Beach Walk in the Morning, Lobster in the Afternoon


I’M NOT OFFICIALLY on vacation, but it sure feels like it. Memorial Day in the Hamptons found my daughter and me taking a fitness/ photography/ bird-watching walk in Springs, down the length of a peninsula with no name (not on my Hagstrom’s anyway). It’s a skinny spit of land that arcs out into Gardiner’s Bay, enclosing Accabonac Harbor, once a shellfishing mecca, now a sanctuary for least terns and piping plovers, of which we saw many.

We parked on Old Fireplace Road and followed it as it becomes Gerard Drive, changing from flatlands with water views in all directions to a green, enclosed country lane with pink weigela and beauty bush in flower, and then to open, sandy terrain with enviable beach houses, some on stilts.


That’s tree-covered, uninhabited Wood Tick Island on the right, below.


On Springs Fireplace Road, we spotted this restoration project, below — it’s an 18th century house with original wood floors and wainscotting intact. It’s a project of Rossetti Perchik, a local architect whose practice includes many historic houses.


Later we hit the road — the dreaded Montauk Highway (I have developed a morbid fear of traffic on Route 27) — but it wasn’t bad heading east toward Montauk.


We checked out Ditch Plains, the prime local surfing spot


and ate a traditional lobster lunch at Gosman’s. I hadn’t been there in over 20 years and was told it had become a ‘factory,’ but we sat out on the dockfront terrace and thoroughly enjoyed our lobsters and Long Island chardonnay.


About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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5 Responses to Beach Walk in the Morning, Lobster in the Afternoon

  1. Now that I’m back to working mostly from home, a beachfront workspace sounds very appealing…

  2. cara says:

    So which will it be? The upstate farmhouse or the beach cottage? Tough choice!

  3. Mary-Liz says:

    Ahhhhhhh – looks wonderful!!!!

  4. The older homes have a lot of character to them, but also require a lot of work. Originally built inthe early 1700’s and moved to this property from a nearby camp site, it has been completely renovated and living spaces were added such a an updated Kitchen and Sun Room. It is an artist’s residence, and there are great views and access to Accabonac.

  5. designfabulous says:

    Oh, so jealous!!

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