Category Archive for "Lifestyle"

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


Santa is in Alpena!

Santa has made his way to the Alpena Mall! Photo courtesy Kristin Neumann.

A bellowing voice calls out, Ho-Ho-Ho Merrry Christmasss! His voice fills the cold winter air with warm greetings straight from the depths of his belly, encased

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Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

In less than a month it will be Christmas break for the kiddos. Which can only mean three things: lazy mornings lounging in pj’s til afternoon, cartoons for days, and the inevitable phrase every parent hears at least once or … Read the rest


16 Things We Are Thankful For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Exploring your “blue space” adventure is only 5 minutes away in Alpena. Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow.

With Thanksgiving approaching this Thursday it is important to remember that there is more to this annual holiday tradition other than stuffing our … Read the rest


The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett

How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon?

You’ve wondered, and … Read the rest


Gotta Check it Out Adventure: A Day in the Woods

It is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year to take a walk or a ride through nature trails in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. The air is as crisp as the leaves, and the foliage … Read the rest


Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else. 

Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over … Read the rest


Alpena Shades of Autumn: Where to Find Nature’s Color Palette

#blessed by the beauty of fall

The fall colors have not peaked yet in the Alpena area, but it is only a short time until this beautiful display of fall foliage occurs! When it does, grab your cameras and check … Read the rest


Get Ready to Hit the Trails This Autumn!

Slow down and become one with nature this fall in the  Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; relax, rejuvenate, and restore. Within moments you can be out on a trail, from groomed woodland trails to gentle paved trails in the city. Wander … Read the rest


Find Your Explorer’s Spirit at Rockport

Just north of the city proper is a terrestrial landscape that wakens the explorer’s spirit. Indeed, the traveler, regardless of his interests and no matter his origin, will find an amazing adventure filled with beauty. Majestic and mysterious, Rockport State … Read the rest


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