Explore the Alexandria Lakes Area at the Big Ole Bicycle Festival!

By Explore Alexandria / August 3, 2017

Central Lakes Trail Conditions: Almost Clear!

By James Feist / February 25, 2016

You don’t have to double check your calendars, it’s February and we’re biking on a mostly snow-free Central Lakes Trail. The area has been experiencing unseasonably warm weather recently which has accelerated melting during an already low snowfall year. While I certainly enjoy riding the streets and frozen lakes during the winter, I just can’t […]


Fall Color Update for Alexandria, MN (with pictures)

By James Feist / September 8, 2015

Autumn is in the air! Now that school is back in session and Labor Day has come, we are on the cusp of another spectacular fall season in Alexandria. Regardless of the intensity of the hues, one thing is always for sure… slightly cooler temperatures make for a perfect outdoor excursion! When it comes to […]


50 Photos Celebrating Alexandria, MN for Tourism Week

By James Feist / May 5, 2015

This week marks National Travel and Tourism Week, which brings awareness to the importance of travel both for the traveler and the economic impact for communities. Among all the great trails, lakes, cabins and businesses our area has to offer, tourism generates over $94 million in Douglas County alone! To celebrate Travel & Tourism Week […]


Easy Spring Adventures at Lake Carlos State Park

By James Feist / April 23, 2015

As if it wasn’t enough to have a long and spectacular autumn season around Alexandria, spring arrives early this year and graces us with summer-like weather! Sure, the nights are a bit colder than summer, but the opportunities to Explore have been a joy with many high temps ranging from the upper 50s to 70s. […]

Ice Fishing

Spring Arrives with Clear Trails in Alexandria

By James Feist / March 26, 2015

I’ve heard an old saying that “winter makes you appreciate summer much more.” I slightly disagree with that statement, as there are many activities and lots of beauty to enjoy throughout the winter season, especially in Alexandria. HOWEVER, one can’t deny the great feeling of going outside without a jacket for the first time after […]

Rotary Beach between Carlos and Le Homme Di

7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

By James Feist / March 12, 2015

We’ve all heard the 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of the United States and even 7 Wonders of the Solar System. So how about the 7 Wonders of Alexandria!? That’s right, we have a list of 7 things that make Alexandria MN unique, interesting and leaving you with a sense of wonder! […]


Picnic in a Park….anyone? (with Fall Color Update)

By James Feist / September 16, 2014

There is something to be said about enjoying a nice meal with nice people. It’s almost a guaranteed good time.  The food tastes good, the conversation is intriguing….. what could be better, right? How about all that good stuff with a dose of inspiration from the great outdoors? Yep, I’m talking about a good ‘ol […]

Couple canoeing

The Beginnings of Autumn Beauty (with Fall Color Update)

By James Feist / September 2, 2014

Now that Labor Day is over and school is in session for most of the country, there is concrete certainty for the arrival of autumn. Although the official beginning of fall is marked on September 22nd during the autumnal equinox, the celebration of Labor Day is commonly linked to the last blast of summer fun. […]

Union Lake

A Beautiful Central Lakes Trail Bike Ride

By James Feist / August 22, 2014

If you’ve ever explored the Central Lakes Trail around Alexandria, it’s no secret how many opportunities for adventure it holds. Spanning 55 miles from Fergus Falls, through Alexandria and to Osakis, there is an overwhelming sense of freedom to know you could go on for hundreds of miles. Luckily for the Alexandria area, there are […]