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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…

A Sanctuary of Dark Skies

Posted on August 9th, 2017
If we had to pick something new off the Alpena bucket list that you should never miss, it would be our dark sky experience!  Rockport State Recreation Area, courtesy Paul Gerow In February of 2016, three state parks in the Alpena area received dark sky designation. These sanctuaries are far awa…

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…

“Shinrin-Yoku” Pt. 1- The Therapeutic Value in Nature by Dan Mager

Posted on April 27th, 2017
Land, air, or sea…find your outdoor oasis here in Alpena. Photo by Kristen Bromund Bates “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” -John Muir Maintaining the balance between work, life, and relations…

49 Fun Must-do Adventures for Families in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

Posted on March 30th, 2017
Shin-ga-ba Shores Playground There are plenty of things to keep your family busy while you visit Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. From Exploring the great outdoors, to experiencing interactive indoor activities, you won’t have time to be bored. Here’s our list of the top 49 fami…

Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park  – The Story of an American Dream

Posted on March 14th, 2017
The late July sun warmed the sand around my feet. While my kids splashed in the shallow shoreline waves near the small sandy beach, I watched a bird intently for nearly 30 minutes. It flittered back and forth through the scrub grass in erratic spurts. The bird’s shrill tweets; a signal that I was…

15 Uniquely Northeast Michigan Wedding Locations You’ll Love

Posted on February 17th, 2017
Love is in the air! Looking for unusual, unique, out of the box locations for a wedding ceremony or reception near the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes? From lighthouses and museums, to islands, a rooftop, and even a historic flour mill, the Alpena area offers a multitude of unique destination venues. 1.

So You Think You Know Alpena; Pt. 2

Posted on January 4th, 2017
Rugged, yet pristine, Rockport State Recreation Area is Michigan’s ____ state park? It’s National Trivia Day, so we concocted a part 2 to the “So You Think You Know Alpena” quiz. Can you answer all the following questions correctly about Alpena, MI? Take th…

Alpena Shades of Autumn: Where to Find Natures Color Palette

Posted on October 12th, 2016
Heather Chojnacki kayaks up the Thunder Bay River during autumn peak color in Alpena; photo courtesy of Paul Gerow. The fall colors have not peaked yet in the Alpena area, but it is only a short time until this beautiful display of fall foliage occurs! When it does, grab your cameras and check out this l…