Long Island By Bentley: Sag Harbor, The Non-Hampton
The Long Island towns collectively known as The Hamptons are famous throughout the world for their megamansions and the similarly enormous prices those homes command when up for sale or rental during the summer season. Summer is the busy season in Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and neighbouring towns such as Water Mill, Sagaponack, and Amagansett, the time when seasonal rentals can run into the millions. As the influx of visitors has grown in these tiny towns, so too has the search for a less frenetic summer escape in a place where the laidback lifestyle is unhindered by daytrippers.
That places exists on the north shore of the South Fork of Long Island, in a town called Sag Harbor. A charming village that retains a quaint air of times gone by, Sag Harbor has become a cherished alternative to the Hamptons for wealthy travellers seeking summer escape without pretension. Sag Harbor’s waterfront location on the bay side of the South Fork, far less frequented but no less picturesque than the south (ocean) side of the peninsula, is a friendly, easygoing place. Strolling down Main Street is the main pastime, though of course eating rivals shopping as a local pleasure. The simplicity of decor of The Dockside Bar and Grill inside the waterfront American Legion Hall belies the quality of the food served in this friendly venue. No one is showy in Sag Harbor, except maybe in the cars driven on the picturesque streets. Southern California is famous for its car culture, but residents of Long Island, one of the wealthiest areas in the United States, also appreciate automotive excellence in a place where driving is a necessity.
Why not, then, visit in style? Big, beautiful, and powerful, the Flying Spur is Bentley’s sporty sedan that combines the performance of the Continental GT with the size of the Mulsanne, giving drivers an exhilarating experience behind the wheel and passengers the ultimate immersion in automobile comfort. Once the massage button is found on the side of the front seats, it is not forgotten. The lucky driver behind the wheel of a Bentley enjoys a plethora of accessories and options to make the driving experience a pleasure. Starting from the soft-close doors and ending with the nighttime illumination of the ground with a Batman-like Bentley light on the ground in front of the doors, no detail is left to the ordinary in what is an extraordinary car.
Winter on Long Island’s East End is a time when locals enjoy visiting without summer crowds. The essence of the area’s towns are most visible among the full-time residents who stay in winter, a time when a dusting of snow under clear blue skies can create beautiful scenes to rival those of summer. The crisp air of a New York winter is exotic to many visitors from the Asia-Pacific region, who rejoice in the simple experience of cold weather.
The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce website has information about places to stay, things to do, and what to see in town. Bentley’s website is a world of automotivation to drive some of the world’s most beautiful cars.