Bakersfield: Home to One of California’s Historic Luxury Hotels

Bakersfield has always prided itself for a “grittiness” that grew from its historical oil and gas and agriculture roots. And its music, the Bakersfield Sound, was unvarnished, original and raw. But there was also a romance with what became an iconic Bakersfield hotel built in 1928—just before the stock market crash and the ensuing Depression. It was where you stayed if you were someone.

Following its extravagant $18-million renovation, the Padre was completed and reopened in 2010. Faithful to original detail, the restoration has recaptured much of its original majesty, while also adding new luxury and creature comforts. The hotel’s colorful history captures the cowboy theme and oil-baron experiences of yesteryear. You can even stay in a room named the Oil Baron suite or one of 112 other rooms and suites with special names that evoke the era. There are five restaurants and bars on the property, so you may never have to leave the building.

The Padre Hotel is located at 1702 18th St., Bakersfield, CA 93301. Visit for more information.

Bakersfield Named No. 9 Best U.S. Housing Market to Watch

After a number of months of inventory declines and housing price gains, buyers are expanding their home search beyond their immediate local market to under-the-radar secondary markets, according to a report released in March by

Demand is shaped by a number of factors including relative affordability, inventory and strong job markets. Not surprisingly, Bakersfield is the only California city on the list. The study revealed that affordable homes, relative to the rest of California, make Bakersfield, especially the Northwest section, popular with a wide range of people. Young families like quality of life, affordability and a strong school system, while baby boomers and retirees feel they get the best bang for their buck.

Key market statistics reflect that Bakersfield has a median list price of $239,000 with a median income of $56,000. The city anticipates 1.1 percent job growth this year.

Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame Celebrates 2018 Inductees

Kim McAbee, Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame founder and longtime singer for Buck Owen’s Buckaroos, held their 2017 Hall of Fame Induction with music and inspirational remembrances of some of the leading performers of the famed Bakersfield Sound. The evening was sprinkled with recordings and videos of some of the iconic figures of the movement that began in the mid-’50s.

The people inducted included Tommy Collins, Larry Daniels, Luther Davis, Cousin Herb Henson, Ken Nelson and Jean Shepard. All but one award, Larry Daniels’, were presented to family members posthumously.

The early Bakersfield Sound performers inspired a generation of stars like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, George Strait and Dwight Yoakam. The names of the inaugural inductees will be placed in the Galaxy of Stars accompanied by a life-size artist-rendered sketch in their honor.