Sanctuary of the great lakes

Your Quick Guide to Inland Fishing in Alpena


Ryely & Gavin have a successful day on the Long Lake Narrows; photo courtesy Charles Kennedy

Nothing is more authentic to the Alpena area than fishing. When the morning sun is peeking out from a blanketed horizon, the silhouette of … Read the rest

Planting Irish Roots in Downtown Alpena

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, we reflect on the history behind this holiday which brings us high spirits and full bellies. Locally, Alpena has some of its own Irish roots.  Read on to learn some history about

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Let it Snow! 5 Fun Things to Do After a Snowstorm in Alpena

Check out this awesome snowman! Construction and photo courtesy of Katelyn Carr & Family.

There are so many things to do after an Alpena snowstorm, like  shovel…plow…snow blow…you know, the adult stuff. Set that aside for a couple hours of … Read the rest

Never Skip a Beat with Alpena’s Guide to Live Music

There is power in live music. It’s relaxing, entertaining, and fun to dance to. There are many terrific places in Alpena to enjoy that sweet sound; from dive bars, to hip little restaurants, to outdoor festivals. It’s all here, so … Read the rest

Living Social in Our Sanctuary

We love getting fun photos of your adventure here in Alpena, such as this one shared by Instagram user @eisenmananna. Just a relaxing day at the beach…in winter…and on ice!

Keeping your friends and family up-to-date on your adventures is … Read the rest

Be Mine, Alpena: 5 Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special


A winter adventure with a favorite companion makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day! Photo by Sandy Blumenthal

For some of you, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and happiness while eating a romantic dinner and bestowing special … Read the rest

The Beginners Guide to Loving Snow in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

A Lake Huron winter-scape view by Stephanie Loewe Photography.

If you google, “How many words do the Inuit have for snow?” the answer will come up as 50. Some sites may tell you even more. You will also find articles … Read the rest

Your Guide to the Super Blue Blood Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Alpena, MI

A super blue blood red moon on the horizon. Photo by artist John E. Shepler

You’ve heard the saying “once in a blue moon”, but have you ever heard the saying, “once in a super blue blood moon lunar eclipse”? … Read the rest

It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

One special film that will be featured is “The Big Read the rest

Alpena CVB Fresh Takes Video Contest Screening Announced!

The entries for Alpena’s Fresh Takes 2018 Video Contest are in and our panel of judges have determined a First, Second, and Third place winner! We will be unveiling each video at this special event where you and your friends … Read the rest

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