Nestled among the Hamptons on the southern fork of Long Island, Sag Harbor was founded as a fishing and whaling village.
Victorian and colonial houses, once the homes of wealthy whalers, line Sag Harbor's streets making the town ideal for strolls.
Still, the town of 2,200 is devoted to its harbor and residents and tourists alike take to the water for fishing, wind surfing and swimming. And Sag Harbor is famous for its long unadulterated white sand beaches, perfect for sun bathing and picnics.
Along Main Street are antique shops and artisans' galleries. And seafood is always on the menu, year round.
By car: Take the Long Island Expressway eastbound to exit 70. Go south to Route 27 and take it east to Bridgehampton. At the traffic light, take a left onto the Sag Harbor turnpike and follow it into Sag Harbor.
By train: Take the Long Island Railroad to either Bridgehampton or East Hampton train station (there is no LIRR station in Sag Harbor) and hail a taxi for the approximately five mile trip into town.
AT THE BEACH:
Beachgoers must buy parking permits, available at town beaches daily beginning June 19 or on weekends as listed below.
Seasonal fee is $20 for residents, $10 for resident seniors older than 60 and $150 for nonresidents. Nonresident daily parking permit $15 (limited number). Some town beaches (noted below) are restricted to resident permit holders. Call 631-728-8585.
Foster Memorial Beach
Long Beach Road, Sag Harbor
- Access: Daily and seasonal for residents and non-residents.
- Beachfront: 1 mile on Peconic Bay.
- Lifeguards: Weekends May 29-June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY:
American Hotel: There are lots of people who think this is the only place to stay in the Hamptons. Forst of all, a room here puts you smack in the center of Sag Harbor. Secondly, it puts you right upstairs from the restaurant--one that even more people think is the reason to be in Sag Harbor in the first place. With its Victorian-influenced rooms, and a location right on Main Street, a stone's throw from the water, it's hard to beat. In-season weekend rates are $335 per weekend night. 45 Main Street; 631-725-3535. Or visit www.theamericanhotel.com
Sag Harbor Inn: A five-minute ride from Sag Harbor gives you the best of both town and country. This inn, with its 42 rooms, has lawns and shade trees; rooms are furnished with reproduction antiques, and most have balconies or patios; some have water views. Room rates start at $325 per weekend night. West Water Street; 631-725-2949.
Baron's Cove Inn
31 West Water Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Rooms start at $330 per weekend night
765 Rte 114
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Room rates start at $175 per weekend night, 2 night minimum
WHERE TO EAT:
The American Hotel: A reminder of Sag Harbor's glory days as a whaling town, the American is a charming Victorian with a menu of French-accented dishes. The wine list is famousfor its top-of-the-line bottles. 45 Main Street; 631-725-3535. (Expensive)
The Beacon: from the same people who run the Red Bar in Southampton, the Beacon is a buzzy bistro that draws a hip crowd. The view over the harbor only adds to the place's charms. Lots of fresh fish and a roast chicken round out the menu. Desserts have their own following. 8 West Water Street; 631-725-7088. (Moderate)
B. Smith's: The deck overlooking the harbor is a popular place to wind down a working week. The menu is a smorgasbord of fresh fish, pastas, ribs, and roast chicken. The bar is busy all weekend long. Long Wharf Promenade at Bay Street; 631-725-5858. (Expensive)
New Paradise Cafe: a highly polished restaurant, this is a good spot for lunch or a casual dinner. The menu is New American, with specialties like whole sea bass, grilled salmon with spinach risotto, herb-roasted chicken, and Long Island duckling. 126 Main Street; 631-725-6080. (Expensive)
Sen: usually has a line of devotees waiting patiently to get in. They come for the super-fresh sushi and other Japanese dishes that have made the place's reputation as one of the best restaurants in town. 23 Main Street; 631-725-1774. (Expensive)
Magnolia: This southern-accented place offers southern fried chicken, grilled ribs and wings with blue-cheese dressing. 29 Main Street; 631-725-0101. (Moderate)
The Corner Bar: Loud, loud, loud, but the townies love the place. As well they might. The bar has a neighborly feeling and it serves up good pub grub--burgers and fish and chips. Ice-cold beer is the specialty. 1 Main Street; 631-725-9760. (Inexpensive)
Dockside Bar and Grill: Of all places, Dockside is located in the VFW Hall. But you can't beat the veterans' location--just opposite the harbor. The bar is a popular hangout, and in summer, the outdoor terrace is usually jammed. Lobster salad, pot pies, and more salads are the menu's mainstays. There's a good brunch on Sundays. 26 Bay Street; 631-725-7100. (Moderate)
21 Water Street
21 West Water Street, Sag Harbor; 631-725-7500.
32 Bridge Street; 631-725-0963. This club attracts a young crowd with its hip music, featuring reggae.
2 Main Street; 631-725-2575. It's open until 4 a.m. daily and is a cigar smoker's dream. Along with "Liquid Cocaine Thursdays" and some great martinis, the club has a walk-in humidor with a large selection of premium cigars.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Sag Harbor Variety, 45 Main Street: Established in 1922, the store remains the quintessential five-and-dime, offering supplies for knitting, sewing, crafts, pots and pans, underwear, toys and yes ... even candy that is still 5 and 10 cents.
Canio's Books, 290 Main Street: A great place for browsers, Canio's has both new and used books. There are also book signings and readings.
Paradise Books, 126 Main Street: A branch of Book Hampton, the shop is spread over two levels. If you work up an appetite while you browse, there's a restaurant in back (along with a nice deck).
Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main St.: Plenty of things to give as house gifts to the friends you're visiting--American crafts, blown glass, books on design--you name it.
Sue's Gifts, 20 Main St.: gifts--picture frames, lamps, candlesticks and so on. Even some kids' stuff.
Punch, 80 Main St.: very upscale clothes and accessories for kids.
Bike Hampton, 36 Main St.: Anything for a cycling enthusiast, including bike shorts and jerseys; also bike accessories and scooters.
Wharf Shop, 69A Main St.: The toy soldier marks the spot. Specialty toys, scrimshaw, gifts.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times