September 2014

By Monique Burns I journeyed to Scotland during the great Homecoming 2014 to learn about my maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Mason, and the places and people that produced him.  Frank Mason, who became the stuff of legend through my mother’s storytelling, arrived in this country in the late-1800s, settled in

  Things just keep getting better for the luxury traveler: this has been a banner year for great hotel openings worldwide, with more standout places to stay than ever. But in just a few weeks the landscape is going to change yet again because the highest-profile luxe opening of them

Every year as I come close to celebrating another birthday (and this year is a big one), I try to partake in an activity that confronts my fear of heights. Ziplining upside down in Costa Rica or attempting a treetop obstacle course in the Berkshires are two of my most