Sag Harbor has made Coastal Living Magazine's top ten nominees for "Happiest Seaside Town". With its scenic views, delicious dining options, and many community events the quaint village has something going on no matter what season and is a favorite among Hamptons visitors and residents alike. You can help the charming Hamptons village win the honor of "Happiest Seaside Town" by voting through February 28, 2013, and if you really want to show your support you can even click here
to vote hourly.
The Port of Sag Harbor was founded in 1707 and was approved as a Port of Entry for the United States by George Washington
in 1789. It thrived as a whaling village for many years and its rich history includes having had the first Customs House in the U.S., the first newspaper printed on Long Island, and the first volunteer fire company in the state of New York. It even earned a mention in Herman Melville
's classic, "Moby Dick
The village has had and has many notable residents including Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck
, James Fenimore Cooper
, Thomas Harris
, E.L. Doctorow
, Christie Brinkley
, Lanford Wilson
, Tom Clavin
, Betty Friedan
, William Mulvihill, and 'Piano Man' Billy Joel
. The town is frequented by Vanessa Williams
, Matt Lauer
, Jimmy Buffett
, Chelsea Clinton
, and Liv Tyler
to name a few.
The American Hotel, the Sag Harbor Fire Department, and Village Hall. (File Photo)
What makes Sag Harbor deserve the "Happiest Seaside Town" title? So many aspects make Sag Harbor special. The village is filled with friendly family-and locally-owned businesses like Schiavoni's Market, which has been serving the community since 1941, and the Sag Harbor Liquor Store
, owned by the Schmitz Family and in business since 1975. The American Hotel
, housed in one of historic Sag Harbor's landmark buildings, was built in 1846. The scenic views no matter what season, during the summer strolling down the wharf and admiring the yachts filling Sag Harbor Yacht Club
or during the holidays light up with lights and still just as beautiful. The village is filled with events year-round like the upcoming Harborfrost celebrating "winter break" , Haborfest a weekend full of events from whaleboat races to sidewalk shopping, the Haunted Whaling Museum for Halloween and the Sag Harbor Music Festival, a day of free live performances throughout local businesses in the village.
The Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)
For the locals, while winning would be icing on the cake, the nomination already feels like a win for Sag Harbor. Kelly Connaughton
, Board President and Co-Artistic Director of the American Sag Harbor Music Festival said, "I've never experienced a more enthusiastic community than Sag Harbor's. We share a passion for the beauty and simplicity of our little coastal village and through our local organizations, the fellowship of the residents feels like a rare gift. It seems like we've already won!" Hamptons.com Editor-In-Chief Nicole B. Brewer
raved about the beautiful seaside town, "Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, Sag Harbor is an awesome place to be."
When we voted Sag Harbor was in second place behind Beaufort, South Carolina. Also in the running are Harwich Port, Massachusetts; Kennebunkport, Maine; La Jolla, California; Newport, Rhode Island; Rowayton, Conneticut; Pa'ia Town, Maui, Hawaii; Pescadero, California; and Sanibel Island, Florida.
The view from above. (Photo: Megan McKendrick)
To help Sag Harbor win Happiest Seaside Town visit www.coastalliving.com
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com