Double Take: Malibu vs. Montauk
By Jennifer Brunnemer Slaton
Face-off: Malibu vs. Montauk
LEFT: Southern California’s famous enclave of Malibu is home to sublime canyons, bluffs, and celebrities parked in beautiful homes along the beach.
RIGHT: Low-key and upscale, New York’s Montauk is a Long Island outpost for fishing, surfing, and escape.
MALIBU, LEFT: Malibu Farmers’ Market is not your average market—organic offerings range from olive oil to chocolate, and there’s likely an A-lister under the straw hat next to you.
MONTAUK, RIGHT: Melet Mercantile Montauk stocks beach-centric antiques, art, jewelry, and vintage clothing. Bonus: the Melet family holds its epic yard sale each Fourth of July weekend.
MALIBU, LEFT: Kelly Wearstler reigns here as uber-talented decorator/designer/fashionista from her abode sporting gorgeous views of both the Pacific and the Malibu hills.
MONTAUK, RIGHT: Ralph Lauren, the quintessential icon of all-American style—from fashion to paint and furnishings—rejuvenates in a stone-and-wood retreat overlooking the Atlantic.
MALIBU, LEFT: The yellowtail sashimi at Nobu has freshness you can taste, with a citrusy yuzu-soy sauce and a pop of jalapeño heat—just a handful of ingredients, expertly deployed.
MONTAUK, RIGHT: The hearty cioppino at Dave’s Grill is always in demand, thanks to its seven types of sea-food, including lobster. There’s a same-day-only reservation policy here: Call ahead.