I love how Nautilus can browse network shares using a variety of protocols. I just don’t like typing in the protocol, username, and location into the address bar every time. GNOME makes it easy to create launchers for network locations.
Right-click in a folder and select Create Launcher. Set the type to Location and type in the network address as you normally would into the address bar. I also selected a network icon from the Mist icon theme in /usr/share/icons/Mist/scalable/places.
You can drag your network launchers to the panel or the places sidebar for quick access. I created a folder that contains all of my network launchers and added that to the sidebar.