Nestled among the Hamptons on the southern fork of Long Island, Sag Harbor was founded as a fishing and whaling village.

Victorian and colonial houses, once the homes of wealthy whalers, line Sag Harbor's streets making the town ideal for strolls.

Still, the town of 2,200 is devoted to its harbor and residents and tourists alike take to the water for fishing, wind surfing and swimming. And Sag Harbor is famous for its long unadulterated white sand beaches, perfect for sun bathing and picnics.

Along Main Street are antique shops and artisans' galleries. And seafood is always on the menu, year round.

GETTING THERE:

By car: Take the Long Island Expressway eastbound to exit 70. Go south to Route 27 and take it east to Bridgehampton. At the traffic light, take a left onto the Sag Harbor turnpike and follow it into Sag Harbor.

By train: Take the Long Island Railroad to either Bridgehampton or East Hampton train station (there is no LIRR station in Sag Harbor) and hail a taxi for the approximately five mile trip into town.

AT THE BEACH:

Beachgoers must buy parking permits, available at town beaches daily beginning June 19 or on weekends as listed below.

Seasonal fee is $20 for residents, $10 for resident seniors older than 60 and $150 for nonresidents. Nonresident daily parking permit $15 (limited number). Some town beaches (noted below) are restricted to resident permit holders. Call 631-728-8585.

Foster Memorial Beach
Long Beach Road, Sag Harbor
  • Access: Daily and seasonal for residents and non-residents.
  • Beachfront: 1 mile on Peconic Bay.
  • Lifeguards: Weekends May 29-June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY:

American Hotel: There are lots of people who think this is the only place to stay in the Hamptons. Forst of all, a room here puts you smack in the center of Sag Harbor. Secondly, it puts you right upstairs from the restaurant--one that even more people think is the reason to be in Sag Harbor in the first place. With its Victorian-influenced rooms, and a location right on Main Street, a stone's throw from the water, it's hard to beat. In-season weekend rates are $335 per weekend night. 45 Main Street; 631-725-3535. Or visit www.theamericanhotel.com

Sag Harbor Inn: A five-minute ride from Sag Harbor gives you the best of both town and country. This inn, with its 42 rooms, has lawns and shade trees; rooms are furnished with reproduction antiques, and most have balconies or patios; some have water views. Room rates start at $325 per weekend night. West Water Street; 631-725-2949.

Baron's Cove Inn
31 West Water Street