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Alpena Vacation Getaway: Fun On The Shores Of Lake Huron
by Cedric Agravante

Fall In Alpena--A Warm Welcome from a Colder Climate

If this is the first time you have heard of a small town in Michigan called Alpena, you are not alone. It sits on the shore of Lake Huron's Thunder Bay and is home to a little less than 12,000 residents. Its size does not take away from its appeal as a vacation destination. The town's motto is "A Warm And Friendly Port" and even in fall it is not hard to see that Alpena lives up to its creed.

Fall in Alpena, Michigan can take your breath away in more ways than one and may make you think twice about small towns. Though an Alpena vacation getaway may not be at the top of your to-do list, you may be surprised with what this small Michigan town has to offer.

The Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival

Alpena welcomes the changing of the seasons with several festivals and celebrations open to anyone who wishes to join in. The Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival is an opportunity to celebrate and honor a symbol of the Great Lakes - its lighthouses. Visitors and residents alike come together for food, music, vendors and lighthouse tours during this four day event.

The best part is that the proceeds are used to preserve and restore these historic icons for future generations to enjoy. No fall in this great town would be complete without the Annual Fall Harvest Day. Not to worry, you won't be asked to work in the field. However, you may have a favorite recipe you would like to try out in the pie contest--or maybe you just want to reap the benefits of the leftover entries. Other attractions include musical entertainment, activities for children and crafts demonstrations.

The Changing of the Leaves at Alpena

There is one particular reason that many travelers flock to the northern states in the fall: the changing of the leaves. The colors the leaves turn are unmatched by anything manmade and can truly only be created by the special touch of Mother Nature. Several routes are delineated in and around the town to experience the colors in the way you prefer, land, air or water. Drive around the entirety of Long Lake and Great Lake in a driving tour that begins and ends in Alpena and includes many interesting stops along the way.

Many of the amazing colors can be seen by boat on any one of the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan, as the cool, crisp air whispers serenely around you. Perhaps the best way to view all of the colors that Alpena, Michigan and its surroundings has to offer is by air. If you don't have an aversion to heights, a helicopter view of the changing autumn leaves is a vision that will stay with you forever.

Steeped in History

Though Michigan puts on an amazing autumn exhibit, many attractions in Alpena can be experienced year round. If you are a history buff, you have come to the right place! Alpena offers tours of historic homes dating back to the early 20th and late 19th centuries that have been preserved and restored along Washington Avenue.

Perhaps the number one reason that travels opt for an Alpena vacation getaway is for the lighthouses. The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, The New Presque Isle Lighthouse, The Alpena Light and many others have amazing stories behind them and deeply rooted in history. Visitors can spend hours touring many of the lighthouses in Alpena and the surrounding towns that sit on any of Michigan's Great Lakes.

Whatever your reason for visiting the town this fall, take the opportunity to enjoy all that its history, residents and nature itself has to offer.

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