Come Memorial Day, everyone's favorite town out East feels like little Manhattan. You run into just about everyone you know, places are packed, and there's probably even paparazzi following a few celebs around. But during the off-season, as most insiders know, Montauk is practically heaven on earth. The vibes are chill, the beach is empty, and at Gurney's Montauk Hotel & Spa, seasonal coziness reigns supreme. Who knew the best winter weekend could be spent at the very spot we pop bottles in bikinis at all summer long?
Seriously, though. During a recent wellness getaway at Gurney's with It Girl workout brand P. Volve, I learned that there's no better time to experience the beachfront escape than in the midst of a chilly winter - sipping wine around a fire pit while listening to waves crash, going for morning runs on the quiet, gray beach, and, of course, indulging in a few hearty courses at the chic on-site eatery, Scarpetta Beach.
And if you really want to experience some seasonal magic, there's the pop-up igloo village - a twinkling array of themed, sit-in snow globes where you can enjoy specialty cocktails and warm bites (hello, fondue!) while gabbing away with your crew and supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation (a $25-per-person fee gets donated to the cause). Could there be a better reason to plan a visit?
Well, yeah - don't forget the Seawater Spa. Perfect for couples or girl gangs, the renowned wellness destination is a treat yo' self dream, from the sauna and steam room to the Roman bath and sprawling saltwater pool, not to mention all the treatments available on the menu. Totally a year-round treat.
So whether you're seeking a romantic weekend away for Valentine's Day or just want to milk the last months of winter, don't miss the chance to cozy up at Gurney's before things heat up - literally.
[Photos via @gurneysresorts]