Roger Ebert, the longtime film critic, died yesterday at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. Ebert's primary residence was a four-and-a-half-story townhouse in Chicago, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic worked at The Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert also had a second home in southwest Michigan. He waxed poetically about the quaint area surrounding this vacation house on his blog.
There are old-fashioned pleasures, and not everything is in a strip mall and belongs to a chain. Actual human beings own places and sell you stuff, it's fun to buy. This area is known as Harbor Country.
The area, near Lake Michigan, boasts family-owned businesses where one would imagine that the staff knows the customers by name. If that description isn't enough to inspire you to pack up your laptop for open pastures, there are the photos, which call to mind something out of "The Andy Griffith Show."
Check out the area that Ebert affectionately called "his other neighborhood":
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated incorrectly that these photos are from Harbor County. They are from Bridgman, a town north of Harbor Country.
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