Seeing as the season for seaside visits is drawing to a close, we decided to take a day trip to Montauk. The key is to get a early start with enough food in your belly so you won't get cranky on the longish journey. It takes about two and a half hours (on an October Sunday morning–I can't imagine how long it takes on Summer weekends).
However long you're in the car though, you will be rewarded considerably if you stop on the Montauk Highway between Amagansett and Montauk at The Lobster Roll a.k.a. “Lunch”, called so because of the enormous LUNCH sign on top of the building. It's no frills, just like I like my seafood joints, and the lobster roll is overflowing with meat, a bit of mayo and celery. We also tried a half dozen very fresh clams on the half shell and a new one for me, fried “puffers” – boneless blowfish. They also tasted remarkably fresh and the thin batter was not too greasy or overwhelming. The best fried fish I have ever, ever had. If they are available I highly recommend you partake!
Then we were off again to the tip of the island, Montack Point State Park. We skipped the crowds at the lighthouse and wandered along the beach, trying to find the trails, walking over rocky terrain and purple sand against high winds before we thought we may have found an official hiking trail. It's not a park with lots of signs and you often feel as if you're trespassing, especially the farther inland you go. It's actually kind of creepy in a good way. Along the shore, there are tons of fishermen and mostly dead wildlife, like starfish, regular fish (eaten by seagulls), and (we think?) a little bottom feeding shark. This is a beautiful part of the world and the wild, untamed park offers many different views and environments.