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Enjoy San Joaquin Valley Living


Aug 25, 2018 11:00AM ● By Kerri Regan

Editor's Pick

August 2018
By Kerri Regan and Ronda Alvey 


• Exeter is home to about 10,500 people.

• While the town is small, its location at the northern entrance to the Sequoia National Forest means that they get lots of visitors from all over the world.

• Orange you glad you visited Exeter? Legend says the world’s sweetest oranges are grown here, and it’s known by some as the “citrus capital of the world.”

• The town was named after Exeter, England – the native land of D.W. Parkhurst, who bought the land from an early settler.

All Aboard: Looking for a breakfast that will keep your engine running all day? Check out the Whistle Stop restaurant, a quaint little spot with a railroad theme where a model train runs overhead. The biscuits and gravy are legit.

Go Downtown: You’ll find a charming assortment of shops, restaurants, parks, gathering spots and more in Exeter’s vibrant downtown. A ride on a horse-drawn carriage will bring a little extra magic to your holiday shopping experience.  

Have a Cow: The Gill Cattle Company of Exeter was established in the late 1800s, and is still in operation today. It’s one of the largest cattle ranching businesses in the United States.

Painting the Town: Exeter’s rich history is captured in its murals, and thousands of visitors come to admire them each year – it’s one of the reasons Exeter has been designated “One of America’s Prettiest Painted Places.” The chamber of commerce promotes these 31 murals by providing an outdoor gallery that’s outlined in a downloadable mural guide, available at The murals are also the focus of the volunteer-driven “Exeter – A Festival of Arts.” One mural of a train even features a working locomotive light. 

Things to do in Exeter

Au Natural: The 344-acre Kaweah Oaks Preserve is one of the San Joaquin Valley’s last remaining valley oak riparian forests. It’s home to more than 300 species of plants and animals. Sequoia Riverlands Trust  manages the preserve for research, livestock grazing, environmental education and public enjoyment. It’s open to the public year-round, from sunup to sundown, and dogs (on leashes) are welcome. Picnic tables, four maintained trails, restrooms and easy parking make it easy to visit.

Steeped in History: The Exeter Woman’s Club building was the first-ever library in Tulare County. Today it’s leased out for special events and meetings, and it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fuel Your Body: Need a boost? Just Sprouting Together Juice Bar and Healthy Café offers sandwiches, salads, juice blends, smoothies, coffee and more. If you’re feeling under the weather, a made-to-order, vitamin-filled, fresh-pressed drink may perk you right up.

On the map: Exeter

1. The Exeter Courthouse Art Gallery and Museum showcases local artists’ work, and the museum displays change often. It’s open to the public on weekends.

2. Take your four-legged companion on an outing to the Exeter Bark Park. This canine-friendly recreation area was created by Friends of Residential Exeter Dogs in 2011.

4. It’s always a good day at Exeter Public Golf Course. This small course features super-friendly staff, and it’s a great place to learn how to golf. 

3. Svenhard Swedish Bakery pastries are made in Exeter.