Let’s face it. If you love being near the water, then there’s really never a bad time to be on Long Island.

However, if you love the idea of a getaway that feels like you’ve gotten away from it all, but have in fact not left the Island — well, that just means you need to know when to getaway. 

Now — mid May — is a magical time to head toward the East End. It’s not quite ‘the season’ yet, so traffic and throngs are not an issue. Which means you can drive slow, check out the amazing houses and open land, stop to take pictures and reconnect with nature.

So, if you can find a day or so to sneak away from it all, Sag Harbor is a wonderful place to disappear. A lovely walkable town, dotted with restaurants and intriguing housewares shops, retro goods and clothing stores with the landmark American Hotel anchoring the village’s Main Street, is just enough to do to while away a day and decompress.Sag Harbor

Just around the corner is the marina, where there’s plenty of waterfront to enjoy from a bench or while lunching outdoors at Dockside Bar and Grill. You may even spot Billy Joel’s boat hanging out on the water, or run into the music legend himself. He has a house nearby.

It’s quite a dog friendly town, too, which is fabulous find if you have a furry family member. Expect to meet quite a few pups while popping in and out of the quaint shops.

sagtownstoreIt’s also home to what is indisputably the coolest local radio station on Long Island, WLNG 92.1 FM.  In addition to the Sag Harbor Express, the East Hampton Star, and The Independent, look online at 27East.com to soak up the flavor of the community and find out what’s happening right then and there. Be sure to grab a copy of Dan’s Papers — it’s a fun read –to enjoy with a cup of joe from SagTown Coffee. Local media — as hyperlocal as possible — is the best way to discover where to hang out and what makes a community tick.

Now, all you have to do is listen to the weather report, and choose a day to escape.