Be Mine, Alpena: 5 Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special

2024-03-18T15:15:58+00:00February 14, 2024|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

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 others, it is just another day!   We are here to tell you that no matter if you are a lover or a cynic of this annual holiday […]

7 Ideas for a Rainy Day in Alpena

2024-03-18T15:19:36+00:00August 23, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News|

The arrival of spring and summer brings us warmer weather, greener foliage, and bluer skies. We often credit rainy days for spoiling our plans with somber days inside. Kick those rainy day habits to the side and let mother nature take a day to rest and grow while you follow these 7 ideas to make […]

Your Summertime Guide to Outdoor Dining in Alpena

2024-04-16T17:34:27+00:00June 2, 2023|Food & Drink, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Summertime and the living’s easy in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes! Nothing like relaxing on the patio with some good eats and a cold beverage, right? If you want to skip the effort and mess of cooking at home this summer, here are some great spots for outdoor dining in Alpena: Downtown Alpena:  The […]

Michigan Maple Syrup: the Inside Scoop on a Backyard Production

2024-03-18T15:19:11+00:00April 5, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Michigan is blessed with an abundance of maple trees, and maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year. The process of making maple syrup didn’t begin with pancakes, though. North American Indians used it both as food and as medicine. Early American settlers observed the process from the Native […]

Everyone Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day!

2024-03-18T15:16:37+00:00March 14, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News|

On March 17th, everyone is Irish! This week we will celebrate the annual tradition of St. Patrick’s Day and our Irish heritage by wearing green, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. But where did this all come from? The traditional Irish St. Patrick’s day feast consisted of pork and potatoes. However, in […]

Thunder Bay Winery x Alpena – The Names Behind the Bottle

2024-03-18T15:23:33+00:00November 11, 2022|Food & Drink, Local News|

If you’ve been to Thunder Bay Winery in downtown Alpena or the downtown Petoskey location, you’ve probably noticed their bottles of wine named “Starlite Beach”, “Devils River”, or “Long Lake” and wondered what inspires these names. Alpena and the surrounding areas are the answer to the inspiration! Let’s take a look at a few of […]

A Peek Inside the Posen Potato Festival

2024-03-18T15:16:38+00:00September 7, 2022|Activities, Family & Kids Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News|

Local Experience Writer Lara King gives readers an inside look at a familiar favorite in Northeast Michigan. Alpena’s neighbor to the Northwest, Posen, has been celebrating the local potato harvest in Northeast Michigan for 68 years. Generations of families have grown up learning how to dance the polka, sharing family recipes for potato latkes, and […]

Alpena’s Bucket List: The New Year’s Resolution Edition

2024-03-18T15:16:03+00:00December 29, 2021|Activities, Festivals & Events, Food & Drink, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

The new year is coming and it’s time to leave 2021 in the past along with 2020!  Whether you are a local or a tourist, a bucket list is a great way to explore your own backyard and Michigan treasures. As the official Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Alpena is particularly full of treasures; you […]

What’s New at Austin Brothers Beer Company?

2024-03-18T15:28:38+00:00December 3, 2020|Food & Drink, Local News|

Have you heard the latest news about Austin Brothers Beer Company, Alpena’s brewpub?  Let’s fill you in! Since the Covid19 pandemic and subsequent business shutdowns, Austin Brothers, like many other local businesses, have come up with new and creative ways to continue to serve you their famous brews and delicious eats. One of those being […]

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