Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire in the Presidio

Presidio Journal

Stay informed on history, the latest updates, news, and local San Francisco culture from the Inn at the Presidio.


Restoration in Progress | The Tennessee Hollow Watershed

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In History, Trails

El Polin2 Long before centuries of military activity and construction projects covered up the area known as The Tennesse Hollow Watershed, it was home to a system where three creeks and freshwater springs came together to create a natural bird habitat and primary freshwater source for the marsh at Crissy Field.

Exploring the Arts & Sciences of San Francisco

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With so many wonderful museums and cultural points of interest, it can be hard to decide exactly what to explore and experience while visiting our city. Above is a video highlighting a few points of interest that we recommend visiting while staying at the Inn at the Presidio along with a brief history and description of each.

National Parks Historic Hotels

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In History

Big Trees Lodge in Yosemite

Big Trees Lodge in Yosemite

California is a state with a vast amount of natural and diverse beauty and luckily for us, we also play host to many National Parks that highlight a wide array of landscapes within our borders. Along with the historical significance of the park system, there are also a handful of hotels located inside our state’s National Parks, some have been around longer than the National Park system itself! The Big Trees Lodge in Yosemite, the Drakesbad in Lassen and the Inn at the Presidio in the Presidio are all great examples how guests can not only enjoy the National Parks during the day, but actually have the opportunity to spend the night in a historic and beautiful setting.

Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio

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Andy Goldsworthy's Earth Wall

Andy Goldsworthy is one of the most well-respected artists in the world. His site-specific work has been featured in locations as close as Stanford University and as far away as the Australian Outback and the North Pole. He first visited the Presidio in 2006 and was immediately taken by the historic architecture, wild landscape and its relationship to the city of San Francisco. Luckily for us, Goldsworthy has found the Presidio to be an inspiring location and with the support of the FOR-SITE Foundation we are fortunate enough to house 4 of his installations. Also luckily for us, all of his installations are located within walking distance from the Inn.

Happy Earth Day!

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In History

On this 46th anniversary of Earth Day we thought we’d share a brief inventory of the world’s flora and fauna with relation to the Presidio. It’s our way of thinking globally, acting locally and celebrating the wonderful natural diversity occurring within our own backyard. As of today, the Earth is comprised of…

  • 250,000 species of plants (including California poppies and coast live oaks in the park)
  • 4,500 species of amphibians (including our Pacific chorus frogs recently re-introduced to Mountain Lake)
  • 6,500 species of reptiles (the San Francisco alligator lizard can be seen in our dunes)
  • 4,600 species of mammals (including our resident coyotes)
  • 9,200 species of birds (including Great-horned Owls and Anna’s Hummingbirds)
  • 25,000 fish species (the tiny three-spined stickleback still lives in Lobos Creek)
  • 40,000 crustacean species (a tiny native shrimp lives in the Crissy Field marsh)
  • 100,000 mollusk species (including our local favorite, the banana slug)
  • and more than 1,000,000 insects! (including many butterflies, damselflies and bumblebees in the park)

For more information on the Presidio along with ways in which you can learn more about about how to protect our National Park and refuge for California diversity, go to www.presidio.govScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 2.07.54 PM

The Three Generals of the Inn

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The Three Generals

The Three Generals from left to right: Hardie, Pershing and Keyes. These are now our room key cards.

The Presidio has housed a great many men and women during its time as a military enclave. The Inn itself, once known as Pershing Hall (named after General John Pershing) was built in 1903 and was separated into three sections as a fire precaution. When we opened our doors as an Inn, we decided to keep the tradition of honoring noteworthy individuals alive by naming each wing after a general who has served here. Below is a brief look into the lives of three men and how they have made their mark on the history of the Presidio.

Our Favorite Trails

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Andy Goldsworthys Tree Line on Lovers Lane - Presidio of San Francisco

Here at the Inn, we regularly get asked about the trails in the Presidio that we might recommend as the best hikes in the area. This is always such a tricky question to answer because there are so many great trails and they all offer something unique to the hiker. Based on our own research however, along with the feedback of our guests we have compiled a list of our favorites and rated them from easy to more difficult.

History All Around Us

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In History

Bugle wall in our lobby

Bugle Wall

From the adobe structures, still in tact from the time Spain claimed this outpost as their own, to the rows of brick military buildings built in the mid-1800‘s by the United States Army, the Presidio has always been able to maintain a strong connection to its own history.

The Inn at the Presidio, built in 1903 was originally the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters (BOQ). Three years ago, it was decided that this building should be re-purposed into an Inn so that guests from all over the world would have the opportunity to stay inside the park and experience a slice of history themselves. Although many modern upgrades were necessary to make the building once again habitable, much effort was taken to honor the history of the building and its surroundings. Here are just a few examples of how the Inn kept a bit of history in tact inside and outside of our own four walls.