Sarah Carter, Alpena’s First Female Pioneer 

2024-03-18T16:02:42+00:00March 7, 2024|Local News|

Mrs. Sarah Carter was a remarkable woman. As Alpena’s first woman settler, she was a true pioneer. She and her family trekked far from civilization into the vast, remote wilderness of northeast Michigan. Sarah and Daniel Carter, and their daughter Mary Lavina, became Alpena’s first permanent settlers in November of 1856. Daniel and his business partners […]

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 […]

Alpena Area Fresh Takes Video Contest

2024-03-18T15:34:21+00:00February 13, 2024|Local News|

Submit your Alpena area adventure footage and enter to win some cash! Open call for entries to the Annual Fresh Takes™ Video Contest, sponsored by the Alpena Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.     Put your Alpena area adventure video footage from 2023 together and submit a short video showcasing the beautiful destination of Alpena […]

Let it Snow! 5 Fun Things to Do After a Snowstorm in Alpena

2024-03-18T15:15:59+00:00January 26, 2024|Activities, Festivals & Events, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

There are so many things to do after an Alpena snowstorm, like shovel…plow…snow blow…you know, the adult stuff. Set that aside for a couple of hours of care-free fun with these MUCH better ideas, from us to you!  Do you wanna build a snowman? Yes, yes you do! Stick with the traditional approach for classic […]

10 Tips to Find Your Winter Hygge Lifestyle in Alpena

2024-03-14T15:00:44+00:00December 21, 2023|Activities, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Hygge – pronounced “hoo-ga”, is a Danish concept that cannot be translated into a single word but encompasses the overall cozy feeling of contentment and well-being by enjoying the simple things in life. This is especially popular during the winter months when everyone seeks warm, cozy contentment!   To live hygge, think chunky knit sweaters, […]

Oh, Deer! Hunting Season is Here

2024-03-18T15:15:59+00:00November 15, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

It’s Deer Season! 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 work. It’s none other than the opening day of firearm season for deer hunting season. This day is considered by many to be the […]

Top Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

2024-03-18T15:16:36+00:00October 24, 2023|Activities, Festivals & Events, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

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 rich history that tends to…jump out at […]

Gravely Art From the Hart: Catching Up with Nick Hartman of Chapel of Ghouls

2024-03-18T15:27:13+00:00October 19, 2023|Inspiring Alpena, Local News|

Every now and then we like to reach out to Alpena natives who are out there making a name for themselves with their talent. This year we reached out to the talented Nick Hartman a.k.a Chapel of Ghouls to find out more about his ghoul art and the message about mental health behind his creatures… […]

Find Fall Color in Alpena’s Top Walks in Nature

2024-03-18T15:15:59+00:00October 16, 2023|Activities, Inspiring Alpena, Local News, Outdoor Activities|

Overcast skies, colorful forest beds, stunning lakeside views, and rich pieces of history are just the beginning of what you’ll discover when you explore the Alpena region. We are into peak fall color season here in NE Michigan and here is where you can enjoy some seasonal fall color in the region! Walks by the […]

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 […]

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