My Hamptons: Tara Rothberg, General Manager Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor

Tara Rothberg of Baron's Cove
Tara Rothberg of Baron’s Cove

Did it just get more glamorous in here? Seems like it each time Tara Rothberg, the super-chic general manager of Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, enters, well, anywhere. Rothberg joined Cape Resorts (the owner of Baron’s Cove) in 2012, and when Baron’s Cove was being renovated, “I came for a visit and fell in love with the towns and beaches of the Hamptons,” she says, “and of course our beautiful hotel.”

Originally from Philadelphia, Rothberg moved here full time last April, and currently lives in East Hampton. “It truly feels like home: the small-town feel and the people are beyond welcoming.”

Laura Euler, editor of our sister publication, Behind the Hedges, interviewed Rothberg for the “My Hamptons” segment in the magazine.

BTH: Baron’s Cove has a fascinating history, doesn’t it?

TR: My favorite story is of Billy Joel visiting Baron’s Cove and actually playing the piano! And I am enthralled by the fact that Truman Capote used to visit Baron’s Cove; the literary heritage of the Hamptons is intriguing to me, and I am constantly searching for new stories.

BTH: Where do you like to eat, besides Baron’s?

TR: Beside Baron’s, I love La Fondita for tacos on the way to Ditch Plains Beach, and my Thursday night ritual of meeting friends at Serafina for truffle pizza.

BTH: In your personal style, do you have a Hamptons uniform?

TR: Yes, it is a tad preppy and a tad boho. My summer uniform is usually white jeans, sandals and a tunic or a long kaftan with fringe or pompons and some local artisan jewelry.

BTH: Where do you like to shop for those looks?

TR: Figue in East Hampton, Intermix and Milly.

BTH: What are some of your favorite things to do in the Hamptons?

TR: Hiking around the lighthouse in Montauk, going to Ditch Plains Beach, visiting the Salt Cave in Montauk, combing through the used books at the Ladies Village Improvement Society in East Hampton, wine tasting at Wölffer, and catching an outdoor movie at Marders. I also love horseback riding at Deep Hollow Ranch and barre class at Elements Fitness.

BTH: If you could instantly have a different career, what would be your dream job?

TR: An etiquette coach for professionals and children. I collect etiquette books and find it very rewarding. I think it would be fun to have a little school and host tea time for ladies, children’s events and professional classes.

BTH: Which is your favorite season in the Hamptons?

TR: I love winter at the beach—walking on the beach is romantic in a Wuthering Heights way. But summer is truly my fave: the hotel is abuzz with guests, the towns are burgeoning with people, and of course all my friends are here! The energy in the summer is infectious.

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