Yates House Bed & Breakfast

305 2nd Street, Rocheport, Missouri 65279
Innkeeper(s): Conrad & Dixie Yates
  • Introduction

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast frontThe Yates House Bed and Breakfast of Rocheport, Missouri offers six large and luxurious guestrooms in two adjacent buildings . Three rooms are in Yates House, a reproduction of an 1850 roadside inn completed in 1991. Other rooms are a few steps next door in the Garden House building, built in 1840.

    Our lodging accommodations are perfect for romantic getaways and retreats, special occasions, weary Katy Trail cyclists, and adult friend and family gatherings. Our award-winning, widely acclaimed breakfasts are always freshly prepared. We feature seasonal and locally grown produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and herbs from our gardens incorporated into creatively new and traditional breakfast dishes.  Vegetarians and special diet requirements happily served.

    This ideal bed and breakfast vacation or business meeting spot is located in Rocheport, just 15 minutes west of Columbia and midway between Kansas City and St. Louis, two miles north of Highway I-70 in historic Rocheport, Missouri. Gift certificates are available. Let us know your ideas and needs, and we'll be delighted to accommodate you!

  • Insider Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Conrad Yates for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most Yates House guests are here for Romantic Getaways or short vacation stays.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our food, high quality and clean lodging, and excellent hospitality. Our Inn is unique because it is located in Rocheport--one of America's Ten Coolest Small Towns (Frommer's Budget Travel Guide). Rocheport is a very small (pop. 239), historic town that is well preserved, beautiful, and a wonderful place to visit or live. My favorite thing about the Inn is to stand on the front porch and look at the wonderful Norman Rockwell neighborhood around us.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To experience something totally different from where you come from. Goods and services in Rocheport are high quality--lodging, restaurants, and shops, and they are close by. Close by means a short walking distance. We also have the prettiest section of the cross state hiking and biking trail, Katy Trail State Park. And, Les Bourgeois Winery, Missouri's third largest winery with restaurant located on a bluff 120 feet above the Missouri River and valley.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "We don't want to leave.." And we hear it all the time.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Katy Trail Tunnel. It is located a few blocks from here and is the only tunnel on the entire Katy Railroad system from Texas to Missouri.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Four days is kind of a stretch for here. We have enough for two great days. Hike or Bike the Katy Trail State Park along the most scenic section of the cross-state trail. Visit our small shops for gifts, antiques, and fine art. Visit and tour Les Bourgeois Vineyards, the third largest winery in Missouri. Dine at two very good local restaurants: Les Bourgeois Bistro and Abigail's. Visit nearby Warm Springs Ranch. This is an Anheuser-Busch property where all their beautiful Clydesdale horses are bred and born. The past two Superbowl's featured A-B advertising with Clydesdale colts filmed at this farm. Spend some time on the Yates House patio with your favorite person and a bottle of wine.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Nearly everything is within walking distance of our inn. Shops, Abigail's Restaurant, General Store (Rocheport's guest friendly bar with excellent live music on weekend nights) and the Katy Trail State Park are all within two blocks of Yates House. Les Bourgeois Winery and Bistro are about one mile away by Katy Trail along the beautiful banks of the Missouri River and five minutes by car. Warm Springs Ranch (Clydesdales) is a ten minute drive away.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We are fortunate to have two excellent restaurants nearby and can never decide which our favorite is. Abigail's (two block walk) has a creative and ever changing locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu. Their wine list is excellent. They were awarded Southern Living Magazine's Staff Favorite Issue "Best Dessert" Award a few years ago. Prices are moderate--shockingly low for those accustomed to city dining.

    Les Bourgeois Bistro also has great food and specializes in locally sourced, seasonally fresh products. Their wine list is their own products. The restaurant setting is quite beautiful, high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River and valley. This has been voted by Mid-Missourians the "Best Place to Take a Date or An out of Town Guest" in Central Missouri. Prices are moderate and, again, are shockingly low to those accustomed to city dining .

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.rocheport.com, www.columbiamochamber.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    No pets, please. http://www.allcreaturescolumbia.com/boarding.html for pet boarding.

  • Select Registry Affiliation

    Our affiliation with Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America is one of our proudest achievements. This designation as a Select Registry property is your assurance that Yates House Bed & Breakfast in Rocheport, Missouri has been selected as among the most comfortable and welcoming—unique and quality assured lodging alternatives in an increasingly cluttered and impersonal travel marketplace.

    In the late 1960’s, a travel writer named Norman Simpson had an interesting idea. He drove throughout North America and identified unique places that offered what he called, "good honest lodging, good honest food, and good honest feeling." Hailed as "the Father of Country Inn Travel", Simpson—through his pioneering book, Country Inns and Back Roads—introduced an entirely new type of lodging experience to the traveling public. Today, this association of independent innkeepers started by Norman Simpson includes nearly 400 of the "finest country inns, luxury B&B’s and unique small hotels" from California to Nova Scotia.

    Select Registry properties must measure up. We are regularly evaluated by independent inspectors against a stringent quality assurance program which judges high standards of lodging, food, and hospitality. You may rely on us to provide the highest quality in each of these important areas.

    Our goal will always be to provide excellent lodging, food, and hospitality. We want to be among the "best of the best" and exceed your loftiest travel expectations.

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  • Amenities

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast, Rocheport, Missouri, diningFor lodging accommodations in Missouri, guests find that Yates House Bed and Breakfast provides both common and special amenities required to make their stay comfortable and carefree. This is true whether you come for a romantic weekend getaway, a family vacation, or a business meeting.

    Our B&B consists of neighboring properties, Yates House and Garden House, each with three luxurious guestrooms. Breakfast is served in the Garden House Sun Room where you will be treated with Dixie's gourmet delights made from locally grown produce, eggs, meat, cheese, and herbs from our gardens.

    Take advantage of our vacation packages and discount specials throughout the year, or purchase a gift certificate for a special event such as a birthday, anniversary, or even a honeymoon.

    Amenities Include

    • TV/DVD
    • Large DVD library
    • Robes
    • Blow dryer
    • Bath/face soap
    • Shampoo/conditioner
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Bottled water
    • 24 hour coffee/tea
    • Wine glasses and cork screw
    • Refrigerator space
    • Afternoon cookies
    • Award winning breakfast
    • Comfortable seating
    • Complimentary wireless internet

    Katy Room: jetted tub, refrigerator

    Garden House Suite: suite of rooms, wet bar, refrigerator, gas fireplace, jetted tub

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    Yates House

    Yates House, our Missouri bed and breakfast, is a lovely reproduction of an 1850 roadside inn and was completed in 1991. This inviting building contains three of our six guestrooms. The guestrooms and common areas are large, comfortable, and well decorated. The building looks "old, but beautifully restored" both inside and out. All guestrooms are provided with modern, full bathrooms, closets, and individually controllable air conditioning. The back porch, patio, and garden areas offer unsurpassed beauty for quiet reflection or visiting with friends. Ample automobile parking and indoor, locked bicycle parking is provided.

    Since we are only 15 minutes from Columbia, Boonville, and Fayette, MO and midway between Kansas City and St. Louis, our B&B is convenient for business meetings. We offer a small meeting space, complimentary wireless internet access, copy/fax, and catering for up to twenty-six. Other amenities include TV/DVD/CD, robes, iron/ironing board, 24-hour coffee/tea, wine glasses/cork screw, afternoon gourmet cookies, and more.

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    Garden House

    Located a few steps next door to Yates House, the Garden House was built in 1840 and offers three additional large guestrooms for lodging at our bed and breakfast in Missouri wine country. This wonderful building has been lovingly restored, and its rooms offer the same high level of comfort and elegance as the Yates House.

    High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary at our inn. Other amenities include luxurious robes, hairdryer and toiletries, bottled water and soft drinks, TV/DVD/CD, and more.

    A recent addition to the Garden House provides space for Dixie's Kitchen and the Sun Room where a very special breakfast, freshly prepared from seasonal and locally grown food and herbs from our gardens, is served. Small catered events and cooking classes are also provided in Dixie's Kitchen and Sun Room. You may want to take advantage of our Gourmet Weekend package which includes two nights’ accommodations, cooking classes, and a tour of a local winery, culminating in a multi-course dinner.

  • Business Travel

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast businessUpgrade your Missouri business travel plan at Yates House. We provide quality, comfort, and excellent food, far exceeding usual hotel or motel lodging. We don’t bump up the room price by charging extra for wireless Internet or other guest amenities.

    Our very clean and comfortable rooms provide amenities you want. Our award-winning breakfasts are served when you want them. You may bring a client or associate for a complimentary breakfast.

    We are located near I-70, just fifteen minutes from Columbia, Boonville, or Fayette, MO and midway between St. Louis and Kansas City.

    Flexible check-in and check-out times may be arranged.

    Concerned about the cancellation policy? Our weekday, single business traveler cancellation policy takes care of that. No charge.

    Want something to happen your way? Just ask and we’ll do our best.


    • Wireless Internet
    • Copy/fax
    • Small meeting space (26 seats maximum)
    • Small meeting catering (26 seats maximum)
    • FedEx, UPS, DHL - front door. USPS - one block
  • Yates House Cooking Classes

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast cookingToday, television provides cooking classes to the public nearly 24 hours each day. Of course, these classes are observational. Learning to perform the tasks of cooking by doing them "hands-on" is impossible. As is sitting down and enjoying food product of the class.

    Yates House classes have always been participatory, hands-on affairs where small numbers of students prepare the menu under the guidance of Dixie Yates. Class members always eat. Full-meal classes are seated and served by Dixie and Conrad Yates.

    Customized Classes

    We arrange "Hands On" classes specifically for your group of two to six participants. Dixie will work with you to design an experience that meets your unique needs. Skill levels, interests/preferences, and time constraints matter for successful Cooking Class presentations. Classes are custom designed by Dixie Yates. Email inquiries to Dixie at info@yateshouse.com and she will work with you to arrange a class that will perfectly suit your group's needs. Please include information about your interests, skill levels, time constraints, and requested class dates.

    Cooking Class Pricing

    Prices vary according to Class Size, Food Prices, Time Spent (planning, preparing, class time), and price of guest room selected during your Yates House stay. Prices start at $100/person plus cost of Yates House room selected.

  • Dixie's Kitchen and Event Catering

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast cateringIn addition to bed and breakfast accommodations, Yates House also offers Missouri catering services. A kitchen and dining addition to the Garden House provides space for Dixie's Kitchen and Sun Room where award-winning breakfasts are served and small catered events, meetings, and cooking classes are held.

    Dixie's gourmet kitchen is a well-known source of excellent food. The freshest ingredients she can find, including locally grown produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and herbs from her own gardens are used to create wonderful dishes you will never forget. Your meals are prepared at the Garden House and are not "off the truck", a pejorative which describes much pre-prepared food served by restaurants or caterers.

    Let Yates House Cater Your Event

    Our comfortable meeting facility will serve small groups up to twenty-six. We customize your menu to provide exactly the food you want without adding extras you don't want.

    Full or light breakfast, lunch, or dinner. From hearty soup, sandwich, and salad meals up to gourmet extravaganzas. Contact us to get your event underway. We will work with you or your planner to provide the very best service possible.

  • About The Area

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast the areaYates House Bed and Breakfast is located in Rocheport, Missouri, one block from the Katy Trail State Park. Once the busiest river port between St. Charles and St. Joseph, Missouri, Rocheport has much to see and do in the Historic District and along the Missouri River during your Missouri vacation.


    Antiques & gallery shopping in Rocheport’s small shops.

    Enjoy some of the finest dining in mid-Missouri at Rocheport-area cafes, bistros, and restaurants.

    Rocheport General Store, one block walk away. Nightlife with live music, beer, wine, and food in a guest-friendly atmosphere. rocheportgeneralstore.com

    Stroll around Rocheport. You will enjoy the leisurely pace and the many restored pre-civil war homes and the beautiful gardens.

    Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards, just a few blocks up the hill, is one of mid-Missouri's premier cultural and recreational attractions. A family owned and operated winery, Les Bourgeois offers visitors a taste of some of the “Show Me State's” finest award-winning wines, exquisite bistro cuisine, and beautiful scenery. www.missouriwine.com

    Columbia, with many more restaurants and entertainment possibilities, is just fifteen minutes away. www.visitcolumbiamo.com/

    Mid-Missouri Tourism Council is building a comprehensive Mid-Missouri event calendar which is intended to provide central and complete information available about area events. You may also download or request hard copy visitor guide information at from site. www.midmotourism.com

    Columbia Chamber of Commerce website offers more information about the Columbia community. www.columbiamochamber.com

    For more information, please visit the Rocheport Web site at www.rocheport.com.

    Additional Area ActivitiYates House Bed & Breakfast wine glasseses

    Katy Trail State Park - Trail Map - This is the longest and probably the narrowest state park in the United States. It includes 225 miles of railroad grade flat surface, perfect for hiking or biking. Rocheport has the most sought after section of the trail with river, trail, and high bluffs located side by side. No automobiles allowed. Bike rentals and maintenance are available in Rocheport.

    Mighty Mo Canoe Rental - Guided canoe/kayak adventure on the Missouri River. www.mighty-mo.com

    Arrow Rock State Historic Site, www.mostateparks.com/arrowrock.htm- If you enjoy the easy going serenity of a quiet village, then Arrow Rock is the place for you. Once a thriving river port, the town is dotted with architectural treasures from the past. Limestone gutters of carefully carved blocks line the main street, marking the toil of earlier generations. Wooden sidewalks and overhead canopies still line store fronts, recalling the grace and aura of times long past. The entire town of Arrow Rock was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Home of Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater, Missouri's oldest professional theater, 48 years and counting. www.lyceumtheatre.org

    Vintage Hill Farm - An extraordinary greenhouse. Sure to reward plant and garden enthusiasts with over 1700 varieties of plants and shrubs. Highland Cattle and Holsteiner Sporthorses. www.vintagehill.com

    Crane's Country Store and Museum - This fine country store was built in the 1920s and has stood the test of time. Filled with antiques and useful merchandise, this entirely authentic place has served the Williamsburg, Missouri farming community for nearly 90 years. You haven't seen Missouri until you have visited Crane's Country Store.

    Winston Churchill Memorial - Located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, site of Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech. The Memorial was founded in 1969 to honor the life and legacy of one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. It is housed within the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 12th century church from the middle of London, redesigned by Sir Christopher Wren in 1677, that was relocated to Fulton. www.churchillmemorial.org

    Missouri State Capitol-Jefferson City - One of the most beautiful state capitol buildings. This beautiful building is literally a museum of public art; remarkable not only for its quality and abundance, but it is also a faithful reflection of the themes, events, and people of MissYates House Bed & Breakfast kayaksouri.

    University of Missouri - Missouri's flagship university located in Columbia, Missouri. www.missouri.edu

    Stephens College - Educating women since 1833. www.stephens.edu

    Columbia College - Since 1851. Coeducational liberal arts and sciences. www.ccis.edu

    Central Methodist University - Since 1854. Coeducational liberal arts and sciences. www.centralmethodist.edu

  • Location

    Yates House Bed & Breakfast, Rocheport, Missouri, locationYates House Bed and Breakfast is located in Rocheport, MO, fifteen minutes west of Columbia, in the heart of central Missouri. Rocheport is approximately 120 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis. Take Highway I-70 to Exit 115. Then go north two miles to Rocheport.

    The inn is convenient to area attractions such as Katy Trail State Park, historic sites, museums, Les Bourgeois Winery, colleges and universities, etc. If you are visiting the area for a romantic weekend getaway or family vacation, make Yates House B&B your home base. Start your daily activities with our award-winning gourmet breakfasts. When you return from a day of sightseeing, hiking, and biking, you may welcome a restful night’s sleep in our luxurious guestroom accommodations. Should you need a meeting facility for a small business retreat or other group event, we offer lodging as well as catering for up to 26 people.