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

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

Lynn Schweikart

Language: English

Pages: 240


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The fifth in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, 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 120 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.

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site, or if multiple transfers would undermine the tranquil experience, you will see “n/a” (not applicable). Otherwise, you typically will see “T,” local vernacular for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA). Where pertinent, some entries note travel options available from other companies. (See for more about public transportation.) three paths to 121 peaceful places I n Peaceful Places: Boston, author Lynn Schweikart serves up 121 locales for a few hours of quiet time in the

busy Harvard Square. So, the library ultimately was built in Dorchester on a point of land that juts out into Boston Harbor. And instead, the place called “the closest to his [JFK’s] heart” became the commonwealth’s official memorial to the 35th president. When you walk down the tranquil landscaped passageway from Eliot Street through the entrance pillars to the park that bears his name, it’s easy to see why President Kennedy was so fond of this spot. This is the quiet, sycamore-lined stretch of

altar. As if to accentuate this, the striking spatial-sculpture-screen of shimmering gold rectangles, designed by Italian artist Harry Bertoia, appears to pour from the space above onto the altar. One of my favorite times to visit the chapel is during the Wednesday noontime organ concerts held during October, November, February, and March. The Holtkamp organ, which was designed specifically for this space, provides an almost sculptural presence in the rear of the chapel. So should you position

Market: Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. T: Red Line to Broadway peaceful place 111 SWAN BOATS OF BOSTON Public Garden, Boston (MAP ONE) CATEGORY parks & gardens It may seem strange to find one of Boston’s most famous tourist attractions listed in Peaceful Places. In truth, the crowds of schoolchildren who visit on weekdays in the spring and the tourists who flock here in the summer can make this spot anything but tranquil. Yet there’s something both charming and unexpectedly calming about

Friday–Saturday, 5–11 p.m. Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Afternoon tea: Saturday, 2–4 p.m. (also on Sunday in the fall). Soirée Dining Room: Dinner: Tuesday–Thursday, 5–10 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 5:30–11 p.m. T: Red Line to Harvard Dining by firelight in the Monday Club Bar peaceful place 118 UPTOWN ESPRESSO CAFFE South End, Boston (MAP FOUR) CATEGORY quiet tables If there was an Uptown Espresso Caffe in my neighborhood, I’d be there every day. The walls in the cozy main room

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