I was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, but I spent most of my life in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called Menominee. It's situated literally at that point along Lake Michigan's Green Bay (not the city) where Michigan comes down and touches Wisconsin. Menominee is the city on the top of the picture below, while Marinette, Wisconsin is on the bottom.
It's a small town of less than 10,000 people, and if I had to call it, it's quaint. Once we reached middle school, all of the kids were in the same classes together. I lived in an old house and walked to school for most of the 11 years I went. I will admit that while we were about a block and a half inside the cut-off point for the buses, my brother and I managed to get to ride the bus during the winters.
In the winter, children would either go to Marinette's city park to sled or they would come here to the welcome center. It's a log cabin at the top of a nice, big hill. Snowplows clearing the parking lot below would create this tiny mountain range of snow that kept the children safely out of the parking lot, which could get quite busy at times. It was a pain to drag your sled up the hill, but it was fun.
Images from viewfromabove.com, Flickr, Wikipedia, Michigan Department of Transportation, & johnsonmatel.com.