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Through the Lens: Instagram Fans Recap Summer in Alpena

Posted on September 19th, 2018
On Saturday summer will be officially over. We will start to tune into the earthy smells of autumn, the wind, the colors, and the breeze. But, wait! Before we get into “pumpkin spice everything” with our obligatory flannel shirts, let us reminisce on the beautiful warm days of summer Alpena was b…

Through the Lens: Our Instagram Fans Tell the Story of April 2018

Posted on May 4th, 2018
If you are not yet following @sanctuary_of_the_great_lakes on Instagram, you’re missing out! Check out these awesome photos taken by our IG fans during the month of April. They perfectly depict the timeline of events that Mother Nature bestowed upon us. It was a wild ride!    We s…

Living Social in Our Sanctuary

Posted on February 20th, 2018
We love getting fun photos of your adventure here in Alpena, such as this one shared by Instagram user @eisenmananna. Just a relaxing day at the beach…in winter…and on ice! Keeping your friends and family up-to-date on your adventures is easy with devices that can be found no further th…

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…

Four-legged Social Media Celebrities Share Alpena Adventures

Posted on September 15th, 2017
The Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is home to many interesting, adventurous souls. You’ve recently met Leo the Hiking Cat and his human companion Josh Stephan. Now, we’d like to introduce you to the most adventurous Siberian Huskies you’ll ever know! Jessica and Jamie Hatch are a…

Alpena Wins Host Opportunity for Pure Michigan Social Media Workshop

Posted on April 7th, 2016
Alpena is one of only 5 locations around Michigan to win a host opportunity for a high value Pure Michigan educational workshop open to anyone wishing to improve their social media and digital marketing strategy for the upcoming tourism season. Tourism related, or tourism-dependent businesses a

Alpena’s Gourmet Burger Bucket List

Posted on February 17th, 2016
Let’s face it, it’s not always grilling season in Northeastern Michigan. Unless of course, you are one of those grill-masters that does not let a little snow and ice stop you from your home-grilled burgers! For the rest of us, we need a burger fix to get us through the last of these winter month…

Swapping Cold for Crafts

Posted on January 20th, 2016
We LOVE Michigan! Painting at Cobbygoose Does the winter season have you feeling the full effects of cabin fever? Do you want to get out of the house but not into the cold? No need to brave the elements, use them instead by painting, sculpting, crafting, and sewing your way into spring! We have the cure f…

A Dream, a Bridge, and a Sanctuary

Posted on December 22nd, 2015
Our beautifully finished, hand-hewn covered bridge reflects in the still waters of the Thunder Bay; matching water tower sits in the picturesque background. Photo courtesy of Stacy VanOrman Over this past summer, the citizens of Alpena were able to be a part of something magical happening. Somet…

Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is on Instagram!

Posted on October 29th, 2015
Social media continues to be on the rise and Alpena is on board! We want the world to see just how beautiful our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is during every season; and what a better way than Instagram! We love bringing you updates on everything Alpena from Facebook to blog, so be sure to check out and fol