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Classic Style Wedding Reception Venues in the Alpena Area

Posted on August 31st, 2018
Do you, a friend, or a family member have an upcoming wedding? Wondering where to have the perfect, classic-style affair in Alpena? Look no further! We’ve done the research to bring you this impressive list of reception venues that is sure to fit any brides budget, style, and/or guest capacit

27 Spots Worth Pulling Over For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on August 17th, 2018
Discover new territory; from rolling fields of farmland to sunrises and dark skies, tall virgin pines, crashing Lake Huron waves and historic relics from our lumbering days, the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes region offers plenty of low-key, relaxed adventures. After you’ve visited the well-kn

8 Inspiring Ways to Go Camping in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on August 2nd, 2018
Camping, Glamping, Survivalist, Tenting. What kind of camper are you? Negwegon State Park is a beautiful site for rustic style camping. Photo courtesy Josh Stephan   From the interior of a dense forest to fresh breezes off Lake Huron, camping provides an opportunity to enjoy the natural beau…

9 Iconic Wedding Photo Backdrops in Alpena’s Great Outdoors

Posted on July 26th, 2018
It’s wedding season! Are you getting married in Alpena? Whether you are getting hitched this year or the next, it’s time to start thinking about those jaw-dropping photo backdrops that showcase the beauty of your big day. Marrying your best friend will be one of the best days of your life. Show it…

Complete Summer Guide to Waterfront Dining in Alpena

Posted on June 14th, 2018
  Relaxing lakeside is a way of life here in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. As soon as summer shines upon us, we live, breathe, and hashtag that “lake life” like there is no tomorrow! Whether it be on the Great Lake Huron, one of our surrounding inland lake…

Get Some Spring in Your Step: Alpena’s Top Walks in Nature

Posted on June 1st, 2018
Blue skies, lush green forests, stunning lakeside views, and pieces of our rich history are just the beginning of what you’ll discover when you explore the Alpena Area.  Walks by the Water Ocqueoc Falls Besser Natural Area: Stretching over 134 acres, this area is home to one of Michigan…

Alpena Art Walks Begins for the Summer Season

Posted on May 24th, 2018
Alpena, “Art Capital of Northeast Michigan”, brings more color to summer’s palette! Alpena Art Walks brand new logo! Created by Dolmen Imaging & Design LLC For the second year in a row, Alpena Art Walks is pleased to bring you another summer filled with artwork and entertai…

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Bike Month in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on May 10th, 2018
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Communities all around the country, from the east coast to the west coast, participate every May. Here is how you can too, right here in Alpena!  Whether you bike for the sport, to commute to work, for your health, or all…

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…

Alpena’s Official Visitor Welcome Center Opening!

Posted on April 18th, 2018
The view of the new official Visitor Welcome Center and Tourism Office as you are driving North on Second Ave. The Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has moved to its new location in Old Downtown Alpena and invites you to join in celebrating this occasion during a public open house later thi…