Montauk: a girl can dream (but living it would be better…)

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.

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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?

photo 1Friday 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.

surflodgePhoto(5)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…

until we moved it to the Sloppy Tuna for the happy hour post-beach party. and theeeennnn the dance party ensued…

photo 5and continued post-Tuna in our motel…

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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.

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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.

Photo(5)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. πŸ™‚

Any other total beach bums out there? Where’re your fave local beachy spots to hit?
Tell me something fun from your weekend!


13 thoughts on “Montauk: a girl can dream (but living it would be better…)

  1. Looks like such a fun weekend! I love the beach too – it feels like such an escape from everyday life! I had a beach day this weekend too and found it very hard to drag myself back home for work today 😦 is there a job that involves laying out on the beach all day? that would be amazing!

  2. Truly living the dream, my friend. What a fantastic trip. I’m like youβ€”i love running at the beach, and starting off the day that way. Then it is just like the rest of the day is whatever you want to make it, because you are ready for anything. Whether you want to chill or party like a rockstsr, you’re awake and just, I dunno, clean. And I love the quiet. I’m always the party pooper tooβ€”again, same reason plus the fact that when I get tired, it is OVER. So preemptive strike. The worst is heading home when you are exhausted. This reminds me of the legal version of beach week, minus as much of the frat boys. And myrtle beach. Gross.
    But so. Much. Fun. And yes, I did go running during my beach weeks in college. #thatgirl
    I love the beach, but I dislike sand getting all over me (it’s a fine line). I could easily live the beach life style that I did with my parents and Alex while we were in Mexico in January, but you know me, I would still need to find something to do! Work hard, play hard πŸ˜‰

    • haha you crack me up. it was a total “Vegas in a surf town” sort of vibe at times and absolutely hilarious and i loved it. glad we share a mutual love for running early on our vacas and treating ourselves to fun times the rest of the day. but i don’t mind sand being everywhereeeeee.

  3. Oh my gosh this looks like SO much fun!!!! I’m with you! I need to live by a beach! I would love to be able to go to the beach for even a short time everyday!

    My favorite beach spots: Cape Cod, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, any beach in Hawaii, northern beaches in Sydney, Australia.

    • oh man those are such rad choices and love them alllll, except i’m jealous bc i haven’t been to Australia yet! i’d add Aruba and Cayman Islands to that list. πŸ™‚

  4. Your weekend looks like it was super fab and you had a blast! This is me being super jealous! I am a total beach bum. I lived in Hilton Head Island for 2 years and swore I would never not live at a beach…and now I’m in Pittsburgh so that didn’t really happen as planned. I always say I am going to quit my job and move to the beach and braid hair. My favorite beach spot would have to be Oahu, Hawaii…but honestly, every and any beach would be fantastic to wake up to each morning!

    • HH Island is beautiful — my bff’s sister lives there so i’ve visited and it was so lovely! must have been amazing to live there. i’m with you Hundo P on Hawaii — haven’t been to Oahu but loved Maui and the Big Island and seriously want to go back asap! i’ll join you and make smoothies while you braid hair. πŸ˜‰

  5. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I’m soooo not a beach girl, but in the last year and a half, I’ve been to the beach more times than I had in my entire life previously. I think the part that sounds the best to me is the time alone. I love having early mornings to myself!

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