Montauk, a casual coastal town at the tip of Long Island in New York State, is where weary Manhattanites head to catch some of that beachside cool we Aussies are so accustomed to.
Models, artists, surfers, fisherman and families blend with locals who look forward to the busy spring/summer months when Montauk blooms from winter's icy hibernation to The Hamptons' hotspot.
I recently visited for a mid-week mini break (weekends were booked solidly on the accommodation front) with a girlfriend to recharge from NYC's suffocating summer.
A smooth three-hour ride on the Hampton Jitney took us east on the highway to Long Island, through the posher parts of The Hamptons including East Hampton and Amagansett and passed the must-stop Lobster Roll to our destination.
We stayed at the eco-chic Surf Lodge, located on Fort Pond, a 10-minute walk from the centre of town and the main beach.
The Lodge was revamped in 2008 and has since become a staycation and nightlife destination for locals and visitors alike. Hosting 32 rooms, all with balconies and hammocks, Evo bath products and kitch pineapple wallpaper, it's just the place you want to rest your sandy toes and Vitamin D laden body after a day at the beach. There are paddle boards and bikes on hand for adventurers - a ten minute pedal will take you to Navy Beach where you can dine beachside on crab cakes and truffle fries. The lobby hosts 24/7 surf flicks on rotation and boutique, Surf Bazaar, with instragram-worthy caftans, beach bag and jewellery pieces for sale.
My favourite eats in Montauk include Joni's for organic fare, the Gig Shack for mango salsa fish tacos and tunes, and the Surf Lodge's very own restaurant (the organic market-driven menu devised by Aussie chef Chris Rendell) that offers a killer Lobster Roll to be washed down with one of several tasty cocktails. The property's open-air deck hosts music in the afternoons til sunset and DJs entertain revellers late into the night.
The only way to cure your hangover is to participate in one of the Lodge's weekend health and fitness classes. Wellness warriors from New York and beyond host Pilates, yoga and more to get you moving on the deck in the mornings.