20 Great Lakes Getaways
One of northeast Michigan's bigger towns, Alpena borders Lake Huron and offers the top-notch Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center as well as a variety of dining options.
Five Fun Stops
1 Tucked in the cellar of a riverfront building in Alpena, The Cellar is a special-occasion gem serving pasta, seafood and meat dishes (989/340-0188).
2 Explore the rich (and often tragic) history of the Great Lakes' shipping industry at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (pictured), part of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (989/356-8805; thunderbay.noaa.gov/).
3 A huge menu of healthy, flavorful sandwiches, wraps and salads makes Fresh Palate one of Alpena's best places to eat (989/358-1400; thefreshpalategourmet.com).
4Put on your explorer's cap and cross a bridge to Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, with trails, fishing docks and a surprising amount of wildlife, all in the middle of the Thunder Bay River (989/354-4158).
5 Guests are made to feel like family at the North Bay Bed and Breakfast overlooking the New Presque Isle Lighthouse (18 miles north of Alpena) (989/595-5209).