Sanctuary of the great lakes

The Brush Strokes of Alpena

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Painting the fish for the “Make a Splash” mural; photo courtesy of Art in the Loft

As the fine arts capital of Northeastern Michigan, immersing yourself in local art culture across the community is plentiful and fun in any season. … Read the rest


15 Uniquely Northeast Michigan Wedding Locations You’ll Love

Love is in the air! Looking for unusual, unique, out of the box locations for a wedding ceremony or reception near the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes? From lighthouses and museums, to islands, a rooftop, and even a historic flour … Read the rest


A Complete Guide to Unconventional Pizza in Alpena; Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

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You can find this specialty pizza, Beet It, at the Fresh Palate downtown.

It’s National Pizza Day, and we’ve gathered up a list of unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, specialty pizza pies. You can find all of these at locally owned restaurants right here in … Read the rest


The Ultimate Packing Guide to Winter Adventure in Alpena

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“Sometimes, nature is all you need.” -Shikoba

First we brought you “10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter“, now we are bringing you everything you need to know about how to pack for winter adventures here in … Read the rest


It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings us the 5th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival, with over 60 Oceanic and Great Lakes 15235445_10154129291712475_2818706244896272373_ofilms created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

This week you can check out films such a “Sonic Sea”, a 60 … Read the rest


National Bootleggers Day and Alpena’s History

January 17 has been proclaimed as National Bootleggers Day. This date marks the birthdays of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone, and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff.

Alpena's John A. Lau Saloon in 1895

Alpena’s John A. Lau Saloon in 1895

The term bootlegger began … Read the rest


10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter

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A snowy, crystalized Thunder Bay River. Why not try out your hand at photography this winter? Photo courtesy of Amy Lijewski

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of … Read the rest


So You Think You Know Alpena; Pt. 2

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Rugged, yet pristine, Rockport State Recreation Area is Michigan’s ____ state park?

It’s National Trivia Day, so we concocted a part 2 to the “So You Think You Know Alpena” quiz. Can you answer all the following questions correctly about Alpena, MI? … Read the rest


Ring in the New Year at These Alpena Hot Spots

Preparations for celebrating the New Year are underway! Numerous Alpena restaurants and bars are bringing out their holiday best to show this town a great time, while ringing in a new year and new beginnings. Where will you be toasting? … Read the rest


Supercharge Your Holiday with these Spectacular Christmas Light Displays in Alpena

Do you remember Christmas light cruising around with your parents as a kid? Slowly driving through the subdivisions, checking out the beautiful light displays adorning the houses and fixtures, all while comparing your favorites with your siblings? 

 

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Truckey Rd. display, save this one for last!

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Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
235 W. Chisholm St. • Alpena, MI 49707
1-800-4-ALPENA or (989) 354-4181
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