband or wife to unwind. To help you plan your perfect post-wedding trip, consider our suggestions for lodging, festivities, and dining in this beautiful beach town.

Stay along the water.

When visiting Montauk, a serene stay is guaranteed when you check into one of the town's two Gurney's properties. Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa is the only oceanfront resort in the area, and every room has a view of the Atlantic. The resort's recently renovated lodgings now provide feelings of elevated modernity, and your stay gives you access to the property's private 2,000-square-foot beach. While you're there, spend the evening in one of the private bungalows designed by New York City event designer Jung Lee as part of the the Bungalows by the Sea experience. From your cozy retreat you'll be able to take in the ocean views, seasonal bites and curated cocktails, and an open-air fire pit. If you are more into the marina than the beach, check out Gurney's Star Island Resort and Marina.

Gurney's also owns the iconic Montauk Yacht Club and renovated it to make it feel like a relaxed, nautical hideaway. This resort is known for being quainter and more relaxed than its sister property, so it's a good option if plenty of R&R is what you're after. The best part about these two resorts? If you stay at one, you get access to the other—there's also free shuttle service between the two for even more convenience.

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Credit: Courtesy of Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Visit the town's must-see attractions.

The Beach Club, Gurney's private stretch of sand, is the perfect place to unwind. You can rent day beds and order drinks and food without ever having to give up your sun-soaked spot. After, make sure to head over to the property's spa for a treatment and a dip in North America's only ocean-fed seawater pool. If you're looking for other ways to relax, pull up a chair at the Star Island property's pool. Prefer to do something a little more active? Plan a morning bird watching walk through Hither Hills State Park, then rent a boat for an afternoon of sailing. Last, but not least, you can also explore the lighthouse at Montauk Point State Park, where you'll be treated to an epic view of the area.

You can also indulge in a diverse array of eats.

The restaurants in this town cater to every type of eater, and they also provide picturesque backdrops during your meal. Showfish at Gurney's Star Island is a great choice for those looking to indulge in an elevated seafood dinner with marina-front views. Start with a dozen Peconic oysters, enjoy a cup of Montauk fish chowder, and share the white clam pizza. Make sure to also book a table at Scarpetta Beach, the classic Italian restaurant transplanted from New York City, during your stay. With patio seating, plan to come for dinner just before the sun sets so you can soak up the ocean views during magic hour. Lobster tagliolini and the cherry tartufo are menu highlights.

A few more options include the Crow's Nest, perfect for an intimate and cozy dinner, Navy Beach, a great spot for a casual meal and drinks on the beach, Ruschmeyer's, where you'll dine in a camp-like setting, and the Lobster Roll, one of Montauk's most iconic pitstops.


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