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History & Heritage as Told Through Our Industry

Posted on September 27th, 2018
Every town has a story. Every dot on the map is there for a reason. A town may have been established as a major place of commerce, or located along a wagon route rich with a necessary resource like fresh water, or exist simply because it was halfway between here and there.  Alpena’s story is r…

Get Some Spring in Your Step: Alpena’s Top Walks in Nature

Posted on June 1st, 2018
Blue skies, lush green forests, stunning lakeside views, and pieces of our rich history are just the beginning of what you’ll discover when you explore the Alpena Area.  Walks by the Water Ocqueoc Falls Besser Natural Area: Stretching over 134 acres, this area is home to one of Michigan…

A Day Disconnected: Discovering Alpena Without Your Smartphone

Posted on April 13th, 2018
You read the title right. We are (GASP!) suggesting the unimaginable…the unthinkable…the unfathomable act of leaving your phone at home! Or at least in your car.  Choose your Alpena adventure! Don’t get us wrong, we want you to share your photos and tell all your friends a…

Your Quick Guide to Inland Fishing in Alpena

Posted on March 22nd, 2018
Ryely & Gavin have a successful day on the Long Lake Narrows; photo courtesy Charles Kennedy Nothing is more authentic to the Alpena area than fishing. When the morning sun is peeking out from a blanketed horizon, the silhouette of a rod and reel can be seen casting along Thunder Bay River on your w…

It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

Posted on January 25th, 2018
This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world.  One special film that will be featured is “The Big Five Dive“. This 28-minute adventure documenta…

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, …

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…

Have You Fished This National Bass Hot-Spot?

Posted on July 26th, 2017
Check out bass fishing in Alpena, Michigan! Alpena is known for some of the best bass fishing in the State of Michigan, and in a state that boasts more than 11,000 lakes, that says a lot! Fletcher’s Pond, Hubbard Lake, Grand Lake, and Long Lake are four of the state’s twenty largest lakes, and they a…

History Made at 2017 Michigan Brown Trout Festival!

Posted on July 20th, 2017
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Big Brownie caught in Lake Huron during the 43rd Annual Brown Trout Festival!  Jan Stepanski holds prize-winning Big Brownie; photo courtesy of Michigan Brown Trout Festival On July 18th, 2017, Jan Stepanski reeled in Big Brownie with teammate Robert Westen…

Top 5 Camping Hotspots in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

Posted on June 14th, 2017
Photo courtesy of Travis Morasky The beginning of camping season is officially upon us here in our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, which begs the question, “where to camp?” We asked our fans on Facebook where their favorite spots to camp in the Alpena area are, and here is the list we have co…