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Louisiana trip guide
WHERE TO START
Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau 888/642-3800;
WHAT TO DO
ASL Pewter Foundry Tucked inside the 1881 Grand Central Hotel, the foundry's showroom gleams with heirloom-quality tableware (left). The foundry uses molds that date as far back as 1650; the pewtersmiths make original designs, too (573/754-3435; aslpewter.com).
50 Miles of Art Studio and gallery tours are in March and November, though artists welcome visitors year-round and display work in galleries (50milesofart.com).
St. Louis University's Henry Lay Sculpture Park Sculptures dot 20 wooded acres. The 2-mile gravel walking trail is lovely. Free (573/754-4726; slu.edu/events/layctr.html).
Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Co. This nearly 200-year-old nursery is known for patented fruit trees (800/325-4180; starkbros.com).
WHERE TO EAT
Daybreak Donuts The sweet perfume of apple fritters hangs outside (573/754-6060).
The Eagle's Nest Bistro Try the Eagle Sandwich for lunch (smoked turkey breast, bacon, baby Swiss and basil mayo on foccacia) and spice-crusted salmon for dinner (573/754-9888; theeaglesnest-louisiana.com).
WHERE TO STAY
Eagle's Nest Inn Rooms in this 1859 bank are tastefully modest and pleasant; rates include a hot breakfast. From $95 (573/754-9888; theeaglesnest-louisiana.com).