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Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

Posted on October 25th, 2018
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…

History & Heritage as Told Through Our Industry

Posted on September 27th, 2018
Every town has a story. Every dot on the map is there for a reason. A town may have been established as a major place of commerce, or located along a wagon route rich with a necessary resource like fresh water, or exist simply because it was halfway between here and there.  Alpena’s story is r…

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

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

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…

People from the Past: Sarah Carter, Alpena’s First Female Pioneer 

Posted on April 27th, 2018
  Daniel & Sarah Carte Mrs. Sarah Carter was a remarkable woman. As Alpena’s first woman settler, she was a true pioneer. She and her family trekked far from civilization into the vast, remote wilderness of northeast Michigan. Daniel and Sarah Carter, and their daughter Mary Lavin…

Planting Irish Roots in Downtown Alpena

Posted on March 16th, 2018
As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, we reflect on the history behind this holiday which brings us high spirits and full bellies. Locally, Alpena has some of its own Irish roots.  Read on to learn some history about one of Alpena’s most prominent Irishmen, as well as in

Street Talk: The Story Behind Alpena’s City Streets

Posted on January 12th, 2018
  4th & Chisholm in Alpena We’ve told you about some of the namesakes surrounding Alpena history in our previous blogs, “Alpena: What’s in a Name?”, and “The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes“, but have you e…

10 Ideas For Winter Adventure in Alpena

Posted on January 4th, 2018
Old man winter wraps Norway Ridge in a beautiful blanket of fluffy white! Winter photography by Laura Wolosiewicz The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a true northern Michigan winter start to wash over us, bringing feelings of cabin fever, …

Alpena’s Most Cherished Holiday Traditions

Posted on December 21st, 2017
We asked our Facebook Fans, what’s your favorite family holiday traditions? Whether it’s Christmas tree shopping for that perfect beautiful Blue Spruce or Douglas Fir, baking cookies in the kitchen all night, or singing Christmas carols around the neighborhood- just about everyb…