12 Day Trip Ideas with South Bay Car Rental

2024-03-14T15:04:13+00:00May 12, 2023|Activities, Local News|

Ever find yourself up for an adventure but lacking wheels? Exploring hidden gems in the Alpena area is made easier with help from Alpena’s South Bay Car Rental. Whether it’s for a day trip, a long weekend, or an extended time, South Bay Car Rental will hook you up with the perfect vehicle for you and […]

Alpena – A Sanctuary of Dark Skies

2024-03-18T15:16:00+00:00April 17, 2023|Activities, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

If we had to pick something off the Alpena bucket list that you should never miss, it would be our dark sky experience!  In February 2016, three state parks in the Alpena area received dark sky designation. These sanctuaries are far away from the harsh effects of excessive artificial light pollution, which negatively impacts ecosystems […]

Michigan Maple Syrup: the Inside Scoop on a Backyard Production

2024-03-18T15:19:11+00:00April 5, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Michigan is blessed with an abundance of maple trees, and maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year. The process of making maple syrup didn’t begin with pancakes, though. North American Indians used it both as food and as medicine. Early American settlers observed the process from the Native […]

Where to Chase the Northern Lights in Alpena, MI

2024-03-18T15:10:56+00:00March 24, 2023|Activities, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

It’s happening! The Aurora Borealis, a.k.a the Northern Lights, is predicted to make an appearance in the Alpena area and you are scrambling to pack up your gear and get to the best spot, save this for later! The best spots to view the Northern Lights will always be in areas will low levels of […]

Everyone Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day!

2024-03-18T15:16:37+00:00March 14, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News|

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 pork and potatoes. However, in […]

15 Things We Are Thankful For in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

2024-03-18T15:16:37+00:00November 23, 2022|Activities, Festivals & Events, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

With Thanksgiving approaching on Thursday, this is the perfect time to reflect on our lives over the past year and be grateful for what we have, what obstacles we have overcome, and for what the future may bring us.  This Thanksgiving we wanted to share everything we are grateful for that Alpena has to offer […]

A Peek Inside the Posen Potato Festival

2024-03-18T15:16:38+00:00September 7, 2022|Activities, Family & Kids Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News|

Local Experience Writer Lara King gives readers an inside look at a familiar favorite in Northeast Michigan. Alpena’s neighbor to the Northwest, Posen, has been celebrating the local potato harvest in Northeast Michigan for 68 years. Generations of families have grown up learning how to dance the polka, sharing family recipes for potato latkes, and […]

10 Must See Lake Huron Beaches in the Alpena Area

2024-03-18T15:17:28+00:00August 19, 2022|Activities, Family & Kids Activities, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Picture this: the “Big Lake” breeze dancing through your hair while blue waves lap at the golden sand under your feet. The air is warm and unsalted. Alpena is welcoming you! The coastal beaches of Alpena and surrounding areas are little gems. Gems tucked away in this Northeastern corner of the Mitten, just waiting to be […]

4th of July Weekend Events in Alpena – 2022

2024-03-14T15:08:47+00:00July 1, 2022|Activities, Local News|

Are you looking for the 411 on events in the Alpena area this weekend? Look no further! Here is a list of things happening this weekend through the 4th of July festivities. Friday, July 1 Craftmakers Cabin Arts & Crafts Fair @ Craftmakers Cabin, 12 pm Ty Parkin LIVE @ Red Brick Tap & Barrel, […]

A Fisherman’s Paradise on Fletcher Pond

2024-03-18T15:12:18+00:00February 2, 2022|Activities, Outdoor Activities|

Looking for a nice spot to ice fish this month? Fletcher Pond in Hillman is a premier fishing destination for pike, bass, and pan fish here in our corner of Northeast Michigan.  The 4-county Northeast Michigan area is home to more than 100 accessible bodies of water, offering 300,000 acres of open water, with Fletcher […]

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