Paul Gerald, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mount Hood, St. Helens, and the Santiam River (I have a copy, and hope to start using it when Patrick and I can take longer trips, but now with Afton, who knows), has just published a charming little book about Portland: Peaceful Places: Portland: 100+ Tranquil Sites in and Around the Rose City. This book offers information for visiting a wide variety of “peaceful” places, from natural areas and parks and historic sites to museums and urban surprises They are organized alphabetically, and there are sections in the front of the book for exploring them by category or by the area of Portland they’re in. As someone who writes about exploring nature in Portland, there are lots of “peaceful” places to consider. The usual spots are here: Hoyt Arboretum, Audubon Society of Portland, Graham Oaks Nature Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Tualatin Hills Nature Park (where I work), and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. But some perhaps less known spots, too: Marquam Nature Park, Reed College (there’s a great blog about the nature that can be seen in a canyon on that campus), Camassia Natural Area, Leach Botanical Garden, and many more! And there’s plenty of restaurants, book places, and shops. But what marks what seems to be a majority of entries in Peaceful Places: Portland is a connection to nature in some respect: trails, trees, water, gardens, etc. Nature truly is peaceful, and you can let Paul Gerald be your guide to visiting some of those peaceful places.
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