Ruschmeyer’s Reclaims Summer Camp

A 1950s summer camp and former Tavern has been reclaimed as a summer playground for Long Island socialites willing to fork over $475 a night to relive their glory days at camp. The newly opened Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, N.Y., may be completely out of my price range but the photographs are pretty stunning.

Here’s how the hotel and restaurant’s website describe Ruschmeyer’s:

Ruschmeyer’s, evoking memories of a nautical “summer camp,” was originally built in 1952 on three acres of lush, lakeside woodland. The recently renovated guestrooms circle a central lawn featuring a teepee and grills, while a sand-filled pool serves as an open-air beer garden. Much like summer camp, your time at Ruschmeyer’s centers around a slew of activities—from ping pong to kite boarding, paddle boarding to yoga, balsa-wood planes to bubbles, there’s a little something for everyone. The main lawn will serve as a backdrop for a rotating series of musical performances, with the acts sharing space with theater troupes and an artist-in-residence. Phil and Ben from Silkstone—the guys behind the Fat Radish on Orchard Street in NYC—serve seafood dishes with fresh local ingredients in the main restaurant and outside in the Magic Garden, while the Electric Eel next door offers classic maritime cocktails and dancing. We can’t wait to welcome you as part of our inaugural summer!

More photos and a video after the jump.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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