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Get Ready to Hit the Trails This Autumn!

Posted on October 5th, 2017
Slow down and become one with nature this fall in the  Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; relax, rejuvenate, and restore. Within moments you can be out on a trail, from groomed woodland trails to gentle paved trails in the city. Wander through crisp, fall colored leaves, bask in the beautiful…

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…

Pure Michigan Maple Syrup: the Inside Scoop on a Backyard Production

Posted on April 12th, 2017
Tapping Maple Trees Michigan is blessed with an abundance of maple trees, and maple syrup is the first farm crop to be harvested in Michigan each year. The process of making maple syrup didn’t begin with pancakes, though. North American Indians used it both as a food and as a medicine. Ea…

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.

Do you know the history of Alpena’s Second Avenue Bridge?

Posted on December 1st, 2016
In 1862, before Alpena’s first bridge was built across the Thunder Bay River, a ferry boat was the only means of travel between the north and south sections of this rapidly growing Northeast Michigan town. Construction of Alpena’s first 2nd Avenue bridge in 1865. The ferry was a 30 ft. l…

The 7 Lighthouse Adventure

Posted on August 3rd, 2016
Northeast Michigan is home to seven spectacular lighthouses that help guide ships to safe harbor. Most lighthouses are open mid-May through mid-October. View just one, or all of them, at your own pace, or enjoy a self-guided driving tour of key northern Lake Huron lighthouse coastline destinatio…

Dinosaur Gardens: America’s Last Great Roadside Attraction

Posted on May 20th, 2016
Dinosaur Gardens: 80 Years as One of America’s Favorite Roadside Attractions What is considered one of America’s last great roadside attractions, Dinosaur Gardens offers a prehistoric walk through time. A T-Rex stomps through the pine trees, a family attempts to secure a wooly mammoth for d…

The Alpena Christmas Tree Shoppers Guide: Artificial vs. Real?

Posted on December 1st, 2015
The long standing debate we go through every Christmas season, to get a real tree this year or an artificial one? There is no right or wrong answer, it is as simple as getting what is right for your wants and needs! We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of both to help you decide what is best for you and…

Cultivating Thankfulness: Escaping the Perils of Stress

Posted on November 23rd, 2015
How can we reflect on being thankful this Thanksgiving season when things are so darn busy and stressful? Shopping lists, preparing for winter, less sunlight, and all the things we are missing about summer or all the things we have put off until now are ganging up on us and dragging down our happiness l…

Gotta Check it Out Adventure: Wine, Hops, Pick Your Stops!

Posted on November 16th, 2015
Summer is over and the air is turning crisp, it’s time to switch up seasonal activities in northern Michigan and we’re excited! It’s the perfect time of year to put on cozy layers and go sample wine and hops; one of the many things we LOVE to do in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.…
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