"The Presidio Experience" – by Georgia I. Hesse

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Inn at the Presidio ©John Montgomery
Inn at the Presidio ©John Montgomery

“The Presidio Experience” 
by Georgia I. Hesse
On July 21, a day as splendid as San Franciscans claim for all days, BATW members met in the Presidio, where San Francisco was born in 1776. (The three essential elements for Spanish Crown settlements in Alta California were the presidio [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fort], the mission [in this case, San Francisco de Asís], and the pueblo [municipality], San Francisco).
President Ginny Prior called the meeting to order, noting first that the new BATW directory is available on the website and that our anthology, Travel Stories from Around the World, may now be read on Kindle. She urged all members to suggest outlets for the Lulu paperback version. Much-deserved thanks were given to Stu and Janet Wilson for labor on the by-laws revisions (to be voted upon by members in late August).
Ginny introduced Paul Burditch, CEO of Burditch Marketing Communications, which handles public relations for the Inn at the Presidio, and we were off for a bus tour of the 1,500-acre grounds on which sit 1,100 buildings. Although many of us scribbled copious (and perhaps unreadable) notes, this was only a hint at what’s called the Presidio Experience. I soon abandoned my notebook to stop, look, and listen, vowing simply to return again and again. Fellow wanderers, there’s a world “write” at hand in the city’s northwest corner.
Inn at the Presidio, BATW Meeting ©John Montgomery
Inn at the Presidio, BATW Meeting ©John Montgomery

Last stop, and a lingering one, came at the Inn at the Presidio, which opened on April 3, 2012, in Pershing Hall, a stylish home for bachelor officers when the Presidio was a U.S. Army post. It has metamorphosed into a comfortable retreat with 17 one-bedroom king suites (sitting rooms, gas fireplaces) and five guest bedrooms (king or queen beds). Chairs like those you once rocked in on Grandmother’s front porch suggest you might like to sit and chat awhile.
Many members took their buffet plates onto the outdoor deck and back terrace and decided to sip wine and munch cheese into late afternoon in a setting as serene as the sky.
In essence, Emerson would have called this day “inviting the soul.”
 
 
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