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August on Long Island. It almost makes up for the harshness of its winter. The sun beats down on the powdery sand, the wind calling forth the rhythmic pounding of waves on the seashore. This is why we are here. This is why we drive out to Montauk.
The drive out east on Route 27 is a hallmark of this iconic trek. The Rolling Stones did it. Warhol did it. And we do it, winding our way through each Hampton town, growing tonier with every successive mile: West Hampton, Quogue, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Water Mill, East Hampton, Amagansett, and finally, at The very End, Montauk.
You owe it to yourself to get into a sporty, beachy 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara SUV from NY Auto Giant and take this trip of a lifetime. The Jeep is as quintessential as Montauk itself. It’s laid-back and unpretentious. The sand clinging tenaciously to your beach clothes will find a home on the floor of the Jeep, marking the crevices with character unwelcome in other vehicles. Take the top off. Remove the doors. This is Montauk. This is your Jeep.
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Stop on the way at the famous Hampton Coffee Company in Water Mill for one of their artisan blends, hand-roasted in small batches for the ultimate coffee-drinking experience. Check out their bakery for a sugar boost to get you through the rest of the drive to Montauk, or, if you’re hungry for something more substantial, we recommend a breakfast burrito (if it’s morning) or the Baja fish tacos (if it’s not).
Once you get into town, check into the Beachcomber Resort on Old Montauk Highway. Each room offers unparalleled ocean views from across the street, as well as a pool for wave-less splashing. On the precipice of the town, the Beachcomber will stand as your hub from which you can play and dine.
Come dinner time, your choices will be plentiful—from casual fare to upscale dining, Montauk has every kind restaurant you can imagine.
For a hot, buttery lobster roll, freshly caught out in the deep, dark waters offshore, try Sammys, a quaint little joint off the beaten path by Montauk Harbor. With live music and an outdoor deck, Sammys is the epitome of Montauk’s culinary scene.
For those who love to share, we recommend two choices: East by Northeast for Asian fusion fare and Harvest on Fort Pond for contemporary Italian cuisine. Both offer huge portions designed to feed your entire party. East by Northeast serves duck tacos that you will crave throughout the entire winter season. They are worth every minute of summer traffic. Harvest’s pasta dishes, especially the Rigatoni Veal Bolognese, are as fresh and hearty as they are delicious. Keep your eyes peeled: Celebs often frequent both restaurants.
So pack up your Jeep. Slip on your flip flops. The sun will soon set on this summer season. End it on the sea salt beaches of Long Island’s legendary East End.
For details on how you could get into your very own Jeep Wrangler Sahara tomorrow, give Brendan Miller at Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram a ring.