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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, …

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

7 Ideas for a Rainy Day in Alpena

Posted on June 15th, 2016
The arrival of spring and summer brings us warmer weather, greener foliage, and bluer skies. We often credit rainy days for spoiling our plans, somber days inside, and that all around feeling of doom and gloom. Kick those rainy day habits to the side and let mother nature take a day to rest and grow whil…

You Might Love Alpena If…

Posted on March 8th, 2016
Dark skies abound in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; photo courtesy of Paul Gerow …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 a…

Alpena’s Gourmet Burger Bucket List

Posted on February 17th, 2016
Let’s face it, it’s not always grilling season in Northeastern Michigan. Unless of course, you are one of those grill-masters that does not let a little snow and ice stop you from your home-grilled burgers! For the rest of us, we need a burger fix to get us through the last of these winter month…