Sag Harbor is an old whaling town that people in New York love to call home. Founded in 1846, many of the buildings in this quiet town are original, and despite all the vacation-home development and tourism happening throughout the Hamptons, Sag Harbor’s soul is as genuine as when it was first founded. This is one of the few authentic towns still left in New York.
Sag Harbor is much more than a symbol of past living among the vacationers and mansions. It’s one of Long Island’s best kept small-town secrets with a plethora of things to see and do. There is so much history, art and nature to enjoy. There is a community spirit here that anybody can check out without spending a lot of money.
How can you enjoy Sag Harbor as the locals do?
Stay In A Waterfront Retreat
Sag Harbor has many bed-and-breakfasts and inns, but if you want a place near the harbor, you need to check out Baron’s Cove. This recently-renovated inn has 67 rooms, a saltwater pool and access to the beach. It’s a special kind of feeling to stay at an inn on the water that is still within walking distance of the town.
On top of that, it’s got a Dirty Dancing kind of feel to it, with its original 1960s-era look.
Eat At Local Restaurants
If you’re traveling in the summer, you need to visit The Beacon, which is a summer-only restaurant located on the water. Spend evenings here, dining while watching the sunset.
LT Burger is well-known for serving dishes such as its Kobe beef hot dog. If your palate is craving seafood while taking in the harbor sights, check out the Dockside Bar & Grill for its tasty fish tacos.
Discover The Antiques
Antique shopping is a big thing in the Hamptons, including Sag Harbor. At Joey Wolffer, a local boutique, you can find all kinds of vintage products that the local curator rotates through. The Black Swan is another must-visit vintage shop for those looking for authentic industrial materials and other antique items.
Ruby Beets, which is located inside a historic silent movie theater, has more of a modern touch with an eclectic collection of locally-designed, custom-made furniture and pottery.
Take The Kids
Sag Harbor is a kid-friendly town with plenty of things to see and do for the kiddos. For example, visit the old-school toy store Wharf Shop or visit the Five & Dime (Sag Harbor Variety Store). This store is one of the best for kids and kids-at-heart. You can also take them to Stella & Ruby, which is an eccentric kid clothing store.
Take your kids for ice cream they’re sure to love at Big Olaf’s. Located on 8 Wharf Street, with a few dozen different flavors to choose from, both classic and fun (like "superman", which is a mix of red, yellow and blue sorbets).
Spend Time Outside
Many people also come to Sag Harbor for the peacefulness it has to offer from the daily hustle and bustle of life. Spend some time outside in the sea air and take in the peace, checking out the town’s picturesque streets and walking toward the water. Here, you can watch boats heading to and from the Breakwater Yacht Club.
On the weekend, go to the Farmer’s Market at the corner of Bay St and Burke St , where you can find all kinds of goodies and crafts such as crafts Sag Harbor artisans have created, baked goods, produce, local dairy products, etc.
Sag Harbor is also home to LongHouse Reserve, which is regarded as one of the most spectacular art gardens in the United States.
Without a shortage of things to do and see, Sag Harbor is sure to please. Be sure to check out our articles about other attractions you can see throughout the Hamptons as well! They’ll give you great ideas if you’re planning to stay in the area.