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Get to know Sagaponack

Small dimensions meet extra-large desire in extravagantly rustic Sagaponack. Despite covering less than five square miles, the village is one of the region’s most enticing, a fact reflected in a laundry list of notable neighbors past and present—writers, business magnates, musicians—that would assemble quite the dinner party roster. Potato fields used to abound across the landscape. These days, the rich soil instead gives rise to the most ornate of estates. In particular, mansions defying the imagination line Daniels Lane, overlooking the serene, impeccable oceanfronts at Sagg Main Beach and Gibson Beach. Farmhouses and more traditional-style—though undoubtedly no less impressive—Hamptons homes are tucked back from the tree-lined streets on the likes of Hedges Lane and Parsonage Lane. Even though it only occupies a relatively tiny piece of the Hamptons, Sagaponack’s outsized status exemplifies why the East End is unlike anyplace else.

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Sagaponack History & Culture

As well-known as Sagaponack’s current moment of splendor is, the village also has quite a rich historical background. The Sagaponack Historic District loosely forms a spine along Sagg Main Street, incorporating over 130 buildings, sites, and structures that preserve the village’s past and growth. Wood-frame houses from the village’s earliest days—the oldest dating to around 1692—stand alongside those in Victorian-era styles from the late 19th century, plus 20th-century shingle-style and Colonial Revival homes. Two entries in the district straight out of pastoral America are the c.1885 red one-room schoolhouse and the c.1880 combination general store-post office. Respectively, they represent the sole public and lone commercial buildings in Sagaponack. Tranquil nature still thrives between trips down memory lane—whether at Poxabogue County Park on the Bridgehampton border, the Madoo Conservancy's colorful garden, or the Sagaponack Sculpture Field.

Sagaponack Dine & Shop

Despite its contemporary real estate boom, Sagaponack has never let go of its rural character. Show support for the growers who help keep that spirit alive by shopping at a local farmers’ market or flower stand. Montauk Highway represents the primary commercial thoroughfare, as it does in other villages and hamlets in the Hamptons. On the whole, Sagaponack’s offerings along this main road are sedate compared to the nearby action in Sag Harbor, East Hampton, and Bridgehampton. However, a few can’t-miss standbys are located on and around Montauk Highway in Sagaponack—these include famed food stores, classic Hamptons surf and turf offerings, and golf course-adjacent delectable diner-style fare. There are also chances to sip on top-shelf wines from the tasting room of the award-winning Wölfer Estate Vineyard.