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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 b…
Melissa and Andy Lappan's wedding photo in front of the State Theater.

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…
kids waiting for candy at 4th of July Parade. Photo by Holly Sosa.

What’s Happening in Alpena for the 4th of July?

Posted on July 2nd, 2018
Celebrate America’s 241st birthday with this dynamic, all-American small town! Alpena, Michigan has become famous for plentiful 4th of July extravaganzas, and we’d hate to see you miss out! Cardboard Boat Regatta Check out these fun-filled red, white, and blue events below …

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…

It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

Posted on January 25th, 2018
This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world.  One special film that will be featured is “The Big Five Dive“. This 28-minute adventure documenta…
Rockport State Recreation Area

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

Experience Alpena, Michigan: Satisfying Millennial Wanderlust

Posted on September 7th, 2017
Take a Hike! Millennial (mil-len-nial)- noun
  1. a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century (if you were born between 1982-2004) 
Wanderlust (wan-der-lust)- noun
  1. a strong desire to travel 
We read about it every day. What Millennials are doing, what they ar…

Alpena’s Most Shareable Photos

Posted on August 30th, 2017
Where else can you get a photo-op with the dinosaurs, swim with over 100-year-old shipwrecks, and capture the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets?! Alpena is the place to be for capturing the best sharable photos.  Covered Wooden Bridge & Water Tower Located at Duck Park (corner of Ch

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…
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