Towns & Regions
With Alpena as your base-camp the adventures are endless. Take a drive to any number of our charming and hospitable neighboring communities and experience all that Northeast Michigan has in store for you.
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.
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 Nautical City is a quaint port town with charming streets, a beautiful harbor, and two distinguished museums. Spend an afternoon strolling the streets and grab a gourmet coffee before heading back to Alpena for the night.
Presque Isle County Historical Museum is one of the best small museums in Michigan. Under the direction of Curator Mark Thompson, the museum has received recognition from many sources, including the State of Michigan Historical Society. The museum is in the process of expanding. The current location is at 276 West Michigan Avenue, Rogers City, MI 49779. This is the site of the Bradley House–home of Carl D. Bradley, the founder of the Limestone Quarry and the Bradley fleet of Great Lakes freighters. The museum has acquired an adjoining property, located at 185 West Michigan. This location is under development, and it is planned to be open soon.
The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum is located at 367 North Third Street, Roger’s City, MI 49779. Under the direction of David Erickson, the Lore museum contains many nautical artifacts and detailed biographical records of the many sailors who have perished on the Great Lakes.
Both museums are must see destinations for everyone who visits Roger’s City.