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Explore Twin Cities Outdoors
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Explore Twin Cities Outdoors
Kate Havelin


The Best of Minneapolis and St. Paul

The Twin Cities are famous for their urban-meets-rural blend of locations, making Minneapolis and St. Paul unique outdoor destinations. Whether you’re a resident or are visiting from out of town, to fully experience everything the Minnesota cities have to offer, you need to get outside. Explore Twin Cities Outdoors offers the details you need to easily find 20 of the area’s top outdoor locations and a wide variety of activities, including trails in a nature sanctuary, wildflower garden, state parks, and more. Along with hiking and biking, you’ll find thrilling sites for pursuits that require a bit more adrenaline, such as archery, horseback riding, and paddling. The full-color guide’s pocket-sized format is great for a backpack or back pocket, and every site description includes directions, contact information, and other important details. Written by Kate Havelin, an award-winning local author and a lifelong hiking enthusiast, this is your guide to enjoying the Twin Cities in the best possible way: outdoors!



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Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
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Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
Lynn Schweikart


Peaceful Places: Boston leads the reader on an unexpected path to secret delights shared by its insider author. This new title in an unusual guidebook series is for everyone who yearns for a little peace and quiet amidst the urban hubbub. The book entices readers with 121 tranquil oases, in Boston and beyond. There are enchanting walks, historic sites, museums and galleries, outdoor habitats, parks and gardens, quiet tables, spiritual enclaves, inspiring vistas, and urban surprises, all described from the perspective of a local who knows where to find serenity, in both familiar and unexpected places.

And don't think this is all about gardens and churches! The book focuses on 12 diverse categories: Day Trips & Overnights, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks & Gardens, Quiet Tables, Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops & Services, Spiritual Enclaves, and Urban Surprises. Some are little known – even to those who live in the area. Others are familiar, even beloved, spots where you can spend some peaceful, rewarding moments if you know how to avoid the crowds.

On one hand, the book is written primarily for locals who may not be aware of all the myriad places to indulge in a little R&R right in their own backyards. But frequent visitors who’ve already taken in the major attractions, and tourists who want a break from sightseeing also will appreciate the opportunity to have more “off-the-beaten path” experiences.

The writing style for each entry is personal as well as informational, as though you’re having a conversation with a friendly insider. You’ll also find a peacefulness rating of one to three stars, a map that locates the spot within a given neighborhood and, for most sites, photos that convey the special nature of the place being described. The author also provides the basics for each site: address, hours, cost (if any), and access by public transportation.

The book's distinctly local flavor emerges from the author's personal experience. She has spent almost 40 years wandering the city’s varied neighborhoods and exploring interesting places in surrounding locales, returning to favorite haunts and discovering new treasures.

Because Boston is such a popular tourist destination, there are many books on the city and surrounding area, so one’s first reaction might be “who needs another guide to Boston? But, in truth, most focus on the city’s justifiably popular attractions and history, rather than places to seek serenity and tranquility. It is that quality that makes Peaceful Places Boston so unique.

Peaceful Places: Boston
follows recent guides to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. The book shares the insider author's favorite 120 tranquil venues in Boston and its greater metro area.

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Peaceful Places: Chicago
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Peaceful Places: Chicago
Anne Ford


119 Tranquil Sites in the Windy City and Beyond

The fourth in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, Peaceful Places: Chicago leads the reader on an unexpected path. Author Anne Ford uncovers hidden pockets of relaxation throughout the windy city. Her unique guide reveals the surprising gardens, vistas, sanctuaries, café respites, and neighborhood strolls that make up Chicago communities from downtown to the ‘burbs. Readers will discover new destinations, and they will find tips on when to visit grand and diminutive locales for a bit of quiet time.


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Peaceful Places: Portland
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Peaceful Places: Portland
Paul Gerald


100+ Tranquil Sites in and Around the Rose City

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 town60 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.



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Peaceful Places: Washington, D.C
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Peaceful Places: Washington, D.C
Denis Collins and Judy Colbert


120 Tranquil Sites in the Nation's Capital and Beyond

Native Washingtonians Judy Colbert and Denis Collins have grown up and lived amid some of the most exciting sightseeing in the country--in their own grand urban backyard. They share this knowledge in Peaceful Places: Washington, DC. Now readers can enjoy the sights without being elbow-to-elbow with visitors from around the country and the world. Their diverse peaceful "finds" unfold in 12 categories of tranquil spots: Day Trips & Overnights, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks and Gardens, Quiet Tables, Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops & Services, Spiritual Enclaves, and Urban Surprises. Readers will find places that please the senses of smell, touch, hearing, sight, and taste. 

In addition to the beautifully written site descriptions, the concise entries also include vital information such as locations for the nearest Metro stations or local parking facilities, admission charges (and any free times), and operating hours. Plus, the authors provide a “peacefulness rating” based on three criteria: always peaceful, usually quite tranquil, or peaceful during the times or seasons specified in the peaceful place entry description. 

The entries are arranged three ways: alphabetically by name; by category (see all 12 listed above); and by area (keyed to the guidebook's maps). That is so readers can pick a quiet spot according to interest, mood, and location. Although most of the attractions are in the downtown, National Mall, and northwest sections of Washington, many escapes are located beyond those perimeters and on into Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. 

Peaceful Places: Washington, DC is not a coffee-table book. It’s one to keep in the car, the briefcase, the backpack, or the purse. Whether the reader is a native, who has lived in D.C. long enough to be considered a native, or is a visitor with only a few hours between business meetings or a hectic tourist schedule, this book will be a treasured asset.


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Just Passin' Thru
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Just Passin' Thru
Winton Porter


    Deep in the Georgia woods, the vintage Mountain Crossings Store sets the stage for zany characters, comedy, and drama. Almost two thousand hikers each year attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail from south to north. Only one in ten will finish the trail’s 2,178 miles, but almost all of them—with the help of experience, courage, luck, or madness—will get as far as Mountain Crossings, the small outfitter shop that sits astride the trail outside of Blairsville, Georgia. And they will have dealings there with Winton Porter, the shop’s proprietor since 2001.

    In Just Passin’ Thru, his first book, Porter tells the story of this historic trading post and sketches some of the memorable souls who have passed through it—looking for gear or a place to sleep, coffee or gossip, souvenirs or advice—in the years of his tenure.

    These men and women are as varied as their reasons for walking. Some are wise and kind; some are depraved and dangerous. Some just hang out, and barely hang on. Many are gifted storytellers themselves. They may walk the trail without any special agenda or destination, because they have nowhere else to go. They may walk in brave inspiration, knowing each step may be their last. They offer tales of grand ambitions and shattered dreams. Of courage and kindness. Of mindless cruelty. Of those who have lost their minds only to rediscover them beneath the silent wilderness sky. They will arrive to you as strangers. Brought to life in Porter’s effortless prose, they will share their joy, their sorrow, and their wisdom. They will depart having touched your heart.

    The trade at Mountain Crossings is in more than food and equipment, and the people here are more to each other than buyers and sellers; they are neighbors in the wilderness, a family of wanderers and dreamers strung across a great American landscape. This book gives them their long-deserved family album. Hiking guide, memoir, story collection, and rogues’ gallery, Just Passin’ Thru is a report from a thriving example of old-fashioned American business. And it is, finally, the compelling self-portrait of a happy and grateful man, whose livelihood has been blessed by the bloom of life.

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Peaceful Places: Los Angeles
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Peaceful Places: Los Angeles
Laura Randall


The second in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, Peaceful Places: Los Angeles leads the reader on an unexpected path. Author Laura Randall shares the inspiring, restorative pockets she has come to love over a decade of exploring and living in a variety of neighborhoods across Greater Los Angeles.

    Her unique guide reveals the surprising gardens, vistas, sanctuaries, café respites, neighborhood strolls, and beaches that make up Los Angeles communities from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains, from downtown to the ‘burbs. Readers will discover new destinations—on both land and water—and they will glean tips on when to visit grand and diminutive locales for a bit of quiet time.

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Peaceful Places: San Francisco
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Peaceful Places: San Francisco
Raynell Boeck


Unlike other guides to one of America’s most beloved cities, Peaceful Places: San Francisco describes settings that will surprise and charm even longtime insiders. Packed with largely undiscovered sites, this insider’s book also reveals surprisingly quiet times or new ways to visit treasured local haunts.

More than 100 entries, in categories from garden niches to scenic perches, lead through the diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco and beyond: across the Golden Gate to Marin County, over the Bay Bridge to East Bay communities, and “Down the Peninsula” as far as Palo Alto. Readers will find tranquility within an easy walk; or within a soothing bus, ferry, or train ride; or within a 45-minute drive from the heart of what locals proudly call “The City.” A back-of-book bonus section, “Beyond the San Francisco Bay Area” prescribes five sublime destinations for day-trips or overnight excursions.

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Minnesota Adventure Weekends
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Minnesota Adventure Weekends
Jeff Moravec


Plan a weekend of hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling!

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, Minnesota offers a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy—from camping along the North Shore to canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to biking near the Root River. There’s no need to spend hours researching the best destinations or go on long, expensive trips. Minnesota Adventure Weekends by outdoors adventurer Jeff Moravec is for hikers who love to climb, paddlers who love to pedal, and anyone else whose idea of unwinding is an action-packed weekend in the great outdoors. With 12 exciting trips to choose from, you’ll know where to stay and which adventures are truly weekend-worthy.

Spend more time playing and less time driving from place to place. Each chapter in this full-color guide highlights a specific destination and includes hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling opportunities rated for difficulty, as well as lodging options, restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops. You’ll also get suggestions for where to stock up on supplies and what to do on a rainy day. With ideal outings for individuals, couples, families, and groups, get maximum adventure out of your weekends!


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