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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…

Find Your Explorer’s Spirit at Rockport

Posted on September 28th, 2017
Just north of the city proper is a terrestrial landscape that wakens the explorer’s spirit. Indeed, the traveler, regardless of his interests and no matter his origin, will find an amazing adventure filled with beauty. Majestic and mysterious, Rockport State Recreation Area holds all the…

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…

Experience Alpena, Michigan: Satisfying Millennial Wanderlust

Posted on September 7th, 2017
Take a Hike! Millennial (mil-len-nial)- noun
  1. a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century (if you were born between 1982-2004) 
Wanderlust (wan-der-lust)- noun
  1. a strong desire to travel 
We read about it every day. What Millennials are doing, what they ar…

Back-to-School: Top 10 Student Friendly Attractions & Places in Alpena, MI

Posted on August 23rd, 2017
Make A Splash For Art mural project involving kids in the community at Art in the Loft It’s that time again. Come Sunday night we will be setting our alarms a little bit earlier, filling out planners, and packing lunches. Oy vey! Whether you are preparing for college, high school, or getting you…

“Shinrin-Yoku” Pt. 1- The Therapeutic Value in Nature by Dan Mager

Posted on April 27th, 2017
Land, air, or sea…find your outdoor oasis here in Alpena. Photo by Kristen Bromund Bates “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” -John Muir Maintaining the balance between work, life, and relations…

Oh, Deer! Hunting Season is Here

Posted on November 15th, 2016
Carson Owens enjoys a day off of the daily grind at school for a day of hunting! Photo courtesy of Harry Owens It’s that time again! November 15th, a well-respected holiday in northeast Michigan where the kiddos have the day off from school and many people use their vacation days to take time off of wo…

Alpena’s Hidden Treasures

Posted on November 2nd, 2016
Sometimes you just have to venture off the beaten path to find a well-kept secret. Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes holds many hidden treasures just waiting to be explored. Here are 5 places that you may have missed, or maybe just haven’t been to in a while. So veer off the road well travele…

Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

Posted on October 25th, 2016
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 excep…

Alpena Shades of Autumn: Where to Find Natures Color Palette

Posted on October 12th, 2016
Heather Chojnacki kayaks up the Thunder Bay River during autumn peak color in Alpena; photo courtesy of Paul Gerow. 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 l…