We have been patiently waiting for the right time to take Local Creative on the road. For our first outing we opted to hop on the LIRR for a short beach trip to one of the most relaxing destinations we could think of - Montauk, Long Island. For our hotel accommodations we settled up in the coziest cabin-inspired two bedroom suite at Ruschmeyer’s, a Chelsea Hotel with a gorgeous lakeside view and only a short bike ride into town. Ruschmeyer’s was a much needed retreat from the bustling day to day of city life.
Aesthetically, the property was reminiscent of summer camp of our youth, but with the perks of adult leisurely activities ;). We found ourselves being drawn to the centrally located Magic Garden, complete with hammocks, picnic tables and a lovely light display of chinese lanterns hanging throughout the tree branches.The restaurant, operated by the culinary team behind The Smile in Manhattan, serves fresh seafood fare driven by locally sourced ingredients. If you came to town to dance, Electric Eel’s DJ’s will have you moving into those summer nights. We love that if we wanted a change of scenery we could just hop on a beachcruiser (free to use while your stay) to soak up some sun on the beach!
After some incredible recommendations from the most wonderful and helpful staff, it was no sweat finding some local eats and secret hideaways. Of course, we wanted to share our picks! here’s what we think you should know…
If you love California’s west coast style, fresh eating Joni’s Kitchen is a must visit. One word - smoothies. The ultimate summer craving, smoothies and juices, we shared the four play made with watermelon, strawberries, mango and peaches. We also tried the thai me up wraps made with sweet gingered grilled chicken with shredded carrots mushrooms, sprouts & organic spinach, served with a spicy peanut sauce wrapped in a rice paper. Joni’s has the perfect beach vibe. From the retro Hawaiian postcards to the hanging surfboards and turquoise & yellow hues we were sold. Her creative kitchen offerings are a great healthy option before getting some sun.
For dinner, of course we wanted seafood. We were lead to South Edison for their clambake as mentioned in Tasting Table and were so pleased! The tasty broth was so addicting we couldn’t help but fish the bowl for every last bite. The black & blue local sea scallops were equally as enticing and delectably prepared in bed of quinoa, oyster mushroom mix, snap peas and prune jam. We finished our meals with a glass of Wolffer Estate Rosé, a wine from a family of vineyards on the island.
Our final morning was a hazy, dream like voyage to Ditch Plains to watch the surfers in the morning fog. Neither of us surf –yet, but a trip to this beautiful water’s edge will for sure make you want to put on a wet suit, grab a board and paddle out to ride some waves.
If we missed any spots let us know for our next trip! We love discovering local and feeling a part of the communities we visit. Until next time…
xxJenna and Nicole