Luxury Adventures

By Barbara Ramsay Orr Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa It isn’t often that jet lag is a good thing, but that was the case at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Gansbaai region of the Western Cape. In a private villa nestled into the hillside, on a second cup …

Hit the Slopes

By Kristy Elik Whether you’re perfecting your pizza on Monarch or shreddin’ the pow on Boomerang, skiing at close-to-home Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre is a perfect way to spend a winter’s day. Nestled on the breathtaking Niagara Escarpment in Milton, Glen Eden boasts six lifts, 15 slopes ranging …

New York: A Manhattan for all seasons

By Paula Henriques There is something about Manhattan — maybe I’m just a romantic, but the city has a certain magnetism that pulls me in every time I visit. I love the crowds, the sheer incredulity of the structures jutting into the sky, the different types of people and personalities …

Caribbean Chic: Turks and Caicos

By Barbara Ramsey Orr The reality of Grace Bay, and my hotel, is far beyond expectations from the first impression. In the shared taxi van from the airport in Providenciales, the various passengers chat, sharing information about where they’re from, where they’re staying.  When the taxi drives up to my hotel, …

Hotel X Toronto

By Melanie Hennessey Along the Toronto waterfront, x now marks the spot for the latest in luxury accommodations. Hotel X Toronto opened its doors along Lakeshore Road earlier this year, offering a unique array of amenities ranging from a tri-level rooftop bar and pool to numerous indoor tennis and squash …

Luxury adventures

By Barbara Ramsay Orr Punta Mita, Mexico  The chef scoops up a handful of large pink shrimp, caught recently in nearby Mazatlan, and dumps them into a sizzling hot molcajete. I had no idea that this stone mortar used in every Mexican household to grind spices, and make salsas and guacamole, …

British Virgin Islands

By Josephine Matyas With just one pair of shoes, I would do fine cruising the British Virgin Islands. Just one pair, as long as it’s the right pair: casual, practical (leave the Jimmy Choos at home) and sturdy enough for a short hike. Taking off footwear and tossing it into …

Luxury Adventures

Exploring possibilities for curated experiences around the corner, around the country and around the world. By Barbara Ramsay Orr Sleeping With Memories: The Henry Hotel, And Buffalo’s Architectural Riches We used to schlep over to Buffalo to hit the outlet malls and indulge in their famous chicken wings. But there’s …

The Apple Pie Trail

A culinary adventure along Georgian Bay, Ontario By Sherri Telenko Fresh baked apple pie. If you think I’m tired of it after my fourth slice in two days, you’d be wrong. This time I’m at Blackbird Pie Company in the Beaver Valley hamlet of Heathcote, exactly the type of quaint …

Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

By Josephine Matyas I’m standing in a circle of people in fluffy white robes at the 36cinq Lounge water bar, lobbing questions at the water sommelier about source, temperature of consumption and mineral count. Behind her is an altar-like cabinet of several dozen bottles, dramatically backlit to emphasize the clarity …