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Destinations - Adventures in Travel 2012

Destinations - Adventures in Travel 2012

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Welcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, scenic and interesting vacation play lands throughout Minnesota. This publication is your guide on where to go and what to do as you explore the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Duluth, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, East Otter Tail County, Wadena and Alexandria, Minnesota.
There is no bad time for a visit to the Destinations area. It’s a postcard-perfect world year around. Come and visit the hundreds of fun places where you can hike, swim, golf, fish, hunt, bird watch, berry pick, ski, windsurf, play tennis, relax, skateboard, sunbathe, toboggan or sled, shop ‘til you drop or just see the sights.
Destinations will lead you to theater, art and music produced by local talent. We’ll show you the annual citywide festivals that nearly every community in the area proudly presents.
If you already live in Destinations country, you’re bound to learn about things you didn’t even know were that close to home.
Pick up a few copies of Destinations. Keep one for yourself and pass a few copies around to your friends and neighbors. And Destinations has an easy Website to remember at mndestinations.com
We’ve given you an overview of Destinations country and how this publication can guide your journey. Now we invite you to turn the page and take a closer look.
Welcome to Destinations – your ticket to fun, scenic and interesting vacation play lands throughout Minnesota. This publication is your guide on where to go and what to do as you explore the scenic lakes, rivers and woods of Duluth, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, East Otter Tail County, Wadena and Alexandria, Minnesota.
There is no bad time for a visit to the Destinations area. It’s a postcard-perfect world year around. Come and visit the hundreds of fun places where you can hike, swim, golf, fish, hunt, bird watch, berry pick, ski, windsurf, play tennis, relax, skateboard, sunbathe, toboggan or sled, shop ‘til you drop or just see the sights.
Destinations will lead you to theater, art and music produced by local talent. We’ll show you the annual citywide festivals that nearly every community in the area proudly presents.
If you already live in Destinations country, you’re bound to learn about things you didn’t even know were that close to home.
Pick up a few copies of Destinations. Keep one for yourself and pass a few copies around to your friends and neighbors. And Destinations has an easy Website to remember at mndestinations.com
We’ve given you an overview of Destinations country and how this publication can guide your journey. Now we invite you to turn the page and take a closer look.

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The phrase, “easy to get to – hard to leave,”

isn’t just a Chamber of Commerce pitch line
for the Alexandria lakes area. It’s true.
People are having a hard time leaving
because they’re having so much fun. Alexandria
is conveniently located on Interstate 94 – 110
miles from Fargo, 68 miles from St. Cloud, 131
miles from Minneapolis and 142 miles from St.
Paul.

Nestled in scenic rolling hills and trees where
the prairie meets the forest, the Alexandria area is
brimming with 375 glacier-formed, pristine lakes.
That makes it the perfect
playground for swim-
mers, boaters, anglers,
golfers, bicyclists, hik-
ers, bird watchers, ice
skaters, skiers, snow-
mobilers and anyone
who enjoys the great
outdoors. Even if you
don’t consider yourself
an outdoorsman or out-
doorswoman, there’s
still plenty of fun to
enjoy while on vacation in the Alexandria lakes
area:

• Browse for antiques.
• Take in an arts production.

• Shop historic downtown Alexandria or visit
the Viking Plaza Mall.
• Explore the area’s fascinating – and
controversial – history.
• See a movie – there’s a nine-screen
movie theater near the mall.
• Get a workout at the Alexandria Area

YMCA.

• Tour a winery – the award winning
Carlos Creek Winery is just three miles north
of Alexandria.
• Catch an entertaining, college-level
baseball or hockey game.
In addition, Alexandria lists several golf
courses on www.alexandriamn.org, an
amusement park, go-cart racing, horseback rid-
ing, three museums, public swimming beaches,
a water park, a winter ski hill, three marinas and
much more — all in the Alexandria lakes area.
There is also a trail of antique, curio and
specialty shops (many of them downtown) that
collectors, browsers and shoppers love to follow,
and Alexandria has a very active downtown
restaurant and shopping area.
The Alexandria website lists numerous resorts,
motels, and many B&Bs. There are also
campgrounds, RV Parks and other lodging
accommodations.

The
Alexandria
area
features 375
glacier-formed,
pristine lakes.

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Summer Fun
in the Lakes Area

Big Splash

Big Splash is a wet, wild waterpark won-
der. One of the biggest indoor waterparks in
the nation is at the Arrowwood Resort and
Conference Center, located about four miles
north of Alexandria on Lake Darling.
The 38,000-square-foot water park offers a
wide variety of water activities, including four-
story waterslides, a “Lazy River” floating inner
tube ride, a lily pad water walk and a tropical
whirlpool spa and waterfall. There’s also a chil-
dren’s play fort in a zero-inch-entry pool.
For more information, call (320) 762-1124 or
visit the Big Splash website at
www.arrowwoodresort.com.

Vikingland Band Festival

Every year, on the last Sunday in June, the
streets of Alexandria come alive with the sound of
music.

The 28th annual Vikingland Band Festival is set
for June 24, featuring the Midwest’s finest high
school marching bands in a fun but intense compe-
tition. Summer parade bands are at their peak in
June and pull out all the stops as they perform on
the city’s extra-wide main street.
The Vikingland Band Festival parade begins early
afternoon Sunday and proceeds along Broadway

from 4th Avenue to 15th Avenue.
For more information about the band festival, visit
the website www.marching.com/events/vbf.

Fourth of July –
Watch for a Storm!

Although there are several fireworks displays
around the area on the Fourth of July, one of the
most spectacular is Star Storm.
Those who go to Lake Darling near Alexandria on
July 4 will enjoy a spectacular 20-minute fireworks
display set to music. The annual display, which is
designed to be enjoyed either from land or from the
lake, is organized by Arrowwood Resort. Folks can
watch the show from the front lawn of Arrowwood,
which overlooks the lake, or they can boat over to
see the display. Watchers are encouraged to tune
into KXRA-FM, 92.3, for the show.

Awake The Lakes

A county brimming with hundreds of lakes should
have a big event to rouse them from their winter
slumber; and for Alexandria, the annual “Awake the
Lakes” on Memorial Day weekend is that event.
Most of the activity happens along 2nd Avenue in
downtown Alexandria. Highlights include a “Ribfest”
cook-off with music, and a family friendly Heritage
Fest that offers ethnic foods, artisans and entertain-
ment. For more information, call (320) 763-3161
or visit www.alexandriamn.org.

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Central Lakes Trail

If you like biking, walking, in-
line skating or snowmobiling,
you’ll love the Central Lakes Trail.
The 14-foot-wide, 55-mile paved
trail begins in Fergus Falls and
crosses Douglas County to con-
nect to the Lake Wobegon Trail in
Osakis. Together, they make the
longest paved trail in Minnesota. In
Douglas County, the trail connects
Alexandria with six other cities,
many of which have trailside park-
ing, restrooms and shelters. In
Alexandria, the trail also connects
to a paved trail that travels along
the shore of Lake Agnes to
Alexandria City Park. In the winter,
the Central Lakes Trail is also a
popular snowmobiling route.
Visit www.centrallakestrail.com.

Explore Historic Downtown

There’s more to downtown
Alexandria than storefronts. Visitors
can discover enchanting shops
and beautiful boutiques. They can
stroll through timeless antique
stores to find unexpected treasures
and nostalgic memorabilia. They
can take a break and try out one
of the many cozy eateries.
For information on upcoming
events, visit
www.downtownalexandria.com.

Viking Plaza Mall

The Viking Plaza Mall in
Alexandria has more than 30
stores for customers to shop in
comfort.

Many updates and improve-
ments have been completed and
more are on the horizon. The
Viking Plaza is often described as
“tomorrow’s mall” and manage-
ment takes pride in offering cus-
tomers a clean, relaxing and fun
environment that makes the mall
not just a place to shop but a des-
tination to visit. It’s the largest
shopping mall in Douglas County.
Recent upgrades include com-
fortable new furniture, a creative
playscape for children, a new
entrance off South Broadway, new
signs and free Wi-Fi access for
shoppers.

There are events happening all
year round at the Viking Plaza. It’s
also a popular spot for walkers to
get in some exercise, seven days
a week.

Maritime Museum

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime
Museum offers visitors a chance to
experience the history of boating
and resorts in the Alexandria lakes
area. The museum, located on 3rd
Avenue West in Alexandria, houses
the area’s extensive classic boat
collection as well as resorting,
fishing, hunting and other maritime
memorabilia.
An exciting new addition to the
museum is also taking shape –
Maritime Gardens. It will feature a
grand design of gazebos, park
benches, lush flower gardens,
ornamental grasses, streams and
waterfalls, and an event stage with
seating.

A celebration of the first phase in
Maritime Gardens – A Growing
Legacy! is planned for August
2012. The project is scheduled to
be completed in three phases.
The museum also provides edu-
cational programs in the summer,
such as sailing lessons, water
safety and youth boat operation.
For more information, visit its web-
site at www.mnlakesmaritime.org
or call (320) 759-1114.

Runestone Museum

Located near the “Big Ole”
Viking statue at the north end of
Broadway, it’s home to the contro-
versial, world famous Kensington
Runestone. It tells of Viking explor-
ers, there is a Native American
exhibit, exhibits on early immi-
grants and the history of
Alexandria, a memorial/gun exhib-
it, a Minnesota wildlife exhibit, and
a hands-on children’s area.
The museum is located in Fort
Alexandria — a nearly exact repli-
ca of the stockade constructed in
1862 by order of the governor of
Minnesota. It’s located at 206
Broadway.

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Carlos Creek Winery

No matter the season, there’s
always something happening at
Carlos Creek Winery.
Founded in 1997, the winery offi-
cially opened in July of 1999. It’s
located on 160 acres with 13 acres
devoted to vines and 15 dedicated
to apples.

Visitors can sample a wide-range
of the winery’s award-winning
wines. Grape varieties include
Frontenac, Sabrevois, Valiant, King
of the North, Brianna, Marquette,
Petite Pearl and Edelweiss. Apple
varieties include Cortland, Fireside,
Haralson, McIntosh, Regent, and its
largest planting, Honeycrisp, the
state apple of Minnesota.
The winery is owned and operated
by the Bredeson family.
Winter hours are from noon to 5
p.m. Sunday through Thursday and
noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday. Summer hours are from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through
Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m.
on Sunday.

Complimentary tours are offered
daily, year-round at 1 and 3 p.m.
plus 5 p.m. on Saturdays. (No
reservations are needed for groups
fewer than 20.)
Yearly events include the extreme-
ly popular “Grape Stomp”
(September 14-16 this year); “Apple
Fest” (October 20), featuring a
pumpkin-throwing catapult; and
“Awake the Grapes,” which includes
1K, 5K and 10K runs through the
vineyards (May 27-28).
The winery is also a favorite spot
for destination weddings. It hosts
more than 40 weddings each year,
plus a number of corporate events.
It was recently nominated a “top
three non-metro venue” by
Minnesota Meetings and Events and
was given the “Bride’s Choice
Award” by Wedding Wire.
There is also a full venue of musi-
cal entertainment, mystery dinner
theater and other fun activities. Go
to www.carloscreekwinery.com for
more information or call (320) 846-
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Parks
in the Lakes Area

City Parks

Alexandria City Park– north end of town,
one block west of County Road 42 (North
Nokomis). Playground, picnic area, tennis
courts, swimming beach, fishing pier. The
point between Lakes Agnes and Henry offers
a great view of the two lakes and city sky-
line.

Big Ole Central Park– north end of
Broadway in Alexandria, next to Lake Agnes.
Gazebo, parking area for the Central Lakes
Trail.

Dean Melton Fillmore Park– Fillmore Street
and 15th Avenue West in Alexandria.
Includes skateboarding with ramps and
rails.

Fred Foslien Park – Victoria Heights, two
blocks south of Highway 27 off Knut Street
in Alexandria.

Geneva Crest Park– west side of Lake
Geneva in Alexandria (take Highway 27 East
to Birch Avenue, then go east on Basswood
two blocks and east on Geneva Drive).

Goose Park– three blocks west of
Broadway on 5th Avenue West, Alexandria.

Lake Agnes Park– south shore of Lake
Agnes along County Road 37, Alexandria.

Lake Connie Park– 7th Avenue East
between Roosevelt and Spruce streets,
Alexandria.

Lakeview Park– Highway 27 East and
Birch Avenue in Alexandria (take Highway
27 East to Birch Avenue, turn west on
Runestone Place and then west on Lake
Park Avenue).

Legion Park– Broadway and 8th Avenue
West, Alexandria.

Manor Hills Park– Take Highway 29 North
to Manor Drive and go two blocks to the
right on Springdale in Alexandria.

Martin’s Hope Park– 2nd Avenue, across
the street from Big Ole Central Park in
Alexandria

Noonan Park– this city park is located at
Nokomis Street and 10th Avenue in
Alexandria. Be sure to pack your picnic
lunch and include some bread for the ducks!
From the playground to scenic pond, this
park is a favorite all year round. The frozen
pond, hockey rink and warming house are a
great place to spend a winter’s day.

Oak Knoll Park– northeast side of
Alexandria near McKay Avenue. Take
Highway 29 North, turn right on McKay
Ave. and left on Oak Knoll Dr.

Osagi Park– Lake Street in Osakis. Picnic
tables and shelter, restrooms, playground
and lakeshore (no swimming area).

Pooch Playland– a new dog park with a fenced-in area.
Located at the south end of Victor Street on the east side of
Alexandria.

Runestone Park– about one mile east of Broadway in
Alexandria on 6th Avenue East.

County Parks

Chippewa Park- Three miles north of Brandon on County Road
108. Picnic tables and shelters, charcoal grills, restrooms with
showers, drinking water, a swimming beach (no lifeguard),
playground, horseshoe pit, camping sites.

Curt Felt Memorial Park- North of Alexandria off County Road
42. Volleyball court, playground, a picnic shelter, restrooms,
softball field.

Lake Brophy Park- West of Alexandria at the intersection of
County Roads 82 and 8. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, a rest-
room, drinking water, playground, scenic views of Lake Brophy.

Kensington Runestone Park- This is the site where the famed
Kensington Runestone was found. Picnic tables and shelters,
charcoal grills, electricity, restrooms, drinking water, heated
community building with kitchen facilities, softball field, horse-
shoe pit, volleyball court, playground, hiking trails, historic dis-
plays.

Spruce Hill Park- North of Alexandria near Miltona (from
Alexandria, take Highway 29 to County Road 5 and go east
about five miles). Picnic tables and shelters, charcoal grills,
electricity, restrooms, drinking water, softball field, interpretive
trail, hiking trails.

Lake Carlos State Park

Sculpted by ancient glaciers and encompassing more than
1,200 acres, Lake Carlos State Park offers visitors many scenic
trails to explore. It contains a tamarack bog, marshes, wood-
land ponds and lakes. The park entrance is located 10 miles
north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then two miles west
on Highway 38.

Park highlights include camping, fishing on a chain of lakes,
birdwatching, hiking through rolling hills, a swimming beach
on Lake Carlos, boating and water recreation. Filled with sce-
nic woodlands and grasslands alike, the park includes more

than 14 miles of hiking
trails, and nine miles of
horseback trails.
One third of
Minnesota's 80 mam-
mals and more than 150
species of birds inhabit
the park seasonally or
year around. Visitors
often see beaver, deer,
loons, grebes, ducks
and heron.
A variety of recre-
ational activities
revolve around the
lake. Clear and deep,
Lake Carlos offers visi-
tors a perfect setting for
everything from swim-
ming to picnicking. In the
winter, visitors can ski
from the tamarack bog to
a maple-basswood forest.
Special events may include
candlelight ski nights and
snowshoe making. For a
current list of events happening at the park, see
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/lake_carlos or call (320)
852-7200.

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Arts
in the Lakes Area

Alexandria Area Arts
Association

The Alexandria Area Arts Association
(AAAA) was founded more than 30 years
ago as a way to bring theater to the com-
munity. The theater offers music perform-
ances, shows and events. The “Quad-A”
theater is located at 618 Broadway in
downtown Alexandria.
For information about the latest produc-
tions, go to the website
www.alexandriaareaarts.org or call the
box office at (320) 762-8300.

Theatre L’Homme Dieu

Theatre L’Homme Dieu has been offering
professional summer-stock theater to the
Alexandria area since 1961. This year, the
theater is partnering with Minnesota’s pro-
fessional theaters to offer five high-caliber,
family-friendly, often-comic musicals.
This year’s line-up includes God of
Carnage (June 26-July 1); Legacy – A
Tribute to the King of Pop (July 10-15);
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (July 17-
22); Doubt: A Parable (July 24-29);
Gilligan’s Island: The Musical (August 7-
12)

Theatre L’Homme Dieu is located at
1875 County Road 120 NE. Call (320)
846-3150 or visit www.tlhd.org.

Art in the Park

Promoted as “Central Minnesota’s finest
outdoor craft festival,” Art in the Park
draws about 25,000 visitors each sum-
mer to Alexandria City Park.
During the two-day, admission-free
event, visitors stroll through the scenic
park along lakes Henry and Agnes and
view the work of about 170 artisans. The
event also features plenty of musical
entertainment, as well as a variety of food
vendors. This year’s Art in the Park is set
for the last weekend in July. For more
information, visit
www.alexandriaareaarts.org.

Free Summer Concert Series

The Red Willow Arts Coalition hosts a
popular summer concert series. The series
features more than a dozen free concerts
held every Thursday evening on the lawn
of the Douglas County Courthouse, locat-
ed just one block off Broadway Street, on
7th Avenue in downtown Alexandria. The
2012 concerts are set to include country,
jazz and old time, plus a new menu
board will announce upcoming perform-
ances, and wafts of popcorn will be
detected in the air from the new addition
of a popcorn machine. Bring your own
blanket or lawn chairs. Call Sandy at
(320) 763-7161 for more information.

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Winter
in the Lakes Area

Ice Skating at Noonan Park

Noonan Park in Alexandria is the site of the
city’s outdoor public skating rink. The rink is
regularly maintained, has a warming house,
and is well lit for night skating. The park is gen-
erally open for skating around December 20, or
whenever there is eight inches of ice.
Hours for the rink and warming house are
Monday through Friday from 3 to 9:30 p.m.
and weekends and vacation days from 1 to
9:30 p.m. The rink is closed daily from 5 to 6
p.m. During school vacations the rink opens at
1 p.m. There is no charge to skate at the park.
The rink is located on the east side of
Alexandria off of Nokomis Street and between
9th and 10th avenues.

Snowmobiling

Minnesota has more than 20,000 miles of
snowmobile trails that criss-cross its forests,
prairies, hills and lakes. Here in Douglas
County, it’s just as wonderful for snowmobilers.
There are breathtaking scenes on 400 miles of
trails that wind throughout the county, connect-
ing every community in the area.
Snowmobile trails also connect with the
55-mile Central Lakes Trail, a four-season
recreational trail that spans the county.

A free trail map and additional trail informa-
tion are available at the Alexandria Lakes Area
Chamber of Commerce at 206 Broadway.

Ice Fishing Challenge

The annual Ice Fishing Challenge brings sev-
eral thousand anglers to the area each winter to
compete for prizes.
Featuring more than $60,000 worth of prizes,
the Ice Fishing Challenge is held each February.
For more information, visit
www.icefishingchallenge.org or call
(320) 808-5096.

Andes Tower Hills

Think you have to go to the mountains to
have winter fun? If so, you haven’t been to
Andes Tower Hills.
Located just 15 miles west of Alexandria,
Andes Tower Hills has 16 downhill ski runs
ranging from beginner to expert, as well as
facilities for tubing, snowboarding, cross-coun-
try skiing and snowshoeing. Ski and snowboard
lessons, a racing program, lodging, a restau-
rant, equipment rentals and a pro shop are also
available. The facility recently expanded and
improvements were added including new expert
terrain, new lighting and new banquet rooms.
For more information call 1-877-542-6337
(1-87-ski-andes), or visit
www.andestowerhills.com.

The annual Ice Fishing Challenge brings
several thousand anglers each February.

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Osakis

The charming town of Osakis is located
along I-94 in central Minnesota, just two
hours west of the Twin Cities.

Osakis is located on
the southern shores of
Lake Osakis – one of
the state’s premier
walleye fishing lakes.
The sparkling waters
of the 6,700 acre lake
also offer the perfect
setting for soaking in
relaxing summer after-
noons and taking a
spin on your water-
craft. For waterfowl
hunters, public hunting areas are nearby.
During the winter, the lake makes for great
snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Any time of year, be sure to check out the
family resorts, campgrounds and motels
inviting you to stay for your next vacation.
Those looking for off-the-water options
should definitely check out downtown Osakis
featuring several antique and specialty shops
and cozy dining options. If you’re planning a
getaway with the young ones, venture
over to the city’s park and stop by the
local petting zoo. And be sure to bring
your bikes – Osakis is at the heart of the
Central Lakes Trail and Lake Wobegon
Trail.

Please check out the website at
lakeosakis.com. You will find a detailed
list of lodging and accommodations,
shopping and entertainment options,
as well as a calendar of events.

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Erickson’s Petting Zoo

From spring Easter egg hunts to
fall corn mazes and pumpkin
patches, families will enjoy an
afternoon at Erickson's Petting
Zoo, located at 11890 Hope
Road near Osakis. It’s open
weekends from Easter until Memorial Day
and open daily from Memorial Weekend
through Halloween. The pumpkin
patch/corn maze is open weekends,
beginning Friday, September 21, along
with Fall Family Fun from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on
Sundays through Halloween.
The zoo features a playground, plus
wholesome family fun on an old fash-
ioned farm. Animals include pygmy goats
and their kids, sheep, miniature horses,
llama, potbelly pigs, rabbits, bunnies,
many varieties and colors of chickens,
ducks, geese, pheasants, peacocks,
pigeons, doves and more. For more infor-
mation, call (320) 762-0184.

Quilts Along the Trail

This is an annual event the first
Saturday after Labor Day in Osakis, fea-
turing quilts of all styles and sizes for
public viewing along a two block area of
the Central Lakes Trail in downtown
Osakis. Also features musical entertain-
ment and food vendors.

Osakis Festival

The fourth weekend in June the park
comes alive with activities for all ages
during the Osakis Festival. A four day cel-
ebration, it's complete with kids' events,
flea markets and crafts, antique tractors,
street dance and grand parade.

Roddin’ Round the Lakes

If you want to experience a blast from
the past and check out an array of impec-
cably restored classic cars, make plans to
attend the 2012 Roddin’ Round the Lake
event in Osakis on Saturday, July 14.
Hundreds of cars line the streets of down-
town Osakis and the proud classic car
owners love to show off their prized pos-
sessions and chat with the crowd. The
Central Lakes Cruzers organizes the popu-
lar, family-friendly event.

Osakis Trailhead

Park your vehicle and make the Osakis
Trailhead your launching point for a biking
adventure this summer. Osakis connects
two extensive trail systems in West
Central Minnesota. Look for the large,
four-sided clock that stands at the
entrance to the trailhead parking lot in
downtown Osakis.

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ALEXANDRIACALENDAR of EVENTS

April

7- Easter Egg Hunt at Erickson’s Petting Zoo
near Osakis
20– Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Carlos
Creek Winery
20-22, 27-29- AAAA Theatre presents
“Harvey”

May

4– Ole and Lena’s Wedding dinner theater at
First Congregational Church
5– Knights of Columbus Spring Fling
12– Minnesota Fishing Opener

20– Central Lakes Symphony Concert at
Carlos Creek Winery
23– Sidewalk sales in downtown Alexandria
25-28– Awake the Lakes Memorial Day
weekend celebration in Alexandria

26– Habitat for Humanity 6th annual
Motorcycle Ride
27– Awake the Grapes at Carlos Creek
Winery

28– Osakis Memorial Day parade
10:30 am Park Osagi to Lakeside
Cemetery, Service begins at
10:45 am at Lakeside Cemetery

June

21-24– Osakis Festival
22– Alexandria Shrine Circus
24– Vikingland Band Festival

26 - July 1–Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“God of Carnage”

July

4- Star Storm Fireworks Show at Arrowwood
Resort
4- Evansville 4th of July Celebration
4– 33rd Annual Lake Carlos Boat Parade
4- 25th Annual Boat Parade on Big Chip
Lake in Brandon
4– Parade in West Union, Fireworks in
Osakis
10-15–Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“Legacy - A Tribute to the King of Pop”
13– Douglas County Relay for Life
14– Chain of Lakes Classic Boat Show at
Arrowwood

14– Roddin’ Round the Lakes, downtown
Osakis
17-22–Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“The 39 Steps”
24-29–Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“Doubt: A Parable”
28- AAAA Theatre presents, “Art in the Park”
30-August 4- Resorters Golf Tournament at
Alexandria Golf Course

August

7-12–Theatre L’Homme Dieu presents
“Gilligan’s Island: The Musical”
16-19– Douglas County Fair

September

8– Quilts Along the Trail in Osakis
14-16– Carlos Creek Winery presents “Grape
Stomp”

18–Echo Press presents Strike Out Illiteracy
Bowling Tournament at Garden Center
Lanes

October

4–Echo Press presents Women’s Showcase
at Broadway Ballroom
20- Carlos Creek Winery presents Fall Apple
Festival

Ongoing Events

Viking Speedway, WISSOTA racing:

Weekends late April through early September,
Viking Speedway, Alexandria

Beetles Baseball:June through mid-August,
Knute Nelson Memorial Stadium, Alexandria

Blizzard Hockey:October through March,
Runestone Community Center, Alexandria

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CONTACT

FISHING LICENSE

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KITCHENETTE

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

TUBS/SHOWERS/BOTH

AIR CONDITIONING

TELEVISION

CABLE

PREMIUM CHANNELS

PHONE IN ROOMS

GOLF/NEAR/ON

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MEETING ROOM

POOL/INDOOR/OUTDOOR

SAUNA

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FOOD ON PREMISES

COCKTAILS

CONTINENTAL/FULL BREAKFAST

PET ACCOMMODATIONS

OUTDOOR PLUGINS

WINTER ACTIVITIES

INTERNET/WIFI

FITNESS

AmericInn Lodge & Suites
4520 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-763-6808
808-634-3444
americinn.com

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High Speed Internet Access, Email: alexandria.mn@americinn.com

Country Inn & Suites
5304 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-763-9900
800-456-4000
countryinns.com/
alexandriamn

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High Speed Internet Access, Email: cx_altd@countryinns.com

Days Inn of Alexandria
4810 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-762-1171
Fax: 320-762-2627

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Email: alexdaysinn@gmail.com

Holiday Inn
5637 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-763-6577
800-HOLIDAY
hialexandria.com

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Super 8 Motel
4620 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-763-6552
800-800-8000
super8.com

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Wireless internet, free computer access in lobby, RV & truck parking

Arrowwood Resort &
Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-762-1124
866-386-5263
arrowwoodresort.com

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Waterpark, marina, stables, indoor/outdoor tennis, on-site spa, rental townhomes, outdoor dining.

Hampton Inn & Suites
2705 S. Broadway
Alexandria, MN 56308

320-763-3360
hamptoninn.com
Sue Jung, Manager

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High speed internet (wireless) in all guest rooms, lobby & meeting rooms. 100% guest satisfaction.

BUSINESS

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CAMPING/RV SITES

FISHING LICENSE

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SHORT STAYS/ALL SEASON

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

TUBS/SHOWERS/BOTH

HOUSEKEEPING CABINS

AIR CONDITIONING

FIREPLACES

LAUNDRY FACILITIES

PETS ALLOWED

TELEVISION

CONVENIENCE STORE

SCREENED PORCH

RECREATION ROOM

SWIMMING AREA

PLAYGROUND

TENNIS/NEAR/ON

GOLF/NEAR/ON

POOL / SAUNA / WHIRLPOOL

GRILL

BOAT LAUNCH

BOAT/MOTOR RENTAL/PONTOON

BAIT AVAILABLE

GASOLINE

WINTER/CHILD ACTIVITIES

Brophy Lake Resort
1532 Brophy Park Rd NW
Alexandria, MN 56308

Greg Bowen &
Angela Dotty
320-762-8386
brophylakeresort.com

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Brophy Lake • New cabins with fireplaces, open year-round on Central Lakes Trail. Kitchenette, game room, outdoor plugins, wireless internet. Email: gfbowen@hotmail.com

ALEXANDRIA RESORTS

ALEXANDRIA LODGING

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Welcome to the North Shore! It’s LAKE

SUPERIOR, the world’s largest fresh water
lake and it’s one of the many compelling
reasons to visit.
While you’re here, you might explore some of
our breathtaking natural beauties. Drive up the
North Shore to visit Gooseberry Falls or head over
to Wisconsin and explore the Superior Hiking
Trail. Or, if a view is what you seek, the one from
Duluth’s most popular landmark, Enger Tower,
cannot be rivaled; according to its legend, you
can see 31.4 miles of the city on a clear day.
Plan a picnic in the grounds
surrounding the building,
walk the winding paths
through the park and ring
the Peace Bell. Be sure to
bring a camera and while
you are at it, may we rec-
ommend our favorite ways
to enjoy the Northland.

Bob Dylan Way

Step it up and go for a
walk along Dylan’s Way.
Created in celebration of Bob
Dylan’s 65th Birthday, the 18 mile Bob Dylan
Way winds through Duluth’s downtown, extending
from Michigan Street at 5th Avenue West to 15th
Avenue East and London Road. Be sure to walk

by Dylan’s early childhood residence located at
519 N. 3rd Avenue East. http://bobdylanway.com

Park Point & Brighton Beach

Take a dip in Lake Superior then sun yourself
at the beach on Park Point. Or, if you are a win-
ter visitor, check out the ice formations at
Brighton Beach.

Tour the last whaleback ship
in the world

Launched from Superior in 1896, The S.S.
Meteor is the last of these innovative ships,
called whalebacks for their rounded hulls. To
learn more visit
www.superiorpublicmuseums.org.

St Louis River Historical
Encampment

Experience living history with traders, crafts-
men, music and entertainment for the whole
family. This event is held at Dunlap Island in
Cloquet. Call (218) 879-9151 or visit
www.cloquet.com for details.

Mixed Wood Forest

A rich tapestry of golds and greens, reds and
russets blanket our mixed-wood forest, inviting
you to retreat and relax. Vistas of aspens, maples
and evergreens nestle snugly against the rolling

Lake
Superior is
the world’s
largest
fresh water
lake!

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