I've only been to Montauk one other time, and it was practically another lifetime ago, back before it was the cool place to go. But recently, one of my dearest friends helped to open the new Hero Beach Club, so I couldn't not check out her brilliant interior design. Across a quiet street from the beach (with beanbag chairs!), this reimagined surfer lodge was such a treat in the smack-dab middle of our super-long road trip.
For lunches we popped into Joni's and Naturally Good Cafe (so nice to have some fresh, organic food!); dinners at Salt Box (great for kids after a long day in the sun because it's off the water and not as crowded), The Dock, and Duryea's (right on the water, at sunset, yes please); and we grabbed the girls' first Italian ices at Ralph's before heading to Ditch Plains to watch some surfers!