Letters | October 2011
Published: September 2011
By the Seashore
Island’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. I
remember our car rides down from Massachusetts (where we lived the rest of the year), when my
sisters and I would fight to be the first one to smell the scent of the ocean in the air out the
window, and spot the water. I took sailing lessons as a teenager at the yacht club on Secconet
Point, and swam at Warren’s Point Beach. I occasionally have opportunities to return to Rhode
Island, but not often enough. —Nancy Lafrenaye, Chicopee, Mass.
Dominique Browning did a disservice in her description of Narragansett, R.I. The “ugly
condo and shopping complexes” she describes are actually a varied selection of stores and
restaurants, 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 now
bed-and-breakfasts. Given that Rhode Island is the nation’s smallest state, it would have
taken her only a few extra minutes to experience a full view of the town. —Nancy Rachman, Surfside, Fla.
Douglas Rogers’s article, “South
Africa’s Farm-to-Table Movement” [July], was frighteningly insensitive to the
country’s history of apartheid. Rogers states that one generation has “liberated [the
Afrikaners] from the guilt of the past.” It is sad to think that anyone could dismiss
hundreds 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’s
emergence from apartheid with sensitivity in the past, and did not intend to glorify or neglect its
difficult history. This article is, rather, a look at how the country’s future might
incorporate 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 celebrity
chefs on TV [“The
Influence of TV Cooking Shows,” July]. The best way to learn is to master basic cooking
methods—when you can sauté, broil, grill, and roast, you can create your own recipes
from what you have on hand. Cooking saves you money, improves your health, and unites your family
over 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 explore
countries like Iran and Afghanistan without conflict.” —Brandy
Alexander, 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’s
vacation. Planes and other modes of transportation will be faster and more affordable, and
countries will be more travel-friendly.” —Vilija Geleziute, via
Coming Next Month in T+L Asks: What is your first travel memory? Where were you
and 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 winery
in the heart of Napa Valley. We enjoyed a platter of cheese, artisanal bread, and charcuterie with
the owners, Rich and Carolyn Czapleski, while sampling their delicious wines in an incredible
outdoor kitchen. We also took a walk around the vineyard, where we saw the 120-year-old vines used
to make their prized Estate Zinfandel. Although it’s surrounded by larger, more commercial
wineries, Canard takes you back to a time when Napa was still in its infancy—and it happens
to have some of the best bottles in the valley. —Adam Fox, Mill Valley,
For more on where to stay, eat, and taste in Napa Valley, see “Best
Hot Topic: Ready for Takeoff
Frequent fliers took issue with the top 15 hubs in “America’s
Safest Airports” (TravelandLeisure.com, August), proving that safety is
always 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 through
another airport. —TravelandLeisure.com member Frequent_Traveler
Stop, Drop, and Roll
For the amount of traffic it handles, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport should
have 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 final
approach. With zero major accidents, the safest airport in the U.S. has to be Philadelphia
International [unranked]. —TravelandLeisure.com member Michael From