Jack London Square Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown

Courtyard by MarriottThe historic Jack London Inn is centrally located within two blocks of a variety of restaurants and venues, both Amtrak and the San Francisco Ferry and right across the street from the San Francisco bay. It offers exceptional ...more

The Inn At Jack London Square

The Inn At Jack London SquareEscape the ordinary. The Inn at Jack London Square is a year-round retreat from the conventional routines of every day life, set amidst downtown Oakland at Jack London Square. Our location offers 100 luxurious rooms ...more

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Jack London Square is a gathering spot for Oakland residents and tourists alike. Most people describe it as a toned down version of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. This waterfront area is dedicated to pleasure and relaxation, and it effectively exploits the fact that author Jack London spent most of his youth in the area. As one of Oakland's only completely touristy attractions, this is one destination most visitors should not pass up.

The Square sits on an estuary that eventually terminates at San Francisco Bay. As such, it was an important center of shipping for many years before it became primarily a tourist attraction. Noted American author Jack London, who wrote such books as White Fang and The Call of the Wild, spent a great deal of time at Oakland's waterfront. In fact, it was in the still operating Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon that London wrote some of his works and also was known to toss back a few beers. The Saloon is also fascinating because it was built from the remains of a whaling ship. Today, it is considered a National Literary Landmark, and fans of the author have been known to make pilgrimages here. Adjacent the bar is a replica of the backwoods cabin in which London lived in Alaska during the 1897 gold rush.

The Square likely does not resemble the rough and tumble locale of London's youth these days. In the place of that rugged pier is a well-orchestrated tourist destination where locals and tourists come to relax awhile. Devotees of London's work may follow the History Walk, a series of historic markers that delineate Jack London, Oakland and the Square itself. This is also an excellent place to get a quick bite to eat, or even to enjoy a gourmet meal. A wide variety of eateries are on the location. Additionally, a collection of stores and outlets for renting bicycles and canoes provide opportunities for hours of entertainment.

Jack London Square also hosts various events throughout the year. The most popular of these is a weekly farmers market that features locally grown produce. It's also quite common to see live musical performances or to be able to take part in yoga classes at various times. Additionally, a variety of dance lessons, fitness classes, and free public movies are on offer. With so much happening, it's clear that the Square's operators are determined to tempt everyone to visit.

Jack London Square is not only an essential destination for lovers of American literature, but it is also a fun and interesting place to spend a few hours. Special performances and classes enrich the rather mundane collection of stores and restaurants. In fact, this is one of the best places in Oakland to indulge in some people watching. The Square also now boasts a hotel, making it possible for visitors to choose lodgings that are centrally located and close to a number of entertaining possibilities.


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