Visalia, California

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"

Description

Known as both the Gateway to the Sequoias and the Jewel of the Valley, Visalia lies in the center of the San Joaquin Valley nearby both Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks. The location is perfect for every variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, golfing, camping, fishing, boating, or skiing.

Visalia boasts something for everyone from the Tulare County Symphony in the Fox Theatre to a Rawhide baseball game at Recreation Park. With 50 murals around town, Visalia embraces local art. The town hosts an annual spoof called Sofa Art, an Arts Market, a “Trash to Fashion” Earth Day fashion show, and exhibits throughout local businesses.

Visitors can take the free trolley down Main Street to some of the highly acclaimed restaurants including Alejandra’s, Figaro’s, Vintage Press, and Jack and Charlie’s. Locals also boast of great produce from farmer’s markets to fruit stands and cheese farms. Visalia’s known for world famous sweet oranges and offers varied agriculturally themed tours.

My husband and I love dining in Visalia, especially the downtown area. There's a lot of types of GOOD food to chose from, and the owners are very friendly. We just returned from a trip to So. California, and I would definitely say that our restaurants in Visalia rival any food that we ate there.
Reviewed by foodlver
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is FABULOUS!! Moved here approximately 7 years ago. Everyone is so friendly. The food is the best! We try not to eat at chains (sorry) as the independent restaurants are sooo much better as they use home grown produce, nuts, fruits, etc right here from our backyards. We LOVE Jack & Charlie especially for that reason, Greg changes the menu weekly as to what he as bought from our local farmer's market. The VP (Vintage Press), Tazzaria, El Rosal and Tommy's are among our favorites and one we frequent. Of course Visalia being is so close to Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks is an added benefit. You just GOTTA LOVE Visalia!!!!!
Reviewed by blueberrybaby
on September 17, 2012
We were staying overnight in Visalia on own way to the Sierra mountains. We were staying at a hotel close to downtown. For dinner that night, we went to the Vintage Press and had a great dinner. It was a lovely atomoshere and the food was all delicious. The next morning, we walked a short distance to Botoffs bakery. It was a cute little bakery with the cakes twirling in the display case and tall old fashioned tables to sit at to sip your coffee and eat your pastries. What a lovely town.
Reviewed by laurel
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has a wonderful downtown with unique shops, great food and friendly merchants. The Vintage Press is the place to go for all special dining events. The VP Sunday morning brunch is next to none. It is my regular brunch restaurant. Whether there for a drink or meal, the bar offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Weather permitting, the patio is a great place to meet with friends to enjoy lunch. When you are in Visalia, make the Vintage Press your priority.
Reviewed by las2020mv
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is a great town with some great Restaurants to eat at. I grew up here and moved away. Twenty years later i am back and excited to see the "New" Merle Diner open up aka Habit Burger. They are many choices of great Restaurant.
Reviewed by LynnsMiche
on September 17, 2012
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