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Where to Find Halloween-Themed Fun in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on October 18th, 2018
October brings us the season of colors, sounds, feelings, candy, bumps in the night, and all things Halloween! So gather your costumes and prepare your bellies for these fun, must-see October themed events happening soon–  Scarecrow Village The Ridge– October 20th & 27th

Alpena Shades of Autumn: Where to Find Nature’s Color Palette

Posted on October 10th, 2018
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 list of some of the best places to see the shades of autumn, hand-picked by our Facebook fans. Alpena– Take a d…

A Peek Inside the Posen Potato Festival

Posted on September 6th, 2018
Local Experience Writer Lara King gives readers an inside look at a familiar favorite in Northeast Michigan. Alpena’s neighbor to the Northwest, Posen, has been celebrating the local potato harvest in Northeast Michigan for 67 years. Generations of families have grown up learning how to dance

Creative Summer Activities Kids Will LOVE in Alpena!

Posted on June 7th, 2018
School’s out for summer! Well, almost, and we are here to save your sanity from the “I’m bored” mantras and casual fridge raids!  Whether your family is local or just visiting, there are plenty of entertaining activities for children in the Alpena area. Check out th…

16 Things We Are Thankful For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on November 22nd, 2017
Exploring your “blue space” adventure is only 5 minutes away in Alpena. Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow. With Thanksgiving approaching this Thursday it is important to remember that there is more to this annual holiday tradition other than stuffing our faces with turkey and cranberry s…

Shop Local in Alpena This Holiday Season!

Posted on November 16th, 2017
Downtown Alpena shoppers; captured by Leslie Male ‘Tis the season! It’s that time of year when many are out and about, searching for the perfect gift to give friends and family members as a token of love and appreciation. Did you know that by shopping local, you also show the same love and…

Gotta Check it Out Adventure: A Day in the Woods

Posted on November 3rd, 2017
It is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year to take a walk or a ride through nature trails in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. The air is as crisp as the leaves, and the foliage around you leaves a distinct earthy smell to your senses. It’s the time right before mother nature goes into…

Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

Posted on October 25th, 2017
A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else.  Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over the world. Alpena is no exception with a r…

Alpena Fall Scavenger Hunt

Posted on October 19th, 2017
Orange pumpkins, white pumpkins, and more at AJ’s Berry Farm! Looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do on Sunday Fun-days with friends and family? Why not try out our fall scavenger hunt? The rules are simple: the first one to check off all of the items on the list wins! We’ve…

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…