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The third book in a new series of city guides, Peaceful Places: San Francisco features over 100 unexpected sanctuaries, gardens, vistas, beaches, neighborhood strolls, and quiet cafés that can be found throughout The City by the Bay. It gently guides travelers who are searching for an escape from the bustle of city life. Within the book are helpful tips and an insider's pe The third book in a new series of city guides, Peaceful Places: San Francisco features over 100 unexpected sanctuaries, gardens, vistas, beaches, neighborhood strolls, and quiet cafés that can be found throughout The City by the Bay. It gently guides travelers who are searching for an escape from the bustle of city life. Within the book are helpful tips and an insider's perspective on the best time to find peace and quiet at a wide array of locales, from resplendent gardens to scenic perches. Residents and visitors alike can use this guide to navigate their way through the diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco and its surrounding areas. Those searching for some tranquility amidst the vibrant — and sometimes overwhelming — streetscape of one of America's most sensory-infused cities will be pleased with the discoveries they make inside Peaceful Places: San Francisco.


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The third book in a new series of city guides, Peaceful Places: San Francisco features over 100 unexpected sanctuaries, gardens, vistas, beaches, neighborhood strolls, and quiet cafés that can be found throughout The City by the Bay. It gently guides travelers who are searching for an escape from the bustle of city life. Within the book are helpful tips and an insider's pe The third book in a new series of city guides, Peaceful Places: San Francisco features over 100 unexpected sanctuaries, gardens, vistas, beaches, neighborhood strolls, and quiet cafés that can be found throughout The City by the Bay. It gently guides travelers who are searching for an escape from the bustle of city life. Within the book are helpful tips and an insider's perspective on the best time to find peace and quiet at a wide array of locales, from resplendent gardens to scenic perches. Residents and visitors alike can use this guide to navigate their way through the diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco and its surrounding areas. Those searching for some tranquility amidst the vibrant — and sometimes overwhelming — streetscape of one of America's most sensory-infused cities will be pleased with the discoveries they make inside Peaceful Places: San Francisco.

14 review for Peaceful Places: San Francisco: 100+ Tranquil Sites in The City and the Greater Bay Area

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    This book is so hard for me to rate because while I found it very disappointing and it certainly didn’t live up to my admittedly high expectations, there is some wonderful information here. The problem is that I already knew virtually every place, and some don’t qualify for me as tranquil or peaceful, either the locations or the getting to the locations. I was hoping to find many, many new ideas for places to go. Also, there are only 110 places featured; I could think of so many that aren’t incl This book is so hard for me to rate because while I found it very disappointing and it certainly didn’t live up to my admittedly high expectations, there is some wonderful information here. The problem is that I already knew virtually every place, and some don’t qualify for me as tranquil or peaceful, either the locations or the getting to the locations. I was hoping to find many, many new ideas for places to go. Also, there are only 110 places featured; I could think of so many that aren’t included. I wanted more. Readers are encouraged to get to the vast majority of places via public transportation. I can’t think of much that’s less tranquil than taking city busses. Ferries are wonderfully peaceful but they’re not easy for me to get to, especially without my car. However, I did find or remember a few gems, the short sections for each location are well written, and there is plenty of helpful information given for each site. Included are maps, a very useful table of contents, peacefulness ratings (3 grades), categories of types of places/experiences, general transportation information, some black and white photos, and “essentials" at each place and that includes address, phone number, web site, cost if any, hours, and public transportation options if any. There are many outdoor sites, though fewer than I expected or had hoped for. There are also lots of churches, cafés & stores, libraries, museums, and other indoor locations. For all my complaining and the letdown I felt, I see that there are also Peaceful Places books for New York and Los Angeles, and I think I’d be interested in reading those before I visited those cities. I assume I might find appealing places I would not be likely to find otherwise. I also expect that I will at least occasionally use this book if I feel like getting away without going away, if only to remind myself about some available options. I think that either visitors or those new to the area would best appreciate this book, and even then not as their only resource. As someone who knows San Francisco and the Bay Area fairly well, it didn’t provide enough new information to make it worth the purchase. 2-1/2 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Rankin

    Not everyone comes to The City looking for excitement. Even to those who do, a break from the rattle and hum can be welcome. Well, here's a book for those seeking a quiet respite: Raynell Boeck's Peaceful Places: San Francisco: 110 Tranquil Sites in The City and the Greater Bay Area. I find this guide to be well-researched, informative and engaging, its stories told with clarity and gentle, sometimes sly humor. Peaceful Places: San Francisco should be a boon to tourists who want to explore off t Not everyone comes to The City looking for excitement. Even to those who do, a break from the rattle and hum can be welcome. Well, here's a book for those seeking a quiet respite: Raynell Boeck's Peaceful Places: San Francisco: 110 Tranquil Sites in The City and the Greater Bay Area. I find this guide to be well-researched, informative and engaging, its stories told with clarity and gentle, sometimes sly humor. Peaceful Places: San Francisco should be a boon to tourists who want to explore off the beaten path; but even to those who have lived a lifetime in the Bay Area, as I have, several of the spots included here will be new. For example, despite many visits to Grace Cathedral, I've somehow missed the Grace Cathedral labyrinth. But now I'm going, drawn by Boeck's description of "divine imprints that symbolize the path to enlightenment." With familiar places, too, the background Boeck provides can add to the reader's understanding. The Berkeley Rose Garden is an old haunt of mine since UC days, but in reading this book I was intrigued to learn that the garden was constructed under the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s from a design suggested by architect Bernard Maybeck. I love to learn as much as I can about places I visit! For a locale as diverse as San Francisco and its surrounding region, some readers may wonder if 110 peaceful places are enough. As it is, Boeck covers a wide range of venues in the Bay Area counties, from magnificent gardens to scenic viewpoints, from grand cathedrals to quiet book nooks. And in a relatively compact space -- 208 pages -- she does justice to every spot, with maps, modes of transportation, "peacefulness ratings" and three suggested ways of reading the book -- by category, area or alphanumeric listing. A truly reader-friendly volume, in my opinion! Now and again Boeck issues warnings such as, "You won't have this retreat all to yourself." But she offsets this circumstance with tips about the best -- the most peaceful -- times to visit each setting. In any case, my guess is the refuges she describes will be shared mainly by like-minded seekers after peace. I found more information about the book at http://www.menasharidge.com/product.p...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    From the first page to the last, you can tell Raynell spent a lot of time researching and experiencing all the places she recommends. I have been to San Francisco many times and find myself returning to the same touristy areas. Armed with this book, I am eager to discover these little hidden gems of tranquility within the city.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mir

  7. 5 out of 5

    CK

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ee

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phoenixspirit

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lady Vowell Smith

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris Starr

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