We never thought we'd go back to summer camp. (We've made all the lanyards we care to, thank you). But these days we're considering a revisit to our childhood sleepaway summers thanks to Ruschmeyer's, a just-opened hotel in Montauk.
Originally built in 1952, this newly renovated lakeside retreat holds 19 nautical-themed cabins (starting at $475 a night), each updated with Wi-Fi, private bathrooms and high-end decor that's a far cry from the bunk beds of your youth.
In addition to the stylish accommodations, Ruschmeyer's offers a slew of outdoor activities--kite surfing, bocce ball, yoga, etc.--to get you out of bed. There's also a lounge-worthy pool, beer garden and in-house spa for the less athletically inclined.
But we're most excited about the on-site restaurant from Phil Winsor and Ben Towill (the guys behind Manhattan hot spot The Fat Radish), which serves up creative local fare like fluke with pumpkin-seed pesto and whole porgy with crispy potatoes and watercress. Plus, while the vibe might be dining-hall chic, you need not be a camper (by which we mean hotel guest) to make a reservation.
Ruschmeyer's still has vacancies for much of the summer, but you'll want to book soon. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in day camp.
161 Second House Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2877 or kingandgrove.com/hotels/ruschmeyers.com