On the way back to San Francisco, after a particularly grueling trip north, we were diverted into the Presidio because of a traffic incident. Little did I know, this short moment would turn into an evening of hilarity and a relationship that would grow over time.
We had spent hours on the road, I was feeling tired and frustrated and my rear-end had fallen asleep; all I wanted to do was get out of the car and jump around. We noticed a bowling alley, and a parking lot and I was in. For the next three hours, we played Oasis on the jukebox and bowled (poorly) while we laughed and recovered from the drive.
The Presidio has changed dramatically over these past few years. It is easier to navigate, has more to offer and is incredibly welcoming to the visitor and the local. In fact, it is actually growing. By creating green space over the roadway that once sliced the Presidio, they have added fifteen acres of parkland and will reunite the parade grounds with the bay.
During the warmer months, you can meet up with hundreds of people on the parade grounds for the Sunday Presidio Picnic, replete with families and new friends. There are museums including the Walt Disney Family Museum and The Officers Club, free concerts, hiking trails, beautiful vistas and much more.
Not only is this is a must-do adventure when we have guests visiting from out of town, but a meeting point for locals as well. Certainly, there is parking (and not terribly expensive) but there is public transportation, the presidio shuttle and with the ubiquity of car services, a group of friends can meet up, have a great time for an afternoon or evening and go on their way with ease.
I am an eater, I often meet friends at Arguello www.arguellosf.com for a fantastic cocktail and a casual bite. When having a more intimate experience, we like to call up Tessa and see if there are seats available at the kitchen counter of The Commissary www.TheCommissarysf.com where there is always action, something new, and good people around.
This great big park, home to about 1500 acres of usable land, is an enormous part of our city. In fact, the presidio itself is home to a number of residents. The Presidio Trust has revitalized many of the former base’s housing units for residents of the City and County of San Francisco. Imagine, living in a national park? The Presidio is also home to small and large businesses, The Inn at the Presidio (and intimate hotel), and a number of other dining establishments.
As a matter of fact, both the Presidio Social Club www.presidiosocialclub.com and Sessions at the Presidio www.Sessionssf.com have special programs for the resident and visitor alike.
Check out www.Sessionssf.com for information about the “Battle of the Guilds”, and enjoy expert beer enthusiast, educator and all around amazing personality Leslie Sbrocco and her “Sipping Smarts” wine and beer pairing event on February 25th.