As a Colombian-American woman, I have been heartsick over the long-term state of my beautiful country, which was perfectly described by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan in "Colombia's New World" [March]. Europeans have long traveled to Colombia's white-sand beaches, but many Americans still fear for their safety. I am grateful that he had the courage to write such a hopeful piece for a country in transition. —Lina Maria Bowers, Rye, N.H.
Reader’s Find: Detroit
I was pleasantly surprised to see Detroit featured in the February issue ["Reinventing Motown"], but I believe that there are many other unique locations to be showcased in the Motor City. For example, the Inn at 97 Winder Street [97 Winder St.; 800/925-1538; www.theinnat97winder.com; doubles from $235] is a Victorian bed-and-breakfast just two blocks from downtown. I love the inn’s winding staircase, velvet drapes, and antique glass chandeliers. —Rebecca Pope, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mexico’s Art Show
I enjoyed John Davidson’s article on San Miguel de Allende ["Mexico Mágico," March], but I was surprised that he did not mention the Fabrica la Aurora [Calzada de la Aurora; www.fabricalaaurora.com], a converted factory that holds over 30 galleries, antiques stores, restaurants, and artists’ studios. They capture the essence of San Miguel—the friendliness and openness of the locals that has thankfully been sustained throughout the city’s tremendous growth. As long as travelers and residents continue to fight against the authorization of multi-acre residential developments, I am sure that the flavor of San Miguel will remain. —Frank Rubertino, Longport, N.J.
Options in Ohio
While I am extremely happy that the new Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art was named your Best Museum ["Design Awards," March], I question the quote from juror Kate Spade, who said that there may be no other reason to visit Toledo, Ohio. Besides the new building, the city has many fine attractions to offer its citizens and visitors: an internationally known minor league baseball team, a first-class university, and a nationally recognized zoo. —Meredith Blaine, Sylvania, Ohio
Middle Eastern Memories
In 1980 I attended a women’s conference in Baghdad under the auspices of the UN. We went with our interpreter to Babylon, where I photographed the many ruined walls, Procession Street, and the Lion of Babylon. Like writer Bartle Bull ["Saving Babylon," February], I have always loved history and archaeology, and arriving in this ancient place as a journalist was more than magical. I hate to imagine the city of Babylon with a gravel parking lot over ruins and an empty, looted Baghdad Museum. —Carol Davis, Albuquerque, N. Mex.
Trainspotting in Germany
In her T+L Guide to Berlin [Insider, March], Claire Downey advises getting around the Mitte and Kreuzberg districts via the overland S-Bahn, which stops at a number of inconveniently located stations. I suggest that visitors unfamiliar with the city instead take the underground U-Bahn to the funky heart of Kreuzberg (the center of old West Berlin), and also east to Prenzlauer Berg, a hip and easy-to-navigate historic neighborhood brimming with some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, boutiques, playgrounds, and cafés. —Elizabeth A. Ledkovsky, Salt Point, N.Y.
Inn at 97 Winder Street
This gigantic 1876 Victorian mansion features Queen Anne and Mansard designs, three towers, and tall windows. The 10 guest rooms have high ceilings, sitting areas, and tiled showers. Settees with turned legs and satiny fabric, chandeliers, Persian rugs, antiques, and framed art are all in abundance in guest rooms. Common areas include three parlors, a lounge, and a business center. Private, secure parking is available, and a limousine can be requested for a fee. The inn is close to Detroit’s financial district, the Cobo Center, Comerica Park, Greektown, and several dining and entertainment venues.