Curator of wellness Marisa Hochberg spends this season developing health programs suited for a summer in Montauk.
A New York native, Marisa Hochberg grew up spending summers at her family’s home in Montauk and recalls fond memories of shopping with her parents at A Little Bit of Everything in town or pining away for a new toy from Capt. Kidd Toys near Gosman’s Dock. She describes the area’s particular brand of peace and escapism as a consistent theme in her life. “Montauk has this special aura surrounding it, with the water and the bucolic setting of the lighthouse, the greenery, the rich history,” she says. “When I get out there, I feel like I can let loose and just be myself.”
So when Hochberg was looking to make a change some seven years ago and 75 pounds heavier, she chose Montauk as the place to escape the pressures of the city and transform her life. “Montauk became like my best friend,” she says of the time she spent out East working on reaching her goal weight. “I would wake up in the morning and go to local farmstands. After a long workout, I would spend time outside and just appreciate the fresh air and natural beauty—it was like my support system that was cheering for me along the way.”
It took Hochberg about a year to lose the weight using simple methods, such as cutting out processed foods and white carbohydrates and sugar, and focusing on eating fresh vegetables and lean proteins, in addition to regular exercise. Since then, she has studied nutrition and kinesiology and worked for companies like Equinox and Watermelon Water. With her new wellness series, Hochberg will bring some of the health and wellness industry’s top brands and experts, including SoulCycle, Tracy Anderson, Lauren Taus, ModelFIT, Body by Simone, and Yoga for Bad People, to the Hamptons, with a percentage of proceeds raised through the program going toward fighting childhood obesity (see the schedule here). In addition, once-a-month Influencer Dinners will highlight experts such as Yahoo Health’s editor-in-chief, Michele Promaulayko.
“People can get into bad habits on vacation because healthy options aren’t accessible, and they definitely won’t go out of their way to find it, it has to be convenient,” says Hochberg. “We don’t want this to be a one-time thing; we want guests to be able to take what they’ve learned back to the city.”