Hot Topic: Pretty/Ugly Citizens
Readers of TravelandLeisure.com’s “America’s Most and Least Attractive People” (Online, Nov.) took issue with the results of our America’s Favorite Cities poll, proving beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
In Portland, Maine, we’re not all lobster bib–wearing people! I’m glad our city isn’t full of tanorexics (ahem: Miami, L.A.) —Janine Fifield, via e-mail
Gorgeous...and So Modest!!
Reader’s Find: Undiscovered Italia
After years of peeling back inspiring layers of Italy—the monuments, the museums, the medieval towns in one region after another—I was surprised to find that northern Abruzzi is still relatively under-the-radar. An easy two-hour drive from Rome, it has miles of Adriatic beaches backed by endless vineyards; ancient hilltop villages are framed by the majestic peaks of the Gran Sasso d’Italia chain. My favorite hotel is in Colonnella: the Villa Susanna degli Ulivi (doubles from $132). The 28-room salmon-colored manor house has Gran Sasso in its backyard, the Adriatic Sea in its front. —Gary De Paolo, Scottsdale, Ariz.
T+L Asks: What’s your travel resolution for the new year?
Head to Barcelona. I’ve been wanting to go since the last century. :-) —Glenn Castillo, Los Angeles, Calif.
Knock another country off my wish list. This year will either be Italy, China, or Australia! —Angie Belknap
I have no plans to go anywhere...but invite all of you to come to Lahore, Pakistan, if you want to experience an amazing culture and lifestyle! —Zahid Munir, Lahore, Pakistan
I own a B&B and want to stay with all my innkeeping friends. Most of us have never met in person, so it will be fun to put names to faces! —Monica Kissane, Freeport, Maine
Be a tourist in my own city. Life is so much more exciting and fun that way! —Melissa Tomeoni, Portland, Ore.
To start traveling to South America. First destination: Lima, Peru. —Tara Sacco, New York, N.Y.
1) Go back to Tahiti. 2) Go to a new destination that I’ve never been to before. —Jan Mauer, East Brunswick, N.J.
Discipline myself to remain caught up with my personal travel journal (and not write about a trip months or even years later). —Vasthy Flores, Los Angeles, Calif.
Do a spur-of-the-moment trip from L.A. to Philly—just to eat for a day! —Shiloh Sandoval, Los Angeles, Calif.
Coming Next Month in T+L Asks: What’s the one thing you always take with you on a trip?
The T+L Hit List
The most-visited hotels on TravelandLeisure.com last year:
1. Kaawa Loa Plantation
2. Hôtel L’Oursin
3. Çirağan Palace
4. L’Oustau de Baumanière
5. Relais Sant’Elena
6. Ti Jan Ar C’hafe
7. Evason Ma’In Hot Springs
8. Art’otel Berlin
9. W Retreat & Spa—Maldives
10. Inn at Ocean’s Edge