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Changing the Narrative, One Scoop at a Time

Posted on November 28th, 2018
When Aaron Buza and his wife Kari were approached about taking over ownership of Downtown Scoops in Alpena, they were honored and excited. Established in 2011 by Chris and Missi LeFave, Downtown Scoops has delighted local residents and visitors with their homemade waffle cones, unique flavor var

Alpena Fall Scavenger Hunt

Posted on November 1st, 2018
Halloween may be over with, but the fall fun doesn’t have to be! If you’re looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do on Sunday Fun-days with friends and family, why not try out our fall scavenger hunt? The rules are simple: the first one to check off all of the items on the list wi…

Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

Posted on October 25th, 2018
A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else.  Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over the world. Alpena is no exception with a r…

Alpena Shades of Autumn: Where to Find Nature’s Color Palette

Posted on October 10th, 2018
The fall colors have not peaked yet in the Alpena area, but it is only a short time until this beautiful display of fall foliage occurs! When it does, grab your cameras and check out this list of some of the best places to see the shades of autumn, hand-picked by our Facebook fans. Alpena– Take a d…

27 Spots Worth Pulling Over For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on August 17th, 2018
Discover new territory; from rolling fields of farmland to sunrises and dark skies, tall virgin pines, crashing Lake Huron waves and historic relics from our lumbering days, the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes region offers plenty of low-key, relaxed adventures. After you’ve visited the well-kn

8 Inspiring Ways to Go Camping in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on August 2nd, 2018
Camping, Glamping, Survivalist, Tenting. What kind of camper are you? Negwegon State Park is a beautiful site for rustic style camping. Photo courtesy Josh Stephan   From the interior of a dense forest to fresh breezes off Lake Huron, camping provides an opportunity to enjoy the natural beau…

16 Things We Are Thankful For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on November 22nd, 2017
Exploring your “blue space” adventure is only 5 minutes away in Alpena. Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow. With Thanksgiving approaching this Thursday it is important to remember that there is more to this annual holiday tradition other than stuffing our faces with turkey and cranberry s…

The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Posted on November 9th, 2017
Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon? You’ve wondered, and we have your answers! The 3 most influe…

Gotta Check it Out Adventure: A Day in the Woods

Posted on November 3rd, 2017
It is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year to take a walk or a ride through nature trails in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. The air is as crisp as the leaves, and the foliage around you leaves a distinct earthy smell to your senses. It’s the time right before mother nature goes into…

Get Ready to Hit the Trails This Autumn!

Posted on October 5th, 2017
Slow down and become one with nature this fall in the  Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; relax, rejuvenate, and restore. Within moments you can be out on a trail, from groomed woodland trails to gentle paved trails in the city. Wander through crisp, fall colored leaves, bask in the beautiful…