Below is a list of some of what is available to you while you are visiting Sag Harbor and The Hamptons. It by no means encompasses all there is. Try the links to the newspapers and the chamber for more suggestions, the latest in art shows and gallery openings and to take advantage of the many services that are available. Also check our book in the entry foyer to the guesthouse for additional listings.
Spectacular in its wealth of rare plants, animals, and ecological communities is widely recognized as one of the state's most environmentally significant areas. It harbors one of the highest concentrations of rare plants and animals in New York State. The Greenbelt's most splendid feature consists of a collection of thirteen coastal plain ponds and pond shore communities. The New York Heritage Program classifies many of the Greenbelt's ponds, fauna, and flora as rare both in New York State and worldwide. In recognition of the area's unique and fragile status, Southampton has dedicated 14 of its Greenbelt parcels into its Nature Preserve program, which extends the highest degree of protection in town law. The rest of Southampton's Greenbelt properties are currently in nomination for Nature Preserve status.
Within the 1,100-acre Greenbelt management boundaries (roughly Sagg Road and Sagg Main Streets to the east and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and Ocean Road to the west), more than 600 acres have been preserved outright since 1975 by Suffolk County, Southampton Town, and the Nature Conservancy. New York State has assisted purchases with funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act and long-term, low-interest loans. Greenbelt ponds, which are under the aegis of the Board of Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton, cover close to 300 acres. www.longpondgreenbelt.org
Designed for Benjamin Hunting in 1845 by Minard Lefever (who also designed the Whaler's Church), the Greek revival mansion is home to the Sag Harbor Historical Museum. Visitors enter through the jaws of a right whale into history of Sag Harbor's whaling days. Ship models, whaling artifacts, period furniture, toys and china dolls and scrimshaw are all on display. Open daily; $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for children, $2.00 for senior citizens.www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org
Abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and his wife, artist Lee Krasner, moved to 1 1/4 acres in the Springs in 1945 and Pollack did the bulk of his work in the studio. Operated by the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit affiliate of the University at Stony Brook, the Pollack Krasner house is a study center dedicated to promoting scholarship in 20th-century American art as well as a vestige of Pollock and Krasner's life together. The highlight of the museum is the studio's paint-laden floor - an unintentional work of art. Open Thursday - Saturday; $5.00 donation. Guided tours by appointment only.
Jack Lenor Larson, textile designer and philanthropist, wanted people to experience the visual arts in "full round" and created Long House as a place where visual arts, music and dance could be viewed as such. Sponsored by the Long House Foundation, there are also workshops, seminars and tours. Hours of operation and price vary with each event. www.longhouse.org
Guild Hall is more than just a museum, it is a Hamptons institution. With three galleries, Guild Hall truly promotes all the arts in the Hamptons. Open for over 60 years, the museum has consistently been a supporter of the local community and its artists - not without its share of controversy. Hours vary; $2.00 suggested donation. www.guildhall.org
In 1897, a popular summer resident, Samuel Parrish, purchased the land next door to the new library and commissioned architect Grosvenor Atterbury to erect a museum to house his collection. The museum is a delight to the eye and the home to a series of touring exhibits. You'll love it! http://www.parrishart.org
Operated by the Hampton Historical Society, the museum is dedicated to the history of the whaling and fishing in the Hamptons. Boats, tools, equipment and dioramas convey the difficulty and struggles East End fishing presents the Baymen. There is also a series of displays dedicated to East End hunting. Open daily, $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for students and senior citizens. http://www.easthamptonhistory.org/
Alongside the current bestsellers, you might find that out-of-print book you've been searching for. On Saturday at 6:00 p.m. attend a book signing or poetry reading. http://www.caniosbooks.com/
Our local movie house sometimes a real artsy place other times not. http://www.sagharborcinema.com/
Bring along some black thistle birdseed and the birds will eat right out of your hand. Trails wind down to the bay. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=52566
Special summer events including "Golden Cocktail Hour", 4-5 PM, Fri-Sat-Sun http://www.wolffer.com/store/
Just down the road from the guesthouse. It has dioramas of local natural environments and many special events throughout the year. www.sofo.org
Our very own legitimate stage right here in Sag Harbor. Local productions with world class talents. Every season brings a new crop of highly sophisticated entertainment from drama to comedy. www.baystreet.org