YATES HOUSE IN ROCHEPORT, MISSOURI
Yates House Bed & Breakfast was started in 1993, not as a real and functioning Bed & Breakfast but as a temporary solution to the huge influx of television and print journalists who visited Rocheport, Missouri to cover the 1993 Missouri River flood disaster. At the time, Dixie and Conrad Yates were health care professionals who had an empty nest and a large historic replica home with private bathrooms for every bedroom. Importantly, the home was located near but safely above Missouri River flood waters and the flooded Katy Trail State Park. Nationally known media figures were everywhere and, it turned out, needed lodging. The Yates opened their doors, filled rooms, and provided hospitality as if guests were family visitors. These media figures were interesting people, great storytellers, and brought a life perspective Dixie and Conrad weren’t familiar with. The Yates enjoyed these guests immensely.
The Yates interest in B&B began there. They studied and stayed in B&B’s and began part-time service while continuing their health care jobs. In 1999, they bought the 1840 house next door, renovated it, doubled their size to six guest rooms, and opened full-time as Dixie retired from her work. Conrad joined Dixie full-time in 2006.
The Yates have dedicated their B&B to excellence. Specifically, they focused on excellence in lodging, service, and food. The Inn has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally. “Best Breakfast in the Midwest”, “Fifth Best B&B in North America to Refer to others”, and “One of Missouri’s Top Destinations” are among awards Yates House has received over the years.
Yates House Bed and Breakfast is nestled comfortably into the historic Missouri River town of Rocheport, Missouri, population 239. Unlike many small towns all across the United States, Rocheport is alive, prosperous, and in good condition. Rocheport has been named “One of America’s Ten Coolest Small Towns” by Frommer’s. There are a number of excellent small gift and antique shops, art shops, and delightful restaurants. Missouri’s third largest winery, Les Bourgeois Vineyard is nearby. Warm Springs Ranch, the tourable breeding farm for Budweiser Clydesdale horses, is ten minutes away. The nation’s longest rail to trail park at 240 miles length, Katy Trail State Park, runs by one block away. Rocheport is located 12 minutes west of Columbia, Missouri and is near the midway point between Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri.