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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…

Let it Snow! 5 Fun Things to Do After a Snowstorm in Alpena

Posted on March 7th, 2018
Check out this awesome snowman! Construction and photo courtesy of Katelyn Carr & Family. There are so many things to do after an Alpena snowstorm, like  shovel…plow…snow blow…you know, the adult stuff. Set that aside for a couple hours of care-free fun with these MU…

Be Mine, Alpena: 5 Ideas to Make Your Valentine’s Day Special

Posted on February 13th, 2018
  A winter adventure with a favorite companion makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day! Photo by Sandy Blumenthal For some of you, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and happiness while eating a romantic dinner and bestowing special gifts upon your significant other. For o…

The Beginners Guide to Loving Snow in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Posted on February 8th, 2018
A Lake Huron winter-scape view by Stephanie Loewe Photography. If you google, “How many words do the Inuit have for snow?” the answer will come up as 50. Some sites may tell you even more. You will also find articles by modern linguists claiming this as a myth, citing examples of how we hav…

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, …

Quick List of Celebrations & Adventures to Ring in the New Year in Alpena

Posted on December 29th, 2017
Happy New Year, Alpena! Preparations for celebrating the New Year are underway! Numerous Alpena establishments are rolling out their holiday best while ringing in the new year and new beginnings. Where will you be toasting? Check out this list of some of Alpena’s  hot celebrations an…

The Ultimate Packing Guide to Winter Adventure in Alpena

Posted on February 1st, 2017
“Sometimes, nature is all you need.” -Shikoba First we brought you “10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter“, now we are bringing you everything you need to know about how to pack for winter adventures here in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. Basic clothing needs for any ou…

10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter

Posted on January 13th, 2017
A snowy, crystalized Thunder Bay River. Why not try out your hand at photography this winter? Photo courtesy of Amy Lijewski The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a northern Michigan winter are washing over us, bringing us feelings of cabin…

You Might Love Alpena If…

Posted on March 8th, 2016
Dark skies abound in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; photo courtesy of Paul Gerow …you love snorkeling and diving the shipwrecks of  Thunder Bay in the waters of Lake Huron, unsalted and shark-free! …you love ripping through the trails of Chippewa Hills Pathway on your mountain bike; hills a…

Memoirs of a Snow Day

Posted on March 4th, 2016
Adam Zeeman sleds downhill on a wintery Alpena snow day! Do you recall the nor’easter that gave us the “Great Blizzard of 1978”? What about the snowiest winter on record of 1970-1971? More recent winters brought us the abnormal shift of the polar vortex in 2013-2014, and just 3 days ago on March…