It was a pleasure to read about Rebecca Mead's homecoming—vividly described with humor and affection—in the seaside town of Weymouth ['Paradise by the Sea,' July].


Amusing details such as King George III's bathing machine and His Majesty's indelible mark on the region were as fascinating as Mead's colorful journey. Often the most enjoyable travel stories are those that strike a balance between personal anecdotes and historical context; Mead did just that.

—Christine Boake, New York, N.Y.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in England—I've been to many of them—but after seeing Martin Parr's photographs of Weymouth, I fear that nobody would ever think of going there. This is not how I envision a seaside paradise. Weymouth is a delightful vacation destination, and in future issues I hope you will feature different coastal views that will encourage travelers to visit the vibrant region of Dorset.

—Pat Vora, Hopewell junction, N.Y.

Reality Check

After an eye-opening trip this spring to parts of poverty-stricken India, my husband and I returned to find our June issue of T+L and Bruno Maddox's article on supersuites ["A Room of One's Own"]. Spending $10,000 on a hotel room seems offensive, considering the desperate need for housing in many parts of the world. Instead of indulging themselves, those in search of authentic experiences should use their money to help others less fortunate.

—Nancy English, Eugene, Oreg.

EDITOR'S NOTE While the focus of the article was on luxury hotels, we are mindful of the opportunities to give back while traveling. For ideas, see "Take a Volunteer Vacation."

Canadian Style

Kudos to David A. Keeps for his story on Vancouver ["Vancouver Rising," July]. Quirky appeal aside, the city's tolerance of diversity is an example that larger metropolitan centers should follow. Factor in the mod atmosphere and friendly city dwellers, and you've got the next great destination up north.

—Amy McKeever, Syracuse, N.Y.

Full of Flavor

I'd like to make one addition to your sampling of classic American ice cream parlors [The List, July]: Murray's Homemade Ice Cream, in Kansas City, Missouri [4120 Pennsylvania Ave.; 816/931-5646]. Of its 200-plus flavors, the Dutch chocolate is the best I've ever had.

—Erik Buck, Liberty, Mo.

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