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Presidio Journal

Stay informed on the latest updates and news from the Inn at the Presidio, a historic Golden Gate hotel offering 26 classic accommodations in a historic setting.


The Summer of Love Knocks on the Gates of the Presidio

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In History

San Francisco Summer Of Love

50 years ago, the Presidio found itself surrounded by a city in the process of transformation, inspired by a simple four-letter word: LOVE.

In 1967, the world really began to take notice of the cultural revolution happening in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. A growing collection of young artists, musicians, anti-war activists and countercultural icons were breaking free of traditions in every way possible – Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan were singing about love and LSD, anti-war protests were surging, civil rights were becoming the Black Power movement.

Protecting the Bay

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In History, Tour Presidio

These days, “protecting the San Francisco Bay” usually refers to improving water quality, restoring wetlands, or controlling invasive species. But for most of the 20th century, San Francisco Bay was America’s most valuable Pacific port, and the US Government and military invested an enormous amount of time and money building defenses against a feared enemy attack from the sea and air.

When Fear Was Stronger Than Justice

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In History, Tour Presidio

Seventy five years ago, ten weeks after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which formed the basis for the mass forced removal and incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Two-thirds were American citizens. The other third, not born in the US, were prohibited by law from becoming US citizens. Over half were children or infants.

Holiday Lights at Inn at the Presidio

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In Videos


Join us for a very special Holiday season at Inn at the Presidio. As you walk through our lit entry way you’ll see our Christmas Tree decorated with silver and gold bulbs, enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace in our lobby, sit on our front porch decorated with lights and wreaths, follow our holiday trimming upstairs to your room.

Exploring the Golden Gate NRA Park Archives & Records Center

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In History, Videos

One of the best-kept secrets in the Presidio is in a modest brick building that used to be a stable for 102 Army mules and horses. Inside is an amazing trove of photographs, maps, building plans, and other historical treasures – about 5 million items documenting the history of the Presidio and other important historical sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is the Park Archives and Records Center (PARC), and if you are a history buff, graduate student, or are just fascinated by old maps and photographs, you owe it to yourself to come spend a few hours – or days – exploring this place.

The Presidio Celebrates 100 Years of National Parks

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In History

August 25th marks the 100th Anniversary of America’s National Park Service, and celebrations are happening at some of the best-known natural wonders in this country. Places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Among these famous national treasures are some lesser known gems like the Presidio that hold not just great historical importance, but also a glimpse into how the National Parks are evolving and making themselves sustainable for the future.

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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In Awards

2016 Certificate Of Excellence

We are proud to announce that Inn at the Presidio has been awarded a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers.

Thank you to all of our guests who stayed with us, enjoyed themselves, and wrote positive reviews!
Here are just a few from TripAdvisor:

“Gem of San Francisco”

“…We enjoyed our time in the Presidio area and would highly recommend the Inn at the Presidio if you are looking for something special and a place that is away from the touristy areas.” – Reviewed July 19, 2016

Mountain Lake: A Restored Natural Jewel

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In History, Tour Presidio

If you had visited Mountain Lake 20 years ago, you would have been underwhelmed. This small urban lake at the southern tip of the Presidio was severely polluted and choked with algae. Resident bird and fish populations were dying off. It was a sad state of affairs for one of the most important natural and historical sites in the city.

Today, after a decade of careful remediation and restoration, Mountain Lake is once again a haven for native wildlife, a resting stop for migrating birds, and a lovely spot for San Franciscans and visitors to enjoy the beauty and history of the city.

San Francisco Left Its Heart in El Polín Spring

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In Tour Presidio, Videos

Just up the road to the south of the Inn there is a peaceful green glade full of the sound of birds and the trickle of a water. The waters spring from the underlying serpentine rock and sustain a lush riparian habitat that is one of San Francisco’s most diverse spots for birds, butterflies, and native flora. This spot, El Polín Spring, has been the heart of the human and natural history of San Francisco for many centuries. With its native plant and animal life restored as part of the complex Tennessee Hollow Watershed restoration project, the waters of El Polín now nourish a new generation of San Francisco residents and visitors.

Finding Inn At The Presidio from the sky

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In Tour Presidio, Trails


The Presidio of San Francisco spans 1,480 acres of the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. The park is home to approximately 800 buildings, miles of road and trails, ocean cliffs, beaches, lakes, restaurants and the amazing Inn At The Presidio. For those visiting the park, the labyrinth of roads can lead to interesting adventures and occasionally discovering features of the park that are tucked secretly away. Most of us have solved the navigation of the park roads with the help of Google, but recently we received a set of amazing photographs taken from the air and now face the challenge of finding the Inn from above. So with the help of a few good labels and arrows we are prepared to guide you to the the Inn from the air. Please click on the gallery images above and discover the Inn At the Presidio from the sky.