My plans for Day 2 of my San Francisco trip included an overnight stay across the Bay Bridge in Oakland. Courtesy of Visit Oakland, we were invited to attend the Oakland Athletics “A’s” vs New York Yankees Major League Baseball game in the afternoon. Take me out to the ballgame! This was my first experience watching a MLB game live so I was excited to see what O.co Stadium had in store for my visit.
We arrived to the stadium with tons of tailgate parties happening, and throngs of baseball fans entering the stadium to grab some eats and settle into their seats. The national anthem played, and the first pitch was thrown. Let’s watch some ball!
A baseball game is not complete without hot dogs! At O.co Stadium, Saag’s Specialty Meats & Sausages is an Oakland establishment known for their gourmet sausages. We waited in line and ordered a Sweet Italian dog topped with grilled onions and peppers. Wow – it was a flavourful dog that reminded me of a meatball! Moist and with a snap, the paprika spiced sausage was delicious.
There are several areas within the stadium to purchase Oakland A’s gear. There are even game-used baseballs for sale, as well as those autographed. Great for those looking for a collectible.
The game was entertaining for my first time despite the Oakland A’s losing 5-4. However watching home runs, stolen bases, and foul balls being caught by people in the audience was eye-opening for a Canadian girl who’s used to watching baseball only on TV.
After the game we managed to check into our hotel room at The Waterfront Hotel, Joie de Vivre, located in Jack London Square in downtown Oakland. Situated on the water, this hotel offers guestrooms with balconies where I was able to watch sailboats cruise up and down the Bay.
This hotel is marine/nautica themed – our hotel was adorn with pictures of ships, to a wallpaper of boat oars and compass art on the bed headboard. Our room was spacious, with a microwave and fridge hidden in the front console under the TV. The amenities even included earplugs!
The lounge has a comfy nautical themed sitting area and offers complimentary coffee, tea and ice water for guests. This leads out to the heated swimming pool.
This hotel has a location advantage – it is next to the San Francisco Bay Ferry, allowing visitors to take a short ferry ride to and from San Francisco (it docks on the other side at the Ferry Building or Pier 41, last ferry departs San Francisco at 10:30pm on weekends). There is also a free shuttle bus during the weekdays that picks up at the hotel and drops off along Broadway – taking visitors to the Convention Center, Chinatown, and BART station.
Thank you Visit Oakland for arranging this side trip for us to enjoy some new memories of the Bay! For more information on Oakland and what to do in Oakland, please visit: www.visitoakland.org.