Sag Harbor Windmill
Tucked into the eastern end of Long Island in New York, Sag Harbor is a great location to embark, disembark or just to visit as a port o’ call, during a crewed yacht charter in New England. With a large protected natural harbor this was a perfect location for the colonial settlement to burgeon on the surrounding shores. Today the Sag Harbor Village District is on the National Register of Historic Places surrounding a still well protected harbor, now mainly in use by visiting yachtsmen, and is a great port to include on a crewed yacht charter.
Originally settled in the early 1700’s, Sag Harbor is said to have been named after a local tuber vine grown by the native Indians, the Metoac Algonquins, called the sagabon. By 1789, the village had grown to be an important international port and a particularly important whaling ship port from whence whaling ships left for the greater Atlantic Ocean on the hunt for whales. The whaling industry hit a peak in the 1840’s, however; not before making a big enough impact for the port to be mentioned several times in the famous whaling novel “Moby Dick”. While there, be sure to visit the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, now housed in the original 1840’s Masonic Lodge, designed by Minard Lafever.
Today, this a sleepy historic village which surrounds a large harbor, peopled by a generally upscale community as real estate in the area is considered to be at one of the highest values in the U.S. Relying in the summertime on tourism and local visitors that might be enjoying summering in “The Hamptons”, Sag Harbor has chic boutiques and specialty shops, and restaurants that feature local fresh seafood. Nearby are the many beaches that have made the area a destination for summertime fun. Cruise into Sag Harbor on your crewed charter yacht and enjoy the village atmosphere, nestled in next to other yachts in this upscale historic New England “Blue Blood” summer destination.