I recently visited Bakersfield California, I was sent there on a business trip and decide to take my family along and make it a vacation, since we would be saving on one airplane ticket. The company had arranged the hotel, Marriot Bakersfield at the Convention Center. This was also major savings, since I only upgraded to a bigger suite to accommodate us all. We were picked up at the airport by a friendly Marriot driver who told us the ins and outs of Bakersfield.
So after 2 days of meetings and forums we were delighted to be in this city, the weather was perfect. We ventured to get some breakfast at Cope's Knotty Pine Café, where the only downside was the crowd. Once we were seated and served I had nothing bad on my plate, the food is out of this world. You must try their steak and eggs, or their biscuits and gravy.
After such delicious breakfast we went out for a walk, called Park at Riverwalk, has great trails for walking and riding your bikes, a very large lake, and I was impressed at how dog friendly this park was, it had doggy stations everywhere we looked.
Decided to window shop in Bakersfield. So after the girls made some candy purchases from Dewar's Candy and Ice cream parlor, might I add the chocolate soft ice cream hubby and I had was really rich and hit the spot. We went to downtown Bakersfield and Rosedale where we found little quaint boutiques offering high-end designer clothing.
At night we hit the town just hubby and I for a nice dinner date. At TL Maxwell's; we were not disappointed, very intimate, with great wine selection to go with our steaks.
I have passed through and stayed in Bakersfield, CA countless times on trips between Northern California and Los Angeles. Although it has experienced the same explosive growth as other Central Valley communities over the last 20 years, Bakersfield seems to be different from the others. Whereas the other communities are typically tied to agriculture, Bakersfield also has a great deal of wealth from the Kern County oil deposits.
Because of this, areas of the city are extremely stately with majestic trees and beautiful homes. On the other hand, Bakersfield has also been home to a major country music scene, having been home to both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Even with this strong music history, it offers a simple lifestyle. There are a few good restaurants in Bakersfield. If you find yourself near N Chester Ave, you've got to stop in at El Taquito. Delicious Tacos and reasonably priced!
Ultimately, though, Bakersfield's main attraction may very well be its proximity to much of what California has to offer. It is within a two hour drive of Los Angeles, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, the Mojave Spaceport, and the beaches of Ventura County. Because of this, it offers a combination of clean, simple smaller-town living with access to California's significant tourist assets.