Unpretentious yet still stylish, Sag Harbor is beloved by those who live here. Community events including Harborfest, the wintertime Harborfrost, arts and crafts fairs and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival occur throughout the year. Bay Street Theater offers theatrical productions, concerts and comedy showcases, many including celebrities in their cast. Mashashimuet Park offers hiking trails, tennis courts, a playground, picnic areas, youth sporting events, birdwatching and quiet space in beautiful surroundings.
The pristine waters of Sag Harbor’s bays are magnets for boating enthusiasts, and luxury yachts are moored in summer along with many smaller boats in the harbor. The bay beaches, with calmer, warmer water than the ocean, are popular among families with children. They’re also used for kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. Mile-long Foster Memorial Beach, known among the locals as “Long Beach,” on Noyack Bay is a Southampton Town beach and requires a parking permit in summer (available at Southampton Town Hall). Havens Beach, on Sag Harbor Bay, is the only Sag Harbor Village beach and has a playground, gazebo and bathrooms. A parking sticker is required, and available at the village municipal building.
Sag Harbor’s historical roots run deep. The original residents were native Algonquin people, and the first European settlement was established here in 1730. Sagaponack’s farmers used Sag Harbor to ship their goods, and an active trading route to and from the West Indies developed. From 1760 to 1850 Sag Harbor was a flourishing whaling port, and today the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, located in a historic home, has an extensive collection of artifacts.
The village still retains its uniquely charming and historic character, with restored and lovingly maintained Victorian and Greek Revival captains’ houses and cottages from the 1800s. A lively, engaged community of year-round residents, including long-time local families, artists and writers, boaters and lovers of the water keep the village humming all year. The vibrant village center is a destination in all seasons, with its mix of high-end restaurants, casual eateries, a diversity of shops and galleries, as well as historic sites.
“I’ve lived in Sag Harbor for the past 20 years. It is the most eclectic town of all the Hamptons. It offers many wonderful restaurants, a great entertainment venue, Bay Street Theater, & is easily one of the most scenic & beautiful harbors on the East End. I’ve enjoyed year-round life here for a very long time.” --Noel Love
“North Haven is close to everything (Sag Harbor Village, Shelter Island, Long Beach, the back roads to Bridgehampton). North Haven is quiet, luxurious & stately yet removed…almost undiscovered. It has generous walking and biking paths on both sides of the main roads from the ferry right into Sag Harbor Village, making it very safe for a healthy family lifestyle. Every road within North Haven Point was repaved this year, making it perfectly smooth for roller blading, biking and all wheeled sports. North Haven has pristine marine life and all the water sports an island provides. There are beautiful sunsets here, and unparalleled nighttime stargazing.” -- Darius Narizzano
“Sag Harbor is a nice community with a personal feeling, especially for year-round residents. It’s a pedestrian village; being around town you see people and get to know them. We like the proximity to both bay and ocean beaches, and love sunset picnics with the family at Long Beach. Sag Harbor is great for families; the schools are topnotch and very personal.” -- Julie Masson
“I’ve been coming to Noyac for many years and have seen a lot of changes in the Hamptons. But Noyac is still quiet. It’s out of the mainstream, off the beaten path and still unspoiled. Noyac has a different feeling from other places here—it’s beachy and country and woodsy all at once. I especially love the glorious sunsets over the bay. And here I’m equidistant to Southampton, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor, and just a quick ferry ride to Shelter Island; I can decide where I want to go when the mood strikes. Traffic is lighter here, too.” -- Michelle Berman
“I love the boating in North Haven, and watching the yachts pulling out of Sag Harbor.” -- Matt Lucas
“Why I choose to live in Sag Harbor: history and charm; water, water everywhere; a vibrant year-round community.” -- Steve Frankel
“I love Sag Harbor Village because, unlike the other villages on the east end, it feels like a complete, self-sustaining village with all the things one might need. There is always activity in the Village year round. Because of its proximity to the North Fork via ferry, which in turn has quick access to New England, the village architecture seems more heavily influenced by that New England feel. I also am drawn to the Sag Harbor waterfront properties, which offer boating activity and other beautiful homes to look at on the horizon. One just gets a greater sense of community in Sag Harbor.” -- Drew Green