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:: Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
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
. The book shares the insider author's favorite 120 tranquil venues in Boston and its greater metro area.
About Lynn Schweikart
For nearly 40 years, Boston resident Lynn K. Schweikart has nurtured an unabashed love affair with her adopted city. She loves wandering around its varied neighborhoods, returning to favorite haunts, and discovering new places.
A marketing communications specialist, writer, and brand storyteller, Lynn has worked on high-profile accounts across a range of industries. She has been the recipient of numerous national and regional advertising creative awards. She also writes the blogs, Savoring the Seasons and Peaceful Places Boston.
As someone who’s spent her career in the high-pressure, fast-paced advertising world, Lynn recognizes the restorative power of that comes from moments of peacefulness and serenity. She enjoys travel, cooking, music, bird watching, storytelling, kayaking, cheering on the Red Sox, and singing with the women’s’ chorus Voices From The Heart. She’s particularly fond of relaxing with her journal, camera, watercolors, and binoculars amidst the marshes near Plum Island Sound.
Lynn holds a B. A. in sociology from Northwestern University. She divides her time between Boston and her vacation home on the New Hampshire seacoast.
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