I was recently having a conversation with a couple of friends about the concept of the bed and breakfast and if it was a dying idea. For me there really wasn’t a great appeal to the idea of sitting in someone elses “Parlor” in the tightly arranged confines of some Victorian styled home. However, one of my friends said that he thought the entire B&B concept would be changing over the next few years and that more modern and simple options would start to crop up across the country as younger generations looked to enjoy this type of very authentic experience. So of course this got me wondering—are there modern B&B’s out there today and if so what do they look like? The answer to my question was yes and actually quite a few, so I decided to feature one of my favorites—Kimber Modern in Austin Texas.
The Kimber describes itself as being for the independent urban traveler seeking a unique escape and I have to say I was drawn in. Designed by Architect Burton Baldridge the building has a simple yet wonderfully complex appeal to it. The structure is clad on the outside with a concrete board rain-screen system that is applied in a subway style pattern. In addition it features a very large outdoor patio area that allows guest to sit under the cover of large oaks in comfortable and conversation friendly siting areas. The B&B’s interior features 5 room and 3 suites all throughly thought through from items like the sheets to art on the walls. The houses main common room features Eames and Arne Jacobson furniture for you to relax in, in style. Besides the structure itself the location of this B&B offers you a range of things to do from shopping to dining to art and culture all geared to appeal to those who enjoy the modern aesthetic.