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Historical architecture, natural beauty and a melting pot of cultural fusion have fueled Oakland's post-millenial renaissance. Home to West Coast jazz and blues, a bustling Chinatown and a growing community of artists who enjoy Oakland's affordable rents and warmer weather, Oakland has a little bit of everything. Jack London Square on the waterfront boasts a variety of dining spots, Yoshi's Jazz Club and gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay. Lake Merritt, a tidal lake with a 3.5-mile perimeter and the Oakland Hills complete Oakland's distinctive California natural landscape. With a thriving music scene, some the Bay's best parks and wild places, and distinctive neighborhoods like Montclair and Rockridge, Oakland definitely stands on its own.

Oakland Hotels

Travelers to Oakland will find that there are hotel accommodations to suit every need. Executive Inns along the Oakland shore are perfect for business travelers while tourists visiting Oakland will find both luxury boutique hotels featuring work from famous designers and more affordable accommodations ranging from the hotels near the Oakland Airport and contemporary hotels near Oakland's vibrant downtown. For the business traveler, most Oakland hotels offer comprehensive conference facilities with the latest high-tech capabilities and wireless internet access. Book online for the best rates on hotels in Oakland or call 1.800.275.0167 (in Europe: 00 800 1610 1690).

Oakland Restaurants

Oakland has a thriving dining scene that continues grow. From the Mexican restaurants along International Boulevard to the trendy bistros on College Avenue, the hip urban dining in Rockridge to the exotic tastes of Oakland's Chinatown, Oakland is a city full of culinary delights if you know where to look. From sumptuous French and Mediterranean fusion dining at Citron, classic seafood at Horatio's to the most authentic Soul Food in the Bay Area, vegan restaurants or an intimate dinner at the Montclair Bistro, Oakland's cuisine definitely reflects the city's diverse ethnicity.

Oakland Attractions

Historic Jack London Square, the centerpiece of Oakland's revitalized waterfront with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes, easily ranks as Oakland's most popular attraction, but there are also plenty of other attractions to spark the imagination. Science buffs will take interest in the Chabot Space and Science Center and don't miss the Livermore Hall of Science on the Cal Berkeley Campus. Also, take in Oakland's Chinatown, with its exotic cuisine and curio shops. In the center of downtown Oakland, the Paramount Theater, an art-deco masterpiece that has been fully restored, is a site to see and don't forget the beauty of Lake Merritt or the cultural richness of Berkeley.

Oakland Nightlife

While sometimes overshadowed by the nightlife scene in San Francisco, Oakland has a nightlife style and flair all its own. The world famous Yoshi's Jazz Club on Jack London Square draws jazz and blues enthusiasts every night, while other Oakland jazz clubs the 5th Amendment, Ashkenaz and the Serenader have their own loyal followers. Oakland's bars and nightclubs certainly weren't left out of the city's revitalization project. Hipster watering holes like the Ruby Room or Radio Bar and live music clubs, the Stork Club and Blake's, cater to the indie rock scene. Dance clubs like @17th, Air and the Noodle Factory redefined urban chic lounges and with them the scope of Oakland nightclub hopping.

Oakland Real Estate

Massive redevelopment and renovations to fit a more metropolitan lifestyle are sweeping through Oakland with many old warehouses and commercial buildings being turned into hip, urban loft projects, townhomes and condos. Home sales are strong in Oakland due in no small part to the city's affordability. Piedmont and Montclair are upscale neighborhoods in Oakland that boast expansive, luxury homes and distinctive natural beauty, while the Rockridge neighborhood is filled with hip and classy boutique shops and small, high-end restaurants. Probably the fastest growing Oakland neighborhoods are the Temescal, centered around Children's Hospital and West Oakland, on the waterfront and booming with industrial live/ work spaces that rival San Francisco in beauty and functionality, but are far less in price. Search for real estate in Oakland or in one of these Oakland neighborhoods: Crocker Highlands, Montclair, Piedmont, or Rockridge.

Visiting Oakland, California

Visitors will arrive at the Oakland International Airport, well-known for its full-service budget airlines. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) links directly with a shuttle service to the airport, making travel plans easy and seamless from most locations. Its temperate climate makes the weather some of the best in the state, with sunny skies and moderate evenings, virtually free of the notorious San Francisco fog.

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