Nestled on a bay in the heart of The Hamptons, Sag Harbor has for centuries welcomed the vacationer and business traveler alike. Since the days of its being a bustling whaling port, visitors have been captivated by Sag Harbor’s gracious accommodations, its pristine beaches, centuries-old streets lined with ancient trees and inviting homes, and restaurants and shops that offer food and fare from nearby or around the world.
Many of the homes and shops haven’t changes much at all since their appearance in the past three centuries, and Sag Harbor’s compelling history is evident throughout the village. Monuments on Union and High Streets in Sag Harbor commemorate Colonel Meigs victorious, surprise attacks against British Garrisons based in Sag Harbor during the Revolutionary War. The Bluish-White Curbstones used along many streets in the Village were ballast from Whaling Ships. The streets of Sag Harbor are lined with the old homes of early colonists, whaling captains, and wealthy industrialists. A quick tour of the Main Street will give the visitor a keen sense of how this village grew.
With its attractive harbor spread out at the foot of Main St., Sag Harbor is one of the East End’s most beautiful villages, and the only village with its own port as part of its main shopping area. Nestled on a bay in the heart of the Hamptons, Sag Harbor has for centuries welcomed the vacationer and the business traveler alike. The village offers all manner of dining and refreshment, and a five minute bike ride or car ride can bring the weary sojourner to a wonderful sunset over Noyac Bay, or a cooling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
The forest of masts rising from the harbor and the profiles of motor yachts that ply the coast create a skyline that recalls the village’s maritime history. Although whale oil and lumber no longer move in and out of Sag Harbor, you can almost imagine the tall ships creeping up to the Long Wharf as halyards slap against the masts and water laps against their bows.
The harbor here continues to beckon, and its people are still here waiting to offer greeting that will long be remembered. Whether it’s a sunset sail, a late leisurely dinner, a jog on the beach or a step back in time, let Sag Harbor be your port away from home.