It takes a lot of work to maintain a relationship when one person is always jetting off for work, and the other is stuck in an office all day, 5 days a week. Such is the case with Danté and I and so anytime that I can carve out between my work trips to spend some time one on one with him, I’m all over it. Danté is my favorite travel partner and the best one I’ve ever had. So when Gurney’s in Montauk invited us to come out for two nights between my trips to Italy and Jamaica and before my assignment in England? Well, I jumped at the chance and “dragged” him along….Fall is a favorite season for us both and it’s one in which I have never spent any time at the beach. I was curious to see what that would be like and in the end, so was Danté.
We took the jitney from Midtown in Manhattan and while I loved the free snacks and free WiFi, it’s not a situation I would ever repeat. Next time, we would rent a car or take the Long Island Railroad. The bus is simply too cramped, makes too many stops and just takes waaaaaay too long when you’re only going to Montauk for two nights.
Once we got there and checked in though (after a complimentary pickup by the resort from our bus stop in downtown Montauk, loved that), to find that a bottle of Prosecco was waiting for us and we could hear the ocean out our sliding glass door? All was well and we couldn’t wait to get some sleep and then see everything in the light of day the next morning!!
This is what we saw when we woke up:
This was our bedroom. I really loved the dark wood accents with light colored fabrics and the white tile in the bathroom that was paired with dark oiled metal fixtures:
THIS is the replica Gramophone that I became OBSESSED with that was next to our bed. It amplifies the sounds from your iPhone or other smartphone once placed in the slot in the wood base and it looks so smart. It’s on my Christmas list now. (It’s by Restoration Hardware in case you love it as much as I do!) Gah, just writing about it now I am obsessed all over again 😉
This was the breakfast buffet. We really loved the selection and the airy space that breakfast is served in. Terrific views of the ocean:
And these are images from our long walks on the beach in front of the hotel. Most of the time, we had the sand, the seagulls and the sun all to ourselves.
We also made time to have a couple’s massage at the Spa. Followed by a soak in their seawater pool! The massages were so relaxing and my therapist was so enjoyable to talk to afterward. The only thing I will say about the spa is that it needs an interior design update. Otherwise, no complaints.
AND we went horseback riding together at the oldest Cattle Ranch in the USA: Deep Hollow. They’ve been around since 1658!!! Again the resort drove us there and back, which I thought was really nice. In the fall it’s too cold to ride bikes but I would definitely have just had us do that if we visited in the summer. The resort has bikes you can borrow. But I digress. Back to the horseback riding! It was windy and chilly when we were on the beach, but mega lovely when we rode through the trees that were still alive with all the colors of autumn: red, orange, yellow in every shade of the rainbow.
Danté specifically requested we go horseback riding when I asked what the one thing he might want to do outside of Gurney’s was and I was so glad he chose this. I would definitely go again. Our horses were very sweet and I really enjoyed the staff of Deep Hollow as well.
All in all, it was far too short a stay but it was really sweet and I’d definitely visit Gurney’s again. They are in the midst of a vast remodel of the property and the portion we stayed in was the most recently remodeled and in fact, the newest part of the whole resort. It was comfortable yet modern and chic but not cold. If they keep going with theme they had in that portion, it’s going to be a stellar place when it’s all done.
Visit the Gurney’s website to schedule your own getaway and be sure to consider Fall. The rates are lower, the crowds are absent and it’s not too cold to still enjoy long walks and bonfires on the beach!
Our stay at Gurney’s was complimentary and I did receive a fee for providing them with some photographs to use but as always with all sponsored travel, the opinions are totally my own and all editorial control was mine. In fact, I’m linking to their sale only because I want to help my readers, not because that was a requirement of this post.