Something old and something new in a favorite San Francisco neighborhood, the Presidio. The historic Presidio Officers’ Club, formerly open only to military officers, is now a public attraction. After three-years of intensive rehabilitation work, the wood paneled, chandelier-ed clubhouse has been resorted to it’s grandeur and the roots of its original adobe structure, dating to the early Spanish colonial times.
The updated Officers’ Club complex has a new free museum offering public programs four days a week, such as; jazz concerts, swing dance, classical music, author readings, artist events, films and family programs. Check out:
Meander through the free museum, walk the green and wooded trails surrounding the building or settle into the outdoor courtyard with a fire pit, heaters and blankets for guests who want to cuddle up by the fire. Cocktails and bar bites are available in Moraga Hall.
Arguello, the new restaurant is overseen by the culinary prowess of Traci Des Jardins highlights authentic cuisine that celebrates the Presidio’s early cultures. Check out: www.presidio.gov/poc
Find the oldest building in San Francisco – with adobe walls – three outstanding Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, a new restaurant with Chef Traci Des Jardins and a new free museum in the Presidio.
The Presidio Officers’ Club was first established in 1776 by Spanish explorers as a gathering place for the military throughout the 20th century. Celebrities of stage and screen were in regular attendance, including Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford, and many others.
Take a walk Right in the middle of San Francisco, I joined an Urban Hike to explore part of the 24-mile network of trails with varied terrains to explore and eight overlooks to experience majestic views along the way. From the Bay Area Ridge Trail running through the middle of the park to the California Coastal Trail overlooking Baker Beach, there is something for everyone.
Watch the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands from the Golden Gate
Overlook. Take a romantic stroll under the redwood trees down Presidio’s oldest foot trail, Lover’s Lane at dusk. As the lights lining the path become illuminated, listen to the podcast, A Lovers’ Line, offering a series
of perspectives on the trail, created by local artist Jeannene Przyblyski.
Have a Ball: Play 18 holes at the Presidio Golf Course, located within the spectacular forests of the Presidio. Built in 1895 and once restricted to military officers and private club members, it includes a full service restaurant and bar known as the Presidio Cafe, as well as a pro shop, just inside the Arguello Gate. The Presidio Bowling Center offers 12 lanes of unadulterated fun, including Glow in the Park Bowling with a music and light show Friday – Sunday nights.
Immerse yourself in History: In October, the Presidio Heritage Gallery opens within the Officers’ Club. Visitors will enjoy exceptional exhibitions and dynamic programming and lectures drawn from the Presidio’s significant role in American history. Local school groups will engage and learn through guided curriculum in on-site classrooms, the Trust archaeology lab, and explorations in the Presidio. Admission to the Officers’ Club high quality exhibitions and programs will be free. Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum to learn about the life and work of Walt Disney.
While You Are Here, Why Not Stay? The Inn at the Presidio offers an authentic historic experience in a setting of immense natural beauty. Located at Pershing Hall, an elegant home for bachelor officers when the Presidio was a U.S. Army post, the Georgian Revival-style building has been restored as a guest lodge, 22 spacious accommodations including 17 suites with fireplaces.