by Rainbow Kirby, Contributing Writer
Montauk is one of the friendliest dog towns on Long Island’s East End. During our Dogcation, I watched fellow vacationers run, hike, and brunch with their furry friends. There were pups everywhere, and many of the shops had water bowls placed out front. I kind of felt bad for the cat people.
How To Get There:
By car from Manhattan, it’s a three-hour minimum drive out east with no traffic. Once you arrive, you can easily get around by foot, bicycle or taxi service. There’s many, but most memorable is Pink Tuna Taxi, (631) 668-3838.
The Long Island Rail Road is another option, especially if your dog fits in a carrier. Pink Tuna Taxi will also give your pooch a ride if they’re in a carrier.
Where To Stay:
Oceanside Beach Resort at 626 Montauk Highway.
When the owners of this resort said they were “dog-friendly,” they meant it.
Upon arrival, they greeted us in the parking lot with a bowl of water for Cosimo who was wagging his tail excitedly after a very long car ride.
Our studio-sized room was on the second floor with a wide shared balcony that overlooked the dunes and ocean. It wasn’t one of the newer rooms, but it was cozy and comfortable. There is no A/C, just the “Montauk Breeze” as the locals call it, and an overhead fan.
The resort is steps from the beach, has a huge backyard/patio area and a large in-ground pool that is fenced in. Every room has WIFI and a fridge and some have a Jacuzzi. There is also a trail for dogs adjacent to the side of the motel.
Summer Rate: From $285-$425/night (3 night minimum)
Fall/Winter Rate: $125-$245/night (no night minimum)
Dog Fee: $75
Where To Eat:
Coffee Tauk (83 S. Elmwood Ave., (631)-668-7007)
Within a few blocks walking distance from the resort, you will find the best coffee in Montauk — and outdoor seating to share with your pooch. I did see one little pup inside, but she was in her owner’s arms.
Goldberg’s Bagels, Flagels & Deli, (128 S. Etna Ave., (631)-238-5976)
With a few picnic benches parked right out front, Goldberg’s lets you share your bagels and lox in the company of your canine.
Almost every restaurant in downtown Montauk has outdoor seating, allowing dogs to lounge while you grab a bite. I spotted this pooch at 668 The Gig Shack, which is popularly known for their “Montaco’s” and live music.
What To Do:
Our first two days in Montauk it rained continuously, so Cosimo had the entire stretch of sand to himself. For sunnier days, and from May 15 – September 30, dogs are not permitted on the beach from 9am-6pm. There are no leash laws in Montauk, so your pooch may run with abandon as long as he’s supervised.
There are many that run adjacent to the beach and alongside S. Edison Street. Though, beware of ticks in the dunes. Pick up flea and tick spray before you hit the road, and check your pup thoroughly after coming off the path — we removed two from our dog.
Gosman’s Dock (500 West Lake Drive, (631)-668-5330)
If you’re a seafood lover, no trip to Montauk is complete without a visit to Gosman’s. In addition to the popular restaurant, this area has a number of small shops and eateries and plenty of grassy knolls to picnic with both your lobster and your dog.
Montauk Lighthouse (2000 New York 27)
Montauk Point, aka “The End” is breathtakingly scenic and historic. If your canine is a Central Park explorer, they’ll love this spot. Although dogs aren’t allowed inside the lighthouse and/or museum, there are rocky trails that lead right down to the beach, where your pup will have free rein.
There are also multiple 3-5 mile hiking trails in the surrounding Montauk Point State Park.
Doesn’t your dog deserve a Dogcation?