Let This Designer’s Montauk Itinerary Inspire Your Plans For A Summer Day In The Hamptons


Robert McKinley and Kate Naut

Designer Robert McKinley and singer/songwriter Kate Nauta hold a special affection for the Hamptons after falling in love and later marrying on its beaches. Their latest adventure? Renovating a trio of rentable, shoppable bungalows in Montauk. Here, the couple maps a dreamy summer Saturday.

9 a.m. We almost always eat breakfast at home—often a frittata with garden herbs and fresh fruit from Balsam Farms.

10 a.m. We pack our truck with surfboards and head to the beach (Ditch Plains or Poles). En route, we’ll grab a gourmet salad or wrap from Naturally Good Foods & Cafe. If we’re craving something refreshing, we’ll run to Happy Bowls for the tastiest açaí bowls.

5 p.m. Sunned out, we’ll listen to records on our turntable and make gin and tonics with rosemary from the garden.

7 p.m. If we don’t entertain, we’ll head to Crow’s Nest for dinner and The Surf Lodge for music. It’s a special place for us; Rob was co-founder and designer and I (Kate) perform there. Both are closed at the moment, but we look forward to supporting them and other local businesses soon!