By the Seashore
“RhodeIsland’s Secret Coast,” by Dominique Browning [August], brought tears to my eyes.Warren’s Point, on Little Compton, was my family’s summer home for generations. Iremember our car rides down from Massachusetts (where we lived the rest of the year), when mysisters and I would fight to be the first one to smell the scent of the ocean in the air out thewindow, and spot the water. I took sailing lessons as a teenager at the yacht club on SecconetPoint, and swam at Warren’s Point Beach. I occasionally have opportunities to return to RhodeIsland, but not often enough. —Nancy Lafrenaye, Chicopee, Mass.
Dominique Browning did a disservice in her description of Narragansett, R.I. The “uglycondo and shopping complexes” she describes are actually a varied selection of stores andrestaurants, many independently owned. And if Browning had driven just a few blocks off Route 1,she would have seen many beautifully restored Victorian homes, several of which are nowbed-and-breakfasts. Given that Rhode Island is the nation’s smallest state, it would havetaken her only a few extra minutes to experience a full view of the town. —Nancy Rachman, Surfside, Fla.
Douglas Rogers’s article, “SouthAfrica’s Farm-to-Table Movement” [July], was frighteningly insensitive to thecountry’s history of apartheid. Rogers states that one generation has “liberated [theAfrikaners] from the guilt of the past.” It is sad to think that anyone could dismisshundreds of years of painful political, economic, and social injustice so easily. —Janis Endo, Fair Lawn, N.J.
Editor’s Note: Travel + Leisure has covered South Africa’semergence from apartheid with sensitivity in the past, and did not intend to glorify or neglect itsdifficult history. This article is, rather, a look at how the country’s future mightincorporate certain positive aspects of traditional Afrikaner culture in the Winelands region.
Now You’re Cooking
If your mom didn’t teach you to cook, you’re left with recipe books and celebritychefs on TV [“TheInfluence of TV Cooking Shows,” July]. The best way to learn is to master basic cookingmethods—when you can sauté, broil, grill, and roast, you can create your own recipesfrom what you have on hand. Cooking saves you money, improves your health, and unites your familyover dinner—plus, it’s a skill you’ll have for the rest of your life.—travelandleisure.com member Cheftoddmohr
T+L Asks: Where Do You Think People Will Be Traveling 40 Years from Now, and Why?
“The Middle East. There are so many beautiful and ancient places. I hope we can explorecountries like Iran and Afghanistan without conflict.” —BrandyAlexander, via Facebook
“To the moon! With the new shuttle projects under way, it is only a matter of time.”—Carla Pablo, via Facebook
“Everything old becomes new again, so I’m voting for Cuba.” —Valerie Moyer, via Facebook
“Forty years from now, we will travel halfway around the world just for a week’svacation. Planes and other modes of transportation will be faster and more affordable, andcountries will be more travel-friendly.” —Vilija Geleziute, viaFacebook
Coming Next Month in T+L Asks: What is your first travel memory? Where were youand what did you do?
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Reader’s Find: A Rare Vintage
Last fall, my girlfriend and I visited Canard Vineyard (1016 Dunaweal Lane,Calistoga, Calif.; 707/942-1149; tastings by appointment only), a small family wineryin the heart of Napa Valley. We enjoyed a platter of cheese, artisanal bread, and charcuterie withthe owners, Rich and Carolyn Czapleski, while sampling their delicious wines in an incredibleoutdoor kitchen. We also took a walk around the vineyard, where we saw the 120-year-old vines usedto make their prized Estate Zinfandel. Although it’s surrounded by larger, more commercialwineries, Canard takes you back to a time when Napa was still in its infancy—and it happensto have some of the best bottles in the valley. —Adam Fox, Mill Valley,Calif.
For more on where to stay, eat, and taste in Napa Valley, see “BestLife-Changing Trips.”
Hot Topic: Ready for Takeoff
Frequent fliers took issue with the top 15 hubs in “America’sSafest Airports” (TravelandLeisure.com, August), proving that safety isalways a priority.
The TSA and U.S. customs personnel at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Country Airport [ranked 10th]are rude and unprofessional. They can have their safety rating; I’ll pay extra to fly throughanother airport. —TravelandLeisure.com member Frequent_Traveler
Stop, Drop, and Roll
For the amount of traffic it handles, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport shouldhave made the list. It also has one of the best air-rescue fire departments in the country.—TravelandLeisure.com member william1943
San Diego Lindbergh Field International [ranked seventh] is unsafe because of its low finalapproach. With zero major accidents, the safest airport in the U.S. has to be PhiladelphiaInternational [unranked]. —TravelandLeisure.com member Michael FromSeattle