Getaway to Louisiana, Missouri
Recommended by member BMWJerry
Historic Louisiana, MOLouisiana, Missouri, calls itself “Missouri’s Picturesque Rivertown” and with good reason. Located on the Mighty Mississippi about 40 miles south of Hannibal, the views of the river (try the aptly named River View Park) alone are enough to recommend a visit.
The town was founded in 1808 by French settlers and is known for its rolling landscapes, gracious historic homes and the state's most intact Victorian streetscape. You can pick up brochures with walking tours of historic Main Street and Third Street. Many beautiful homes have been preserved and some are currently undergoing restoration.
There are also more than 20 large murals that adorn the town. Visit ASL Pewter shop and see pewter being made the way it was in the 1700’s.
One of the early settlers was James Stark, who brought grafts of fruit trees that became the stock for the oldest nursery in the US. You can visit the retail center at the Stark Brothers Garden Center. The historical Stark Log Cabin was purported to have been the home to 13 children!Historic House in Louisiana, MO
Take a short ride to the Henry Lay Sculpture Park on the grounds of St. Louis University’s Lay Center for Education and the Arts. Set on approximately 20 acres, the Sculpture Park is surrounded by 350-acres of natural meadows, wooded rolling hills, lakes and streams. A well-maintained path takes guests on a 40-minute walk through a working Maple Grove, the McElwee Cemetery and most importantly a plethora of sculpture. Artists with pieces represented in the park are New York based Wendy Klemperer, Portland's Devin Laurence field, Beijing artist Bing Cheng and Brian Rust from Augusta, Georgia.
Lodging: The Eagle’s Nest Winery, Inn and Bistro has 14 guest rooms plus a café and bakery. Treat yourself to dinner and some great locally produced wines. Applegate Bed and Breakfast Inn has 22 rooms in an old farmhouse on the edge of town. The River’s Edge Motel is also in Louisiana and campgrounds are nearby.
View of Mississippi River
We also picked up a brochure in town with suggested motorcycle roads in the area.