Happy Travels from Inn at the Presidio!

Hello! We are your online guide to all things San Francisco, The Presidio, local parks & museums, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and more.  Our inn is an adorable historic bachelor's quarters from 1904, restored into a contemporary but classic 22 room Inn.  We open Spring of 2012, and hope to share with you some of the most exciting things from The NPS, the Presidio Trust, it's partners, and the San Francisco Bay at large.  You don't have to stay at our inn to ask questions about the area, or enjoy our posts... just let us know if we can help!.  Thank you, and we hope this finds you well! - Michael from Inn at the Presidio P.S. - you can find us on Twitter, and Facebook too!
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A quick history of The Presidio, San Francisco, and as far south as San Jose:

Around the same time as the American colonists on the east coast were gearing up for war with Britain, the Spanish, who were well established in South America, began moving up the coast on the west. Juan Bautista de Anza, an officer in the Spanish army, was charged with finding an overland route from roughly today’s Arizona to central California. That was the expedition that mapped out present-day San Francisco.

On this day, March 28, in 1776, de Anza’s expedition came to the site of their settlement on the west coast. De Anza located the site of the church that would serve as the mission’s administrative center, and the Presidio of San Francisco, which was a small fort before it became a park.

While de Anza established the sites for the mission and presidio, he did not actually establish the settlement himself: that was outside the scope of his mission. He returned back to Spanish land and was handsomely rewarded. Meanwhile another Spanish explorer, José Joaquín Moraga, built up the site of the Presidio, and established for its support the farming village El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, better known today as San Jose.

Redding’s Record Searchlight Paper talks about how excellent the hiking is at the Presidio - which is a fairly nice compliment considering how amazing the hiking is up there! (Click words below to read more, with great tips on trails)

Presidio in San Francisco offers variety of hiking trails

Presidio has beauty, history for hiking buffs”

http://www.redding.com/news/2012/nov/10/presidio-in-san-francisco-offers-variety-of/

Sunset from the Presidio, San Francisco by prayforsnow on Flickr.

Beautiful! near the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, just East of the Golden Gate Bridge.

whatiremembered:

Presidio of San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire. If you haven’t seen the documentary “Rivers and Tides”, watch it and be blown away.

Fort Winfield Scott is becoming a National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership

Fort Winfield Scott is becoming a National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership

The Shuttle Endeavor flies over the Golden Gate Bridge, which is just a moment from the inn!

San Francisco in the movies - a slideshow of locations.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/san-francisco-in-the-movies_n_1932980.html

Here’s more…. George Lucas, Hitchcock, Eastwood all love filming in SF

http://lubbockonline.com/travel/2012-10-07/rock-bridge-bay-san-franciscos-movie-landmarks#

Sunset from the Presidio, San Francisco by prayforsnow on Flickr.

What a stunning photo! This is right out our back door.

This 4.5 mile hike from Mission dolores Cemetery to Rob Hill campground in the Presidio is over, but the Parks Conservancy always has more walks and activities… check out their website for more info!

http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/newsletters/park-e-ventures/2012/10-cfc.html

(Art by John Sherlock Hershey)

Wednesday October 31, 2012 will be a very busy day for traffic as there are many events taking place.
* San Francisco Giants Parade – 11AM-1PM – Embarcadero to Civic Center via Market Street
* Halloween Festivities in Sausalito – 4:30PM-6:30PM – Most of the activities will be taking place on Caledonia Street.
* Many bars and restaurants in and around the San Francisco Bay Area will be extremely busy all day and evening with Giants and Halloween festivities which will add to traffic and pedestrian congestion.
*  Public Transportation will be at maximum levels too.
*  Allow extra time for commuting to and from work.
*  Law Enforcement in many areas will be at maximum staffing and DUI enforcement as well.      
*Expect delays in both directions across the Golden Gate Bridge.*
For those driving into San Francisco, via the Golden Gate Bridge, the bridge will remain four (4) lanes SOUTH into San Francisco through 9:30 am, the time at which the Bridge is normally changed to three (3) lanes southbound and three (3) lanes northbound. Beginning at approximately 4 pm, the lane configuration will be changed to four (4) northbound and two (2) southbound.
The Bay Bridge and San Rafael Bridge will also experience increased traffic levels throughout the day, as well as Highway 101 and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard too.    
Please travel safe and use safety precautions during this busy day and evening.

*  Do not leave valuables or items in plain sight within your vehicle.
*  Remember the iPhone is the number one stolen item in San Francisco and many times its taken by force or fear, so keep your iPhone and other valuables safe and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If using your phone step out of the main stream and make your call in a safe and controlled environment.

(Art by John Sherlock Hershey)


Wednesday October 31, 2012 will be a very busy day for traffic as there are many events taking place.

* San Francisco Giants Parade – 11AM-1PM – Embarcadero to Civic Center via Market Street

Halloween Festivities in Sausalito – 4:30PM-6:30PM – Most of the activities will be taking place on Caledonia Street.

Many bars and restaurants in and around the San Francisco Bay Area will be extremely busy all day and evening with Giants and Halloween festivities which will add to traffic and pedestrian congestion.

*  Public Transportation will be at maximum levels too.

*  Allow extra time for commuting to and from work.

*  Law Enforcement in many areas will be at maximum staffing and DUI enforcement as well.      

*Expect delays in both directions across the Golden Gate Bridge.*

For those driving into San Francisco, via the Golden Gate Bridge, the bridge will remain four (4) lanes SOUTH into San Francisco through 9:30 am, the time at which the Bridge is normally changed to three (3) lanes southbound and three (3) lanes northbound. Beginning at approximately 4 pm, the lane configuration will be changed to four (4) northbound and two (2) southbound.

The Bay Bridge and San Rafael Bridge will also experience increased traffic levels throughout the day, as well as Highway 101 and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard too.    

Please travel safe and use safety precautions during this busy day and evening.

*  Do not leave valuables or items in plain sight within your vehicle.

*  Remember the iPhone is the number one stolen item in San Francisco and many times its taken by force or fear, so keep your iPhone and other valuables safe and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If using your phone step out of the main stream and make your call in a safe and controlled environment.