The View’s Sunny Hostin Shares Her Guide to the Hamptons

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by Eddie Roche

With ABC’s The View always making news, nobody deserves a break more than those opinionated co-hosts who get at it every day. Sunny Hostin is spending the rest of her summer in Sag Harbor, and she fills us in on how she’ll be filling her hard-earned days off.

What first brought you out East?
It was about 20 years ago, and I heard about this hidden gem in the Hamptons from my friend Barbara [Smith], better known as B. Smith. She said she lived on a private beach. She was having an event at her restaurant on the water in Sag Harbor, and I decided at the last minute to take the Jitney here for the day with my mother. I have summered here every year since.

What do you love most about the area?
I fell in love with Sag Harbor the first day I walked off that bus. I have always loved the water. Even though I really can’t swim well! I couldn’t believe that there was this special place with these calm waters. It’s hard to explain, but I felt at home. I’ve always felt safe here.

What are your favorite things to do in the Hamptons?
I spend my time in an enclave called SANS — Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Nineveh — it’s an area in Sag Harbor that was historically owned by African-American families and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. These homes were owned by black families when home ownership was frowned upon and not allowed. I was welcomed so many years ago with open arms — especially by a wonderful gentleman named Bill Pickens, whose grandfather settled the area. It’s my happy place. My children have spent their summers here. It’s my respite.

What are your favorite things to do in the Hamptons?
I spend my time in an enclave called SANS — Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Nineveh — it’s an area in Sag Harbor that was historically owned by African-American families and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. These homes were owned by black families when home ownership was frowned upon and not allowed. I was welcomed so many years ago with open arms — especially by a wonderful gentleman named Bill Pickens, whose grandfather settled the area. It’s my happy place. My children have spent their summers here. It’s my respite.

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