|Sag Harbor windmill|
|Sag Harbor Farmers’ Market|
Did You Know
Once an international whaling port—it’s mentioned in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick—there was a time when Sag Harbor had more commercial shipping vessels than all of New York City. It was also the backdrop for military action in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and during World War I, Thomas Edison observed the E.W. Bliss Company testing torpedoes right in the harbor. This quaint Hamptons hamlet has an impressive literary history as well. John Steinbeck lived in Sag Harbor from 1955 until his death in 1968, and celebrated poet George Sterling was born here. Today, stroll through Sag Harbor and you will find that many historic homes of sailing captains and sailors have changed little over the last three centuries. This historic port continues to flourish with museums, restaurants and shops, and as you stroll down Main Street, be sure to look north—masts still rise from the harbor, recalling the town’s storied past.
Visit the Sag Harbor Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM in front of the Breakwater Yacht Club on Bay Street. The market features homemade honey, pickles, Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Grapes of Roth wines, fresh local fruits, veggies and flowers, as well as locally made cheeses, breads and jams.
You can’t visit Sag Harbor without noticing its arresting location on the water. Bruce Tait & Associates is a “boutique-style” yacht brokerage specializing in sales and handling both local and international charters. 725-4222; taityachts.com
Picks for the Kids
No trip to Sag Harbor would be complete without stopping by Sag Harbor Variety (5 & 10 to locals) on Main Street for the coin-operated horse and fire truck ride. Inside, your kids can browse throwback toys and games, and the shop sells beach and pool supplies as well. 114 Main St., 725-9706
Take your kids to the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum to view vintage artifacts like whaling implements, 19th-century household objects and children’s toys. Originally the home of Benjamin Huntting II, owner of numerous whaling ships and an important citizen of Sag Harbor, the museum’s second floor is still used by the Masonic Lodge for its meetings. 200 Main St., 725-0770
|The American Hotel|
Hamptons traffic causing extreme tension in your neck and shoulders? Head over to Yoga Shanti immediately! Once you enter the gilded walls of this stunning yoga studio and smell the lavender oil wafting through the air, you have no choice but to relax. And after a class with world-famous yoga instructors Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, your aura will feel so light, you won’t even care if you can’t get a table at Tutto Il Giorno. 32 Bridge St., 725-6424
Cavaniola’s Gourmet offers an unrivaled selection of artisan cheeses from all over the world, including local cheeses from places like Mecox Bay Dairy. Sheep’s or goat’s milk, creamy or semi-hard? The incredibly knowledgeable staff will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Cured meats, imported oils and vinegars, freshly baked baguettes and exquisite chocolate bars round out the offerings. Want to take your Cavaniola’s experience to the next level? Head next door to its “wine cellar,” a boutique wine shop offering rare vintages. 89B Division St., 725-0095
Built in 1846 at the height of the whaling era, The American Hotel is still considered to be one of the most elegant and refined establishments on the East End. The candlelit bar room, complete with antique wooden bar and fireplace, is the perfect spot for a nightcap—the hotel boasts one of the finest wine cellars in the country, and bartenders Paul and Vinny concoct delicious classic cocktails. The entire building is alive with history: Actor Roy Scheider used to live here, and writer Steven Gaines once hosted a radio show from the foyer. 49 Main St., 725-3535
Be a part of Sag Harbor’s literary tradition: Canio’s Books sells new, used and collectible books, and is known as a gathering spot for the literati. 290 Main St., 725-4926
PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICOLE FESTA(WINDMILL, FARMERS' MARKET), JOHN MUSNICKI (CAVANIOLA’S GOURMET)