Scenic view of sun setting over the ocean at Gurney's Montauk.


Why Montauk Is the Perfect Winter Staycation

By Editor 2023, December

Montauk isn't just for the busy summer months. In winter, this beach town reveals its calmer side, offering the ideal winter getaway from New York City. You can escape the hustle and bustle and unwind in serene surroundings—and all you need is a weekend to make the most of it.

Research has shown that a mini-vacation can be just as restorative as a longer break. Plus, local travel is more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly, and easier to plan and pack for. If you're already in the Tri-State area, you won't have to deal with the hassle of flying—long TSA lines and turbulent flights don't exactly scream "relaxation."

Far-flung destinations can be fun, but sometimes it's nice to skip the hassle. This year, why not plan your winter vacation in Long Island’s East End? Montauk has plenty to offer all kinds of travelers, from couples to families. Let's start planning your Montauk winter getaway.

Things to Do in Montauk in Winter

What is there to do in Montauk in winter? Get inspired with these winter staycation ideas.

View of Montauk Lighthouse from across a field.

Visit the Lighthouse

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is a stunning sight against a wintry backdrop. It’s one of the oldest lighthouses in New York State and a nationally recognized historic landmark. 

Family walking along shoreline as the sun sets in background.

Take a Hike

Montauk Point State Park has gorgeous hiking trails with great views of the Atlantic. Leashed dogs are welcome to join the adventure. If you're lucky enough to catch some snowfall, you can even go cross-country skiing. Both self-guided and tour-guided hikes are available.

Waves crashing on shoreline during colorful, pink sunset.

Marvel at the Marine Life

Montauk gets some cute, playful visitors, namely gray seals, harbor seals, harp seals, and hooded seals. Join a professional naturalist on a boat to Great Gull Island, Little Gull Island, or Plum Island. If you're feeling more adventurous, the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island offers whale-watching trips.

Strap on Your Ice Skates

Head to Buckskill Winter Club, an NHL regulation-sized ice rink. Kids and adults alike are welcome to skate, making this a fun outing for the whole family. When you need a break, warm up with a hot chocolate by their fire pit.

Assortment of Montauk Brewing Company beers displayed with beach in background.

Have a Drink

Montauk offers plenty of opportunities for wine and beer tasting year-round. For handcrafted beers, try Montauk Brewing Company. If wine is more your thing, visit Wölffer Estate. Couples will love the cozy ambiance and romantic views.

Winter Igloos at Gurney's Montauk.

Eat Dinner in an Igloo

After a day of activity, unwind with a meal in one of the Gurney's Montauk dining igloos. Enjoy scrumptious food in a cozy and creative setting. Whether you’re enjoying a family meal, a romantic getaway, or a gathering with friends, this is one magical way to dine.

A staycation in Montauk is the perfect hassle-free winter getaway. The Gurney’s Montauk concierge team can help with your itinerary and arrange all the details. All you have to do is relax and discover what makes Montauk a local favorite.