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Little Red Lighthouse. Photo by Judy Hart.

Our Backstory: A Historic Look at the Port City of Alpena

Posted on May 7th, 2020
The historic port city of Alpena is nestled between a vast emerald forest and a clear blue bay.  Founded in 1871, Alpena began as an early commercial fishing port and soon grew to be one of the nation’s most profitable lumber harvesting locations. Lumber camps dotted the region and logs were f…
Plants growing.

Let’s Make Everyday Earth Day!

Posted on April 22nd, 2020
This year marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day. The first Earth Day came about on April 22, 1970. It created greater public awareness for our planet’s environmental protection. Many people were unaware as to how our human lifestyles were negatively impacting the planet. Earth Day became a sym

16 Spots Worth A Solo Adventure in Northeast Michigan

Posted on April 16th, 2020
Discover new territory; from rolling fields of farmland to sunrises and dark skies, tall virgin pines, crashing Lake Huron waves and historic relics from our lumbering days, the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes region offers plenty of low-key, relaxed adventures. It is important during this time of p…

Alpena Shares a World of Hearts Around Town

Posted on April 9th, 2020
Families all around the world are putting up “a world of hearts” in their windows as a way to stay connected to one another and spread joy during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Families and businesses all across Alpena are doing the same. We reached out on our Facebook page (Alpena: Sanctuary…

Alpena Backyard Nature Scavenger Hunt

Posted on April 2nd, 2020
Looking for a new adventure close to home? It’s the little things that matter the most during times like these. Take the kids out and explore your own backyard with this fun nature scavenger hunt! “We’re all in this together” Photo by Holly Sosa
  1. Find 3 different kinds of lea

10 Things To Do While Social Distancing

Posted on March 23rd, 2020
Now more than ever, it is so important to stay calm and healthy during this period of social distancing. Here are 10 different ideas for you to do from home to help you stay focused and keep the boredom away. A good cup of coffee or tea, a book or a journal, and a snack for social distancing days. Photo by Kin…

Everyone Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted on March 17th, 2020
On March 17th, everyone is Irish! This week 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…
Rosa's wood-fired pizza

A Complete Guide to Unconventional Pizza on Pi Day in Alpena

Posted on March 11th, 2020
It’s Pi Day, and we’ve gathered up a list of unusual, unique, and one-of-a-kind specialty pizza pies. You can find all of these unconventional pizzas at locally-owned restaurants right here in Alpena. Where will you venture off to tonight? Court Yard Ristorante– P
Daniel and Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter, Alpena’s First Female Pioneer 

Posted on March 5th, 2020
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. Daniel & Sarah Carter Sarah and Daniel Carter, and their daughter Mary Lavina, bec…

A Day Disconnected: Discovering Alpena Without Your Smartphone

Posted on March 2nd, 2020
You read the title right. We are suggesting the unimaginable…the unthinkable…the unfathomable act of leaving your phone at home! Or at least in your car. It’s time to discover Alpena, disconnected. Choose your Alpena adventure! Don’t get us wrong, we want you to share y…
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