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Alpena Man Takes the Lead in Ending Prohibition

Posted on April 8th, 2016
On April 10, 1933, Michigan became the first state to vote yes on the 21st Amendment in an effort to end prohibition! We led the way to overturning the unpopular 18th Amendment, which banned alcohol in the United States. Michigan’s governor at the time was Alpena native Governor William A. Com…

You Might Love Alpena If…

Posted on March 8th, 2016
…you love snorkeling and diving the shipwrecks of  Thunder Bay in the waters of Lake Huron, unsalted and shark-free! …you love ripping through the trails of Chippewa Hills Pathway on your mountain bike; hills and thrills for 6.6 miles! …you love sinking your teeth into a red ripe, locally grown, str…

Push ‘Em Up Tony

Posted on February 24th, 2016
We thought we’d feature the legendary Tony Harrison  to coincide with our recent Alpena: Sancutary of the Great Lakes’ Gourmet Bucket List. Have you ever heard of “Tony Burgers” in Alpena? Well they are in honor of “Push ‘Em Up Tony”, who had a small re…

Alpena’s Gourmet Burger Bucket List

Posted on February 17th, 2016
We’ve compiled a list of 10 famous, or soon-to-be-famous, burgers from local restaurants offering the best quality beef made with the freshest ingredients around. These features will be sure to satisfy your burger cravings…but you don’t have to take our word for it. Try it yourself! (Menus subjec

Gotta Check it Out Adventure: Wine, Hops, Pick Your Stops!

Posted on November 16th, 2015
Summer is over and the air is turning crisp, it’s time to switch up seasonal activities in northern Michigan and we’re excited! It’s the perfect time of year to put on cozy layers and go sample wine and hops; one of the many things we LOVE to do in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.…

Alpena: Home to Guinness World Record Breaker

Posted on June 11th, 2015
Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes has produced many local legends, and 96 year old Clarise Kramer Cadarette Grzenkowicz is a special one. Clarise has been bartending at Maplewood Tavern (French Road) for 75 years! The tavern opened in 1924 and has been passed down through three generations. It o…

From Road Trip to Local Brewery

Posted on March 5th, 2015
The Austin family discovered Alpena about 10 years ago while on a month long family road trip in a motor home. Leaving their hometown just outside of San Diego, California, Dana and Julie Austin, along with their two sons Blake and Brant hit the road.  During their travels they stopped at the Cedar Poin