Why you should visit Montauk in the Winter

If you hear “The Hamptons” I can pretty much guarantee what comes to mind are beach days, balmy nights, BBQing and Gurney’s Resort. In other words The Hamptons , especially Montauk, are usually associated with summer. Visiting Montauk in the Winter can be just as rewarding.  

What if I told you Montauk can also be a winter destination? Although very different from it’s summer alter ego, winter in Montauk can invigorate and rejuvenate you. My friend Vicki, from Fashiontravelrepeat, and I headed to Gurney’s Resort in Montauk in the Winter for a weekend of relaxation. It’s under 3 hours from NYC to beachside bliss!

On our arrival to Gurney’s Resort, I was half expecting us to be the only guests around, to our surprise there was actually a nice buzz still going on. Gurney’s is a Hampton’s summer hotspot and known for their beach front location and amazing restaurant. Luckily, these can both still be enjoyed in the winter and we weren’t the only ones who knew it!

Montauk in the Winter
Queen room
balcony seafront room, Gurney's
balcony, seafront room


The highlights of the getaway for me were the beachfront location, spa facilities, and curated cocktails.

As soon as we entered the room we were in awe of the view! The ocean was our entertainment for the weekend. What a treat to wake up to crashing waves and a technicolor sky over the ocean. To top things off the beach access was literally 10 seconds away!

The large heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi as well as spa treatments are all at your discretion. Ideally the facilities are open from 8am to 8pm, so theres ample time for spa usage!

Every Saturday in Winter there is complimentary cocktail making class. The one we attended was compliments of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. We got to try three of their go to concoctions.

Titos Vodka
Cocktail making at Gurney’s

Taking a brisk walk on the coast and spotting the lighthouse as well as eating at the local John’s Pancake House were the extent of our excursions and made for a simple itinerary. It’s an easy drive around “the End,” no traffic worries here, and we were able to sit straight away at John’s Pancake House– even on a Saturday!

The end, Montauk Lighthouse
Montauk Lighthouse
diner, Montauk, New York
John’s Pancake House

Where to go & winter activities

Since The Hamptons are much busier in Summer months many of the businesses shut down for the winter. Below are a few options of what you can still do eat, and drink.

Montauk Point State Park

Seal watching

Winter surfing  – Year round lessons with Corey’s Wave

Where to Eat & Drink

Wine tasting: Channing Daughters (open daily 11-5)

Beer tasting: Montauk Brewing Company (closed Tuesday/Wednesday)

The Golden Pear Cafe – Multiple locations throughout the Hamptons for convenient and tasty breakfasts and deli needs

Shagwong Tavern – Seafood and American fare in the heart of Montauk

Scarpetta Beach at Gurney’s Resort – Downtown Manhattan meets Montauk

John’s Pancake House – local diner in Montauk

Tillie’s at Gurney’s Resort – delicious breakfast

The Wölffer Kitchens – a project of Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Located in Sag Harbour and Amagansett

Harvest on Fort Pond– Farm-to-table rustic Italian

How to Winter in the Hamptons
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