Hang loose in this quiet surfing community.
BY JO PIAZZA
DID YOU KNOW
During World War II, the Navy bought most of the East End, including Montauk Manor, and turned it into a military base. Several concrete bunker observation posts were built along the coast, including one immediately to the east of Montauk Lighthouse. The base buildings were disguised so that from above they looked like structures in a quaint New England fishing village—albeit one with some serious artillery. The hamlet stayed quiet until 1972, when Andy Warhol put the faux fishing village back on the map by purchasing the Church estate—a collection of five classic clapboard houses built in the 1920s—and turned Montauk into an artists’ enclave.
MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS
Edward Albee, Najma and Peter Beard, Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, Nan Bush and Bruce Weber, Amalia Dayan and Adam Lindemann, Gabrielle de Heinrich Sacconaghi and Louis Bacon, Dr. Richard Firshein, Dan Glickberg, Howie Glickberg, Steve Kasuba, Ralph Lauren, Bill Powers, Steven Roth, Cynthia Rowley, Julian Schnabel, Mark Smith, Jann Wenner and Matt Nye
Sangha means “community” in Sanskrit, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Sangha Yoga’s small but well-trafficked studio. There’s no need to sign up for classes in advance (unless it’s a holiday weekend), and the breed of Hatha yoga taught here is perfect for all levels. They also do private, semiprivate and group classes on the beach by appointment. 12 S. Etna Pl., 631-238-5450; sanghayogamontauk.com
Enjoy a romantic trip with your loved one on a sunset cruise aboard the Susie E II. You’ll glide past the lighthouse and take in one of the most spectacular sunsets of your life. Westlake Fishing Lodge, 352 W. Lake Dr., 631-523-8862; susiee.com
Corey Senese has been standing on a surfboard since he was three years old, and now he wants to help people of all ages try out surfing. If you’re heading to Montauk by yourself, his lessons are a must; you’ll meet all sorts of interesting people and learn a sport that will whip your entire body into shape. coreyswave.com
A half-day fishing trip is a quintessential Montauk activity, and with Viking Fleet, it provides fabulous fun for the whole family. In the summer, you’ll cast for fluke; in the fall, striped bass. Regardless of what you land, there are always plenty of restaurants near the docks happy to fillet and grill your catch for dinner. 462 W. Lake Dr., 631-668-5700; vikingfleet.com For more family-friendly Montauk activities, check out kidmontauk.com.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JULIAN JAIME (DRESS); NICK HARVEY/WIREIMAGE.COM (BACON); BENNETT RAGLIN/WIREIMAGE.COM (ROTH); JAMES BOYLE (KAILANI); JOE TERMINI (SURF LODGE); TODD MITGANG (SOUTH EDISON)