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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — All this week, Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are goin’ to the lake. On Tuesday, they headed to Alexandria, Minn. There — on a sunny day with highs in the 70s — the duo visited the Maritime Museum, a winery and even went surfing — on a lake. You can see all their adventures in the videos below. You can also find links to places they visited as well as links to other Goin’ To The Lake segments — such as Monday’s trip to Grand Rapids.

Frank & Chris Visit Maritime Museum And Gardens

In Alexandria, Frank and Chris met up with a man who turned a love of lakes into a museum. His name is Brue Olson.

Check out his creation…

Frank & Chris Visit Carlos Creek Winery

The Alexandria area has become a travel destination for wine lovers. And those who make the wine love Minnesota.

The people at Carlos Creek Winery say they are making 20 different wines at any given time. And their love of Minnesota is apparent.

“We have Hot Dish red, which is made with Frontenac [grapes]…Wobegon white, which is a sweet white made with Frontenac gris, and we have You Betcha blush, which is a Marquette and Frontenac blush. Each year the labels are different, and they always depict Minnesotans doing something very Minnesotan,” said Tami Bredeson, the winery’s president.

The winery also has a wine cave, and they put on tours and wine tastings.

“People can see how wines are made, learn a little bit…the difference between red wine production and white wine production,” Bredeson said.

Frank & Chris Explore Alexandria, Find Big Ole

Alex has plenty of things to keep you busy.

Downtown is full of fun shops and places to eat, and you’ll find water just about everywhere you look. And
if water isn’t your thing, you can find miles of trails to walk or bike on.

You might also run into Big Ole…

Frank & Chris Go Surfing On Darling Lake

Well, they tried to at least…

Frank & Chris Visit Casey’s Amusement Park

They’ve got mini golf, bumper boats and go-carts –- and Frank and Chris did it all.

Here is a list of links for all the places Frank and Chris stayed at or visited in Alexandria:

Arrowwood Resort
Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and Gardens
Carlos Creek Winery
Big Ole
Surfing Alex
Casey’s Amusement Park

Here is the full schedule for Frank and Chris’s 2013 “Goin’ To The Lake” road trip. Click here to suggest places for them to visit:

Monday, June 10: Grand Rapids
Monday, June 11: Alexandria
Monday, June 12: Deerwood
Monday, June 13: Chetek, Wis.
Monday, June 14: Lanesboro

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