Category Archive for "Lifestyle"

Unearthing “The Age of the Fish”: Fossil Hunting Rockport State Recreation Area

A depiction of the Devonian Period by artist, Judy Dawley. You can find this mural outside at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, as well as the original painting inside of the museum.

When we think of prehistoric times, we … Read the rest


Pure Michigan Maple Syrup: the Inside Scoop on a Backyard Production

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Michigan is blessed with an abundance of maple trees, and maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year. The process of making maple syrup didn’t begin with pancakes, though. North American Indians

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Catch Major League Fishing in Alpena on Saturday Afternoons

Mark your calendars! The new season of the Outdoor Channel​’s Major League Fishing

Two Alpena viewing locations to suit you!

(the top rated fishing show!) airs Saturdays, April 1st through May 6. Why is this show so special? Because

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49 Fun Must-do Adventures for Families in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

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There are plenty of things to keep your family busy while you visit Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. From Exploring the great outdoors, to experiencing interactive indoor activities, you won’t have time to be bored. Here’s
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Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park  – The Story of an American Dream

The late July sun warmed the sand around my feet. While my kids splashed in the shallow mb-kids-at-beachshoreline waves near the small sandy beach, I watched a bird intently for nearly 30 minutes. It flittered back and forth through the … Read the rest


On a Fishin’ Mission?

Here’s a look at some great fish to find in the inland waters of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Trout Fun Fact: Their scales accumulate growth rings as they age, and can be read just like a growth ring

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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: Surviving the Beginning of March in Alpena

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The winter white aftermath of our March lion at Norway Ridge. (Photo courtesy of Laura Wolosiewicz)

The famous proverb of March, “comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb”. Have you heard of it? The saying comes forth … Read the rest


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


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