The carefree days of your youth are alive and well in Alpena. Catching fireflies on warm summer evenings, searching for minnows with a net, reading a book under a shade tree, and watching the sunset while crickets provide background music are nostalgic experiences that we often wish we could relive. Alpena is that place where summer memories come alive as an everyday way of life, and stress floats away with the river current. Visit a downtown coffee shop to catch up on email, or disconnect to reconnect in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes are a gift from prehistoric glacier movement, and treasures have been left behind along the shores of Lake Huron and the many inland lakes and rivers. Hunt for fossils dating back 400 million years to the Devonian Period. Rocky edges along the shorelines, Rockport State Park Recreation Area, and the Lafarge Fossil Park at Besser Museum are perfect locations for an afternoon of prehistoric adventure. Follow it up with a trip to Dinosaur Gardens to see life-size prehistoric recreations.
Use our Adventure Checklist to find your explorer’s spirit: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes Adventure Checklist
The community of Harrisville, Michigan is on the shore of Lake Huron about an hour’s drive south of Alpena. The Harrisville harbor is a center for salmon and trout fishing. It is also a designated “Harbor of Refuge” on Lake Huron by the US Coast Guard. The Lake Huron beaches in and around Harrisville (including two state parks) have been recognized as being among the “top ten in Michigan.”
With a beautiful downtown and fresh breeze from Lake Lake Huron Harrisville is a mecca of inspiration for writers and artists who summer in the area.
Harrisville is also on the edge of Huron National Forest, which offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, swimming, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. The forest contains 330 miles (530 km) of hiking trails.
Sturgeon Point Light Station, a lighthouse and museum is just a few miles to the north, and is open to the public. The town also boasts Harrisville State Park, which includes a wooded campground right along the beach.
The Cabin – 14018 Leer Rd Posen. Fully furnished luxury cottage to accommodate up to 13 people with 5 bedrooms and 3-½ baths. Gourmet kitchen inside, along with an outdoor kitchen and patio with fire pit. Game room with a pool table. You can sit on the second story balcony or deck overlooking the Thunder Bay River or Mill Pond and watch the wildlife or the sun set. There are approximately two miles of trails that take you through beautiful northern Michigan forest, where you will see some of the area’s oldest Hemlock trees. Laundry room, kayaks, paddle boat and canoe available.
The Cottage on Pine Lane – 5653 Pine Ln Posen. Fully furnished cottage with an open floor plan that can sleep up to eight people. Secluded and wooded on the Thunder Bay River and only a few hundred feet from Sunken Lake. Laundry room, kayaks, paddle boat and canoe available.
The Mill House – 13769 Leer Rd Posen. Fully furnished 5 bedroom, 2-½ bath country home that will accommodate up to 10 people. The house overlooks the Thunder Bay River and the Historic Elowsky Grist Mill. Sit on the swing and listen to the water fall over the remnants of the grist mill dam. Fishing and swimming is available in the river and a canoe and paddle are provided for your enjoyment. The property is also available for events such as weddings, reunions, corporate events, and photography opportunities with the Mill, and Barns. Fully stocked kitchen, laundry room, kayak, paddle boat and canoe available.
Hillman is a charming village with a rich history. Located just a short 25-minute drive to the west of Alpena, Hillman offers an opportunity for a quiet afternoon in the country.
Let the Brush Creek Mill take you back in history through displays and memorabilia. Learn about homestead families in the area and what a life was like in the early days of Montemorency County. Young and old alike will find it truly fascinating when it compares to life as we know it today.
The Mill is a cultural center where you can take a class, hold a business meeting, or just explore the past, present, and future. Visit Rivers Edge gift shop where you’ll find items made by local artisans.
Thunder Bay Resort is a beautiful, all-season resort poised on 500 acres in the heart of Northeast Michigan. Known for its award-winning Elk Viewing Dinner Ride and Wine Tasting, Thunder Bay Resort also boasts deluxe lodging, an RV Park, championship golf, and an array of outdoor entertainment and activities.
The staff of the beautiful new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena is eager to exceed your expectations. Our hotel features over-sized guest rooms and suites luxuriously complimented by triple sheeted pillow topped mattresses, rich furnishings and all of the amenities that you have come to expect including a microwave and refrigerator.
During your stay with us, you will enjoy the conveniences of our complimentary Express Start hot breakfast bar featuring our trademark cinnamon rolls and the option to make your own pancakes, free Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel and our meeting room, HD televisions, heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, 24-hour business center and guest laundry. Whether you’re in town to get out of town or are simply passing through, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpena is your gateway to the great outdoors.