Road Tripping’ In Montauk + Video

Remember I said that since school started, weekends have been occupied with soccer games and birthday parties, keeping us on NYC lockdown? Well, as much as I love living here, there’s nothing like escaping it all from time to time. I’m all for weekend or one day getaways for a change of scenery. Last weekend, my sister and I took the kids to Montauk, which was pretty awesome, because I can’t remember the last time my little sis and I got away together.

If you leave at the right time, you can make it out to Montauk in 2.5 hours, but I guess we hit Friday rush hour, and we spent three hours in the car, after school let out. I considered making the drive on Saturday morning, but it was so nice to wake up to the ocean, in the morning, and since it was off season, we had the beach to ourselves.

Most shops and restaurants were shut down for the season, but the one thing open year round that my kids look forward to is the Montauk Lighthouse. Literally at the tip of Long Island, you feel like you are at the end of the earth! The view of the buffs are incredible, now that Gemmie is older, it’s the first time that all three had made the climb to the top!

After our tour through the Lighthouse museum and trip to the top, the kids blew off some steam at the playground near the parking lot.

We have a car in the city, and use it more than ever now that we drive the kids to school every morning; but this weekend we test drove the Lexus LX 570. What a change from our truck! On typical road trips, our truck is packed to the gills with tons of bags and backpacks, and our two little dogs. The Lexus LX 570 offered plenty of room for our family of five, with enough room for each kid to spread out. In fact, it can seat up to eight, and even tow a trailer. And the duo tv’s were perfect for our bumper to bumper drive out east. Ryder relaxed way back in the third row.

Features: The LX 570 comes with four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, wood trim, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, driver memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 50/50-split power-folding third-row seat, manual second-row window sunshades and a 120-volt household-style power outlet in the cargo bay

I don’t think we’ve stayed anywhere other than Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa while in Montauk. The resort is massive, and our two bedroom suite was situated just next to the residences, so it felt like its own condo development.

The two bedroom ocean view suite offered stunning views of the beach. The room is ideal for large families, offering two king beds and a queen pullout sofa. It had some other cool amenities like a terrace overlooking the ocean, wet bar, and a Nespresso coffee machine.

For real, nothing quite compares to the beach at Gurneys Montauk. The views of the ocean are the some of my favorite. And for the first time ever, we found four sand dollars on the beach! Never in my life have I found them on any beach that I’ve traveled to!

The salt air and a little escape from the city was just what we needed to reset for another busy week ahead. We ate our weight in lobster rolls at Gurney’s Tillies restaurant and swam in their indoor saltwater pool. My sister and I had the best time together, and the kids loved having their Auntie Mandy around. We definitely can’t let this much time go by taking a trip together. Maybe next time, it can be without the kids and then maybe we could make use of Gurney’s spa!

Here’s a video recap of our trip, and I have to say this might be my most favorite video yet!

Big thank you to Lexus and Gurney’s for making our weekend so special!


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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.