Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spend A Day In Oakland - Maxwell Park/Millsmont

East Oakland encompasses a wide range of neighborhoods, the largest residential population in the city,  beautiful tree lined streets and green hills. It may not be known as a culinary, nightlife or artistic destination, but it's beauty cannot be denied.

Below is a recommendation for exploring the lush Millsmont and historic Maxwell Park neighborhoods. These areas are mostly residential so they are perfect for a leisure outing with family members of all ages.

Both neighborhoods are accessible from nearby freeways (580 and 13), AC Transit or bike.

Start your day with a hearty soul food breakfast at Souls Restaurant. This restaurant was established by members of one of the largest churches in Oakland, Acts Full Gospel. The church has been a force in this community since 1984.

Take a walk up Seminary Ave to one of the best regarded Liberal Art educational institutions in the country, Mills College. Tours of the beautiful campus are available weekdays at 10a. Check their packed events calendar to find out if there are any art exhibitions, film screenings or concerts scheduled for the day of your visit.

Grab a quick lunch from an Oaklander favorite, Mills Hoagie & Deli Shop. My favorite, the pastrami with the works, jalapenos on the side and fries!

After lunch take a drive or bike ride over to the Maxwell Park neighborhood for a self-guided architectural walking tour of the historical homes in the area. Maxwell Park Walking Tour Map Recommendation

The pristine neighborhood was established in the 1920's. No two homes are alike with Spanish and Tudor influences throughout. Distinct characteristics of the homes include: awnings, sloped entries and bright stucco  exteriors. Don't miss the views of the east bay from the hill tops.

While you are there you can check out the beautiful commissioned mosaic that adorns the restroom in the grassy parklet on Fleming Ave.

End your day at Old Weang Ping Village Thai Restaurant. The husband and wife duo have been serving up authentic Thai food for decades. The eclectic decor only adds to the experience.

Everyone should take some time on a sunny Oakland day to experience the undeniable charm of these East Oakland neighborhoods.

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