Montauk may be quiet in the winter, but it is still alive with ideas. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is offering hotel guests an educational and engaging way to enjoy their stay. The Wine and Mixology Series returns as a cheerful incentive to bring tourism into the area outside of the warmer months.
“The series has been a lovely addition to the amenities we offer Gurney’s guests in the off season,” said Jarhn Blutstein, the resort’s beverage manager. “As we know, Montauk in the off season is absolutely beautiful. However, there are not as many activities in town for guests to enjoy as compared to the summer season,” she noted.
Now in its second year, the program has proven to be a successful way for guests to escape everyday stress while interacting with the Gurney’s team and fellow visitors. Held on Saturdays, the events are complimentary. “In addition to the series, we also open the Regent Cocktail Club on Saturday evening, 8 PM, with live music. This is open for hotel guests and the public,” Blutstein said.
There have been a total of 12 classes since November. Wine classes are oftentimes paired with a little fromage. The focus of each session ranges from varietals or regions to specific winemakers, accompanied by a printed sheet of information.
Guests have also had the opportunity to partake in a mixology class with libations including bourbon, gin, tequila, and local whiskey. During these sessions, the house mixologist instructs participants on how to make a killer cocktail at home with a take-home recipe card. The next mixology class will be Saturday, March 16, featuring how Clase Azule Tequila is made in its iconic bottle. Sip on the plata and reposado, paired with chocolate.
Each event allows out-of-towners to learn something new and meet like-minded people, while still enjoying the salty air and tranquility of Montauk during the quieter months. The series ends on April 20 and resumes again at the end of October.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is located at 290 Old Montauk Highway. Call 631-668-2345 or visit www.gurneysresorts.com.