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Straight To The Point

Originally Posted: August 22, 2008

Kristin Parker

Besides being the home of a hideous and mysterious creature that washed ashore, Montauk has some of the best beaches and scenery around. Amagansett has some of the best live music and Westhampton Beach has some awesome fashion shows. The summer flew by - but we still have two weekends left to party it up. There is already buzz growing around the last holiday of the summer's parties!

Jan Wennstrom of Gurney's at the bar. Photos by Kristin Parker

Although located at the end of the Hamptons, Montauk attracts tourists from all over the world. If you are patient, you will enjoy the long scenic drive from the beginning to end of Route 27 on your way to the Point. Montauk is perfect for both families and parties, providing beautiful hotel locations and great spots on the ocean to have a cocktail with your friends. A lot of attention was given to Montauk last month when a creature resembling something from a horror flick washed ashore near the lighthouse. Since then rumors about what the creature actually was stirred up a lot of questions about where it came from and what it was. To me it resembled a genetically engineered mystery of a dog, bird, raccoon reptile but I have a vivid imagination. I did hear that it could just possibly be a decayed raccoon. The mystery remains.

What's not a mystery about Montauk is that it is a lot of fun! Whether you want to sunbathe, party or "chillax", there is so much to do. I had the opportunity to go out there on a clear blue sky day and have lunch on the deck of Seafood Inlet. The view from this restaurant is great. On a clear day you can see all the way to Block Island. I also enjoyed watching the boats and planes arrive from short trips from the Long Island Sound or parts of New England. If you are feeling touristy you can stop by the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum. After 6 p.m. you can stop by one of the area beaches without fear of needing a parking permit and enjoy the sunset.

My favorite spot to hang out is Gurney's Inn. It's quiet yet fun and guess what - they have a bar and restaurant on the beach. That's right folks. On the beach and it stays open after Labor Day Weekend and wait there's more! They show movies on Monday nights on the beach! Imagine all of this right at Gurney's Inn. I got a chance to speak with Jan Wennstrom who provided me with all this meaty information. He is a master at Mixology and he makes killer Mojitos. So stop by and tell him Life @ Nite sent ya!

Stephen Talkhouse is a hot spot for music.

If you plan your night strategically, you can stop by Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett for the best live music around on your way back west. This summer a lot of celebrities have made a stop here including Slick Rick. I guess he had such a fun time in the Hamptons last summer, he decided to come back for another visit! Check out their website for a list of the remaining bands playing this summer. Like Gurney's, the Talkhouse will also be open after Labor Day.

It was time to address the skin at launch party of Susan Beischel's Skin Lingerie Collection. It was a fiery, exotic, sultry evening with food by Hamptons Chef Marco Barrila, liquor sponsored by Ty Ku and a live Snake Charmer performance by Heather Tankersley. There was also a Fire Poi Dancer and live music to top off the night. Did I mention there was a fashion show too? What a way to enter the Hamptons! Susan had a great premiere party for her line thanks to organizer Amanda Bellino of East Quogue. The Skin Line is green! Not the color green but it has gone green. The cotton is organic and feels great on your skin. You can visit Susan's website at www.skinlingerie.com to find out more about the line or stop by the store in Westhampton Beach at 7 Moniebogue Lane.

So the summer is almost over but I promise it will go out with a blast. Next week I will have the low-down on all the parties and expected celebrity appearances throughout the Hamptons. So stay tuned! I'm sure La Playa, Dune, and Lily Pond, among others, will have a spectacular weekend planned!

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