Showing posts with label Rocheport MO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rocheport MO. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Budweiser Clydesdale Farm Opens Near Rocheport, MO

Anheuser-Busch Warm Springs Ranch, home of over 100 Clydesdale foals, mares, and stallions, has opened for tours.  This 300 acre state-of-the-art breeding facility is located just across the Missouri River from Rocheport and can be toured daily.  Tours take about ninety minutes and are wonderfully comprehensive.  You will get up close with the horses, the beautiful tack and hitches, and the staff whose good fortune has led them to this beautiful place.  Advance reservations are required and Yates House can assist you in these arrangements.

This is a grand opportunity to experience one of America's most beloved and enduring corporate symbols.  Plan to visit Warm Spring Farms during your Yates House stay.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saving One Small Town, Rocheport, Missouri

We remember our impressions of Rocheport when we first came to town.  It was 1985 and there really wasn't much going on here.  Old buldings weren't in good condition.  Most commercial space was empty except for piled up junk inside.  Many historic homes appeared unloved and some had been torn down and replaced by trailer homes.  Only a few children played in public areas.

Rocheport was, however, a very small town and we love small towns almost no matter what.  These are the places where generations of Americans have grown up.  We kept returning to Rocheport for visits.  The small town heart of Rocheport still beat and there remained a loyal nucleus of residents hoping to save this place from the fate of many, perhaps most, small towns across our country.

After several years of day visits, we bought a building lot to construct a historic replica home in our historic neighborhood location.  Our investment added to energy and investments of others and soon Rocheport was on the upswing.  Historic properties saw new life.  Small businesses opened and some prospered as more and more Rocheport residents stopped leaving town for employment and made their living working here in the developing tourist trade.  Rocheport's popularity as a tourism destination and great place to live has continued to grow and drive our independent economy.  Property values remain modest but have continued to improve even during the economic stress of the recession.

As very small towns disappear all across America, Rocheport stands as a rare example.  One small town slowly dying and ready to disappear has found new life and prosperity.  Rocheport was named in 2006 "One of America's Ten Coolest Small Towns" by Frommer's Budget Travel.  We invite you to visit and enjoy our wonderful small town.  While you're here, eat at our fine restaurants, enjoy the Missouri River bluff top view from Les Bourgeois Winery and Bistro, hike or bike Katy Trail State Park, and explore our small shops.  Of course, you'll want to spend a night or two at Yates House Bed & Breakfast.  We think you'll love Rocheport.

Conrad and Dixie Yates
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