For the Love of Lowcountry
Charleston, South Carolina [“Charleston’s Southern Hospitality,” by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, May], is truly a wonderful place to visit with outstanding restaurants. The Lee brothers missed one of our favorites: Jestine’s Kitchen (251 Meeting St.; 843/722-7224; dinner for two $40), which serves some of the best Lowcountry dishes in town. It has a wonderful, down-home feeling, with well-worn wooden tables and friendly service. Pecan-fried whiting, fried green tomatoes, shrimp creole, sausage gumbo, and homemade coleslaw are just a few of the menu highlights. —Henry and Carolyn Heitmann, Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
The strength of Travel + Leisure is its commitment to intellectually stimulating and emotionally enriching travel experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Jon Lindberg’s “The Virtues of a Tour Guide” [May], in which he humbly persuades us to do more “looking and thinking,” especially at our most well-traveled destinations. In this lingering economic downturn, some of us may have to cut five-star hotels and first-class airfare from our itineraries, but we can always afford the luxury of learning. —Shannon Howard, Gilbert, Ariz.
Hawaiian Road Rules
I just read “America’s Most Scenic Roads” [TravelandLeisure.com, April], and without a doubt the Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii, is the most scenic route I have traveled. In addition to the many “off-road” spots that make Hana famous, there’s no shortage of beauty around you. Be prepared for sheer turns, with views straight down to the ocean, hundreds of feet below. You will come away with the knowledge that you have seen what few people will ever see. —Travelandleisure.com member geo733
Kudos to Alexandra Marshall [May] for focusing on Cap Ferret, one of the most picturesque and desirable locales in France. It’s a place I’ve visited several times, as an inveterate Francophile and French professor for more than four decades. The entire region around Arcachon and Bordeaux has some of the friendliest people and the best cuisine in France. For those reasons alone, it’s worth a visit. —Mel B. Yoken, North Dartmouth, Mass.
Having traveled much of Southeast Asia, I appreciated Guy Trebay’s “Pleasures of Penang,” in the May issue. I’ll always have a soft spot for the rare and exotic, whether it’s Thailand’s charming but aloof monkeys or the betel nuts (and the girls who sell them) in Taiwan. I think we’re all searching for those places abroad that are still relatively untouched by tourism. —Charles Jenkinson, Ithaca, N.Y.