you know how people say that while they like the idea of living the whole beach bum lifestyle, they know they’d tire of it pretty quickly and get antsy and want to go back to the craziness of their city lives and chase their careers and feel like a frenetic, productive human being again?
i’m so not one of those people. i could handle this all day, every day, Hundo P. beach bum life is my idea of Heaven.
i got to enjoy a lil taste of it in Montauk this past weekend with some fab girlfriends. we thankfully had two uh-mayyyy-zing, picture-perfect beach days, which we maximized like whoa (although i didn’t hit up and surf or paddle board lessons, boo). everything was perfect: hot, sunny days; beach games (Kan Jam, anyone?!) and drinks, great friends, good food, and fun venues.
that sand + sun + sea salty hair feeling…does it get any better?
Friday night we checked out a sweet spot called The Surf Lodge, which we absolutely loved. surfboard decor, sand, fires and hanging lanterns and rocking beach chairs and hula hoops and a live band — everything you want a beach/surf bar to be. it wasn’t super crowded or “sceney,” and was exactly how we wanted to spend our first night in Montauk.
we woke up Saturday morning at a decent hour and actually set out for a little workout, consisting of a 3-4 mile run with some sets of push-ups/burpees/squat jumps/walking lunges scattered along the way. it felt amazing to start our day (which we knew would involve a lot of beach insanity later) in such a healthy and productive way. there’s just something about running in the sea air….mmmm.
after that, our Saturday took off full-speed with lots of sun, beach games (Kan Jam, anyone?!), ocean dips, music and drinks and everything summery on the beach allllll the day…
before we headed out for the night. first stop was more of a locals event that we would have never known about had the DJ from the Sloppy Tuna not invited us to it: an art gallery party at a nearby hotel, which ended up being really cool and definitely made me want to be a local and learn to surf and go to things like this all the time, where people are tan and wear snapbacks out at night and still have sand on their feet.
we then hit Ruschmeyer’s, a hot spot boasting a huge outdoor area with sweet lanterns, hammocks, cornhole and ping pong and outdoor dining, as well as a multiple-room indoor area with dancing and music. another totally fun spot. Montauk with the win for outdoor venues, for suuuure.
i called it early (lamo party pooper) because i wanted to have a full day on Sunday, so i was up before 8 and jaunted off to the beach solo. i’m soooo glad i did, because it was such a polar opposite experience from the party beach scene that takes off in the afternoon: there were hardly any people there at all, and i spent almost two hours just laying in the sand and wading in the ocean and drinking coffee and reflecting upon life.
ever feel like you need those moments? something about early mornings in nature definitely brings that out in me, and i’m thankful i had that time to myself this weekend. it was a lovely way to start my Sunday and sort of “catch up” with myself before the girls got up and joined me.
every time i leave a beach vaca i feel like i left a little piece of my heart behind; like something at the very core of me that is rarely unleashed breaks open when i’m near the ocean. that’s probably a sign i need to live there one day…yep. that’s for sure what that must be.
hope you all had lovely weekends, friends! it was hard to say good-bye to Montauk, but knowing i’ll be back in a month dulls the pain just a bit. 🙂
Any other total beach bums out there? Where’re your fave local beachy spots to hit?
Tell me something fun from your weekend!