Summertime's here, and thoughts are turning to vacation plans. But there's no reason to leave the Island for summer fun. Long Island is where it's at come summer. So all summer long, we'll be spotlighting great Long Island towns for staycations. First up: Montauk.
Since the 1970s I've been visiting Montauk. My dad is a fisherman there and we all just love it . Known as "the fishing capital of the world," Montauk is just that and so much more. It's the place to savor the splendor of the sea and the pristine natural beauty of the East End. Every summer, as my family makes the drive to Montauk, mile by mile, I shed my worries and stress and feel my whole body relaxing. The road becomes surrounded by the dense wild greens of the island, the blue sea comes into view, and all is well in the world. By the time we arrive, I'm feeling like I'm in another country and the fresh air and wide-open spaces are both invigorating and relaxing at the same time. My kids are yearning to get out of the car and run!
The area is a nature lover's delight with 5,000 acres of parkland and wildlife to explore and much more. From rolling dunes, hiking trails, and horseback riding, to world-class entertainment, spas, shopping, and activities for the family, Montauk has it all and then some.