When it comes to true Southern elegance, few things can compare to the incredible grand, old houses in downtown Tuscaloosa. If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting one of these beauties, you have a chance now, thanks to the efforts of Marc and Kim Roberts. The Tuscaloosa couple have opened Bama Bed & Breakfast on Sherwood Drive, offering lodging and true hospitality to their guests.
And while booking one of the new B&B’s rooms during football season is certainly a desirable thing to do, Bama Bed & Breakfast offers year-round hospitality and charm. The couple also runs a Bama Bed & Breakfast locale on a private lake in south Tuscaloosa. In other words: They’ve been incredibly busy!
The Roberts’ bought the classic, 1823 antebellum home back in May, and Kim Roberts says they got to work immediately.
“We jumped in the very next day with rolled up sleeves and muscle,” Roberts said, adding that there were many repairs to be made and decorating to do. “We had only nine weeks to go from an empty house to a stunning B&B.”
During the lightning-fast renovations, Kim Roberts’ parents came up from Mobile so they could live in the house and help with guests once Bama Bed & Breakfast opened.
“It was an extremely stressful time, but we pulled together as a family, along with our incredible team of workers, and we got it done,” Roberts said.
Indeed they did. Bama Bed & Breakfast opened its doors to its first guests in July.
The Roberts knew they wanted to locate a B&B by Bryant-Denny Stadium. Their lakeside location, which opened eight years ago, has proven quite popular. Now the challenge involves getting the word out that the downtown Tuscaloosa/campus location is open for business.
“We want our friends, neighbors, and entire community to know that we are here for them,” Roberts said, adding that they’d like to host community events at their B&B, including everything from Bunco meetings to birthday parties to tea groups. “We also hope to eventually offer the B&B as a wedding venue.”
And of course, football game weekends are a big draw, given the location in the shadow of the stadium.
“The Ole Miss Weekend was our first really big football weekend test. We had a group of younger men who decided to come see ‘the best college football you can find’ and they all stayed with us,” Roberts said. “It was fantastic.”
Bama Bed & Breakfast is having a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roberts says she’s excited about having everyone in the community come by for a tour given by the Tuscaloosa Belles.
If You Go:
The Bama Bed & Breakfast Grand Opening features free food, a raffle for a free weekend stay, and other prizes. Parking is available in the gravel parking lot behind the Publix on University Boulevard. Signs will direct everyone to the B&B from there. It’s a short walk of about five minutes from there.
Photos: Craig Worley
Article sponsored by Bama Bed and Breakfast.
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