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.

Guiding Light

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” [, 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. — member geo733

Franco Files

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.

Final Frontier

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.

Hot Topic: Island Fever

The secret’s out: readers of T+L’s “Best Secret Islands on Earth” (print and online, May) had mixed feelings when they saw their favorite private getaways on the list.

More Mauritius

Mauritius is probably the most beautiful island on the planet. It’s even called the paradise of the Indian Ocean. — member jumbolaya

Cast Away

Phew—just ran through the slideshow and none of my own secret islands were there. Many of them are in Indonesia—where there are more than 17,500 islands to explore. — member DeweyVanderhoff

Island Time

Man, too many islands and too little time! — member MikeKennedy

Reader’s Find: Detour: Dungarvan

“Andrew McCarthy's Road Trip in Ireland” [May] brought back memories of our own experience in Dungarvan, Ireland, 10 years ago. We stayed at the cheery Seaview Guesthouse (Pulla; 35-3/584-1583; doubles from $100), overlooking the bay. Our hostess there recommended that we visit a nearby “fairy tree” close to an area with unusual gravitational properties in the Comeragh Mountains. It was easy to find, being the only tree in sight, and when we stopped on a slight slope, we put the car into neutral. Slowly, the car began to back up the hill, and soon picked up speed. Near the top of the rise it came to a stop, and a glass of water left on the hood confirmed that this was no illusion. —Dan and Cheryl Forrest, Burnsville, Minn.

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T+L Asks: If you could design your own culinary tour, where would you go and what would you eat?

These are just a few of the responses posted on our Facebook wall ( and tweeted to us (@TravlandLeisure). To see more, “like” Travel + Leisure on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

On a boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, for freshly caught fish dipped in salt, pepper, and lime juice. —Aliza Augustine, via Facebook

Provence, for goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, rosemary, laurel, thyme—and wine from the Rhône Valley. —Gina Trevier, via Facebook

Croatia—peka dishes, truffles, Ston oysters, wine pairing, olive-oil tasting, and pizza. —Deanna Sykes-Rohrer, via Facebook

I’d travel the Caribbean all the way down to Trinidad and Tobago. I’d try every local recipe for fish and jerk chicken and pork, and finish with coconut rum cakes. —Monique Koetze, The Hague, Netherlands

Northern Italy for veal cheeks, budinos, pistachio millefoglie, wild-boar pappardelle, and vin santo. —Annette Renee White, via Facebook

Tokyo, our second home. My tour would include Tsukiji, one of the world’s largest seafood markets, followed by sushi for breakfast. Then we’d head to the basement food floors (depachika) at Takashimaya; local restaurants for tempura, ramen, and soba; and a sake brewery. —Karla Yukari Sakamoto, via Facebook

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