When I was a child we briefly lived in Northern Michigan in a tiny little town off the interstate. It was about as country as you could get there and I loved it. We moved down state (to a city) and while it was always my mother's intention to go back it just never happened. I've lived in a city ever since. There are so many things that I enjoy about living in or close to a big city, especially now that we live so close to Charleston, SC. I miss the slower pace lifestyle though where traffic isn't insane and you know every single one of your neighbors.
I had a chance to visit my college roommate at her and her husband's first home before moving to Charleston this past summer. They live in a tiny little lake-side town in Western Michigan and I couldn't get enough of it. I can't wait to visit her again! With Mr. S in the Navy it is doubtful we will live in the "country" anytime soon, but maybe we'll retire somewhere like this one day.