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stylish summer retreat: the surf lodge, montauk ny

by Grace Bonney

last summer ac and i escaped to the eastern end of long island for a few days on the shore in montauk. where we stayed left, well, a lot to be desired so i’ve been looking for somewhere cute and interesting to stay. leave it to british mag . to suggest a great local spot- .

is one part hipster hotel, one part surfer’s haven/crash pad. i’m loving their laid back, but design-forward, style and all of the little details like women basket lights, hanging wicker chairs and fun painted murals. looks like a good place to kick back for a weekend if you need to escape (and catch a few waves). for more info.

CLICK HERE for more pictures of the surf lodge after the jump!


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  • Montauk is one of my favorite places on earth, and this place looks so amazing I can’t stand it. Considering the rates aren’t listed anywhere, I’m presuming it’s about a schmillion dollars a night. A bit out of my range :(

  • I’ve read bad things about the staff at this hotel. Grace, go on a “business trip” and let us know if it’s worth the price. Yes it’s cute, but I don’t want to be treated poorly on my vacation…

  • …yes visually the place is amazing. But when it comes to the true surf culture of Montauk this place is ruining it. The Hamptons crowd has infiltrated due to this establishment. It makes no locals happy.

  • So great! Love all the creative ideas – colour – not over the top but great decorating! Montauk’s sounds pretty good right now with the constant Irish rain!

  • Wow. What a beautiful place. I wonder if it’s kid friendly? I love, love the red and black awning striped deck chairs! Anyone know where those are from?

  • ooh… that place looks awesome. i think that sam (the hottest chef ever on bravo’s top chef) is the chef at the restaurant there. one more reason to visit!

  • This looks amazing, I just emailed the link to my husband and my sister-in-law. We love vacations!

    And it looks like it’s around $300 per night. I wish they had specials or packages available.

  • I have to agree with Johnny P about locals not liking this place. Montauk (like Bklyn) used to be unhip. Now the locals are getting pushed out by the newcomers who have “discovered” the place and trendy ironic spins on what was already there are replacing the old standbys.

    I am not against change, but gentrification and hipness have some big downsides to the people who live there….

  • Grace, I don’t know if you know this, but the RSS is only showing the last 5 stories… which means the 2 you released today before this one don’t show up. I know its probably really annoying for you all the time fi it, but I thought I should let you know, since for those of us that read via an RSS reader, if it doesn’t show up, we don’t see it. For something that is supposed to make life easier, it sure doesn’t seem that way hehe :)

  • I’ve heard bad things about staying at the Surf Lodge. Overpriced and the quality and service is equivalent to staying at a motel.

  • I agree-fantastic pics! I love the “surfer vibe” too.
    Look this place up on tripadvisor before you book though…I was surprised to read the reviews.

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