If you are well-read, you probably know that John Steinbeck wrote 27 books and earned the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
And if you’re really well-read, you also know that Steinbeck lived in Sag Harbor, where he wrote “Winter of Our Discontent” and hung out at Baron’s Cove (along with Kurt Vonnegut, Truman Capote, Paul Newman, Art Garfunkel and George Plimpton).
His favorite dish?
His favorite drink?
The Jack Rose
Before you Google what Posole and a Jack Rose are (unless you’re Jeopardy smart and already know) check out the fact that you can now experience both for yourself.
Baron’s Cove is celebrating Steinbeck’s 115th birthday on February 27 in a rather intriguing way. Guests who show a library card (not a AAA card or AMEX Platinum card) during the month of February not only receive a special room rate of $115, but also two free Jack Rose cocktails and, yes, there will be pork Posole available in the Baron’s Cove dining room during the month of February.
If you stay on Sunday, February 26, you get to stay free on Monday, February 27, Steinbeck’s actual birthday. And because we all love “Travels with Charley: In Search of America,” which begins and ends in Sag Harbor, you can even bring your dog.
You can also just walk in and book this deal, but you will need your library card … seriously.
Incidentally, another famous literary figure, Ernest Hemingway, had a connection to the Jack Rose as well and made it the preferred cocktail of Jake Barnes, the narrator in his 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.” But for the record, we don’t think Hemingway ever hung out at Baron’s Cove with Steinbeck. El Floridita in Havana, home of the original daiquiri, was his haunt of choice.
But that’s another story … and another drink.
In the meantime, to learn more about Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, visit www.baronscove.com to peruse the scene — literary and otherwise.