Located on Long Island, New York, Sag Harbor is a tiny coastal village covering 2 square miles. Despite its small size, Sag Harbor (and its surrounding areas) is rich with history and dog-friendly spots. There is one veterinary clinic in the village to cater to the needs of its furry residents and tourists.
Puppers who love the water are in for a treat at Sag Harbor. Start the day with a tour of the bay with Sag Harbor Charters. Climb aboard the pooch-friendly Marlinspike, a 36-foot lobster yacht with a complete kitchen and bathroom, and let Captain Hagen show you around the area. You can design your own charter or select one of the Captain's tours. Either way, it's a great way to experience the bay!
After plying the waters, grab some lunch at Sen, a no-reservations Japanese restaurant that welcomes pets at its outdoor tables. This place is popular, so expect to wait. Otherwise, there are other eateries in the area that also offer outdoor seating, including Muse in the Harbor, Grindstone Coffee & Donuts, and Dockside Bar & Grill.
Spending a few days in town with Fido shouldn't be a problem, as dog-friendly accommodations abound in Sag Harbor and the surrounding areas.
So pack your things and visit Sag Harbor today!
Just a stone's throw south of Sag Harbor is the Long Pond Greenbelt, a 1,100-acre area composed of coastal plain ponds, wetlands, freshwater swamps, and woodlands. Stretching from Ligonee Creek in Sag Harbor to Sagg Pond in Sagaponack, the Long Pond Greenbelt is home to a huge variety of plant and animal life, including over 100 bird species. Explore this unique area with Fido by following the Long Pond Greenbelt Trail, a 3.5-mile, unmarked trail that makes for a moderately easy hike. You can purchase a map online or from the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Remember to keep Fido leashed while on the Long Pond Greenbelt Trail.
Should you and Fido find yourselves in the adjacent hamlet of Noyack, you can go for a cruise on the waters of the South Fork with Hamptons Boat Rental. Charter a pet-friendly watercraft from the company's fleet of yachts and boats, the largest on the east end of Long Island. If you prefer to stay on land, head to Trout Pond Park. As the name implies, the park houses Trout Pond, which is encircled by easy hiking trails. Beautiful and tranquil, Trout Pond Park is pawfect for a leashed walk with your best friend. Afterward, grab a bite to eat at MJ Dowling's Steakhouse & Tavern, where Fido can join you at an outdoor table.
Just a short drive away from Sag Harbor is Noyac Hills County Park, where you'll find the Mountain Laurel Loop Trail. This easy, 2.3-mile loop offers scenic views and is suitable for all skill levels of hikers, both human and canine. The Mountain Laurel Loop Trail should take you and Fido an hour or so to complete. It is recommended to visit in mid-June to see the mountain laurel in full bloom, but the park is lovely any time of the year. A trail map can be obtained from the Southampton Trails Preservation Society. Keep in mind that Fido must stay leashed while inside Noyac Hills County Park.
The Springs Dog Park in the nearby town of East Hampton is the largest dog park on Long Island, maybe even in the entire country! With more than 20 acres of outdoor space dedicated to pooches, there's plenty of room for Fido to run, skip, and gallop off-leash. But because the place is so huge, it's possible to lose sight of your pup, so stay alert. The park contains a few trails, with the main dirt trail leading to a large grassy field where most of the dogs play. Locals say that waste bags and water are not provided, so be sure to bring your own. Also prepare for ticks, especially if it's tick season.
Take a stroll in the sand with Fido or watch him play with the waves at Main Beach in East Hampton. This beautiful beach welcomes canines throughout the year and is a great place to spend some quality time with your pup. Off-leash dogs are allowed on the beach any time during the off-season. From the second Sunday of May through September 30th, dogs are only permitted on the beach before 9 AM and after 6 PM and must be leashed when within the marked areas. As always, clean up after your pooch; waste bags are provided at the entrance to Main Beach.