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Road to Chippewa Hills Pathway by Steve Jakubcin

15 Things We Are Thankful For in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on November 23rd, 2022
With Thanksgiving approaching on Thursday, this is the perfect time to reflect on our lives over the past year and be grateful for what we have, what obstacles we have overcome, and for what the future may bring us.  This Thanksgiving we wanted to share everything we are grateful for that Alpena has to…
Aerial view of Lady Michigan on Lake Huron.

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 bless…

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
Keeping your friends and family up-to-date on your adventures is easy with devices that can be found no further than in the palm of your hand. Follow Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes online with these social media apps to prepare for your visit and to keep you connected to our Sanctuary of the Great…

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
We’ve compiled a list of 10 famous, or soon-to-be-famous, burgers from local restaurants offering the best quality beef made with the freshest ingredients around. These features will be sure to satisfy your burger cravings…but you don’t have to take our word for it. Try it yourself! (Menus subjec

A Dream, a Bridge, and a Sanctuary

Posted on December 22nd, 2015
Over this past summer, the citizens of Alpena were able to be a part of something magical happening. Something so unique, and so beautiful; something we will be talking about and admiring for a very long time. A very special gift has been bestowed upon the community and we’re talking about none other t…

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