Sag Harbor, New York history spans whaling ships, the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and is even mentioned several times in the epic novel Moby Dick. Located on Long island near East Hampton and Shelter Island, The Village District of Sag Harbor has a place on the National Register of Historic Places; its rich history and ideal location surrounded by many attractions makes it a compelling destination to visit and explore.
Sag Harbor’s main industry peaked in the mid 1800s, drawing whalers and seamen from all across the country to cash in on the harbor's envious location. A Whaler’s Church, beautiful Greek revival home, and a Masonic lodge are reminders and attractions from that booming period. For more in-depth history, visit the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. The Sag Harbor Fire Department Museum recounts four massive fires that blazed through the village in the 1800s.
Today, Sag Harbor’s quirkiest feature is it is located in both Southampton and East Hampton, with three fifths in one district and two fifths in the other respectively, separated by Division Street. There are two good beaches to hit; Long Beach, which is a long and rocky bay beach running along the west side at Noyac Bay and known for great sunsets. In the summer season there are amenities including restrooms, a snack bar, and lifeguards. Haven’s Beach, just a short walk from Sag Harbor, is ideal for swimming. It features an expanse of soft sand fringed by gentle water. There is a playing field, swing sets, and restrooms.
There are plenty more attractions near Sag Harbor; on the west side is Elizabeth A Morton Wildlife Refuge, some nice green space and a couple of golf clubs. To the east is Northwest Harbor County Park, Cedar Point County Park where there are more beaches, and lots to do and see in East Hampton. There are a handful of hotels and inns to available for overnighters, including the impressive American Hotel.
Top image: Rob Grambau (flickr)