It's a great time of year to get out and experience something new, or see something familiar with a new perspective. Pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready—you're about to take a staycation.
That's right, you won't need plane tickets for this trip, no long lines or security checks. You don't even have to worry about your itinerary! That's because we've created an insider's guide for getting away right here around Alexandria. Who ever said adventure can't be close to home?
Below you'll find our favorite local attractions. Food and drink, art and music, shopping, unwinding, exploring with the family—it has something for travelers of all sorts. You might be surprised at what you find, and you'll never be so proud to call this place home.
Enjoy your stay.
Your Staycation Itinerary
Eddy’s Interlachen Inn (restaurant)
Why we love it: It's the local favorite! Great people, great atmosphere, great food.
Why you'll love it: Try the pasta Le Homme Dieu.
Skal Crawl (Wine, Liquor, & Beer Trail)
Why we love it: A fun way to taste local beers and wines with your friends.
Why you'll love it: Visit Carlos Creek Winery, Copper Trail Brewery and Panther Distillery for starters.
Inspiration Peak (looking for adventure)
Why we love it: This photo-worthy park rises 400 feet above the surrounding countryside, one of the highest points in all of Minnesota.
Why you'll love it: Truly—it's inspiring!
Lake Brophy Park (nearby park)
Why we love it: This park has it all: a fully-accessible playground, fire pit, dock, overlook benches, primitive trails for hiking and mountain biking, a public beach, and direct access to the Central Lakes Trail.
Why you'll love it: Something for everyone! In the winter, enjoy a groomed sledding hill, fat tire biking, and cross country ski trails.