you know those rituals/traditions you start with your friends that just make you the happiest person and add so much joy to your life, that you’d hate to think of them ending? well, for the past three years, it’s safe to say my summers wouldn’t be the same without our annual girls’ weekend trip to Montauk. although the dynamic & crew changes slightly each year, it’s always one of the weekends i look forward to immensely.
girlfriends + surf town + all the beach time + nothing but fun & silliness? my kind of life.
Montauk is a bit of a hike from NYC — 3 hours on the train — but definitely worth it. it’s wayyyy out there, the very last town on Long Island, aptly nicknamed “The End.”
one of the girls and i went out bright & early on Friday morning and got a full beach day in before heading over to our fave (and everyone else’s) beach bar, The Sloppy Tuna, where we were so stoked to see corn hole boards set up. the bar wasn’t overly packed for once, and we immediately got to work on schooling all the boys at our fave summer game.
after winning three games in a row, the boys decided we were cool enough to continue to hang with, and we ended up making a bunch of fun new friends who were there for a bachelor party. they invited us back for a pig roast (my nightmare of a food option, but the party was a blast), where i somehow ended up dancing salsa, before we all ended up out at this rad indoor/outdoor bar/restaurant/hotel called Ruschmeyer’s that draws huge crowds at night…and where people do things like bring Twister boards to make friends.
we weren’t out super late, thankfully, so i managed to get myself out for a run the next morning and probably covered about 5 miles, i’d say. it was hot and i was struggling (that’s the theme of my running lately, unfortunately), but i felt better about my life afterwards and ready for another beach day.
i’m not much of a beer girl, but we all agreed we had to try Montauk’s local beer (they have their own little brewery), and it wasn’t bad. pretty light, nothing overpowering, drinkable but not overly memorable.
i totally dig the cans, though. can’t go wrong with baby blue & white stripes, and the “Come as you are” slogan across the top is a great little touch. (although i might argue that Montauk’s idea of “come as you are” seems to be “please workout as hard as you can all winter long if you want to think about wearing a bikini in this crowd.”) but yes, it was a solid beach beer option.
another great aspect about Montauk is the food. it has some fabulous little independently-owned places, like Joni’s, a super healthy, organic surfy-vibed little breakfast & lunch shack near the beach that’s become an institution in Montauk and is always packed (but totally worth the wait). i have dreams of opening up something like this on a beach one day. i don’t think it’s possible to go to Montauk without hitting Joni’s (at least once a day).
i also had my very first acai bowl at Happy Bowls, an acai & smoothie bar right on Main Street.
it was so rad. i opted for their <500 Calorie bowl, which was unsweetened acai blended w/ coconut water, topped w/ granola, bananas, blueberries, strawberries and i added mango. so so so sosososososo good. i want to recreate this every day. it was the perfect breakfast on a hot morning in a little beach town.
i wouldn’t mind if that was my morning ritual — beach town included — every single day. #futurelifegoals
it’s always a struggle to come back to “real life” after such a fabulous weekend, so i’m doing the best i can today (and dreaming of how to make this beach town existence a constant reality!).
bottom line: you should go to Montauk. promise i’ll meetcha there.