We woke up to rain on Sunday morning, but luckily the sun began to peek through the clouds as we checked out of the Sail Inn. Around 11am we headed to the Montauk Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse is iconic of Montauk and I didn’t want to end the weekend without making a visit.
Some fun facts about the Montauk Point Lighthouse:
- It was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress, under President George Washington in 1792. Construction began 4 years later in 1796.
- First lighthouse to be built in New York State, 4th oldest working lighthouse in the United States.
- After Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Rider Troops” were infected with yellow fever during the Spanish-American War, they were quarantined to Montauk. The location was a good spot because it was relatively isolated, accessible by boat or railroad, and only a few hours train ride from NYC. The prevailing medical wisdom at the time also suggested that the strong sea breezes might sweep away the yellow fever germs.
- The lighthouse beam can be seen as far out as 19 nautical miles.
After exploring the museum and surrounding grounds, we climbed the 137 iron steps to the top of the Lighthouse. We were able to see a 360 degree view of Montauk, the ocean, the sound, and across to Rhode Island/Connecticut. Very cool! After working up an appetite, we headed to the nearby Lighthouse Cafe for a quick lunch. Nate and I decided to split the grilled chicken sandwich with fries. The chicken was very juicy, the fries were extra crispy (love that!), and our platter came with plenty of fresh onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. We devoured everything with a healthy side of ketchup – just the way I like it!
After our trip to the lighthouse, it was time to head back to the city. As I started to unpack, I discovered the fudge that I had purchased on Saturday night. I had completely forgotten about it – what a nice surprise! Nate and I split the Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road fudge. What a sweet way to end the weekend :-)