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Planting Irish Roots in Downtown Alpena

As 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

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Never Skip a Beat with Alpena’s Guide to Live Music

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 … Read the rest

10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter


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 … Read the rest

Posen: Home of the Potato Festival

Posen Potato Fields

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 … Read the rest

A Taste of Alpena: The Wagon Wheel

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 … 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

Everyone Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day!

On March 17th, everyone is Irish! Tomorrow we will celebrate the annual tradition of St. Patrick’s Day and our IrishSt Pat's clover heritage by wearing green, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. But where did this all Read the rest

Your Summertime Guide to Outdoor Dining in Alpena!

John A. Lau is just one of 8 fantastic outdoor dining spots in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

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 … Read the rest

Rock the boat! Summer on Alpena’s waters

Paul Gerow with corey code water boarding

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 … Read the rest

From Road Trip to Local Brewery

Brant and Blake turned their favorite vacation town into their dream hometown.

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 Read the rest

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