Alexandria MN Lakes Area Official 2012 Visitors Guide

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Welcome to the Alexandria Lakes Area! Located only a couple hours northwest of the Twin Cities on I-94, Alexandria is perfect for family vacations, weekend getaways & business meetings. Alexandria is a year round vacation destination offering a wide selection of bed & breakfasts, hotels, resorts & campgrounds. As a regional hub, visitors enjoy a large shopping center, specialty shops, fine restaurants, historic downtown Alexandria & Carlos Creek Winery, an award-winning vintner. Our lakes are top producers offering some of the best multi-species fishing in the Midwest. Cyclists, walkers & anyone who wants to get a little closer to nature enjoys the paved Central Lakes Trail. In the winter months, the trail becomes part of a 500-mile groomed snowmobile trail system. Visitors comment how welcome they feel, & how much they enjoy the relaxing lifestyle.
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  Alexandria Lakes Areawww.vacationalexandriamn.org IFC O ur legacy of hospitality dates back to the late 1800’s whenMidwesterners traveled by train to the Alexandria Lakes Area.Our early vacationers found lodging at luxurious lakesidehotels, casual fishing camps and some of Minnesota’s earliestresorts. It was in the Alexandria Lakes Area where they, and their friends, enjoyed cool lakes, refreshing swims and excellent fishing.Today, Alexandria is a year round vacation destination offering trav-elers a wide selection of bed & breakfasts, motels/hotels, resortsand campgrounds. As a regional hub, visitors can enjoy a largeshopping center, strip malls, big box stores, specialty shops, finerestaurants, historic downtown Alexandria and Carlos Creek Winery, an award-winning vintner.If you are a history buff, don’t miss the Runestone Museum & Fort Alexandria (home of the famous Kensington Runestone), theMinnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and Senator Knute Nelson’srestored residence, now home to the Douglas County Historical Society.The Lakes Area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. Our lakesare top producers offering some of the best multi-species fishing inthe Midwest. Cyclists, walkers and anyone who wants to get a lit-tle closer to nature enjoys the paved Central Lakes Trail. In the win-ter months, the trail becomes part of a 500-mile groomed snow-mobile trail system.More importantly, what made the Alexandria Lakes Area popular over a century ago still holds true today. Visitors comment howwelcome they feel, and how much they enjoy the relaxing lifestyle. We sincerely desire to provide you with a refreshing time away.Please let us know how we can help you plan a getaway to our beautiful Lakes Area. For more information call 1-800-235-9441or visit us online atwww.VacationAlexandriaMN.com 1st Minnesota Realty. . . . . . . . . 13 Ace Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Alex Carpet One. . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Alex RV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Alex Travel/Utopia Tours. . . . . . . 55 Alexandria Area Arts Assn.. . . . . 44 Alexandria Area EconomicDevelopment. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Alexandria Aviation. . . . . . . . . . . 52 Alexandria Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Alexandria Dock Works. . . . . . . . 54 Alexandria Motors. . . . . . . . . . . 52 Alexandria Technical & CommunityCollege. . . . . . . . . . . . . OBC/58 Andes Tower Hills. . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Angelina’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Apol’s Harley Davidson. . . . . . . . 55 Arrowwood Atikwa Golf. . . . . . . 46 Arrowwood Deck Bar & Grill. . . 49 Arrowwood Lake Café. . . . . . . . 49Bennigans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Bethany Community. . . . . . . . . 56Bike & Fitness Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . 41Bobber’s Marine. . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Broadway Medical Center. . . . . 57Brophy Bay Mart. . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Bug-a-Boo Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Carlos Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . 29Central Marine & Sports. . . . . . . 55Cherry Street Books. . . . . . . . . . 51Christopherson’s Bait. . . . . . . . . 53Coldwell Banker-CrownRealtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Counselor Realty-Akenson. . . . . 13Creative Touch Gallery. . . . . . . . 50Crooked Willow. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51D. Michael B’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Diekmans Jewelry. . . . . . . . . . . . 52Doolittles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Douglas County Hospital. . . . . . 56Downtown/Plaza Liquor. . . . . . . 53Echo Press Newspaper. . . . . . . . 12Edina Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Erickson’s Petting Zoo. . . . . . . . . 44Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill. . . . . . . . 48Garden Center Lanes. . . . . . . . . 48Geneva Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . 47Geneva Golf Club Grill. . . . . . . . 48Glenwood State Bank. . . . . . . . . 54GNC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41Grandpa’s Attic & Gifts. . . . . . . . 50Hardwood Hills Golf. . . . . . . . . . 47Hilltop Lumber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Interlachen inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Investment Ctrs of America. . . . . 1Jake’s Bike Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . 41Jan’s Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Juettner Motors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Knute Nelson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57Lake Miltona Visitors Bureau. . . . 22Lea’s Pet Products. . . . . . . . . . . . 51Lube-Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Magpie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Midsota Plastic Surgeons. . . . . . 57Minnewaska Golf Club. . . . . . . . 46MN Lakes Maritime Museum. . . 45Nokomis Coin Laundry. . . . . . . . 53Ollies Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Papa Murphy's. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Perkins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Pine Ridge Golf Course. . . . . . . . 46Pizza Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Ron’s Warehouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Runestone Electric Assn.. . . . . . . 53Runestone Museum. . . . . . . . . . 45Scandinavian Gift Shop. . . . . . . 50Sid's Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Sixth Ave Wine & Ale. . . . . . . . . 49Snap Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Steinbring Motorcoach. . . . . . . . 55Stub’s Marine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Sweet Seasons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51The Mustard Seed. . . . . . . . . . . 51Theatre L’Homme Dieu. . . . . . . 45Travelers Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Trumm Drug. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Viking Speedway. . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Weston Station. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Yesterday’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 YMCA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41  Alexandria Lakes Area Call us @ 1-800-235-9441 1 Alexandria Lakes AreaChamber of Commerce 206 Broadway Alexandria, MN 56308 1-800-235-9441(320) 763-3161 www.vacationalexandriamn.cominfo@alexandriamn.org HOURS: Monday - Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:30 am - 5:00 pmSaturday . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct-April 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .May-Sept 9:00 am - 4:00 pmSundays . . . . . . . . . . .May-Sept 11:00 am - 4:00 pm .    F  a   i  r  g  r  o  u  n   d   R   d . 7th Ave.6th Ave.5th Ave.4th Ave.KnuteNelson Park   p   l  e   S   t .   k  o  m   i  s   S   t .   k   S   t .  AgLakDar1st AvHe3rd Ave. CHAMBER OF HAMBER OF COMMERCE OMMERCE   CHAMBER OFCOMMERCE LakeAgnes Table of Contents ã Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFCãRetail Advertiser Listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFCãFun Things to Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-11ãSpring Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2ãSummer Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4ãFall Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5ãFishing The Lakes Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6ãMuseums & History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-8ãParks & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-10ã Winery & Orchards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10ãTheatre & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11ãCommunity Profile& Relocation Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-13ãConventions, Groups & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14ãCampgrounds & Graph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15ãBed & Breakfasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16ãMotels, & Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17-19ãResort Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-22ãResorts & Area Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-39 Aaron & Moses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Amelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Andrew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23Brophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25Carlos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26Darling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-27Geneva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31Ida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Le Homme Dieu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Maple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-35Mill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33Miltona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37Osakis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38-39Reno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Villard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24ã Area Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-30ãCentral Lakes State Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40-41ã Winter Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-43ãCalendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-45ãGolf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46-47ãRestaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48-49ã Antiques & Specialty Gift Shops . . . . . . . . . . .50-51ãMore Shopping & Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-55ãHealthcare & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56-57 This book is a publication of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce,206 Broadway, Alexandria MN 56308. Photography and graphic design by thecreative team at MJ Communications of Alexandria. Reproduction in part or whole is prohibited without permission. Located only a couple hours northwest of the Twin Citieson I-94, the Alexandria Lakes Area is perfect for familyvacations, weekend getaways and business meetings.  Alexandria Lakes Areawww.VacationAlexandriaMN.com 2 City Wide Garage Sale  All the fun is not restricted to the lakes onfishing opener weekend. The official citywide garage sale happens opener week-end too! Look for advertisements in thelocal newspaper, and follow the signs insearch of collectibles and other treasures. Wild Flowers The Alexandria Lakes Area includes twobiomes, the prairie grassland in the westand southeast and temperate deciduousforest in the south-central, north andeast. Wildflower enthusiasts will find awide variety of native plants to view andphotograph. Our State Parks and theCentral Lakes Trail are a good place tostart your native plant adventure. Awake the Lakes Festival The Lakes Area kicks off summer with aMemorial Day weekend of activities atBig Ole Central Park. The events are cen-tered around the popular Rib Fest, livemusic, family fun, and fireworks. Contactthe Chamber for more information.www.awakethelakes.com Live Theatre Located in downtown Alexandria, the AAAA Theatre presents several communi-ty productions from October to May. Thefare includes theatre, visual arts, musicand more. www.alexandriaareaarts.orgTheatre L’Homme Dieu has been present-ing exciting and entertaining summer theatre for more than 50 years. The the-atre partners with professional, regionaltheatres in presenting live performances.Show and ticket information for 2012 isonline at www.tlhd.org. (More Theatre Information on Page 11) Breakfast with Big Ole Fort Alexandria, at the RunestoneMuseum, comes alive on Memorial Dayweekend when the public is invited toBreakfast with Big Ole. This family friendlyget together is great fun! Enjoy a heartybreakfast of egg bake, fruit, juice and old-fashioned egg coffee. Even Big Ole him-self will be in attendance for the kids.www.runestonemuseum.org Awake the Lakes and Rib Fest Theatre L'Homme Dieu 
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