My Favorite Bakersfield Places

Bakersfield takes a lot of knocks in the press. But there's lots to like about living here, and here are my favorite places in and around Bakersfield and Kern County.

WIND WOLVES PRESERVE - About 40 minutes South of town, Wind Wolves is a great place to go for a day hike. Especially when the Valley air is clear. The views from the top of the Tule Elk Trail.

THE FOX THEATER - I grew up going to movies at The Fox. It's a grand old movie house that still ocassionally shows movies. But it's an even better concert venue. It's a fantastic place to see your favorite band up close. 

MAYA CINEMAS - A decade after it's opening, it's still the place to catch a movie in Bakersfield. 

SORELLA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT - Spolier, my wife works at Sorella's, so I'm naturally a bit of a fan. While every dish on the menu is great, what you might not know is Sorella's is has THE best steaks in town! 

THE KERN RIVER BIKE TRAIL - I used to walk the section between CSUB and Allen Road every weekend. When I can't make it up to Wind Wolves, the bike trail is where I get my hike on. I need to get out here more. Unless I go to...

THE PANORAMA BLUFFS - You're probably detecting a theme here, My Wife and I walk or hike a lot. For this hike we usually start at the west end of the park on the bluffs and hike down to the bike trail. At the point where the bike trail crosses the canal, we set out for the Kern River on the horse trails. Then it's back to the bluff trail we started on for a leg burning climb back up to the top. It's about a five and a half mile round trip. 


DEWAR'S - The one downtown. Only the one downtown. 

RABOBANK ARENA - We're lucky to have a facility like this in our town. 

That's it for now, but keep checking back for more of my favorite places in and around Bakersfield. I have a bunch! 

Mike Bell

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