Picture yourself swinging gently on a hammock and gazing out at a sparkling lake dotted with canoes. Sounds dreamy, right? A visit to Ruschmeyer’s might inspire nostalgia for your easy childhood days at summer camp, but you can be sure the comfort level will far exceed the rusty bunk beds and gritty bathrooms of your youth.
Located on three lush acres of lakeside woodlands in Montauk, Long Island, Ruschmeyer’s is a re-imagined 1950s estate with guest rooms situated around a central law
n known as The Magic Garden. Picnic tables, hammocks, grills, and games provide endless opportunities for outdoor leisure time. When you’re ready for a drink, head to The Pool – an outdoor sand pit featuring a hut that serves craft beer. Guests can sip their brews and play a friendly game of bocce ball or ping pong before freshening up for a seafood dinner at the Restaurant at Ruschmeyer’s.
The small, laid-back coastal village of Montauk is known for its natural beauty and pristine beaches. As you can imagine, the landscape lends itself perfectly to camp-inspired activities. If you’re looking for some organized fun, Ruschmeyer’s can arrange kayaking, fishing, surfing, water-skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding excursions. Those who prefer the freedom to discover Montauk on their own can borrow bikes from the hotel and pedal around town, hike across Montauk Point State Park, or take a dip in the ocean at Gin Beach on Block Island Sound.
In the guest suites, cedar planked walls, Moroccan rugs and brass light fixtures provide the feel of a classic cabin with modern touches. Mid-century inspired sofas and chairs in the lounge speak to the decade when Ruschmeyer’s was originally instituted as a Long Island getaway.
This Montauk hotel is the ideal destination for any gal who wants to kick back and relax or relive the carefree days of her childhood. In a nutshell, Ruschmeyer’s is summer camp for adults. From the fresh and local fare to the beautifully appointed guest suites and the endless opportunities for outdoor fun, you’ll have no problem slipping into a blissful state of mind at this hip Long Island locale.
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