Montauk, Musings.


imageThis couple right here, in a poorly, sneakily taken photo, over Dave’s shoulder while we were laying on the beach; is probably the best photo I took on our trip to Montauk, NY a few weekends ago for our Anniversary/Dave’s Birthday.

Why this? You might ask.

Because although it was a little windy, and the beach was fairly empty, these two lovebirds were all over each other, hugging, kissing, and snuggling up on their blanket under the shade of their umbrella. Without a care in the world of what others might have thought about their public display of affection.

Love. Some mischief, friskiness, and just plain I don’t give a flippin care in the world, I’m gonna love on my partner, vibe.

Yep, this picture sums it all up.

Here I was, dressed in my sweats, cause let’s face it, it was breezy and chilly out East about 3 weeks ago. We anchored our umbrella, laid out the blanket, plopped down our cooler that was filled with cheese & crackers, fruits & chocolate dip, and some drinks.

imageI was so embarrassed because over the last year, I’ve gained weight. About 16 pounds, fueled by love, and good food 😉 Nothing really is fitting, but at the end of every day, Dave sees me for who I am, even with the added weight. He was and always has been as affectionate as I could want, and even here at the beach with my sweats on he was as well.

I’m worried about the one family of 4 who are not too far away, seeing us kissing, not so much the adults, but the kids. But they’re doing their own thing, and then I glance over Dave’s shoulder and see this older couple. That did it. I was like whoa really, who cares what anyone thinks! Not that we got down to business at the beach haha, but I definitely let loose a little more and was more relaxed. Because seriously who cares what anyone else thinks, as long as we are happy.

And we are.

We had such a great time while away those 4 days, it was much needed escape from everyday life, and relaxing. We ate delicious food, saw many beautiful sights, spent time on the beach, and even chilled out in the suite watching movies on one of the rainy day/nights.

The Beachcomber Resort was beautiful. We had a one bedroom upper suite, full kitchen which helped for my food limitations, as I’m always worried about finding safe food to eat while out and about.

So it was nice to have a full kitchen to cook breakfast in or anything else for that matter. We would make breakfast each morning, and eat out on the deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the smell of the salty air, were just what we needed. We took walks each day into town and to the beach.

For afternoons and evenings we were tourists in our own backyard, so to speak.

One evening we had dinner while watching the sun set at, Inlet Seafood Restaurant. The view was spectacular, the food was superb, wait staff was extremely attentive especially when I asked about gluten free options. They had a special menu, which offered a large selection of options and I ate every last bit of my salmon with quinoa that evening. Plus we shared mussels in white wine sauce, and a sushi roll as an appetizer, so no desert for us, because we were so full from our meals.

The following day we were at it again. Spent some time at the beach in the morning after a nice walk into town after our breakfast spread. But it was a rainy day ahead of us and we made the best of it. We stopped in IGA food store and picked up a few extra things to hunker down for the afternoon. Then headed out to dinner.

First stop was The Hideaway, which when finally finding it hidden among the yachts in the boat yard, we had to walk right out because it was so crowded and nowhere to sit. Very disappointed in that fact because I was really looking forward to eating here.

Next stop and and just as quick to leave but because the service, and staff were not informed and sort of obnoxious was, O’Murphy’s Pub. I’m not even putting their link up because I’m not happy about the way they treated us. We called ahead of time to check on gluten free options as we did with all the restaurants we go to, and they assured Dave they had options available. So when The Hideaway wasn’t working out due to overcrowding we headed there. Huge mistake. We were seated between two doorways at a 2 top table, and were immediately asked what we wanted to eat before even being handed a menu. I told the waitress I needed a few minutes because I am gluten free, she abruptly said “oh you can have a salad without cheese on it” I half heartedly explained that it’s wheat (although of course it’s more extensive than just wheat) not dairy that I need to avoid. With that she said “Oh we don’t have gluten free stuff, you can have a salad.” Trying to explain how the person on the phone said they had options available was fruitless as she was oblivious to what I was saying. Dave asked to speak to a manager or the chef and I wanted to just leave. At that point I couldn’t safely trust my food to be safe. The manager told Dave a salad was my option as well. Needless to say disappointed in the exchange and lack of knowledge, although I know it’s not everyone’s responsibility to know about gluten free, just don’t lie and say you offer it if you don’t even know what it is.

On to the next stop which was, Harvest on Fort Pond for dinner. So glad we ended up here because the food was good and the staff was great as well. We had planned on eating here the next night but hey, go with the flow right. When we called ahead and Dave spoke to the host, who happens to have Celiac, she said I’d be more than happy with the food offerings and she would be willing to help me out choosing an item. Relief was in sight. We started with Mussels steamed in garlic sauce, and Dave had the Skirt Steak and I had the Pork Tenderloin. I admit my pork was a little over cooked, but still very good. The staff is attentive, knowledgable and the restaurant had such a nice ambiance.

Saturday afternoon we took a trip out to Sag Harbor for the day, and walked around the town for a while. Dave was looking forward to eating at iL Cappuccino, Italian Restaurant, but little did we know, they were only open for dinner, not lunch which is when we arrived. Luckily I thought ahead and packed a light lunch just in case we needed it. After realizing they weren’t open, and searching up and down the streets for a place we wanted to eat, we headed back to the car and ate our picnic looking at the water.

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Sag Harbor, Windmill (information center)

Once back to Montauk, we decided on eating at Gosman’s Dock Restaurant. Slightly disappointed in this establishment for two reasons, the food was phenomenal and our waiter was wonderful. But the host was less than pleasant when we entered and were asked if we needed a table for two, we said yes. She then informs us that “All water view tables were occupied and she would have to seat us somewhere else” As another host greeted another couple, all too friendly who walked in after us and immediately started to usher them to, wouldn’t you know it, a window view table. A little perturbed and feeling slighted because obviously they were “regulars” and we were not, we were seated at a 4 top table at the bottom of a set of stairs with a limited view of the water. Our table was less than stellar, and every time a server finished using the tray stand to serve food, they would prop it up right between my seat and the stair rail beside me. Talk about a hazard, because if I needed to get up quick I’d probably trip over it, and as it was everyone that walked by almost tripped over it. Not letting these mishaps get in the way, we had a lovely meal of Prime Rib, and wouldn’t you know, Mussels in white wine sauce. We do love mussels. We also had dessert. I had a delectable flourless chocolate cake that was served warm, with cappuccino ice cream and, Dave had the deconstructed key lime pie. Again like I said the food was delicious and our server was so nice.

Sunday morning was our last morning out in Montauk and we had as usual a great breakfast to start our day. After packing up the suite and saying so long to The Beachcomber and our lovely view, we headed out with our picnic lunch for some time at Camp Hero, and The Montauk Lighthouse.

The wait time to get into the Lighthouse was a little longer than we wanted to wait, so we opted for a drive by instead and a few photos. Plus I don’t believe I’d be able to walk the steps anyway.

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We then turned around and stopped at a scenic overlook for our lunch and then went to Camp Hero. I have a little bit of a fondness for oddities like Camp Hero, and wonder what really happened there all those years ago. Conspiracy theory’s much hmm. But seriously I really enjoy the mystery of it all and wish we had more time to do the full walk to the tower I captured in the distance. Looking at the bluffs, which I admit, I had NO idea that the island had bluffs. I’m used to an ocean I can just walk straight across to, not fear of falling off the edge of the earth kinda thing. But talk about majestic views! We definitely will be making a trip back soon, just for Camp Hero.

If you’re into time travel, and have heard of the Manhattan Project, you should totally check out information about Camp Hero.

All in all our Montauk Musings were Magnificent to say the least. A little adventure, not too far from home, an escape from the ordinary, and luckily before the Summer tourists descend upon the town like locusts 😉

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention on our way home I was craving and when I say craving I mean like a huge craving since I can’t remember the last time I had one…a lobster roll! We turned around and stopped at The Lobster Roll in Amagansett. Oh my goodness, they make an Udi’s Gluten Free hot dog roll taste so damn good. They had a separate Gluten Free Menu that was so huge, I couldn’t believe my eyes. But nothing was going to get me to eat anything but a lobster roll. And I was so damn happy. Yes food is my comfort I admit it 😉

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4 thoughts on “Montauk, Musings.

  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane- I grew up vacationing in the Southampton where my grandfather lived, and spent many a day in Montauk at that lighthouse and Gosman’s Dock! We frequented the each in Sag Harbor too. Beautiful shots and looks like a good time(albeit the rude waiter!)

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    • I’m glad my post could take you down memory lane! I also appreciate the compliment about the photos, I always feel my shots don’t do enough justice to what I’m viewing. It really was a great time, aside from the waiter of course, but a few bad apples didn’t spoil the trip thankfully. 🙂

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