Big Ole of Alexandria

Alexandria, MN, is just a short drive from Minneapolis and St. Paul, and makes for the perfect getaway for both relaxing and exploring.

While we do have our own marina, spa, golf course, and horse stables on resort property, you may enjoy a day trip to one of the many charming local destinations in and around Alexandria.

Outdoor Exploration.

Fishing & Boating
Start your day on Lake Darling. Rent a motorboat, fishing gear, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, and more from our marina. If you get hungry, stop by one of many restaurants located right on the lake! Looking to branch out? Alexandria has over 300 lakes, public beaches, and parks. So feel free to explore.

Lake Carlos State Park
North of Alexandria on Highway 29, nature enthusiasts can find their outdoor haven on 1,214 acres of fishing, swimming, hiking, bird watching, picnic, camping, and horseback riding areas at Lake Carlos State Park. The park hosts events for all ages every year, so mark your calendar now.

Family Fun.

Erickson’s Petting Zoo
When the kids see you pulling up to a big red 100-year-old barn, their eyes will light up. Get close to miniature horses, pygmy goats, sheep, llamas, alpaca, and many other farm animals at Erickson's Petting Zoo. Visit in the fall to explore the corn maze and pick out a pumpkin from the patch.

Casey’s Amusement Park
May through September, Casey’s Amusement Park is a kid’s paradise. With go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages, an arcade, and more, your family can spend hours getting your fill of thrills. 

Shopping & Sightseeing.

Downtown Alexandria Shops & Sights
Downtown Alexandria boasts an array of unique shops and boutiques with items you simply won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to visit the Scandinavian Gift Shop and browse treasures from Scandinavian countries. While you’re downtown, stop by the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum & Gardens—rated “must see” by AAA—to check out classic boats and other exhibits.

Panther Distillery
Minnesota’s first legal distillery, Panther Distillery in Osakis crafts some the best whiskey and distilled spirits around—using only the finest local ingredients. They’ve been doing this for over 154 years, so take a tour and learn about their refined process.

Romantic Retreats.

Carlos Creek Winery
Tease your taste buds with the flavors of Carlos Creek Winery. Voted Minnesota's Best Winery in a customer poll sponsored by WCCO TV, wine lovers can sample their share of red, white, dessert, and fruity wines at their tasting room, which is open year round! Be sure to take a complimentary vineyard tour, too.

Darling Reflections Spa
After spending a day out with your best friend, make an appointment for a couples massage at Darling Reflections Spa. The Darling Duo spa package includes a signature facial, 50-minute massage, soulshine foot treatment, and two glasses of champagne.

Book an extended stay.

With all there is to do, one day just might not be enough. Let us know if we can answer any questions about our resort or nearby Alexandria attractions when you book your stay. Give us a call at (320) 762-1124—we’re here to help.