The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina-Hamptons

This quote says it all for so many great hotel experiences around the world.  "The trouble with staying here is that afterwards, reality is so disappointing."  I spotted it in the Barracuda Bar at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina (MYC) at the tip of Long Island. Travel posters & map line the walls of the small bar, itself an escape within the resort.

Barracuda BarThis summer seems to be all about Montauk and I love it.  You can stay in Montauk and dip into the rest of the Hamptons and return to the truly laidback community, where time seems to stand still.  But it's no longer a sleepy fishing village and has world-famous restaurants of its own, like Dave's Grill.

BeachLobbyPoolThe MYC has a long history, starting as a private club in 1928.  The original owner built the 60-foot replica of the Montauk Lighthouse, which today is still the center of the resort.  Charles Lindbergh was one of the first guests.  The club later fell into disarray and reopened in 1975.  Billy Joel loved it and so did Ted Kennedy.  But it wasn't until 2007, when Andrew Farkas bought the property and invested millions in its renovation, that it really got some of its sparkle back.

Perfectly American

The MYC got some Bravo success when Bethenny Frankel gave it major props, showcasing her summers with her husband and baby at the Montauk Yacht Club and tweeting about her love for it.  I don't know for sure, but would put money on a PR partnership between them.

Lighthouse

It's a beautiful getaway, and it just feels so AMERICAN, with red, white and blue all over the resort.  All 107 rooms have fresh, colorful decor, whether it's a bungalow, suite or villa room.  There are 3 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts and 2 restaurants.  Montauk has new hotels popping up all over the place, but the MYC has historic charm, a place to park your boat, and a fun social scene.