Population: 13,500

Location: About 175 miles from the Twin Cities, Fergus Falls is right on Interstate 94 and approximately 40 miles past Alexandria. There are five exits into town, but the best to take is exit 54, which leads right to the primary commercial district. “We’re a fresh, relaxing environment,” says Jean Bowman, executive director.

Transportation: There is an airport, but no commercial traffic for charter and private flights. Ottertail Minn-Dakota Coaches has a fleet of 10 coaches. Jefferson bus lines stop in Fergus Falls and there are also a few cabs.

The Must-Sees: “Red Horse Ranch Arena is a huge and beautiful equestrian center,” says Bowman. There is also an old vaudeville theater that was turned into a performing arts center. The Otter Tail River goes right through town and features a river walk.

The Conference Centers: The 12,000-squarefoot Bigwood Events Center can hold 600 people banquet style. It features a handful of small rooms, a 16-person boardroom and is connected to the Best Western-The Falls Inn & Suites.

Restaurants: Cafe 116 is a small bistro/coffee shop. Guests looking for Italian can visit Bello Cucina. The American Legion is well known for its barbecue ribs. Mabel Murphy’s, set back in the woods, is also a great place for visitors. “That’s a really good quick stop if [guests] want to eat at something other than McDonald’s,” says Bowman. “Sometimes you want something reflective of the community.”

Hotels: There are seven hotels with 320 rooms. Aside from the Best Western, there is a Comfort Inn, AmericInn, America’s Best Value Inn, Super Eight and two small, private motels.

How the CVB Helps: “We know [our community] inside and out,” says Bowman. “We can be helpful as far as knowing who’s here and what resources we do have.”

For Your Calendar:
NDSU Faculty Brass Quintet (Oct. 2) Lyra Trio (Nov. 4)

Get Connected:
Fergus Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Website: visitfergusfalls.com
Key Contact: Jean Bowman, executive director
Phone Number: 218.332.5425

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