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Things to do during "cabin time" in Alpena
Rent Alpena, MI cabins and cottages near Lake Huron Thunder Bay Alpena Michigan is an effortless combination of fun, history, and the great outdoors. With only 10,000 residents, it’s easy to explore on a weekend, but the richness and abundance of opportunities to explore could easily fill up your week.
Perhaps one of Alpena’s most noticeable- and beautiful- features is its coastline; located right on Thunder Bay, an outlet of Lake Huron, water enthusiasts will rejoice! Feel free to spend hours and days filled with fishing off a boat - whether it’s your own or rented from one of the marinas- or running into the clear blue waves. Starlite beach is the perfect place to park your towel and picnic basket or check out Bayview or Mich-e-ke-weis park for more beautiful shoreline views, gentle walking trails, and sandy beaches. The Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is also a great place to wander. If you need a little more exertion with your outdoor activities, Rockport State Park awaits. The hiking trails will take you through the Michigan’s forests, and you can take a primitive road to the heart of the park to explore the old mining quarry. There’s even rumor there may be fossils to be found.
Part of Alpena’s charm is the unique history and heritage, both within the town, and under the blue water it borders. Beneath Huron’s unpredictable waves lie hundreds of boats that have been wrecked over the years. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers guided glass bottom boat tours that offer a look back into time. Continue the learning at the Besser Museum of art, history, and science. The museum is a treasure trove of world-renowned art and culture, but it offers much more than that. Stop by the 2-story Foucault Pendulum, explore the Historic Village with it’s 5 original structures, or head to the Lafarge Fossil Park exhibit to dig up some fossils that you can take home with you.
While your off exploring, don’t forget to experience Alpena’s downtown. Enjoy the view of Alpena from the top floor of the Loft Art Gallery and enjoy artwork by both local and well-known artists. Afterward, grab a quick lunch at the Take 5 deli, enjoy a creative, healthy meal at Fresh Palate, or snag a sweet ice cream treat at Downtown Scoops. However, don’t miss Ben’s Soft Pretzels, or Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe. Nowicki’s serves delicious, authentic polish sausages for lunch, but don’t forget to order some cold links or bacon to take home with you. If you spend the day down by Starlite beach, there’s plenty of options to fill your belly with. Pompeyos serves up fresh Mexican dishes and John Boy’s cooks up the classic American food you love.
Alpena may be small, but it’s filled with unique experiences just waiting to be explored. You’ll be far from bored. Whether you love to hike the trails, live for the lake, or are a lover of art and history, Alpena is the place to be.
Make sure you talk to rental owners about the many Alpena seasonal events and day trips. At RentMichiganCabins.com you compare rentals and Lake Huron area lodging here, then book directly with the cabin owner or local property manager to get the guaranteed lowest rate. Renting through third-party booking websites costs up to 30% more for the same vacation rental because of hidden traveler fees.