Grab a tea, grab a book or two, sit down in our big cozy chairs and get lost (and found).
At Harbor Books, we believe that reading enriches lives, families, and communities. To us, books are cultural treasures to be kept in trust by those that recognize the value that they hold. We offer something non-essential in a completely essential way. It is not just about the product, but about the experience. Our store is designed so readers can pass hours.
Once an international whaling port—Sag Harbor is mentioned in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick—there was a time when Sag Harbor had more commercial shipping vessels than all of New York City. It was also the backdrop for military action in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and during World War I, Thomas Edison observed the E.W. Bliss Company testing torpedoes right in the harbor. This quaint Hamptons hamlet has an impressive literary history as well. John Steinbeck lived in Sag Harbor from 1955 until his death in 1968, and celebrated poet George Sterling was born here. Today, stroll through Sag Harbor and you will find that many historic homes of sailing captains and sailors have changed little over the last three centuries. This historic port continues to flourish with museums, restaurants and shops.
- Harbor Books was built in only 22 days
- Everything in the store is custom made, antique or scavanged
- Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Margaret Mitchell can be found reading in our window benches
- The only way to the Land's Beyond is through the Phantom Tollbooth
- Our first delivery of books weighed 7,000 lbs
- Our typewriter is a 1934 Remington Royal Portable