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

by Paul Gerald

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ISBN: 9780897329385
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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. 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 it's still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.
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  • Paperback
    $25.76
ISBN: 9780897329385
ANNOTATION:
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. 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 it's still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

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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. 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 it's still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

Publisher Description

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. 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 it's still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

Author Biography

Paul Gerald is a professional freelance writer and lover of the outdoors. He's hiked extensively in the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Montana, as well as Appalachia, Alaska, Nepal, and Argentina. His work has appeared in newspapers around the country, as well as Northwest Airlines "WorldTraveler," "Dish Magazine," "Weissmann Travel Reports," and Nike's website. A transplant from Tennessee, he moved to Portland in 1996 to be near the mountains, ocean, and big trees.

Table of Contents

Three Paths to 110 Peaceful Places Peaceful Places by Category Peaceful Places by Area Maps Dedication Acknowledgments Introduction Peaceful Places Alphanumerically (page numbers listed below) About the Author

Review

"Portland author Paul Gerald has compiled a book on 103 tranquil sites across Portland to help you refocus in the new year." &#8212 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

Long Description

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. 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 it's still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

Review Quote

"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

Excerpt from Book

Oak Island Sauvie Island, Outer Northwest Portland (Map 7) Category: urban surprises Maybe you have fond memories of visiting Grandma in the country. Maybe you really like birds. Maybe you're looking for a safe, open place where the kids and dogs can romp. And maybe, while you're out there, picking some berries might be fun. If this sounds like you, check out Oak Island, which is actually a peninsula in a lake on an island in a river. The latter island would be Sauvie Island, an oasis of country living and wildlife in the Columbia River west of Portland. And Oak Island is at the intersection of those two missions: a place where crops are grown to feed wildlife. At the peak of the fall migration, some 150,000 ducks and geese lay over at Sauvie Island, as do several thousand sandhill cranes. Some 250 species of birds come here at some point, including many bald eagles in the winter. The trail is closed during peak migration, but no matter when you come, you'll encounter songbirds, ducks, geese, and even some resident eagles. It's a flat 2.5-mile loop through the countryside, winding amid grassy meadows and patches of forest. You'll get a view of Sturgeon Lake and another of The Narrows, a strip of water that connects Sturgeon and Steelan Lakes. You'll even see fields planted with alfalfa, corn, millet, and other foods for cows in the summer and migratory birds in winter. The state has a map with interpretive information (see second website in "essentials"). And Sauvie Island is dotted with pick-your-own-berries places for before or after your walk. See what I mean? Crops, lakes, meadows, trees, berries, and birds. Just a nice little stroll in the country. Essentials End of NW Oak Island Road, off NW Reeder Road, Sauvie Island, Portland, OR 97231 GPS coordinates: N45

Product Details

Author
Paul Gerald
Short Title
PEACEFUL PLACES PORTLAND
Pages
240
Publisher
Menasha Ridge Press
Series
Peaceful Places
Language
English
ISBN-10
0897329384
ISBN-13
9780897329385
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2012
Publication Date
2012-11-06
Illustrations
Yes
Subtitle
103 Tranquil Sites in the Rose City and Beyond
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
General/Trade