Hotel at a Glance: GrandStay Hotel & Suites of Parkers Prairie
Like many areas in Minnesota, Parkers Prairie and its nearby lakes and outdoor activities is a very popular spot for a year-round vacation. Fish, play golf, hike, and enjoy the outdoors, and after a long day, you relax in the hotel’s indoor hot tub and pool.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms come with a small refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, flat-panel DISH tv, and free WiFi.
- Wake up to a complimentary breakfast with waffles, bagels, pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, and more.
- Go for a swim in the heated indoor pool or soak in the jetted tub.
- Distance to Alexandria: The family-friendly vacation town is just 20 miles south of Parkers Prairie.
Alexandria, Minnesota: Quaint Lakeside Town with Scandinavian Roots and Giant Viking Statue
Alexandria, Minnesota was settled as a fort in 1859, but its Nordic history goes back a bit further—according to town legend, the tiny berg was visited by Norsemen in 1362. You can learn more about the alleged Viking visit at the Runestone Museum, whose exhibits include a 40-foot-long Viking ship called Snorri. The museum is also home to the Kensington runestone, a 200-pound greywacke slab that’s covered in ancient runes—proving, for some, that the Vikings visited Minnesota in the 14th century (other scholars maintain it’s a hoax).
It wouldn’t be a real Minnesota vacation without penciling in time to visit a lake. Lake Miltona and Lake Le Homme Dieu offer ice-fishing in the winter, and swimming and boating in the summer. You can also sample wines at Carlos Creek Winery or go biking along the Central Lakes Trail, a 55-mile long paved corridor.