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:
- Learn 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.
- 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.
- Enjoy 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
Summer in San Francisco. Don't miss exploring The Presidio in all it's variety.