July 16, 2014

School House Centennial Gazebo

In honor of our building's 100th anniversary in 2014, we constructed a 12'x16' Centennial Gazebo along the back fenceline of the Inn.  The gazebo complements the architectual style of the Inn with a rectangular footprint, galvanized metal roof and white trim. The red brick floor matches that of the brick sidewalks and we used limestone block in the adjacent landscaping.

The gazebo has a porch swing and patio table with chairs for our guests' enjoyment.  It also has a ceiling fan for hot days and perimeter down lights for evening use.  The swing is very popular with our guests and the gazebo is a great place to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee before breakfast.

Here are some photos of the construction progress and finished structure:

Project started in December 2013 just before the cold winter weather

Galvanized metal roof  and white aluminum-wrapped  posts finished in late December 2013
Added ceiling fan and perimeter lights

Waiting for the Winter of 2014 to end!

The finished project with porch swing, patio table/chairs and landscaping.

February 3, 2013

New Executive Chef at Les Bourgeois Winery Bistro

The Les Bourgeois Winery Bistro just announced Chef Joshua Smith as their new executive chef starting February 1st, 2013.  For his complete bio, please visit the LBV website.

We look forward to his new creations and great meals for our guests!

November 11, 2011

Annual Staff Retreat at the School House

The School House Bed + Breakfast has had the pleasure of hosting New Life Center's annual staff retreat at the  since 2006.  Here's what they have to say about their experience:

"Several years ago, we did not know anything about Rocheport, Missouri, but now we look forward to our annual staff retreat at THE SCHOOLHOUSE. Mike and Lisa are always there to welcome us with their famous cookies and to show us to our rooms. The school-themed rooms, complete with black boards, Dick and Jane books, and other memorabilia from the past, add to the excitement of staying there. The atmosphere is welcoming, the building beautiful and clean, and the beds comfortable. The special soaps, rubber ducks, and robes add that finishing touch. The delicious breakfasts served each morning are a wonderful start to the day, and evening meals at Abigail’s and Les Bourgeois nearby add to the enjoyment of our stay. We always take the time to walk a bit on the Katy Trail and enjoy the beautiful scenery during the day. At night, the bright starlit sky reminds you that you are away from the hustle of the city. Our whole experience from start to finish is enjoyable and each of us is glad for the opportunity to return again each year."

Staff of New Life Center – Bridgeton, Missouri

October 29, 2011

Winter Weekend and Progressive Dinner Package December 2-3, 2011

Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing weekend in Rocheport during the holiday rush. Our December 2-3, 2011 weekend package includes:
  • 2-night stay in any Inn room (excludes Dormitory rooms)
  • Champagne and appetizer reception Friday evening from 6-8 pm in the School House Faculty Lounge
  • A delicious School House multi-course breakfast each morning
  • Les Bourgeois Winery VIP Tour and Tasting Saturday morning
  • $20 in ‘Rocheport Bucks’ to spend at the Rocheport shops
  • 3-course Progessive Dinner with stops at each of Rocheport's luxury B&B's on Saturday evening.  
  • Optional: Enjoy live music at the Rocheport General Store on Friday or Saturday evenings.  
Here's our Progressive Dinner Menu:
Starter Course:
Roasted Plum Tomato Bisque
Mascarpone & Pancetta Garnish
Toasted Ciabatta Crisps
Main Course:
Pinot Noir Pot Roast with Porcini Mushroom Sauce
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Garlic Butter and Pinenuts
Dessert Course:
Pecan and Bourbon Bread Pudding
Warm Butterscotch Sauce
Package Price: $89 per couple plus the price of your selected guest room on Friday and Saturday nights.

June 18, 2011

Rocheport is still 'High and Dry'!

We've had some inquiries about how the Missouri River water level will affect us here, so thought we'd share what we know with you. As of today, Rocheport is high and dry and there are no Katy Trail closures due to water. We expect this to hold for at least another week. But even when the water rises, tourism businesses in Rocheport are not affected.  The only real impact that we are anticipating for our guests is that the Katy Trail going west of Rocheport towards Boonville will be affected.  This usually happens a couple of times a year anytime the river level gauge at Boonville reaches 27+feet.

The river water level must exceed 30 feet to top the Katy Trail by our city parks on the south edge of town or the trail bridge east of the Rocheport Tunnel , which are the lowest points in Rocheport.  If the water level prediction is 30+ feet this summer, there is an emergency response task force ready to lay 1700 feet of  plastic sheeting and concrete barriers backed with sandbags on top of this section of the Katy Trail.  This will protect the trailbed itself, the few residences along First Street and the trailhead area north of the Katy Trail where the Trailside Cafe' and Bike Rental is. The only business we anticipate to be inaccessible is the Treehouse (house on stilts) of the Katy Trail Bed and Bikefest since it is on the south side of the trail.

What does this mean for our guests?  If you plan to cycle in July and August, we think the trail going east from Rocheport to at least Huntsdale and hopefully all the way into Columbia will be open and you will have a great view of the "Big Muddy" strutting her stuff that few people will get to see!  All the restaurants, shops, LBV winery, A-Frame and B&B's will be open for business as usual. 

So don't be afraid to come on down and see us in the next few weeks and take home some great photos of the Missouri River!

To track the Missouri River water level, follow this link to the Boonville river gauge.

Mike and Lisa,
Innkeepers, School House Bed and Breakfast