I have attended many a summer party at the Beach Club at Gurneys over the years, and it has always been a favorite. But I’ve always wondered what it was like out here during the off-season, when houses weren’t stuffed with weekend party-goers and the beaches were quiet and empty. Olivier, Helena and I decided to road trip out there last weekend and experience what Montauk was like in the fall season, and enjoy all that it had to offer.
We made it to Gurneys Montauk just in time to see the sunset, which is always incredible, no matter what time of year. That and its beaches are what makes Long Island, and specifically the Hamptons and Montauk such beautiful places. Thankfully it was fairly mild that weekend (read 40 degrees instead of 30/below) and we got to enjoy it sitting on the beach, on the balcony of our rooms and at the fire pit. Of course the first thing I did was to run to the beach to feel the sand between my toes, to touch the water, to feel at home again.
Oceanfront resorts typically rest on their laurels because of their location or property. This is not the case at Gurneys. From the first “hello” from the valet to the many “hello, how are you and can we get you anything else,” that you hear from the staff including GM Michael Nenner, Piero, Anthony, Michelle, Mike, Rachel and the rest of the crew, it is clear that Gurneys intends to make you feel at home every minute of your stay, not just in their service, but in their comforting food, their modern rooms, down to the minute before you leave.
As a sun, beach and summer lover, I didn’t think that I would love the beach in any other season. I automatically think of the Catskills as the fall/winter destination when getting out of NYC, as do many New Yorkers. But I have to say that my stay in Montauk this fall is one for the books. Walking on the beach in the morning, afternoon and nighttime bundled up in sweaters and blankets, sitting by the fire and watching the stars, basking in the moonlight.. summer may be all fun and games, but nothing gets more nostalgic and reflective than the cooler months on the beach.
A few of our favorite things:
- Dining at Scarpetta Beach, get the Spaghetti with a glass of the Brunello. You won’t be disappointed. The the Raw Yellowtail, Creamy Polenta, Beet Mezzaluna and Seared Scallops, Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Espresso Budino get honorable mentions
- Breakfast at Tillie’s or breakfast in bed! The french toast was pretty phenomenal
- Chatting outside with friends, fireside before and after dinner
- Swimming in the seawater pool when its too cold to jump in the ocean
- Reading on the balcony day bed, wrapped up in the covers
- Falling asleep at night listening to the waves
- The Christmas decorations make you feel right at home for the holidays
And if you don’t already have plans for New Years, ring in 2018 with three exciting days full of yoga, pop-up club and a New Year’s Eve celebration with live entertainment, 4 hour open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Definitely an option to consider!
Thank you Gurneys for having us. Look forward to visiting again and checking out the spa next time!