When Ed Patterson and his wife bought the site of an old drive-in movie theater in Bakersfield, their first notion was to build an RV storage center. But then they realized what Bakersfield really needed was an upscale RV park.
The result is the Bakersfield RV Resort, which opened in 2007 and has every amenity you could imagine—a big clubhouse, a fitness center, a heated pool, a nine-hole putting green and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You get a fresh cookie at check-in, and there is even a massage therapist on duty to soothe any aches and pains.
Patterson said it took a series of architects and drawings to get the resort designed the way he wanted it. An original layout of 246 RV sites was whittled to 215 to provide plenty of space to accommodate large RVs. The resort’s paved roads allow for a wide turning radius, and there are 70-foot pull-through sites for big rigs. Each site has a cement slab, a grassy area and room to handle the multiple slideouts on today’s trailers and motorhomes. The sites have full hookups and Wi-Fi Internet service.
A 3,000-square-foot clubhouse that can seat 200 attracts RV rallies. It has everything needed for meetings and events, including a media center with an overhead projector and eight-speaker audio system and a complete kitchen with three ovens, a six-burner range, commercial refrigerator, freezer and icemaker. Rally groups can prepare their own food or take advantage of the park’s catering service.
The Crest Bar and Grill is another big draw for customers. It is open seven days a week, with a menu ranging from breakfast fare and sandwiches to steak and seafood dinners. Patterson said having a full restaurant at the site enables RVers to take a break from fixing their own meals without having to leave the park to seek out a restaurant in town. And if you don’t want to step outside your RV, the park will deliver food to your door.
The resort has a lounge with Internet access, books, magazines and games, and you can rent a movie for free. The fitness center has exercise equipment and TVs. Next to the recreation building is a large heated outdoor pool and spa. Other amenities include tiled showers, a laundry room, playground and general store.
The 18-acre resort is family-owned and operated. Its many luxury features have earned it recognition as one of the nation’s top 100 RV parks from Good Sam and it is included in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory as one of the top 100 snowbird parks.
Bakersfield RV Resort is a block and a half from State Highway 99 in Bakersfield, the ninth biggest city in California with a population of more than 350,000. Attractions in Bakersfield include country western music, car shows, the Famoso Raceway for drag racing and Kern County Raceway Park for NASCAR events. There is fishing nearby in Kern River and Lake Isabella.
For information on Bakersfield RV Resort, visit bakersfieldrvresort.com or call (661) 933-9998.