Modern Living: The Urge to the Isles

'Tis not too late to seek a newer world...

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles . . .

Thus, in the iambics of his Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson voiced the anomie that propelled the ancient Greeks to embark on fragile craft in search of islands where life, far from the mainland tensions of politics and war, would be eternally serene. That urge—or illusion —has never been stronger than it is today in the U.S. and Canada, where with aircraft, power boats and well-laden wallets, romantics and hard-nosed investors alike can seek modern...