A Guide to Sag Harbor
B each or Bay? You choose. However, Sag Harbor’s peaceful bay front is probably one of the better views around, and their beaches are phenomenal too. Tough decision. This community is a year-round home for many in addition to its lovely summer travelers. Ever read that book about a big whale? Sag Harbor is mentioned in not one, not two, not three, but four chapters of Moby Dick. Shoutout Pip. Today, their Whaling museum holds the largest collection of whaling equipment in New York State. Whales are too big for you? There’s lots more to do. You got biking, sailing, boating and swimming. Music, dining, shopping and sunset chasing. Where to begin?
What to do:
A 1.5-mile peninsula of protected natural beauty. After a beautiful hike accompanied by osprey, deer, chipmunks, and even turtles, take a jump in the ocean. You’ll feel like Snow White before the Seven Dwarfs while walking through this lush land. If you’re wanting to get back to the great outdoors, this is a gem.
All aboard the MarlinSpike with Captain Hagen. He’s made these waters his home for over 30 years and loves to give his guests the exclusive rundown: including all celebrity homes. Think we can see Beyonce’s Hamptons mansion from the MarlinSpike? Only one way to find out. A trip with him includes sightseeing, fishing, tubing, and swimming. Aye aye captain.
Historian, Moby Dick fan, or neither? This museum offers the inside scoop to Sag Harbor’s history almost anybody will find interesting. It’s credited a National Treasure. Enough said.
Where to stay:
The first resort development in Sag Harbor was established in the 1950s. Don’t worry, they’ve gotten all new mattresses since then. If you’re looking for a bike ride, a game of tennis, kayaking, paddle boarding, or a dip in their saltwater pool, look no further. Travel on over to the harbor side.
Technically open before America was born, and named after a man called James Howell, the American Hotel was officially established in 1846. And it’s been going pretty steady since then. Small and historic, but with much to offer. Decorated with American antiques and a benchmark restaurant, it doesn’t get more classic than this.
Just over the bay via a quick ferry ride, this hotel is located on Sag Harbor’s neighbor: Shelter Island. Chic rooms with beach views. Experience a Mediterranean-style escape without ever having to leave the East Coast.
Where to eat:
Enjoy a little taste of everything with this restaurant’s woodfire cooking and diverse menu. You want oysters but your pesky in-laws want french toast? That’s ok, Lulu has them both. Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner. A superb range of food to make sure everyone’s happy.
Unsurpassed coffee, smoothies, and light breakfast fare. The name also could be an ode to Sagaponack’s old nickname “Sagg”, which is Sag Harbor’s neighbor. The Small town coffee shops can’t be beat, but this one really knows its stuff.
Calling all sushi lovers and non-sushi lovers. Anyone who loves Japanese food should read this. For 25 years Sen’s fresh, Japanese cuisine has exceeded its customer’s expectations. It’s Zagat rated. You can’t go wrong. We like their Sake.