Synopses & Reviews
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 its 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 its still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.
"The best guide to the Zen of Portland." Mark Zusman, editor, Willamette Week
"Peaceful Places: Portland is an artistically attractive book with a peaceful ambiance for easy strolling." The Portland Book Review
Life in a great metropolis can go from exciting to overwhelming. Thank goodness there are remedies, and you'll find them in Paul Gerald's Peaceful Places: Portland
This local writer knows where to decompress--and when to visit popular attractions without the crowds. In these pages, he leads you to:
- 10 Day Trips & Overnights
- 9 Enchanting Walks
- 9 Historic Sites4 Museums & Galleries
- 10 Outdoor Habitats 11 Parks & Gardens15 Quiet Tables
- 5 Reading Rooms
- 5 Scenic Vistas
- 12 Shops & Services 5 Spiritual Enclaves8 Urban Surprises
Many sites are free, and Gerald tells you how to reach nearly all of them by public transportation. Geared to local residents, tourists, and business travelers, Peaceful Places: Portland
reveals the calm, cool, collected side of a bustling hometown and a 24/7 destination. So take a deep breath and enjoy this unusual guide.
Everybody knows about Portlands 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 theres a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town. Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Paul Gerald give travelers the essence of what each place is about what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving readers all the detailed info they need to get there at the crowd-free time. The theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but its still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.
About 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.