There's nothing better than getting away for a fun and romantic getaway.  Winter isn't over yet and that means there's plenty of time to visit one of several charming Michigan small towns before spring arrives.

According to, Michigan is home to a variety of small towns, townships and villages that are like hidden gems, waiting to be uncovered and experienced.

If you want an experience that is anything but the usual, then here are several small towns that are unique stops for fun and family friendly Pure Michigan winter.

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1.  Quincy.  Quincy is home to the Quincy Chain of Lakes Tip-up Festival.  The village is just north of the interconnected First, Marble, Middle, Archer and Bartholomew lakes which makes it perfect for ice fishing when the lakes freeze.  You might want to check out a place called Stables, well known for their cozy atmosphere, friendly service and Friday night fish fries.

2.  Pentwater.  Pentwater's Winterfest is another great way to experience a Michigan winter.  The two week long festival takes place the second and third weeks of February and includes a fishing tournament, the Snowman Scram 5K and more.  Visitors can also go sledding in the Village Green and participate in a soup competition.

3.  Kalkaska.  Established in 1965, the Kalkaska Winterfest is an annual celebration of winter activities that showcases local talent and brings out the spirit of living in northern Michigan.  Shoppers can search for all sorts of treasures from birdhouses to fresh Michigan maple syrup at the marketplace.

4.  Alpena.  Alpena is known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes and houses three Dark Sky Preserves, seven lighthouses, 100 miles of trails, and over 400 million year old fossils.  All year round you can uncover Michigan's rich boating history at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Museum.  (

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