Rediscover the Presidio of San Francisco

Spas and restaurants join the trails in the city's national park

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  • La Terrasse is a great lunch (or dinner) option for its wood-fired pizzas ["pommes frites"] and heated patio.

    La Terrasse in the Presidio

    Rob D. Brodman

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GETTING THERE

The Presidio is on San Francisco's northwest side. If you're going to eat, spa, and sit, the Lombard Gate is your best bet. Hiking? The Arguello or Presidio Gates. Once inside, hop the free PresidiGo Shuttle to get around. More info: 415/561-5418.

WHAT TO DO

Ecology Trail An intermediate, 2-mile path. Access from Inspiration Point, by Arguello Gate.

Immigrant Point Overlook Off Washington Ave., across from the Rob Hill Campground.

SenSpa Closed Mon; 1161 Gorgas Ave.; 415/441-1777.

Thoreau Center for Sustainability Acre Café: $; closed Sat-Sun; 415/561-2273. Thoreau Gallery: closed Sat-Sun; 415/561-7823. 1016 Lincoln Blvd.

Warming Hut Cafe and Bookstore Post-fire, scheduled to reopen soon. INFO: $; northwest end of Crissy Field; 415/561-3040.

WHERE TO EAT

Dish Café Perfect picnic food. INFO: $; closed Sat-Sun; in the San Francisco Film Centre, 39 Mesa St.; 415/561-2336.

La Terrasse $$; 215 Lincoln Blvd.; 415/922-3463.

Perk Presidio Cafe $; 1 Letterman Dr., Bldg. C; 415/746-5456.

Pres a Vi $$; 1 Letterman Dr., Bldg. D; 415/409-3000.

Presidio Social Club Gorgeously renovated barrack serving sloppy joes with a sophisticated spin. INFO: $$$; 563 Ruger St.; 415/885-1888.

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