For general information, visit the William Penn Mott, Jr.,Visitor Center at the Main Post (Moraga Ave., Building 50; or415/561-4323).

Best of the Presidio

Arion Press/M&H Type/Grabhorn Institute. The typefoundrydates to 1915; the press relocated to the Presidio three years ago.Gallery open 10-5 Mon-Fri, tours at 3 Thu ($7; reservationsrequired). 1802 Hays St.; 415/561-2542.

Baker Beach. Golden Gate Bridge views. Parking off GibsonRd.

Crissy Field. The 2-mile promenade's tidal marsh is home tonative plants and birds. Crissy Field Center open 9-5 Wed-Sun (603Mason St. at Halleck St.). Parking on Halleck St.; or415/561-7690.

Ecology Trail and Inspiration Point. Good viewpoint orlaunch spot for a hike. Off Arguello Blvd., 1/4 mile from ArguelloGate; the 1-mile trail leads to the Main Post.

El Polin Spring. Small meadow is nice for picnics. End ofMacArthur Ave. (park at MacArthur and Fernandez St.).

Fort Point National Historic Site. The hulking fortificationunder the Golden Gate Bridge dates to 1853. Fort is open 10-5Fri-Sun, free guided tours at 3 Fri-Sun. 415/556-1693.

Historic forest. Planted by army officials in the 1880s.Drive along Washington Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. for forestviews.

Main Post. Where the Presidio began. Take a self-guidedarchitectural walking tour (brochure at

Pet Cemetery. Beloved pets rest in peace. McDowell Ave. atCrissy Field Ave.

Presidio Bowling Center. 93 Montgomery St.;415/561-2695.

San Francisco National Cemetery. Graves hold militaryheroes. Lincoln at Sheridan Ave.

Sports Basement. Discounted sports retailer. 610 Mason;415/437-0100.


Desiree Cafe. Healthful breakfasts and lunches. $; closedSat-Sun. 39 Mesa St.; 415/561-2336.

Presidio Café. Clubhouse at the 1895 golf course. $$.Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse, 300 Finley Rd.; 415/561-4600.

Warming Hut Café & Bookstore. $. On the Golden GatePromenade, across from Torpedo Wharf in Building 983;415/561-3042

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