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Planting Irish Roots in Downtown Alpena

Posted on March 16th, 2018
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 one of Alpena’s most prominent Irishmen, as well as in

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

Posted on February 13th, 2018
  A winter adventure with a favorite companion makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day! Photo by Sandy Blumenthal 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 o…

10 Ideas For Winter Adventure in Alpena

Posted on January 4th, 2018
Old man winter wraps Norway Ridge in a beautiful blanket of fluffy white! Winter photography by Laura Wolosiewicz The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a true northern Michigan winter start to wash over us, bringing feelings of cabin fever, …

Top 16 Ways to Fall for Fall in Alpena: Sancutary of the Great Lakes

Posted on September 21st, 2017
Fall colors will be here before you know it! Photo by Paul Gerow The Autumnal Equinox arrives on Friday, and it’s that time for pumpkin spice everything! Don’t begin your hibernation just yet…the Alpena area has so much to offer during the fall season and this first weekend of fal…

Top Must-See Independence Day Celebrations Around Alpena!

Posted on June 27th, 2017
Alpena’s upcoming Independence Day celebration- Don’t miss out on these must-see, must-do events happening on the 4th of July in Alpena this year! Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow Alpena is gearing up to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, one of our most beloved h…

National Bootleggers Day and Alpena’s History

Posted on January 17th, 2017
January 17 has been proclaimed as National Bootleggers Day. This date marks the birthdays of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone, and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff. Alpena’s John A. Lau Saloon in 1895 The term bootlegger began in the Midwest in the 1880s when one woul…

10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter

Posted on January 13th, 2017
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 a northern Michigan winter are washing over us, bringing us feelings of cabin…

Alpena’s Off-Beat Shopping Guide

Posted on December 14th, 2016
  Looking for that special, unusual Christmas gift or stocking stuffer? Don’t get lost in online conglomerates and big box stores! Here’s a list of Alpena’s hidden treasures full of unique items for everyone on your list. The Superhero: Saving Alpena One Day at a Time
  1. Bob’s Bul

6 Ways to Be a Tourist in Your Hometown of Alpena, Michigan

Posted on October 6th, 2016
Say ‘goodbye’ to checked baggage fees and high gas prices and say ‘hello’ to your own backyard! “Staycation” is the new vacation and here are 6 tips to having the best tourist experience in your hometown of Alpena.
  1. Think about when you have family and friends come to visit, where d

Posen: Home of the Potato Festival

Posted on September 8th, 2016
Posen Potato Fields Moonshine 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 immigrants, (primarily German & Pol…