A great mix of dining and shopping experiences await you in the Alpena area. If it is fun exploration and entertainment you seek, Northeast Michigan delivers!

Taste and purchase locally-made wine at one of our two wineries or visit the local brewing company, where beer is on tap for the tasting. Enjoy hot coffee and conversation at a downtown café or dinner at a historic saloon that catered to rough and ready lumberjacks. A list of local restaurants can be found here. View the Alpena Chamber Restaurant Guide for menus from local establishments.


Tour and shop in our attractive downtown area which is home to over 200 businesses, view the full list at this link. There is also an enclosed shopping mall, antiques mall and a variety of major chains offer the visitor tempting options for both shopping.


Motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, cabins and campgrounds offer a wide range of accommodations, amenities and inviting extras. View our area lodging choices at this link.

Something special is always going on in Alpena. Festivals and events that celebrate Independence Day, antique steam engines, classic cars, Santa Claus, and a fish called “Big Brownie” are just a smattering of the special events that take place in Alpena year ‘round. Check out the community calendar for a complete list of events.