Posted on March 16th, 2018As 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 one of Alpena’s most prominent Irishmen, as well as in… Read the rest
Posted on March 1st, 2018
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 let’s get it started!
Night on the Town Music Hotspots Whether y… Read the rest
Posted on January 13th, 2017
A snowy, crystalized Thunder Bay River. Why not try out your hand at photography this winter? Photo courtesy of Amy Lijewski
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a northern Michigan winter are washing over us, bringing us feelings of cabin… Read the rest
Posted on September 8th, 2016
Posen Potato Fields
Posen: Home of the Potato Festival!
The 65th Annual Posen Potato Festival starts tomorrow!
The village of Posen is located just outside of Alpena, Michigan. This prosperous farming community dates back to 1870 when the first immigrants, (primarily German & Pol… Read the rest
Posted on June 9th, 2016
Located on the corner of highway US 23 S. and Nicholson Hill Road, The legendary Wagon Wheel Bar has long been serving the village of Ossineke. Recently renovated by it’s new owners, Alpena natives Chef Ben Sylvester and his wife Michelle are keeping this American roadhouse alive! Chef Ben at… Read the rest
Posted on April 8th, 2016
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, which banned alcohol in the United States. Michigan’s… Read the rest
Posted on March 16th, 2016On March 17th, everyone is Irish! Tomorrow we will celebrate the annual tradition of St. Patrick’s Day and our Irish heritage by wearing green, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. But where did this all come from? The traditional Irish St. Patrick’s day feast consisted of p… Read the rest
Posted on July 21st, 2015
John A. Lau Saloon is just one of 8 fantastic outdoor dining hot spots in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!
Summertime….and the living is easy in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes! Nothing like relaxing on the patio with some yummy eats and a cold beverage! Want to skip the effort and mess of D… Read the rest
Posted on July 17th, 2015
Corey Code water boards on Long Lake, photo by Paul Gerow
Summer is here and it’s time to “just add water” to your weekends and holidays! Lucky for you, Alpena has a variety of locations which makes summers on the water a breeze. Here are a few of our biggest lakes that’ll have you lake bound in no… Read the rest
Posted on March 5th, 2015
Brant and Blake turned their favorite vacation town into their dream hometown.
The Austin family discovered Alpena about 10 years ago while on a month long family road trip in a motor home. Leaving their hometown just outside of San Diego, California, Dana and Julie Austin, along with their two sons … Read the rest