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Nowadays Kernville
Those people raised on TV westerns like Bonanza will feel like they've stepped right onto the Ponderosa when they take the one-hour drive northeast from Bakersfield to the town of Kernville. There's good reason: dozens of TV and movie westerns have been filmed in the immediate vicinity.

If you've always wondered where they came up with all that TV western scenery in California, the land of beaches and palm trees, one trip to Kernville and the mystery will be solved. The Kern River Valley, it turns out, has it all: mountains, river, forest and -- back when they were filming -- a western theme town that could double for any rough-and-tumble settlement in the Old West.

Today the town retains its western flavor with old-style buildings, antique shops, saloons and an impressive museum that displays an amazing amount of Kern Valley history.
Kernville Lodging
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Whispering Pines Lodge Bed and Breakfast
13745 Sierra Way
Kernville, CA  93238
Ph: 877-241-4100   Fx: 760-376-6513
Email: info@pineskernville.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Whispering Pines Lodge Bed & Breakfast is setting a new standard for lodging and excellence in Southern California. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, but the staff and management have added a special touch of class and amenities usually reserved for five-star resorts. Without high prices and added charges, you revel in such extras as complimentary country breakfast in our central dining room, cozy fireplaces, private baths, brilliant fresh flower arrangements and fragrant potpourri, luxurious antique-style pine and oak furnishings, and large screen color TVs. And it's all conveniently located on the banks of the Wild and Scenic Kern River
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Rankin Ranch
P.O. Box 36 CWG
Caliente, CA  93518
Ph: 661-867-2511   Fx: 661-867-0105
Email: rankinranchers@aol.com
Western, down-home hospitality - Rankin Ranch knows about quality time: the 31,000-acre ranch has been family-owned and operated since 1863. They opened their picturesque property to the public in 1965 and have been warmly welcoming guests ever since. Today, the fourth, fifth, and sixth Rankin generations are the heart of the operations. EVERYTHING is included in the American Plan Rate...lodging, three full meals, horseback riding and all ranch activities. You'll enjoy daily maid service in your clean, air conditioned cabin which is wood paneled and carpeted.
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