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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

10 Great Ice Cream Stops in The Sanctuary of the Great Lakes!

Posted on July 10th, 2018
  How do we stay cool in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes? Beaches and ice cream of course! No matter which beach you bum or trail you travel, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of 10 local shops with frozen treats to keep you chill: Lily enjoys a blue moon ice cream cone on a hot summer d…

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 …

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…

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…

Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

Posted on November 30th, 2017
In less than a month it will be Christmas break for the kiddos. Which can only mean three things: lazy mornings lounging in pj’s til afternoon, cartoons for days, and the inevitable phrase every parent hears at least once or more during school break “I’m bored”. Cue the Alp…

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…

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…

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…

6 Ways to Be a Tourist in Your Hometown of Alpena, Michigan

Posted on October 6th, 2016
Say ‘goodbye’ to checked baggage fees and high gas prices and say ‘hello’ to your own backyard! “Staycation” is the new vacation and here are 6 tips to having the best tourist experience in your hometown of Alpena.
  1. Think about when you have family and friends come to visit, where d