Bakersfield, California Hotels and Travel Guide
Considered California’s Country Music Capital, Bakersfield is a great place to visit for business or pleasure. If you’re looking for Bakersfield hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has two great places to stay, each offering great prices.
The agribusiness industry thrives in Baksersfield. Thanks in large part to its location at the foot of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield is at the heart of much of that state’s large scale agricultural production. Sizeable agriculture employers in Bakersfield include companies like Giumarra, Grimmway Farms and William Bolthouse Farms.
Since oil production and refinement represent the second largest single economic sector in Bakersfield, it comes as no surprise that both the Petroleum Club and Western States Petroleum Association have locations in Bakersfield.
Once producing 70% of the oil from California, the Bakersfield area has been tied to the petroleum industry for over a century. Other energy production methods, like cogeneration, wind and solar are also in production in the region surrounding Bakersfield.
Bakersfield has become famous as the annual host of one of the most successful conferences in the nation. Begun in 1985, the Bakersfield Business Conference draws nearly 9,000 people from around the world. Past conference speakers have included Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Neil Armstrong, Norman Schwarzkopf and Paul Harvey. If you plan to attend, be sure you get your tickets early.
Bakersfield is the renowned birthplace of the “Bakersfield Sound”, a term that refers to a honkytonk country music style. Legends like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard are forever associated with the Bakersfield Sound; the town even renamed one street Buck Owens Boulevard after the country music star.
Today the Bakersfield sound has given way to a new type of country music, infused with rock and roll stylings. Visitors can enjoy rockabilly bands at local venues like Buck Owens Crystal Palace or Trout’s Nightclub, which bills itself as Bakersfield’s last original honkytonk nightclub.
Relaxing days spent on the fairways are also available in the area. Just to the north is North Kern Golf Course, an enjoyable public 18-hole public golf course with reasonable rates and pretty landscape.
Those in search of a comfortable, convenient, and affordable Bakersfield hotel need look no further than either the Extended Stay America Bakersfield - California Avenue or Extended Stay Deluxe Bakersfield - Chester Lane.