Situated on Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay, Alpena is a premier location for Great Lakes maritime heritage and recreation. Alpena is one of Michigan’s “Cool Cities” for its commitment to building a vibrant, energetic, attractive city. Northern Lights Ice Arena is a “cool” place for hockey and great events and is the home of the NAHL Junior A Alpena Ice Diggers hockey team. Taste and purchase locally-made wine at a country winery or visit a local brewing company, where beer and soda are on tap for the tasting.
Enjoy hot coffee and conversation at a downtown Internet café or dinner at a historic saloon that catered to rough and ready lumberjacks. An attractive downtown area, an enclosed shopping mall, antiques mall and a variety of major chains offer the visitor tempting options for both shopping and dining. Motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, cabins and campgrounds offer a wide range of accommodations, amenities and inviting extras.