Living in Southern Sierra Nevada gives you the perfect chance to enjoy the area’s spectacular views and outdoor activities. But that’s not all you get. In the mountain communities off Highway 90, you’ll find plenty of cultural experiences and destinations that celebrate the mountain lifestyle.
Here are some of these events and attractions:
- The Tule River Historical Museum
34902 Highway 190
This museum features a host of historic buildings, structures, and artifacts that will take you to the earliest days of Springville. These include the fully-restored Murphy House, which was originally built in the 1850s and was the first home in the community. The house is filled with furniture, photos, and artifacts from America’s pioneer days.
Other attractions at the museum include a full blacksmith shop, freight and covered wagons, early farm, ranch and lumbering equipment, the original chimney of the Daunt home – built in the 1860s, and many more.
- Springville Rodeo
Billed the “biggest little rodeo in the west,” the Springville Rodeo happens every April in a dedicated venue at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The event features various rodeo competitions, parades, happy hours and live entertainment.
- The Springville Apple Festival
Along Highway 190
This annual festival takes place every third weekend of October, with around 200 craft and apple pie booths and other food vendors lining both sides of Highway 190. The event also features mechanical rides for kids, a Pie Eating Contest, the 5k, 10k and children’s Apple Run, a mountain bike race, live music, and many more.
- Downtown Porterville
Porterville’s Main Street is a delightful place to savor the Southern Sierra’s laidback lifestyle and rich history. It’s filled with quaint shops and boutiques, restaurants, antique stores, murals, and historical sites that include the Zalud House and the Porterville Historical Museum.
- Iris Festival
Held every April, the Iris Festival celebrates Porterville’s official flower – the purple iris. The city is the largest distributor of blooming iris in the world, and the Iris mural in the downtown area was created to symbolize this. Festival highlights include free tours of the 3-acre Sutton’s Iris Garden, an iris parade, a chili cook-off, live entertainment, and more.
- Camp Nelson Lodge
1699 Nelson Drive
Located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument within the Sequoia National Forest, Camp Nelson Lodge was built on the spot where John Nelson, one of the pioneers in the area, built a hotel in the 1890s. The original hotel burned down in 1927, and in the same year, the current Camp Nelson Lodge was built in its place. The classic lodge boasts a historic charm and stunning views, along with modern amenities and facilities.
- Camp Nelson Mountain Festival
Camp Nelson Meadow
Giant Sequoia National Monument
This widely popular 2-day summer event features live musical performances, arts and crafts exhibits, games for kids, and food vendors.
- Giant Sequoia Mercantile
35627 Highway 190
Found at the gateway to the Giant Sequoia National Museum, this charming shop features gifts, souvenirs, and local arts and crafts. Great finds here include photographs, paintings, glass art, Monoprints, and many more. The shop is part of the Springville Visitor’s Center, where tourists can get information about the sights and activities in the area.
Living in the Southern Sierra is like no other. We know this area by heart and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect home– whether you plan to set down roots or just have a wonderful place to stay when you visit. Get in touch with us here or give us a call at 559.542.1500.