The joys of a San Francisco Stay-cation

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Whether you live in San Francisco or are visiting here from elsewhere in the world, getting to know The Presidio is a not-to-be-missed adventure. Established in 1776 as a military garrison it was deemed no longer needed by the US Army in 1994, given to the National Park Service, and then to the Presidio Trust to manage, which they have done and continue to do in a exemplary manner as you can read in this recap of the history of the Presidio Trust.

Treeline by Andy Goldsworthy, Presidio, SFHere you'll find great diversity in the 1,500 acre parkland. Wander the hiking trails and pathways with gorgeous views of the bay and the Pacific Ocean, find the four art installations of Andy Goldsworthy scattered in various spots, stroll through the immaculately groomed gardens of the Letterman Center, home of Lucasfilms and smile at delightful statue of Yoda that you'll find there. These and more destinations are easy to enjoy.

Historic brick buildings line the former parade ground; the Officer's Club has been renovated and is open to the public for a variety of uses. The YMCA operates a first-class facility, including tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool. At the edge of San Francisco Bay is the Crissy Field section with jogging, biking paths, and drop-dead views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the City of San Francisco.

Dining options are diverse, from food trucks, to grab-n-go sandwich and salad spots, the restaurant at the Presidio Golf Course and fresh upscale Mexican cuisine, to fine dining at the Presidio Social Club and The Commissary.

On a more somber note, the National Cemetery is located here, so quiet your voice, slow your steps and reflect as you walk through or by.

Happy Hour on the veranda, The Lodge at the PresidioThis San Franciscan visits the Presidio several times a week, but one recent weekend decided to do something different as a special celebration - we spent the night at the Lodge at the Presidio, a 10-minute drive from home.

It was the perfect one-night stay-cation and we enjoyed every moment of it, starting with a hike to one of our favorite view points, followed by wine-and-cheese-hour, sitting in rocking chairs on the veranda. Later that evening a special dinner at The Commissary capped the evening off perfectly. We dined well, and in a leisurely manner, never rushed.

A breakfast buffet reminiscent of those enjoyed at European inns was served in the "living room" a beautiful, tranquil spot. To foster the feeling of relaxation, breakfast hours were long, 7:00AM - 11:00AM. No need to rush; sit by the fire and read after breakfast, enjoy the views, pour another cup of coffee, linger some more...

One night away, and we were as relaxed and refreshed as if we had taken a 3- or 4-day trip. 

Sometimes a stay-cation no further than a 10-minute drive from home is just the right thing to do, and San Francisco's Presidio fits that bill perfectly.

Living Room at the Lodge at the Presidio, SF

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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CONGRATULATIONS Lottie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jul 22, 2018 04:55 AM #5
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Nina Hollander
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What a great idea, Lottie. I think if we look for them, many of our cities have a place like this to enjoy a special, one-night staycation.

Jul 22, 2018 05:45 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Lottie. What a lovely and enjoyable post. I could feel your joy and relaxation.

Jul 22, 2018 05:49 AM #7
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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How fun. It's a gorgeous spot steeped in nature.   You remind me that Bernie and I need to head to the Skamania Lodge soon - it's only about 30 minutes from home, but it's such a fabulous retreat. It's time for a one-night stay-cation. 

Jul 22, 2018 06:30 AM #8
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Brian England
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Looks like a perfect place to have a very nice staycation!  I am glad that you are enjoying it.

Jul 22, 2018 07:07 AM #9
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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Good morning Lottie Kendall,

Aren't you creative to find something so pleasurable right close to home! A perfect place for a staycation to be pampered and feel relaxed! Love the photos..lovely!

Jul 22, 2018 07:25 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Hi Lottie,
What a wonderful post about The Presidio.  I have been to San Francisco several times but never to The Presidio.  I must add that to the itinerary next time!  Thanks so much for the post. 

Jul 22, 2018 07:46 AM #11
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - the relaxation was total!!

Hello Gita Bantwal - we were so close to home, yet far away in spirit -- that's the magic of a stay-cation.

 

Jul 22, 2018 08:45 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
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I do enjoy those trails, Barbara Todaro - and the YMCA too. I think of you whenever I'm there lifting my puny weights 

Jul 22, 2018 08:46 AM #13
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Myrl Jeffcoat - let me know when you plan to come down; it would be fun to meet up for coffee, lunch -- or to explore the Presidio together. Thanks for the "feature" in the Old Farts Group - I'm honored.

Jul 22, 2018 08:49 AM #14
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Lottie Kendall
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Nina Hollander - I'd love to hear about a stay-cation in Charlotte - I know so little about your city.

Hi Brian England - it's easier to fit a short stay-cation into one's schedule than a long vacation, but ours was super relaxing and fun.

Jul 22, 2018 08:51 AM #15
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Lottie Kendall
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Sheila Anderson - our little get-away was joyful, relaxing and refreshing - exactly what we had hoped.

Hi Dorie Dillard - we were pampered and enjoyed indulging in new pleasures in a familiar haunt. Great fun!

 

Jul 22, 2018 08:55 AM #16
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I do hope you and Bernie enjoy a get-away to your nearby Skamania Lodge. And I hope you'll share it with us here.

Jul 22, 2018 08:56 AM #17
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Carol Williams - if you've ever stood at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, you were at the edge of the Presidio. It's a treasure in history, natural beauty, and culture.

Jul 22, 2018 08:59 AM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Lottie people from all over the Globe travel to San Francisco, you might as well enjoy it too as a Stay-cation:) on a side note live the red and white, looks like Diane and I are the same way red for me and white for her:))Endre

Jul 22, 2018 11:52 AM #19
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Lottie Kendall
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So often when we return home from traveling afar, we realize our area ranks right up there with the best. Now, if only our streets would get cleaned up and potholes filled!!

Jul 22, 2018 06:26 PM #20
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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We were near there during our last trip, I think we hiked the Golden Gate Natural Seashore or Recreation Area, not sure what it is called. And The Presidio was not open but glad to hear not only is it open, but you can stay there! That's worth a drive from Sacramento! Thanks, Lottie.

Jul 22, 2018 07:29 PM #21
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Chris Ann Cleland
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The Presidio is something we missed visiting when we visited San Francisco in the late nineties.  Might be time for another trip.

Jul 22, 2018 08:11 PM #22
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Lottie Kendall
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When the Sacramento heat is too much, and Hawaii is not an option, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents , I think you'd enjoy an overnight at the Lodge - it's been open only 3 weeks; I suspect once the word is out there will be waiting lists. You'd enjoy dining at The Commissary, too.

 

Jul 22, 2018 09:23 PM #23
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Chris Ann Cleland - the Presidio is definitely worth a day, or two, or even an afternoon if your time is limited. Hope you get the chance sometime soon.

Jul 22, 2018 09:24 PM #24
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