Part of my vacation was at the Westin in Tremblant. We have vacationed here in the winter for skiing. We love the European village feel and the French accent makes it all seem so far away. For the whole week we expect not to get back into the car again. You can walk to all the activities and the restaurants. We went fishing and swimming in the lake; I did a lot of mountain biking on some very tough and wet trails. One trail had this narrow banked bridge on it. One mistake and you’re in the muck. My son and I went paintballing. We do that at home so we brought out gear to the park. I think it impressed the others as we were referred to as the ÔÇ£ProfessionalsÔÇØ. My daughter and I did some rock climbing. She has only done climbing gyms before so it was great to get her on some real stone! Our last night we had dinner in a French seafood restaurant called Patrick Bermand. Just wonderful. Even the simple food places like hamburgers and fries seem to be done with flair here.
Went fishing yesterday; caught fifteen good-sized stripe bass and bluefish. Ate one bass for dinner. We had Wok and Roll, the Chinese place on Main Street, cook it up. It doesnÔÇÖt get fresher than this. Driving out of Montauk I realize why I like this place so much. I grew up outside of Philadelphia in a town call Media, PA (how apropos is that?). Every summer we would go to the Jersey Shore and get a house for a week on Long Beach Island. I always liked it. It wasnÔÇÖt honky-tonk like Wildwood or built up like the Hamptons, it was about the beach. All the houses were simple and the restaurants unpretentious. Montauk has those rough edges. I know I could walk in with sand on my feet and get something to eat. The Hamptons is really Manhattan by the beach with all the fabulous restaurants or maybe Westchester by the beach with all the manicured lawns.
My brother-in-law is getting married on Long Island this weekend, so we decided to get a head start on it and head for Montauk for a few days. I love the beach and so does my family but we have seldom gone to the Hamptons. I live in Westchester and that makes the Hamptons particularly far. As a matter of fact, it would take forever with the typical rush hour traffic. Even mid-day here on a Tuesday we came to a crawl several times. I guess the only way to get here is by helicopter. IÔÇÖll have to remember that next time.
Usually we like to go to lakes. We are all very active and we water-ski, wakeboard and I mountain bike. We have an old Sunfish that friends gave us, so itÔÇÖs a great vehicle for my kids to get wet. Flipping the boat over is the only reason they sail. On the 4th of July, we spent a lot of time with some friends who have a ÔÇ£campÔÇØ on Lake Piseco in the Adirondacks.
Back to Montauk. We had lunch at the classic Lobster Roll restaurant, also called ÔÇ£LunchÔÇØ, then hung at the beach. I saw this couple come by and they got very animated about something they were building or designing. The guy was designing something in the sand with his foot. Were they designing a house. Outlining their expenses. Stories everywhere.
Here’s what they were drawing: