The cottage fit the bill perfectly. It was quiet, clean and comfortable...with all that I needed for a few days of rest away from home.
The porch was delicious in the morning where I sat with my coffee for an hour or two ... looking at the boats, water, birds, fish jumping, and sunshine on their emerald lawn.
Black chickens out in the back yard. They seemed to be wild in the area. They move too quickly for a good photo.
This was a two bedroom cottage which the owner rented to me for the price of a one bedroom cause it was end of season and she wasn't busy. I like to do my little getaways after Labor Day when prices go down, tourists go home, and things quiet down a bit.
Oh... I learned that you could bring your dog with you if you like.
Boat owners could come by water and dock in front of their cottage! How many places offer that opportunity?
You could fish for your supper every night!
Napeague is a spit of land connecting Montauk to the Amagansett and the rest of the Hamptons. Along the south shore on the ocean, Sea Crest is one of five condominium complexes where each unit is privately owned and the facility is run by a management company which rents out the units on behalf of the owners. Because they are private units, decoration and upgrading is at the pleasure of the owners although competition keeps most in pretty good shape. In peak season, one night rates are $400-800 per night. Some, like the adjacent Hermitage, are well maintained, upgraded and updated. SeaCrest is at the bottom of the pile with prime weekend nights at $500. Windward Shores is also very nice.
One - three bedroom units all contain fully equipped kitchens, TV, barbecues with charcoal provided, and air-conditioning. Ready beach access through the dunes is the great attraction. An unshaded rectangular pool, tennis courts in dubious repair, and free parking round out the offerings. As this is not a hotel, the staff is generally of no assistance, although the daily maid service is excellent. As the images indicate, the beach is beautiful and rarely crowded even on a summer weekend. They also illustrate the generally sad size and ancient status of the provided bathrooms and furniture.
The Montauk - Napeague beach is world famous. Facing the Atlantic Ocean with a direct southerly exposure, the beach is wide, clean, and well-maintained. All beaches in this area are public, but access for non-guests is difficult at best and crowding is never a problem on the Napeague beach.
SeaCrest is undoubtedly the worst maintained and least updated of the beachfront condominiums. The furniture tends to be old, the appliances older, and the mold and rust more in evidence than at the other facilities. Nonetheless, on our weekend it was totally occupied. When we reserved 3 months earlier, it was the only one with availability despite being the cheapest. The place is pretty much a dump, but the beach is the same for everyone. Besides, this is the fabled Hamptons which we love. And that is the best summary.
We stayed at one of those typical American motels, what was a good choice! I guess it was called 'Drossos'!
Very friendly owner!
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