Walking to dinner is one of those things I really loved doing on my trips to Europe. When I was in Cambridge for a week, every night was a new adventure, taking a stroll down another street and finding something interesting, ranging from a Turkish cafe with really strong coffee, to a gourmet pizza chain, to a Safeway that sold 1-liter bottles of beer-infused lemonade and prawn-flavored crisps (I didn't get either).
Also within an easy walk of my house are a city park, a coffeehouse, a not-very-vegetarian friendly but yuppie-packed dining and entertainment complex, a couple of convenience stores/gas stations, a City of Austin library branch, a sno-cone booth (during the summer), and a massage therapy office that I keep meaning to go visit. There's also a bunch of churches, preschools, the elementary school, some dry cleaners, and a few hair salons and manicure shops.
Yes, I'd like to eventually move to a more dense area, maybe downtown or a cool central neighborhood, but for now, I'm glad that I can do a lot of things using the power of my two feet.