Hailed by Southern Living as one of the “Best Tiny Towns,” Rocheport is a close-knit community outside of Columbia with something for everyone. This small river town offers a variety of activities such as biking and hiking, shopping in quaint stores, staying in cozy bed and breakfasts, experiencing great dining and enjoying beautiful scenery.
Sip award-winning wine and tour this world-class vineyard in the heart of mid-Missouri. Gather your friends to hear about the history of Les Bourgeois and the process of crafting their selection of dry and sweet wines. Wrap up your tour by browsing their gift shop to find the perfect souvenir or home accessory.
Reserve a guided float trip with a naturalist and river historian to paddle down the Missouri River. Take in the picturesque scenery and learn how the river has evolved since Lewis and Clark’s expedition in the 1800s.
Whether you prefer to walk, run or pedal, the Katy Trail is renowned among outdoor enthusiasts. As you make your trek through Rocheport, you’ll find cafes and restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries not far from the trail. The scenic views of the Missouri River and surrounding countryside add to the town’s quaint character, making this trip a must-do.
Just across from the Katy Trail is Mount Nebo Inn. With its enchanting green exterior and orange door, the inn has two lodging areas available for your stay. Privacy is a priority, but the outdoor patio provides a common area that offers guests a sense of camaraderie throughout the day.
This long-standing schoolhouse (originally Rocheport’s public school) was given a new life when it was converted to a bed and breakfast. The three-story brick building offers 11 guestrooms with modern amenities, while retaining its old-world charm. The School House Bed & Breakfast, circa 1914, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
What began as a temporary lodging solution for the town in 1993 has become a nationally recognized bed and breakfast. Yates House Bed and Breakfast offers six guestrooms, including three in the neighboring Garden House. Each room is tastefully decorated to fuse the 19th and 21stcenturies.
With a passion for food and the Katy Trail, Meriwether’s Café and Bike Shop flourished to life. Approaching the menu with a simplistic style, the café owners offer house-made classics using locally sourced ingredients. Make sure you try their tribute to the Missouri River expedition with breakfast dishes such as the Louisiana Purchase and The Lewis & Clark.
A dining experience at Abigail’s is in high demand due to limited seating and a daily rotating menu. With an upscale take on comfort food and eccentric art pieces hung about the restaurant, Abigail’s is a cozy treasure waiting to be discovered by foodies.
Overlooking the river, the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Whether you choose to dine inside or on the outdoor patio, you’ll experience a casual atmosphere with flair. With contemporary menu items locally sourced, the bistro’s chef creates delectable dishes that are photo worthy.