Base Camp

While gorgeous in daylight, the Magic Garden, with its lanterns and fire pits, is truly enchanting at night.     Photo: Courtesy of Ruschmeyer's

Moonrise Kingdom for Adults

Summer camp for the whimsical hipster

Ruschmeyer’s, a laid-back boutique hotel on the eastern tip of Long Island, looks like Wes Anderson’s idea of summer camp for adults.

The 19 cabin-like guest rooms are packed with carefully curated whimsy: Moroccan rugs, beds with ornate wicker headboards, cedar-planked walls, and Ruschmeyer’s-brand pencils and notepads placed just so on the nightstand. It’s twee and overly designed in the most charming way. (You can imagine all those fictional camp kids from Moonrise Kingdom staying here when they grow up.) 

  Photo: Courtesy of Ruschmeyer’s

Originally built in 1952, the hotel was recently renovated to cater to New York City bohos looking for their own version of the Hamptons. Other highlights include the Magic Garden—a glorious outdoor patio with grills, hammocks, fire pits, picnic tables, and, yes, the requisite hipster teepee—and a clubby little dance lounge called the Electric Eel.

  Photo: Courtesy of Ruschmeyer’s

Want to get out and explore the fishing village turned surfer enclave that is Montauk? Grab a complimentary cruiser bike from the lobby and pedal to town (be sure to get a cocktail and ceviche at local oceanside hang Navy Beach). Or stick around camp for a yoga lesson followed by a poached lobster egg sandwich at the hotel’s knockout sea-to-table restaurant.

  Photo: Courtesy of Ruschmeyer's

The details: Rooms from $547 a night. Stay five nights and get one night free.

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