We arrived at Montauk Station around 1pm and were met by the complimentary (well, included in your $15/day resort fee) Montauk Yacht Club shuttle which carried us to the hotel in about 10 minutes - the roads were vacant. It was totally bazaar, especially because I expect they must be jam packed during the summer!
The Montauk Yacht Club was quaint but renovated very nicely in a modern nautical style. We checked in, grabbed lunch at the bar, and excitedly explored the grounds and the beautiful views of the water!
Next up were the 2 things I was most excited for... getting Kenzo in a pool for the first time, and stuffing my face at the Thanksgiving Buffet. Thankfully in that order, cuz I don't want to get into a bathing suit after a buffet, LOL!
Because the hotel was closing down in a couple of days for the winter, things were running a bit differently than usual. The pool hours were 8am-8pm but we had to call ahead to have the lifeguard go and open it up. Our room was in a different part of the hotel, and we had to go outside to get there, so we had to go fully dressed and change in the bathroom. This was a bit challenging with a little one to get changed as well, but it worked out. I had gotten him a cheap iPlay swim diaper from Target. Not sure if he actually "tested it out" but we didn't notice any leaks or anything, ha!
You can see he absolutely LOVED the pool!! He was all splashes and giggles, but eventually also shivering... The pool was heated and was the perfect temperature for hubby and I, but I Kenzo got a bit chilled so he got a nice long hot shower afterwards. It was our first time showering with him and it was a blessing in disguise because I found out how much I love it!!! Suffice it to say, we're done with the baby bath!
Now that we got some exercise done, we were ready for the big Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet!! It was worth every penny of it's $30 charge, let me tell you! YUM!!!! You had all the standards, and then some seafood extras. The dessert bar was my favorite (if only I had more room - but I was able to have some pumpkin tart and chocolate mousse at least!). I totally went overboard but did NOT regret it!! We did get a salad plate to share, but that wasn't photo worthy...
It was actually our very first time feeding Kenzo food from the table! He only got some Turkey, which he loved, and a wee bit of bread which he messily sucked and gnawed off of the roll. But we realized how fun it is to give him real food, and we have been doing so more and more as he approaches his first birthday.
That night went as well as we could have expected. Kenzo started off in the pack 'n play the hotel provided us free of charge, but we couldn't let him cry at all because we didn't want to disturb neighbors, so eventually he ended up sleeping in our bed. You win some you lose some huh? This sleep training thing is definitely two steps forward and two steps back.
The next day we caught a cab ($16!!! yikes!!) to the Mauntauk Point Lighthouse ($8 entrance, aghhhh). Yes, it was extortion, especially when you factor in the 2nd $16 cab ride (from the lighthouse to town). But it was beautiful, and we got some more exercise walking up the tower to the top!
After the lighthouse we took a cab and walked around town which was very disappointing. We grabbed lunch and walked around for a bit. It was very old and outdated feeling, not the quaint and charming window shopping I had hoped for. On top of that it was absolutely FREEEEEEZING! Maybe some of the other Hamptons villages are better? The beach was pretty nice though, and so quiet during the winter, except the waves were HUGE! I loved watching the pipelines roll in and crash!
Our wonderful Thanksgiving getaway was coming to an end, but we had one last festivity to enjoy before heading home. The yacht club's annual children's Christmas party!! We decorated some ornaments, sang songs, hung out by the beautiful fireplace, and stuffed our faces once more - this time with cookies and hot chocolate.
So, our first mini-vacation just the three of us was a huge success!! 2 nights, 3 wonderful days. Couldn't have asked for a better trip! Yes, it was a bit sad not being with my parents and sister for Thanksgiving, but we'll be seeing them in just a couple of weeks... Yippeeeee!!!
12/10/2022 03:35:38 am
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