Hautels: Swanky Diggs, Indeed-The American Hotel, Sag Harbor

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If these walls could talk, they’d have quite a mouthful to tell.

Back in the mid 19th century and at the height of this waterside town’s whaling prosperity, this eight-room brick hotel was erected on this very street. Today it holds every bit of its integrity via well-preserved grace and authentic nostalgic touches. The end result is a perfectly charming retreat for those who crave the ease of modern luxe accoutrements, without compromising its landmark building accolades.

Since purchasing the property in 1972, Ted Conklin has restored this antique treasure with obvious TLC. Enter the lobby and enjoy the ambiance straight away. Take in its antique check-in counter and oversized easy chairs and couches, all opening to a comfortable pub area, itself with an old wood original bar and fireplace, making for a classic 19th-century feel.

The rooms are inviting and relaxed, yet elegantly decorated in antiques and fine fabrics, rugs and artwork, each having a distinct personality from Victorian to Rustic. Each room offers a two person Jacuzzi, a stocked mini-bar and imported Italian towels and robes. All have lovely sitting parlors with fine fabric furnishings, rugs and artwork giving them a polished finish. On a mild day, the front porch has tables and chairs by which you can enjoy a glass of wine and light bite, read the newspaper or simply watch the people go by.

In addition, their onsite French-American restaurant is worthy of a visit onto itself, having personality and charm without being old world stuffy. With four separate candle-lit dining rooms: the elegant main dining room with Steinway piano, the bar room, the Victorian Drew Room, and the atrium room with a skylight and intimate atmosphere, your dining experience can always match your mood and taste.

Featuring award winning and inventive menus thanks to the talented Executive Chef Jonathan Parker, the ever changing choices keep things interesting and seasonally inspired. The wine list consists of 2,500 bottles of select choices, which compliment the gourmet fare beautifully. Enjoy an extensive bar menu here too at their indoor bar, cocktail lounge, cigar smoking room, or outdoor cocktail porch.

Worth noting, the American recently purchased a grandly restored 75-foot 1965 Trumpy with three grandly appointed staterooms available for charter. Its home port is Sag Harbor from May-September, Newport and New York in October, the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo in November and then in Palm Beach from December-May.


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