Move over East Hampton. That village was once voted the “most beautiful village” in America by National Geographic.
Getting its day in the sun, Sag Harbor was ranked number 4 of America’s most romantic towns in January by readers of Travel and Leisure, behind Simons, G.A., Beaufort, N.C., and Amelia Island, FL.
It seems that Simons boasts “miles of sandy beaches and sprawling oaks,” and apparently a lot of readers of Travel and Leisure. It hit the sweet spot of voters in “romance-friendly categories such as picnicking and charming cafés.”
Beaufort, which dates to 1709, is an Inner Banks village with “stately old homes that have turned into B&Bs . . . and an A-list pirate past (Blackbeard hung out here).” Perhaps someone’s been reading too much “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Amelia Island was dubbed “picture-perfect romantic” in that it is one of the few spots left in the country where you can still horseback ride on the beach. (Hey, why can’t we have that here?)
Sag Harbor was ranked high for “romantic hotels, such as the American Hotel.” Huh? That is the only hotel in Sag Harbor at last count. It was also said to inspire “good name-dropping.” Be still my heart! When in town, lovers are advised to “scan the crowds for familiar faces and pick up a local wine and other picnic provisions at the Sag Harbor Farmers' Market . . ." The only thing romantic about that is the possibility of spotting Richard Gere feeling the peaches.
How it came in ahead of Aspen (number 6) with its 14,000-foot peaks and “plush hotels primed for romance such as The Little Nell or the St. Regis” is anyone’s guess. Perhaps a Time Inc. editor or two reside in our former whaling village.
"Readers ranked Sag Harbor high for romantic hotels, such as the American Hotel,which dates back to 1846. This branch of the Hamptons has long inspired good name-dropping: it attracts plenty of celebs and, more than a hundred years ago, even merited a mention in "Moby Dick." On Saturdays from May through October, you can scan the crowds for familiar faces and pick up a local wine and other picnic provisions at the Sag Harbor Farmers' Market in front of the Breakwater Yacht Club" (Travel + Leisure)