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A Local’s Guide to Sag Harbor

Emily Cohen

The Hamptons. An iconic summer destination where New Yorkers escape the city grind. A place to soak up the summer sun on the mansion-lined beaches, instead of people-packed subway platforms. 

In the Hamptons, food, fashion and lifestyle brands curate a vacation experience that feels more accessible than 5th Avenue, while still maintaining a sense of sophistication. In my past 20 summers of traveling to the Hamptons for weekend getaways, I’ve found that Sag Harbor specifically has maintained the charm of a quaint summer town, setting it apart from more contemporary destinations on the island. Still, there are enough restaurants and shopping options in this Hamptons Village to overwhelm the weekend tourist, so I’m here to break down the 2.3 square miles of summer happiness.

Where to Eat In Sag Harbor

 

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Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop: 89 Division St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Stepping foot into Cavaniola’s, you immediately feel a whimsical sense of wonder as the beautiful yet pungent scent of truffles and cheese overwhelms your senses. The staff at Cavaniola’s are some of the most brilliant people you will encounter. They will take you on a journey of cheesy of discovery as they patter around pulling wheels of cheeses seemingly out of thin air to find the cheese that matches your palette. But for me, the real magic of Cavaniola’s is in their sandwiches (a local secret!) Each week Cavaniola’s comes out with weekly specials with the freshest local ingredients that highlight different flavor profiles for the cheese lover. 

 

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The Dockhouse: 1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

If you want fresh, no frills seafood this is your spot. The Dock House sits on the Long Wharf Marina dishes out the freshest seafood the East End has to offer. I mean, the building literally sits on top of the bay. Grab a box of shrimp cocktail, crabs, oysters — you name it — and settle down on one of the benches that line the marina and look out at some of the most magnificent mega yachts you’ve ever seen.

 

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Big Olaf’s: 8 Wharf Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

This is the ultimate ice cream spot and a post dinner must. With over 30 flavors and toppings with waffle cones big enough to stuff your head in, there’s a reason the line stretches all the way down the street (don’t worry it moves quickly!) This spot is right next to The Dockhouse and makes for a beautiful dessert pairing. Don’t forget to stop at the ATM. This place is cash only!

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Sylvester and Co. Modern General: 103 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

A store filled with some of the finest and most unique home decor pieces that boasts a light and airy atmosphere is a Sag Harbor staple but for my favorite part — you need to walk all the way to the back. Here you will find their signature coffee bar with an array of unique flavors, my favorite being Dreamy Coffee with hints of chocolate (iced coffee with chocolate what could go wrong?) and cookies filled with candy pieces that make for an iconic pairing.

Where to Relax in Sag Harbor

Happy Feet: 3102, 2 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

If you need a little help getting your relaxation on Happy Feet is a local secret that will be sure to do the trick. A classic reflexology spa, Happy Feet does just that- no fancy spa music, plunge pools or white bathrobes just one of the best foot massages you will ever receive for $35/hour. Make sure to call and make a reservation before as it can fill up!

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Soulcyle BARN: 264 Butter Lane Bridgehampton, NY 11932

To preface this I am a total SoulCycle junkie so this may be a biased analysis BUT the Soulcycle BARN is a workout experience like no other. Forty-five minutes of exhilarating music and dance moves on a stationary bike all while in a white barn with the Hamptons sunshine pouring in makes for 45 minutes where you can’t help but push yourself with a huge smile on your face and turn up that resistance all while feeling fabulous in your Sun Shield Legging

 

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Fairway Restaurant @ Poxabogue Golf Course: 3556 Montauk Hwy, Sagaponack, NY 11962

This spot is a double whammy! You can get a delicious omelette in a classic old school diner while enjoying the beautiful 18 hole course or practicing your swing on the expansive driving range and don’t worry Summersalt has you covered with the perfect outfit: just shop our new activewear line!

What to Pack for Sag Harbor

The chic yet timeless combination of black and white makes for the perfect Hamptons ready look. The Deep Dive in Sea Urchin and White Sand’s flattering and feminine cut offers  a sophisticated look that will allow you to feel like the star you are on the beautiful Long Island beaches. Throw on The All Buttoned Up Coverup in Sea Urchin over your suit after a day at the beach while you run into downtown Sag Harbor for a rainbow sprinkle covered cone of ice cream or a refreshing glass of rosé while looking out on the marina at Dockside Bar and Grill.