This Wednesday marks my 33rd birthday (eeek! I feel like I just turned 30!) and to celebrate, my boyfriend and I headed to Montauk, otherwise known as “The End” because it is the easternmost point of Long Island. I was hesitant to go on a Saturday in July because our beautiful East End tends to get very busy with tourists and vacationers, but because I have been talking about want to get out to Montauk for so long now my boyfriend said eh, who cares about a little traffic? (I do. I care about the traffic. But we were very lucky that day! I guess everyone went to Fire Island.)
We started our day-long adventure at Hamptons Coffee Company in Water Mill, enjoying breakfast and (of course) coffee on the beautiful back patio. My sriracha avocado toast was absolutely to die for, as was the bite of blueberry pancake I stole off my bf’s plate.
From there we drove another hour or so alllll the way to Montauk Point State Park. I was looking forward to it but guys, it blew me away. I haven’t seen such stunning scenery since my last trip to California. We spent almost three hours walking, climbing, taking pictures, and just sitting and taking it all in. We went up the 137-step lighthouse (and back down, my knees are still screaming me) for the panoramic view. We had a picnic lunch in the park. It was one of those overwhelmingly beautiful experiences I couldn’t believe I was enjoying in my own backyard.
Next we headed into Montauk Village where we did some exploring and souvenir shopping before grabbing a smoothie at Happy Bowls and hitting the road again. Our last stop was dinner at Avino’s Italian Table in Bellport, where I went once before over a year ago and have been craving ever since. It was a truly perfect day.
What are some of your favorite hometown gems? Leave them in the comments below! I could use ideas for my next getaway.
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