In 1983, travel writers for the Los Angeles Times called Visalia a “place of enduring charm.” They touted the town’s rich history and nice neighborhoods, encouraging readers to take a look.

And these journalists were right. Visalia is fortunate to have an abundance of interesting and beautiful neighborhoods. One of them lies between Mooney Blvd. and downtown with Wendy and Stan Simpson’s “Carmel Cottage” near the center. In all directions, there is an eclectic array of unique and historical treasures that, when linked together, make for an enjoyable stroll. Here are some of the highlights.