Any structure that’s been standing for more than two centuries has to evolve quite a bit, and the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton is hardly an exception. As its name implies, the Baker House was constructed in the middle of the 17th century. It was quickly sold, in 1650, to its namesake, Thomas Baker, one of East Hampton’s founders. When James Harper Poor purchased the house, in 1899, he changed just about everything, including the name. That said, his circa-1911 renovations transformed the Baker House (which he renamed As You Like It as an homage to his favorite playwright, William Shakespeare) into the grand yet gracious house taking up residence on Main Street today.
In fact, he was so proud of the renovation that he insisted his daughter, Mildred, get married in the house’s gardens. Her original 1915 wedding invitation and the subsequent newspaper announcement boast pride of place on the lobby’s walls.
Today, the distinctive bed and breakfast makes a case for casual luxury in an utterly intimate setting. Reminiscent of manors in the English countryside, the hotel boasts two main buildings: the Baker House, the estate’s original Cotswold-inspired 17th-century structure, and the Carriage House, a two-suite outpost that sits on an acre of lush gardens behind the main house. The property also features a renowned hand-dug spa complete with a counter-current pool, sauna, steam shower, and a soaking tub. And don’t miss a dip in the highly Instagrammed infinity pool.
Comprising 96 minimalist guest rooms and suites decorated in an array of warm neutrals, an open communal lounge, and a counter-service café offering decadent South American fare, Marram is shaking up Montauk’s boutique hotel scene in a big way. There’s even an on-property surf shack housing a surf school helmed by the famed Engstrom siblings.
Though the hotel features plenty of coveted amenities, perhaps its biggest draw is the elegant design that subtly references the quiet city’s gray morning mist, expansive sand dunes, and, of course, the wild grass after which the hotel is named. With white oak lumber beams along the length of the guest rooms’ ceilings, hand-textured plaster walls, polished concrete flooring, handwoven and naturally dyed In Residence rugs, and reclaimed Suar wood decor, Marram’s carefully outfitted interiors emphasize the idea of “barefoot luxury.” What’s more: The rooms’ walls feature the work of surf photographer Brian Bielmann and Rhode Island musician and artist Sean Spellman, enigmatic and eye-catching reminders that Montauk is a stylishly laid-back East Coast surf town.