The ethos of The Surf Lodge hasn’t wavered much since Jayma Cardoso opened the Montauk hotel and music venue in 2008: From the start, the Brazilian-born nightlife veteran set out to channel the beauty and spirit of the remote hamlet on the South Shore of Long Island. But in the decade since Cardoso has opened the 20-room motel-style property, which also includes a restaurant, the interests of The Surf Lodge have snowballed immensely. The number of musicians who have taken the stage has tallied itself beyond count (including Willie Nelson, Patti Smith, Courtney Love, and Jimmy Buffett); a space once used for storage has been converted into a gallery featuring artists like Richard Phillips and Daniel Arsham; and a rotating batch of wellness initiatives are added each year (this summer, that includes Saturday morning workout classes with Bari Studio, and amenities like Gwyneth Paltrow’s GoopGlow Morning Skin Superpowder for guests).
It seemed about time then, with this in mind, that Cardoso looked to the future of not only the programming of the venue, but its space as well. After the 2017 summer season, which continued for the hotel and restaurant through the end of September, she began work on a renovation and “reinvention” of The Surf Lodge that included 11 new guest rooms primarily for artists in residence as well as a new outdoor stage. Instead of expanding the property which overlooks Fort Pond, Cardoso, whose late father was an architect, chose to renovate the staff quarters and rooms used for her office on the second floor. As we look toward Memorial Day weekend and the impending summer season, Cardoso gives us an exclusive look into the final results as well as her design ideology.
Jayma Cardoso in the newly renovated section of The Surf Lodge.