Summer Fun in San Francisco-getting to know The Presidio

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Getting to know The Presidio in San Francisco is a year-round treat, but never more so than in summer. 

My top 5 summertime activities here include:

  1. Presidio Gate, Presidio, San FranciscoLearn some of the history. The Officer's club, open free of charge 6 days a week (closed Monday) has a wonderful small museum offering a glimpse of native American life in the area, early Spanish and Mexican life here, and when the Presidio was an active US Army post. You'll find art exhibits on the gallery walls, and a long-running exhibit, "Exclusion" detailing the Presidio's role in the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Sit for a while in Moraga Hall, the ballroom when the Officer's club was here, now enjoyed as quiet space where one can read, relax, do some office work.
  2. Take a hike. There's nothing quite like exploring on foot to get a feel for the richness and variety of the Presidio. One can imagine soldiers in formation on the parade grounds (there are two of them), the privates with passes heading up Lover's Lane to meet their girls waiting for them just outside the gate on Pacific Avenue, and finding El Polin Spring, the source of water from the earliest of settlement days. For a quiet, reflective time walk to the top of the National Cemetery, gaze around and feel the gratitude we owe so many.
  3. Concerts at the Presidio, 8.15.19, SFEnjoy a free concert at the Presidio Chapel. The year-round offerings don't stop in summer. There's an upcoming Concerts at the Presidio performance scheduled for Thursday evening August 15, 2019 that's on our calendars, held in the beautiful, historic Interfaith Chapel with it's views of the forests and the tower tops of the Golden Gate bridge.
  4. Feed your inner foodie! Whether your tastes and mood of the day are elegant or simple, you'll find a variety of taste treats in the Presidio. We've enjoyed fine dining at The Commissary, the Presidio Social Club and Sessions. Arquello, adjacent to the Officer's Club and the Presidio Golf Club cafe offer tasty meals, and what could be better in the summer than spreading a table cloth on the lawn of the Main Post on a summer Sunday afternoon and enjoy an Off-the-Grid picnic with food trucks of all sorts offering tempting treats? (This summer event is so popular, there's now Presidio Twilight on Thursday evenings in the summer, with campfires and mobile food vendors.)
  5. Revel in art inspired by its natural setting. The internationally-acclaimed Andy Goldsworthy has created 4 or 5 works of art here, including "The Spire" and  "Treeline" which I hike up or down several times a month, sometimes balancing on the logs as I walk, feeling young and carefree.

Treeline by Andy Goldsworthy, Presidio, SF

Summer in San Francisco. Don't miss exploring The Presidio in all it's variety. 

 

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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Sharon Lee - I do hope you'll find the opportunity to visit San Francisco at some point in your travels. Wishing you a great week.

Jul 24, 2019 03:23 PM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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It's no secret that San Francisco has no shortage of wonderful places to see and experience, Lottie!  I wouldn't mind living in a few rooms above some storefront in your city, with nothing but a bicycle and cable cars to get around!

Jul 24, 2019 04:36 PM #3
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Lottie Kendall
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We can make that happen Myrl Jeffcoat - lots of great studios and 1-br condos for you! 

Jul 24, 2019 04:58 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Lottie- this is one of the best posts about a local venue. I'd known little about the Presidio but your post filled me in. 

Jul 24, 2019 07:13 PM #5
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Lottie Kendall
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I've read some good posts about summer in various cities, Kathy Streib so your praise of this one means a lot.

Jul 24, 2019 07:32 PM #6
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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 I am always ready to learn more about the iconic Presidio of San Francisco  Lottie Kendall 

Jul 24, 2019 09:25 PM #7
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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The  Presidio was certainly a great choice to showcase for your city...and no surprise...you do a great job doing just that !

Jul 25, 2019 03:17 AM #8
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - so much to do and learn in the Presidio. It's one of my favorite spots.

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - I just scratched the surface of all The Presidio has to offer. It's a gem!

Jul 25, 2019 06:23 AM #9
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Brian England
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It sounds familiar to me, I think I may have visited before, but I am not sure.  Definitely looks like it would be a fun place to be!

Jul 25, 2019 09:14 AM #10
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Lottie Kendall
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Be sure to put The Presidio on your "things to do in SF" list for a future visit, Brian England 

Jul 25, 2019 09:26 AM #11
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Lottie... I loved going to the Presidio when I lived in San Francisco! It's a beautiful place.

Jul 25, 2019 09:56 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
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....and the Presidio only gets better with time, Nina Hollander . The Presidio Trust runs it superbly, with more and more benefits to the public.

Jul 25, 2019 10:33 AM #13
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Lottie even though I was in the Bay Area when I was in the Navy, I never went to the Presidio, but which I had.

Jul 25, 2019 11:57 AM #14
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Hi Lottie, we loved trips to SF and walking in the Presidio, when we lived in the East Bay! Beautiful nature, lovely concerts there, too!

Jul 25, 2019 05:13 PM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lottie Kendall - I could see how attractive all five of your suggestions are for prospective buyers new to the area. Also, I could understand why people who live there don't want to move!

Jul 30, 2019 08:38 AM #16
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Lottie Kendall
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Hello George Souto if you visit San Francisco sometime, but sure to put a half-day at least to visit and explore the Presidio.

 

Jul 30, 2019 09:17 PM #17
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Steffy Hristova - on your next visit here (NAR in November, perhaps?) you might wish to re-visit. It gets better with age!

Jul 30, 2019 09:18 PM #18
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - The Presidio is one of the jewels of the city. 

Jul 30, 2019 09:19 PM #19
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Lottie Kendall - Yes! The Presidio is very impressive. I can understand why it is considered "one of the jewels of the city!" I have a feeling each time anyone visits it is clean, well maintained, never dull, and there is always a reason why people want to keep going back. 

Jul 31, 2019 04:55 AM #20
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Lottie Kendall
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - you nailed it! The Presidio is all that.

Jul 31, 2019 06:43 AM #21
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