A is for Algoma, WI and Anniversaries!

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A is for Algoma and Anniversaries!

One of our favorite things to do at the Algoma Visitors Center is find out where people are from and what brought them to Algoma, WI.  A common answer is for an anniversary!

If you are looking for a romantic and quiet anniversary trip away from the hustle of the city, Algoma, WI is the perfect destination.

Historic Downtown Algoma
Pull up a free parking spot, grab your partner’s hand, and enjoy the Algoma shopping experience at your own pace.

Algoma’s unique, owner-operated stores will make your anniversary experience so much more personal. While shopping in town, most of the time you will likely meet the shop owners. This will add a depth to your anniversary visit that you would not get in a big city.  On Sunday mornings during the summer, visit Legion Park for the Algoma Sunday Farmers Market for more local fare.


Jon and Laurie, from Manistique, MI
The quaintness of the town, architecture, friendly people, interesting shops, and the beautiful beach is  what attracted us to your lakeside city! ~ Jon and Laurie from Manistique, MI celebrated their 36th anniversary in Algoma, WI


Another draw for anniversary couples is Algoma’s art scene. There is indoor and outdoor art to enjoy with almost all the art galleries within walking distance of each other. If you are in town on the first Friday of the month, you can enjoy First Friday in Algoma,  an evening of exhibition opening receptions and get yourselves an anniversary gift of art that will remind you of your time here in Algoma.

Outdoor art can be seen by doing Algoma’s Historic Walking tour that includes murals: new, old, and newly refreshed. Take some selfies by these beautiful works of Algoma art as a special remembrance of your anniversary trip while learning a little about the history of our small city.

Speaking of More History….
von Stiehl Winery is Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery.  Take a tour of the facility and then enjoy some of Northeast Wisconsin’s best wines and ciders, either inside the tasting room or out on the terrace.  During the summer months, bring your anniversary celebration to von Stiehl’s summer concert series on Friday and Saturday afternoons, relaxing outdoors overlooking the Ahnapee River.

Also embedded in Algoma’s history is Ahnapee Brewery, now just a couple of blocks south of the winery.  In June 2022 the new, bigger tap room opened and offers the happy couple a view of Lake Michigan while enjoying some of the best craft beers in the area.


Mike and Nancy Nichols from Ripon chose Algoma to celebrate their 32nd anniversary
Since this is the first time visiting your beautiful city, we plan on enjoying walking the boardwalk and visiting the shops! ~ Mike and Nancy from Ripon, WI celebrated their 32nd anniversary in Algoma, WI 


Speaking of Outdoors
One of the most sought-after activities in Algoma is simply spending a leisurely afternoon on Crescent Beach including a stroll on the boardwalk or on the sand.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets or sit on a bench or picnic table. Dip your toes in the cool waters of Lake Michigan, or even take a swim (if you dare). The sounds of lapping waves are enough to relax just about everyone.  The romance is built in.

If a little more outdoor adventure is your style, you can go on a fishing charter with one of our world-class Charter services or head to The River by Bay Shore and take out a kayak or stand-up board for a paddle on the Ahnapee River.  Bay Shore Outfitters also rents electric bikes so you can experience the Ahnapee State Trail.

There are also two golf courses within a short driving distance that will cure any couple’s need to get out on the links: Northbrook Golf & Grill and Alaskan Golf Club.


Bruce and Margaret from Milwaukee, WI
Algoma can be listed as a beautiful place to stay with your significant other! On the way to Fish Creek, we were hoping to find the small cottage where our marriage took place.  Algoma is an anniversary destination!! ~ Bruce and Margaret (90 years young) from Milwaukee, WI celebrated their 66th anniversary in Algoma, WI


How About Some More Music!
In addition to von Stiehl’s Friday and Saturday concert series, there is Algoma’s Concerts in the Park at Heritage Park on Thursday evenings during the summer as well as live music at several venues throughout the area.  Dance the afternoon or night away with your partner, making new memories along the way.

Start a New Anniversary Tradition…With Your Dog
What started with an anniversary stay at Hotel Stebbins for one couple and their dog has turned in to a unique tradition that in June 2022 included 10 dogs and 25 of their humans.

Party Time!
If it is a party you are after, the Algoma area has event venues that can host everything from an intimate get together to a large gathering.  Why not renew your vows while you are here!

There are several festivals throughout the year where you can enjoy wine (Wet Whistle Wine Fest), fly a kite (Soar on the Shore), or celebrate the community (Shanty Days).

Rick & Anne from Wittenberg
Both teachers. Rick recently retired as a high school teacher and Anne is presently a kindergarten  teacher, spent several days in Algoma. Anne was looking forward to the Lake to Bay Crusin’ the Shops event! ~ Rick and Anne from Wittenberg, WI celebrated their 27th anniversary in Algoma, WI  


If you want to take a little drive…
A short drive to the north will take you to Renard’s Cheese, Wienke’s Farm Market and Country Ovens where you will experience true, locally-made, award winning cheese, home-grown produce and delicious baked goods, and the best of Door County cherries respectively.

Algoma lodging options can be found here, and Algoma dining options can be found here.

Your romantic anniversary trip to Algoma can be as busy, or not, as you wish.   Get your Friendly Algoma Visitors Guide and start planning your anniversary trip today!


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