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Coming Soon! Catch the Northern Lights Over Alpena

Posted on August 30th, 2019
This Labor Day weekend is forecast to bring the northern lights over Alpena! This special phenomenon is known as the Aurora Borealis and is more commonly referred to as the “northern lights”. Typically seen throughout Canada and Alaska, the Aurora Borealis will be able to be seen as fa…

Through the Lens: Alpena’s Summer on the ‘Gram 2019

Posted on August 23rd, 2019
If you follow visit_alpena on Instagram, you can see it’s been a quite a “gram-worthy” summer! As we prep for back-to-school on Monday now is the perfect time to reflect on those sandy summer memories.   Here are just a few of our favorites from our Instagram feed this summer

Crafted in the Hand; Michigan-Made Spirits at Nucleus Lounge in Alpena

Posted on August 15th, 2019
What do bananas, rye, and Alpena all have in common?  Answer: the one and only perfectly custom-crafted Journeyman Distillery rye whiskey- only available at Nucleus Lounge in downtown Alpena! Chef Eric Peterson of the Fresh Palate/Nucleus Lounge wanted to bring a signature style to the drinks i…
New Presque Isle Lighthouse. Photo by Taran Schatz

11 Day Trip Ideas with South Bay Car Rental

Posted on August 8th, 2019
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 vehicl

10 Must See Lake Huron Beaches in the Alpena Area

Posted on July 25th, 2019
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 cor…

A Day in the Life of Leo: Alpena’s Adventure Cat

Posted on July 12th, 2019
Cat lovers rejoice, as hitting the trails has never been more exciting! Thanks to sites like adventurecats.org, and Instagram feline stars Bolt and Keel, a new trend is emerging and active young adults are bringing out their feline companions in cat-packs and harnesses to join them in outdoor adve

The Twinkling Lights of Summer

Posted on June 21st, 2019
Lightning bug or firefly? Which term do you use? The distant blink goes almost undetected at first notice. Some may even rub their eyes to make sure they’re seeing straight. Was it a blink? Staring off into the darkness, something in your periphery catches your attention. Another blink? With wond…

Experience Alpena: One Thousand Words Pt. 1

Posted on June 14th, 2019
They say one picture can be worth a thousand words. Here is Alpena, Michigan. In more than one thousand words.  The covered bridge that leads you to an adventure on Island Park Dark skies at Rockport State Recreation Area. Photo by Paul Gerow. The “Little Free Library” in the Chisholm S…

From West Coast to Fresh Coast, Evolution of the Fresh Palate

Posted on June 6th, 2019
From the west coast to the fresh coast, how one man’s culinary journey took him from small-town Alpena, Michigan to the west side of the country, and back again.  Meet Eric Peterson. Father, brother, friend, community supporter, and Chef-owner of one of Alpena’s most popular dini…

Alpena’s Only Full-Service Hotel Continues 40-Year Tradition

Posted on May 30th, 2019
Just a stone’s throw from the picturesque covered wooden bridge at Duck & Island Parks, you’ll find Alpena’s only full-service hotel, providing a home away from home for 40 years. Alpena’s only full-service hotel, Ramada Alpena. Built in 1979, the property nestle…