Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond

From tranquil lodging in the middle of bustling Houston to candle-lit breakfasts near the beach, these five B&Bs are guaranteed to please.
Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond
Photo Courtesy of Blair House Inn

The phrase “bed and breakfast” often conjures images of stuffy homes filled with dusty doilies and wide-eyed doll collections. But the B&B industry and its standards have evolved. Say goodbye to the days of old squeaky beds and rows of frivolous throw pillows and embrace the shift toward classically elegant and strikingly modern retreats. Whether you prefer attentive or hands-off service, accommodations steeped in history or an urban atmosphere, there’s a (feather-topped or custom-built) bed and a (candle-lit or grab-and-go) breakfast that fits your needs.

High Design in Austin

Walk through the central courtyard at the Kimber Modern—where guests sway on Ting Sling hammocks, woven from seatbelts, next to angular gardens—and your preconceived B&B notions will quickly be thrown out the floor-to-ceiling windows. Seven rooms are light-filled and minimalist, with custom platform beds and bold, whimsical paintings by Martha Gannon, a Texas-based artist. Aqua glass-tiled bathrooms (suites have deep German Duravit soaking tubs) have Malin+Goetz soaps and shampoos, and dimmable lights can be controlled with a bedside switch. The self-serve breakfast includes local Austin favorites Jake’s Granola and Barrett’s micro-roast coffee, and after a day of people-watching along nearby South

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