“Hamlet: A Viking Adaptation” surprises Alexandria Farmers Market

By Explore Alexandria / September 5, 2015

Sword fights, vikings, Scandinavian culture and a game of Kubb! If you stopped by the Alexandria Farmers Market on Saturday morning you may have noticed something unique. The cast from Hamlet: A Viking Adaptation stopped by to perform sword fights, play a game of Kubb and engage guests of the market. This special production will […]


15 Places to enjoy Fall Colors around Alexandria

By James Feist / September 2, 2016

Without question, Autumn is one of the best times of the year to get out and explore Alexandria, Minnesota. Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from the diverse tree species around the lakes area make for spectacular displays to accompany your favorite activities! Here is […]


15 ways to Explore Alexandria MN in October

By James Feist / September 25, 2015

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again. Grab your favorite sweatshirt, a warm pumpkin latte and hit the road! There is plenty of fall fun in the Alexandria area from seeking fall colors to pumpkin patches and events. Here is a quick list of great things to do in October: 1. Foli-Ole Fall Festival […]


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 […]


7 Wonders of Alexandria, Minnesota

By James Feist / March 12, 2015

[tps_header]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![/tps_header] […]


Alexandria Area Beginning to Display Great Fall Colors

By James Feist / September 22, 2016

It’s always a delightful treat to be able to explore the great outdoors among great fall color displays. Luckily for the Alexandria lakes area, there are many different species of trees all over that typically will allow for a long season of color hunting. I have been seeing autumn hues popping up all over the […]


Alexandria Area Fall Color Update (with pictures)

By James Feist / September 8, 2016

Don’t you just love fall?! Whether it’s the warmth of a crackling fire on an autumn night, a visit to a pumpkin patch or the spectacular displays of changing colors on the trees… there is something about this time of year that makes it special. Now that school is back in session and Labor Day […]


Alexandria Fall Fishing – Bass, Crappie & Walleye

By Joe Scegura / November 6, 2015

The beautiful mild weather has made this fall one of the nicest I can remember here in Alexandria. With consistent highs in the 50’s and 60’s, I’ve noticed a record number of anglers still out on the water enjoying the fishing.  Instead of just a couple adult diehard anglers in a few boats, I’ve been […]


Alexandria Lakes Area on the Brink of Peak Fall Colors!

By James Feist / October 5, 2017

If you are looking to take in all the glory of autumn colors….GET READY! The Alexandria Lakes Area should be reaching peak fall color very soon! It’s difficult to predict exactly when the peak will be, but we know the colors are looking great right now and are accelerating in their rate of change. (Click […]


Alexandria on the brink of peak Fall Colors

By James Feist / October 9, 2015

The autumn season in Alexandria has been absolutely delightful thus far. We’ve been enjoying the slow turning of fall colors since early September in addition to nice, warm sunny days. Since the fall season can be a very fleeting time of year, we welcome this with open arms! More pictures and information in the following […]


Alexandria Through A Camera Lens

By Tyler Golberg / May 4, 2016

I’ve never claimed to be a photographer. I admitted as much in the aerial tour post. I can, however, appreciate great photography of those who have honed their skills for years. The following are photos from local photographers highlighting some of their best work of the beautiful Alexandria area. There are the obligatory lake photos, but there is also much more. […]

Fall Guide - Explore Alexandria MN


By Whitney Fischer / April 4, 2018

Our autumn guide is your all-in-one source for events, activities, and things to do in Alexandria this fall! The changing of the leaves makes for some beautiful scenery and the cooling weather is great for bonfires. There are lots of things to do this time of the year in lakes county. Find some great suggestions […]


Collection of YOUR Fall Color Photo Submissions!

By Explore Alexandria / October 23, 2016

The autumn season in the Alexandria lakes area has been outstanding in 2016! Great weather complimented an extremely long fall foliage season which lasted from early September to late October. Explore Alexandria wanted to see all your great photos while exploring autumn around Alexandria, so we ran a contest which got users submitted by tagging […]


Discounts on an Autumn Golf Get-Away

By James Feist / September 22, 2014

Whether you call it Autumn or Fall, one thing is certain…..it’s here! The autumn months are very popular times to get outdoors and have some fun. It might be because we are squeezing in every chance we can to get outdoors, or perhaps we seek the undeniable beauty of the colorful fall foliage. Most of […]


Excellent Fall Colors at Lake Carlos State Park

By James Feist / September 30, 2014

  Considering all the lakes and trees around Alexandria, it’s difficult to say exactly where the best fall colors are located around the area. However, after visiting Lake Carlos State park over the weekend, I’m convinced that this must be one of them! Sure, camping is always fun at the park, but it is close […]


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 […]


Fall Colors Progressing Beautifully in Alexandria Lakes Area

By James Feist / September 28, 2017

The autumn season is turning out to be absolutely delightful in the lakes area! The weather has been summer-like for a large portion and now it looks like the fall temps between 60s-70s will be here for a while to accompany the beautiful autumn hues. Grab your sweatshirts, hot pumpkin spice drinks and pull up […]


Fall Small Mouth Feeding Frenzy!

By Joe Scegura / October 9, 2015

What’s better than catching hundreds and hundreds of huge small mouth bass…? If I think of something I’ll let you know! The past few weeks has been as good as it gets for fishing in general.  Beautiful weather, endless hard fighting action and the size of the fish has been outstanding. We’ve already caught numerous […]


First Signs of Fall Colors Appearing in the Alexandria Lakes Area

By James Feist / September 11, 2017

Great Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Alexandria Lakes Area

By James Feist / September 12, 2017

The Autumn Season is arriving in Minnesota, and it’s one of the best times of the year to get out and explore the Alexandria Lakes Area! Not only are there tons of things to do and great places to stay, the colorful hues from the diverse tree species makes for spectacular displays to accompany your favorite activities! Here is […]


Mid September Fall Color Update

By James Feist / September 19, 2017

The autumn hues are really starting to pop up around the Alexandria Lakes Area! I have been seeing colors beginning to start up since Labor Day (click here for that update), and they have been slowly progressing ever since. Cool overnight temperatures along with plenty of bright and sunny days will help accelerate the pace […]


Paddling the Chain of Lakes in a Canoe

By James Feist / September 25, 2014

In case you didn’t know, there are about 351 lakes around Alexandria in Douglas County. If that isn’t awesome enough, over a dozen of these lakes around the city are connected in “chains.” If you ask me, that sounds like a paddler’s paradise!   The lakes vary greatly in terms of size, depth, accessibility and […]


Peak Fall Colors arriving soon in Alexandria Area

By James Feist / September 18, 2015

Catching fall colors at their peak can sometimes come with very short notice. As explained in my previous fall color blog, many different things contribute to the timing and intensity of autumn hues, with weather being on top of the list. Luckily for us we are at the beginning phases of color change with the […]


Peak Fall Colors Arriving Soon in Alexandria Area

By James Feist / October 6, 2016

The autumn season in the Alexandria lakes area continues to be absolutely delightful! The fall foliage season has been very long in the area and continues to be accompanied by mild, sunny days. A perfect equation for extremely enjoyable fall excursions! You will find some suggestions of great places to visit in the area here, […]


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 […]