Comments on Como
No travel article about Lake Como [“Best of the Italian Lakes,” by Valerie Waterhouse, April] is complete without the inclusion of the magnificent Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni (1 Via Roma; 39-031/950-216; villaserbelloni.com; doubles from $657), in Bellagio. The service is impeccable and the rooms are lovely. While we were there, my wife and I looked at the cloudless sky and decided that it was not necessary to go anywhere but to two lounge chairs by the pool with a view of Lake Como. —Ron Kaiserman, Wynnewood, Pa.
The Constant Gardener
Dominique Browning [“How to Tend an English Garden,” April] impeccably captures the spirit of gardening. My mom and I spent many summers sweating under a hot sun, covered in dirt, while tending to our plants. Nothing tasted better than the freshly ripened tomatoes we used in our homegrown Caprese salad. Browning has it just right when she says, “a garden can be the work of a lifetime, and...a lifetime can be immeasurably enhanced by coursing along with the rhythms of the seasons.” —Megan Demaree, South Orange, N.J.
Joie de Vivre
The tongue-in-cheek tone of “Why Americans Love Europe,” by Peter Jon Lindberg [April], was hilarious. When I’m in Europe, I also wonder if anyone has a “real job”—considering that the bars and cafés are usually packed with locals. At least many Europeans have their priorities straight; they know how to enjoy life. When I’m across the pond, I appreciate everything Europe has to offer—the magnificent architecture, plentiful museums, wonderful food, funky fashion, and great bottles of wine! —Travelandleisure.com member jmparish
Design for All
As an architect, I truly enjoyed T+L’s “Design Awards 2011” [March]; your selections were spot-on. Travel is all about the experience, and good design and architecture—in planes, airport lounges, restaurants, and hotel rooms—play a central role. I especially loved Herzog & de Meuron’s 11 11 Lincoln Road (Best Mixed-Use Venue), a service building that mixes parking, shopping, and culture in a fresh and sustainable structure. It really reflects the spirit of Miami. —Melisa Vargas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
From Europe, with Love
I recently picked up your April Europe issue and thought Maria Shollenbarger’s “Best New Restaurants in London’s Soho” was especially insightful. I am British and lived in London for 12 years, so I know most of the haunts, but I was thrilled to see the new restaurants in the neighborhood. We are foodies and are definitely going to try Polpo, Polpetto, and the Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House. —Lindsay Hamilton, Jena, Germany