With Summer in full swing, I could feel the pull, the yearn to stick my toes in some sand. With a heavier than usual work load and pending international travel coming soon; how was this going to fit in? The answer came last Thursday via a Jetsetterlast-minute deal. They were promoting a new “boutique hotel” in Montauk. New being that, this was its first weekend open, aside from a friends and family soft opening for Memorial Day weekend. They had me at “steps to the beach” and “pets allowed”. Ruschmeyers or Bust!
We spent two nights (Sunday/Monday) in No. 18, one of 19 converted summer camp cottages. The property is a 1952 cottage style motel, restaurant and pool on Fort Pond. I applaud the design team for not taking it too far from its origins at least in terms of still lodging in the original cabins. The decor is a wonderful mix of mid-century Modern infused with 1960’s California Surf and a bit of Jacques Cousteau at home. I most appreciated that no detail was overlooked in either the cottages, the check in “lounge”, the restaurant or the Electric Eel Bar. Even the restaurant bathrooms stayed true to the theme with vintage nautical lighting and 60’s beach photography. Chunky rope, breezy linens, stacks of ocean/beach vintage design books, submarine fish tanks, giant Japanese white orb lanterns and grass skirt umbrellas create the relaxed surf & sea mood. Yet fine white linens, gourmet picnic basket mini-bar items, organic bath products, Ipod docking stations, Free Wireless Internet, Dutch Inspired Republic Bikes for rent and a doting staff make it a glamorous Summer Camp!
While the properties amenities certainly can entice you to linger there for the day…there was a beach that needed my toes! Over breakfast (included and scrumptous) I asked where a good gourmet food shop might be so that we could make a picnic for the day at the beach. I was quickly told that such efforts would be wasted on a beautiful sunny day and that the kitchen would prepare a picnic for us. Moments later, Ben Towill, of The Fat Radish on Orchard St in NYC, was standing over me asking my picnic requirements. Really? Turns out The Fat Radish owners are in cahoots with Ruschmeyer’s Restaurant and it was our lucky day.
The picnic not only was stylishly presented and could have fed the entire beach…it was divine. Fresh crusty baguette to house soft bucheron cheese topped with prosciutto and apple butter along with sun ripe tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil were just the start. Crisp radishes (nice touch Ben) pickled okra (how did he know I am was Southern?), duck rillette and marinated asparagus almost had me forgetting I was in a bikini and might need to restrain myself. It was wonderfully fresh and extravagant at the same time. Sula was a big fan of the fresh strawberries.
Sunday night we went to The Surf Lodge for dinner, just across Fort Pond and a “sister” hotel with a few overlapping partners. Beach chic with great live music and alfresco dining at sunset…well, was a good end to the day . (Chili Coconut Milk Mussels recommended)
As with all 48 hr getaways, it went way too fast, esp. for an off the leash beach babe like Sula.
We will be back!
*Note – Lite construction is still ongoing right now and final details are being set and polished. I rather liked it, felt almost part of the final finishing touches, but if you are opposed to the occasional hammering, give it another weekend before heading up.