La Brisa, Montauk

Color adds to the mood of a space, it’s total essence. Turquoise is aquatic, tropical without being overly hot. In fact, it’s cool, reminiscent of breezes and golden sunlight shining on blue water, vibrant stones and summer skies.

On the east end turquoise shows itself in the cool surfer-inspired hangouts of Montauk, in Swedish-run inns and Mexican restaurants. We’re drawn to its energy like we are to the ocean, drawn to that from which we came in an effervescent glow. Here are a few solid examples of odes to turquoise:

c/o Maidstone, photo courtesy of inn’s website

c/o Maidstone was originally constructed just before the Civil War by early settlers.  In the mid-1920s, the family home began service as a full-time inn and became known as The Maidstone Arms, named after the old town name of East Hampton, “Maidstone.” Fact: East Hampton had originally been named after Maidstone in Kent, England. The area was considered a settlement of Connecticut until Long Island was formally declared part of New York and the name was eventually changed to Easthampton until 1885 when The East Hampton Star (our local newspaper) was founded and used two words: East Hampton.  In 2008 the inn was purchased by Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg.

Breakfast at c/o Maidstone

Morning coffee at c/o Maidstone with a requisite copy of The East Hampton Star

She gave new life to the inn with clean Swedish style and bursts of color. Red toile in the dining, large prints of Africa and India, a gold ladies’ wash room dedicated to old Hollywood and a splash wall of turquoise in the living room, also the namesake of the inn’s fabulous restaurant and Swedish menu — The Living Room.

Black and white furniture, thick fur like rugs and throws to cozy up in the colder seasons, and the turquoise brings an energy that is arctic cool.


Photo courtesy of Anything can be ordered extra spicy at La Brisa, especially delicious for cocktails

My not-so serious face for the camera

La Brisa at Tacombi Montauk is situated on a corner of Main Street, Montauk. The exterior bodes several turquoise picnic tables holding deep red Tabasco and chili sauces. The inside floor and tables are also painted turquoise. Shadowed koral block lettering on the wall reads “La Brisa.” Pineapples and exotic cervesas line the shelves while hip shaking salsa tunes fill the room. Turquoise is energy, vibrancy, here, it’s Latin.


The Surf Lodge

The main entrance of The Surf Lodge has turquoise floors. When you walk in there is a giant piece of driftwood, a clip from Step Into Liquid or some other [go pro] experience playing on the large projector screen and ahead a view of Fort Pond. The open air bar is all reclaimed wood and the large outside deck is spacious and simple, aware the focus is the glistening water view. The blues and greens, sands and woods are the colors and textures of beach living. Turquoise is the way it makes is feel in those mid-Springtime months as we begin to shed wintry hibernation and await the light summer season.

Free ride

Last, but not least, even the bus that gets folk without cars (or with too much to drink!), or even for just a free ride around town — is turquoise. Riders, meet the Hamptons Hopper.