When you are selecting a retirement community, your decision should factor in the broader community as well. We’ve found that many people want a community with ample shopping and restaurants, along with other interesting attractions to occupy their time. Here’s a bit more about senior living in Visalia, California:
Visalia, California is a city of approximately 130,000 people. It is in the San Joaquin Valley, which has a strong history of agricultural production. Visalia is the county seat and therefore the governmental and economic center for the area. Visalia is situated near several larger metropolitan areas and natural parks. It is 230 miles from San Francisco, 190 miles from Los Angeles, and just 36 miles from Sequoia National Park. Yosemite and Kings Canyon National parks are also nearby.
Visalia sees sunshine throughout the year. There is an average of just 26 days with precipitation each year. This precipitation is usually in the form of rain showers. Generally, the area has a cold and semi-arid climate. From April to October, the temperatures range from warm to hot and dry. The average highs run 74-94 degrees Fahrenheit. From November to March, the temperatures are relatively mild with the average high running 54-67 degrees Fahrenheit. The climate gives way to a rich variety of plant species along the creeks and rivers, as well as across the nearby hills and mountains.
If you enjoy keeping apprised of the daily news, you will be glad to know that Visalia has one major daily newspaper as well as several smaller, regional newspapers and magazines. For sports fans, there is a Minor League Baseball team (the Visalia Rawhide). For those who want to maintain their spiritual life during retirement, there are many churches in the area, of many different denominations. A local library can easily provide access to books and other media.
Visalia is easily accessed with several highways in each direction. There is a municipal airport and an Amtrak bus stop in Visalia for long-distance travel. A public transportation system travels within the city limits and to nearby communities. There is also an option to phone for on-demand, curbside pick-up, which may be an ideal option for seniors. There is even a shuttle to the Sequoia National Park. And there is always our own community transportation.
Visalia has a variety of restaurants to satisfy any culinary preferences. The best restaurants boast a range of options including BBQ, sushi, Mediterranean, Korean, and wood-fired pizza. Many restaurants source locally grown foods. The local Brewbakers Brewing Company offers craft beer and unique garlic fries. To purchase fresh ingredients to do your own cooking, the local farmers market runs year-round either indoors or outside. There, you can purchase local produce and other locally-made items.
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the proximity of Visalia to the Giant Sequoia National Monument and National Park. In fact, it is considered the gateway destination for the Sequoias. The Mooney Grove Park also provides another option for outdoor activities. The local Fox Theater provides entertainment for those who enjoy classic films and live music. The Visalia Convention Center often hosts festivals and other events. Additionally, you can shop at the local stores or just relax at the Sensia Salon and Day Spa.
Visalia certainly has something to offer anyone choosing to move to a retirement community in California. Not all retirement communities can offer the history, climate, and other amenities that Quail Park at Shannon Ranch in Visalia, California has to offer.