Long Island and Quogue Shack Living
Ayayayaya…. New York. My home away from home. There are so many things I love about it and one of which is the water. I know that kind of sounds gross to start off with but you can’t beat the east coast sea for the heat! As beautiful as the PNW coast is, the water is pretty baltic. So when it came up about booking a trip out to Long Island, I had the ticket paid for within minutes.
Shannons family (one of my favorite families on earth) have a place out in Quogue near the Hampton Bays. I basically spent a summer here when I was 21 so COULD NOT wait to go back. The Quogue shack is the epitome of beach house living. With an outdoor shower, beautiful patio, and hammocks to hang out on, it is a sea babies heaven. The location couldn’t be better either. We were 15 minutes from the UA Cinema (we saw Dunkirk – so good!) and a bunch of restaurants. For food, we chowed down at Villa Paul, a sweet Italian restaurant right by the cinema. This place had such great service, the food was delicious and the atmosphere spot on. I couldn’t of asked for a better start to the mini holiday! For the rest of the weekend, Shannon rounded up a few from home and we spent the our time eating, drinking and catching up.
Sun, Sand and Water
The Ponquogue Beach is nearby and we spent a few days out there swimming and pretty much just being beach bums. I’m an absolute wuss when it comes to water but this part of the Atlantic is perfect. when you arrive at Ponquogue, you’re met by a sandy path with wooden fencing on either side. The sand is scorching hot and the breeze is beautiful. Once you break over the little incline, all you see is a white sand beach with waves crashing on the shore. I don’t ever remember it being that packed making it the ideal spot to lay out for a few hours. For parking, there’s a large lot which costs around $25 for the day but totally worth it to swim in those massive waves!
Another fun thing to check out over that side of the island is the Tanger Oulets. This place literally has everything that you could want! I was just about able to fit everything in to my suitcase coming home! I’m not sure ow many stores are there but it is spread out over two sections. It’s not too large that you’d have to spend days at it but big enough to get what ya need – and more. 🙂
The trip out is an easy one, with the Hampton Jitney taking you to a scatter of areas out in Long Island. It picks you up at a few spots in the city but keep in mind there could be delays. My bus was about an hour late (traffic and construction) but it’s kind of expected at rush hour on a Thursday evening. Tickets range in prices depending on where you want to go but around around $30 to book online.
Unfortunately for the world, Quogue Shack living isn’t on Air BnB so you’ll have to find your own summer haven but if you ever find yourself out that neck of the woods, I’d highly recommend those few easy, fun activities!