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Sarah Carter, Alpena’s First Female Pioneer 

2024-03-18T16:02:42+00:00March 7, 2024|Local News|

Mrs. Sarah Carter was a remarkable woman. As Alpena’s first woman settler, she was a true pioneer. She and her family trekked far from civilization into the vast, remote wilderness of northeast Michigan. Sarah and Daniel Carter, and their daughter Mary Lavina, became Alpena’s first permanent settlers in November of 1856. Daniel and his business partners […]

Catch the Aurora Borealis Season in Alpena, Michigan

2024-03-24T15:00:19+00:00February 29, 2024|Outdoor Activities|

Here in the U.S. the best time to see the Aurora Borealis, a.k.a the Northern Lights, is during the cold season from September through April with September/March being the best months due to the equinox. Don’t miss out on this dazzling light show and get up here to Alpena this March! Where to see the […]

Be Mine, Alpena: 5 Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special

2024-03-18T15:15:58+00:00February 14, 2024|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

For some of you, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and happiness while eating a romantic dinner and bestowing special gifts upon your significant other. For others, it is just another day!   We are here to tell you that no matter if you are a lover or a cynic of this annual holiday […]

Alpena Area Fresh Takes Video Contest

2024-03-18T15:34:21+00:00February 13, 2024|Local News|

Submit your Alpena area adventure footage and enter to win some cash! Open call for entries to the Annual Fresh Takes™ Video Contest, sponsored by the Alpena Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.     Put your Alpena area adventure video footage from 2023 together and submit a short video showcasing the beautiful destination of Alpena […]

Let it Snow! 5 Fun Things to Do After a Snowstorm in Alpena

2024-03-18T15:15:59+00:00January 26, 2024|Activities, Festivals & Events, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

There are so many things to do after an Alpena snowstorm, like shovel…plow…snow blow…you know, the adult stuff. Set that aside for a couple of hours of care-free fun with these MUCH better ideas, from us to you!  Do you wanna build a snowman? Yes, yes you do! Stick with the traditional approach for classic […]

10 Tips to Find Your Winter Hygge Lifestyle in Alpena

2024-03-14T15:00:44+00:00December 21, 2023|Activities, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Hygge – pronounced “hoo-ga”, is a Danish concept that cannot be translated into a single word but encompasses the overall cozy feeling of contentment and well-being by enjoying the simple things in life. This is especially popular during the winter months when everyone seeks warm, cozy contentment!   To live hygge, think chunky knit sweaters, […]

Shop Local for Small Business Saturday in Alpena

2024-03-18T15:10:31+00:00November 22, 2023|Festivals & Events|

It’s Small Business Saturday on the 25th and we’d like you to support local businesses in Alpena this holiday season! There are so many benefits to shopping local, to name a few: It’s convenient Better for the environment More quality products Investing in community Creates demand for local employment More likely to find unique and […]

We Saved You A Seat for the Leonid Meteor Shower!

2024-03-18T15:10:55+00:00November 16, 2023|Outdoor Activities|

We’ve saved you the best seat in the house to watch the Leonid meteor shower in Alpena!  The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak in the middle of the night of November 18th, so the best times to watch it will be between dusk and dawn on November 17th and 18th. This year there […]

Oh, Deer! Hunting Season is Here

2024-03-18T15:15:59+00:00November 15, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

It’s Deer Season! November 15th, a well-respected holiday in northeast Michigan where the kiddos have the day off from school and many people use their vacation days to take time off of work. It’s none other than the opening day of firearm season for deer hunting season. This day is considered by many to be the […]

Top Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

2024-03-18T15:16:36+00:00October 24, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else.  Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over the world. Alpena is no exception with a rich history that tends to…jump out at […]

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