3 Instagram-Worthy East Coast Summer Road Trip Destinations

 

Montrealers and Torontonians are known to vacation on the beaches of the East Coast from New Brunswick to Ogunquit.

 
Montrealers and Torontonians are known to vacation on the beaches of the East Coast from New Brunswick to Ogunquit. But if you’re looking for something a little different, more aesthetically pleasing or more cutting-edge to add to your Insta account, gear up for a road trip to these dreamy locales.

Montauk
Montauk is unique on the East Coast. Traditionally a fisherman’s village, the small town’s population swells up in the warmer months as New Yorkers head out East for the summer. On the drive in, expect lots of rolling vineyards, fresh farmers market stands and picturesque villages, from Southampton to Amagansett.

As you get closer to Montauk, the vibe changes: clam bars line the sand dunes on each side of the road. You start feeling the sea salt in your hair and catching a glimpse of surfers catching waves in the distance. Don’t let Montauk’s reputation as a fisherman’s village fool you: it has some of the trendiest hotels and restaurants on the East Coast (with prices to match). Try the Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyer’s or Crow’s Nest for a memorable experience.

Nantucket
Sure, Cape Cod is a popular destination, but Nantucket is extra special. Located 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Nantucket is accessible only by ferry (or private yacht, if that’s how you roll). The vibe is preppy, quaint and very New England. Expect lots of clam chowder and lobster rolls.

On the 9-hour drive to Nantucket, you might want to stop overnight. Instead of staying in Boston, try nearby Providence, Rhode Island. The small university town is quickly becoming a food mecca, with top restaurants opening regularly. The impeccably designed Dean Hotel is a popular destination for design aficionados.

Prince Edward County
No, I don’t mean Prince Edward Island, although that’s a pretty fabulous destination too, and if you do visit the land of Ann of Green Gables, I highly recommend visiting the many distilleries and oyster farms in the region. PEI has some of the best oysters in the world and it’s something to take advantage of. A drive around the island is also in order: the coastal roads sit high above rust colored bluffs and the roaring ocean. It’s pretty magical.

But back to the original topic at hand: Prince Edward County is not an east coast destination per say. But for Torontonians, it’s basically the next best thing. A quick two-hour drive from Toronto, Prince Edward County is home to Ontario’s wine country and lined with the beaches of Lake Ontario. Thanks to a few notable hoteliers and restaurateurs, the region is quickly becoming an international destination for foodies and in-the-know travelers. Most notably, the famed Drake Hotel in Toronto opened its sister resort, Drake by the Lake, in Devonshire a few months ago.
 
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