I'll be brutally honest and admit that I don't really know all that much about the actual town of Kalkaska. Apart from the grocery store, I didn't see it. What they do have here are lakes and resorts, or rentable cabins. These are ideal for the family getaway where you can relax and enjoy nature and the lakes (the one I stayed at was called Bear Lake) as well as firepits and barbecue.
The nature here is pretty tame, but its nevertheless there. You can kick back and appreciate it. If you're used to more rural surroundigns, this might not do it for you. Here in this picture, you can spot the crane (bird). Let me know if you do.