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10 Great Ice Cream Stops in The Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!


little girl enjoying an ice cream cone

Lily enjoys a blue moon ice cream cone on a hot summer day at Culligan Plaza downtown! Photo courtesy Michele Madison

How do we stay cool in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes? Beaches and ice cream of course!

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Top Must-See Independence Day Celebrations Around Alpena!

Alpena’s upcoming Independence Day celebration- Don’t miss out on these must-see, must-do events happening on the 4th of July in Alpena this year! Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow

Alpena is gearing up to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of … Read the rest

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

The 7 Lighthouse Adventure

Northeast Michigan is home to seven spectacular lighthouses that help guide ships to safe harbor. Most lighthouses are open mid-May through mid-October. View just one, or all of them, at your own pace, or enjoy a self-guided driving tour of … Read the rest

Will We See You on the Fourth?

Alpena is a favorite destination for visitors during the summer months, especially during the Fourth of July. There is a noticeably festive spirit in the air as Alpena celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Tiffanie McConnell sand castle

Sand Sculptures at Starlite

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Find Refuge on Island Park

Photo Credit Amy Lijewski

Photo Credit Amy Lijewski

Long before we packed our bags and traveled over paved roads to reach our relaxing vacation destination, generations of Native Americans called Alpena home. Alpena’s last Native American tribal chief, Sah-gon-ah-ka-to loosely translates to “Thunder Cloud”. … Read the rest

Alpena: What’s in a Name?


Canoeing on Alpena’s Thunder Bay River in 1928

Long before the coming of the first settlers to the Alpena area, three Native American tribes representing the Ottawa, Chippewa, and Pottawatomie had several villages in the Alpena Area.

The small band … Read the rest

Alpena Man Takes the Lead in Ending Prohibition

Prohibition protesters in Detroit in the early 1930's

Prohibition protesters in Detroit in the early 1930’s

On April 10, 1933, Michigan became the first state to vote yes on the 21st Amendment in an effort to end prohibition! We led the way to overturning the unpopular 18th Amendment, … Read the rest

Alpena’s Gourmet Burger Bucket List

Let’s face it, it’s not always grilling season in Northeastern Michigan. Unless of course, you are one of those grill-masters that does not let a little snow and ice stop you from your home-grilled burgers! For the rest of us, … Read the rest

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