Travel & Leisure
updated 9/7/2011 7:49:46 PM ET 2011-09-07T23:49:46

Seafood Shacks

“America’s Best Waterfront Seafood Shacks” [Peter Jon Lindberg, July] fails to mention three coastal states with important maritime heritages: North Carolina, Virginia, and Connecticut. As a Connecticut resident, I love Abbott’s Lobster-in-the-Rough(117 Pearl St., Groton, Conn.; 860/536-7719; dinner for two $50), which combines outstanding lobster and house-made chowder with an enjoyable view of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound. And while Sea Swirl of Mystic(30 Williams Ave., Mystic, Conn.; 860/536-3452; dinner for two $35) may lack architectural charm, it serves some of the best fried clams in the state. — Dave Poirier, Simsbury, Conn.

Your article on 100-plus amazing places to eat like a local was the highlight of the July issue. We plan to check out the Boiler Room, in Omaha, Nebraska, when my wife and I visit the Old Market area next month. While high-end restaurants are an interesting splurge, it’s nice to see places that you could return to again and again. — Art Meier, Huntsville, Ala.

After reading Andrea Bennett’s “Hottest Hotel Loyalty Programs” [June], I must say, it’s unfortunate that the featured hotel-loyalty programs are based solely on the perks offered. In my experience, customer support is often horrible—poll any long-term loyalty-club member and I’m sure you’ll find horror stories of having to fight tooth and nail for points owed. Perhaps next time, a subcategory for the programs featured could be added—one that focuses on the best customer care. —Travelandleisure.com Member Adamdoban

Bruno Maddox’s “The Influence of TV Cooking Shows” [July] reinforces everything I’ve noticed about changing food attitudes in America. These culinary shows—which rely on insane time constraints, guest judges, and bizarre ingredients in order to be entertaining—have created a monster, and the simple pleasure of eating and appreciating a good meal is not what it used to be. Turning cooking into a spectator sport takes away from the very reason why people cook.— Kirsten Stamn, Philadelphia, Pa.

“World’s Strangest Supermarket Items” by Peter John Lindberg [July] was a delight. I spent four years in England and never tired of visiting the grocery stores, whether it was our local Tesco or the more upscale Marks & Spencer (lemon-curd yogurt, anyone?). I don’t feel quite as crazy, knowing there are others who share my passion—I even have a bottle of Amora moutarde (mustard) in my fridge right now from a recent trip to Paris. — Wendy Barley, via E-Mail

Your hotel-bathrooms story, “World’s Coolest Hotel Bathrooms” [June], missed Sayari Camp(doubles from $980), in Tanzania, where my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. During our stay, we had the good fortune to witness six lionesses hunt down a wildebeest and a grazing hippo mock-charge our car (apparently, he didn’t like us watching him eat). A highlight at Sayari was the bathtub in our tent, where we could soak and listen to the wildebeest migration in the distance. — Diane Day, Dover, N.H.

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