Peaceful Places: Portland: 103 Tranquil Sites in the Rose City and Beyond

Peaceful Places: Portland: 103 Tranquil Sites in the Rose City and Beyond

by Paul Gerald
     
 

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Everybody knows about Portland’s food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown—or even PDX—Portland has been mocked as the city “where young people go to retire.” But seemingly every weekend there’s a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or

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Everybody knows about Portland’s food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown—or even PDX—Portland has been mocked as the city “where young people go to retire.” But seemingly every weekend there’s a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town.

But sometimes folks just want to chill out, to go where there isn’t much happening. They might want to enjoy a quiet meal, take a walk in a park, curl up with a good book, or get out of town to some soul-soothing destination. With books covering all the other activities in town, where’s the one that tells people where they can do …. well, not much?

As of Fall 2012, the answer is Peaceful Places: Portland, written by Paul Gerald, the man who gave this town 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown. This time, Gerald is off in search of peace and quiet, and he invites the reader along to quiet tables, parks and gardens, enchanting walks, outdoor habitats, and other retreats.

Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Gerald will give you the essence of what each place is about—what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving you all the detailed info you need to find the place and get there at the crowd-free time.

Sometimes, this will be a matter of discovery, as in “Do I really stand a chance of seeing a heron in the Pearl District?” Other times it may feel like being let in on a secret, like a meadow full of camas blooming within earshot of Interstate 205. Or maybe it’s just the right time to hit just the right table for a romantic meal or some quality reading time.

But the theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but it’s still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897329392
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Series:
Peaceful Places
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
151 MB
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What People are saying about this

"Portland author Paul Gerald has compiled a book on 103 tranquil sites across Portland to help you refocus in the new year." — KGW News Channel 8, Cathy Marshall, January 2013

"The best guide to the Zen of Portland." —Mark Zusman, editor, Wilamette Week

"Peaceful Places: Portland is an artistically attractive book with a peaceful ambiance for easy strolling." —The Portland Book Review, November 2012

"It will change your life from the outside in." - KBOO Radio, November 2012

Meet the Author

Paul Gerald started on the sports desk of daily newspapers because he wanted to get into the press box at football games. That led to various writing gigs at daily and weekly newspapers in Tennessee, California, and Texas.

Eventually he branched out as a freelancer into the fields of travel, food, and the outdoors. He moved to Oregon in 1996 to pursue his writing habit and also enjoy the ocean, mountains, rivers, and big trees. He can’t seem to get enough hiking or camping, nor can he seem to stay in town when he has money and no deadlines.

Speaking of deadlines, he has mastered that art well enough to author four books, with more on the way:
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland
Day and Overnight Hikes on the Oregon Pacific Crest Trail
Best Tent Camping in Oregon
Breakfast in Bridgetown

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