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SEPTEMBER 9/5 Alonzo King LINES Ballet 9/9

W. Kamau Bell


John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio


Chico World Music Festival


Seussical JR.

OCTOBER Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India


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The Milk Carton Kids SHUFFLE Concert


Julie Fowlis


Paco Peña

NOVEMBER Lake Street Dive

JANUARY Under the Streetlamp

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The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Yamato - Bakuon

FEBRUARY 2/3 Presidio Brass 2/6

Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle


Sir Ken Robinson

2/13 Queen: A Night at the Opera

MARCH 3/5 Triplets of Belleville 3/8

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Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien


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3/29 Movie: Footloose 3/31 Spotlight


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APRIL 4/1 Broadway Boogie 4/3 ODC

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4/8 Banff Film Festival 4/10 Arlo Guthrie 4/13 Circa: Carnival

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4/17 Metta Quintet 4/19 Bryan Stevenson:

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DECEMBER 12/4-6 Sleeping Beauty 12/10

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Handel’s Messiah

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elcome to Chico. That’s something you’re sure to hear a lot of in your first days, weeks and even months of being in this fair town. And that sense of community is part of what makes Chico such an inviting place to live, and why so many young people move here with expectations of staying for four years and end up planting roots instead. Whether you’re staying for a weekend or forever, there are plenty of things to keep you busy while you’re here. Outdoors enthusiasts will fall in love with Bidwell Park, which offers everything from flat, well-used bicycle, horseback and running trails to backcountry hiking and mountain biking. Those who prefer not to get their feet dirty likely will gravitate downtown,

where there are plenty of boutiques and gift shops, as well as a vibrant restaurant and bar scene. Also in this guide we include an Events section with some of the larger community happenings during the fall and winter. Pick up the free Chico News & Review on Thursdays for more comprehensive listings. There are also destinations for families, as well as for those interested in the arts and agritourism. For a primer on Chico’s founders, John and Annie Bidwell, be sure to read our feature story, on page 56, about the Bidwell Mansion. And if you’ve recently moved to Chico—or are thinking about it—check out The Basics, which includes data about Chico and Butte County as well as information on local schools and medical facilities. So, again, welcome to Chico. We hope you love it here as much as we do.

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Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

Mark your calendar! There are a ton of events this fall to keep you warm and well-entertained.

Organized by category, this list of Chico eateries will help keep your palate happy from breakfast until after the bars close.

Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Blast From the Past . . . . .56

Soak up the ambiance of downtown Chico, the city’s core and a hub for shopping and great food.

Take a tour through Chico’s most iconic home, the Bidwell Mansion.

Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Family Fun . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Chico State and Butte College provide the region with educational opportunities, economic vitality and intellectual inspiration.

Parks & Recreation . . . . . .22 Expansive Bidwell Park is Chico’s most beautiful feature, with lots of recreational opportunities, and there are also many smaller parks and playgrounds, as well as regional golf courses to keep you busy outdoors.

Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 We’ve included maps of downtown Chico and Butte County to orient visitors and newcomers to the area.

Arts & Entertainment . . . .30 Chico’s arts-and-entertainment scene is top-notch. Check out the many venues and their wide array of offerings.

Nightlife . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 When the sun goes down, the music and nightclub scenes really heat up.

This special section filled with familyfriendly destinations is guaranteed to keep children (of all ages) entertained.

Agritourism . . . . . . . . . . .62 With fall comes harvest season, and that means the farms will be in full swing, offering up tours as well as a ton of fresh, locally grown produce.

Excursions . . . . . . . . . . . .68 These day trips offer something for everyone, from a family with little kids to the extreme adventurer.

Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Rest up between adventures at one of Chico’s lovely boutique hotels or at one of the many hotels and motels, or RV campgrounds around town.

The Basics . . . . . . . . . . . .76 If you’re thinking of moving to Chico, read this section. It covers the basics, including demographics, politics, schools and health care facilities.

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here is never a shortage of things to do and see in Chico. Just check out this guide of all the museums, music venues, parks and playgrounds there are to explore. But sometimes a preplanned event is the best way to experience what Chico has to offer. Take, for instance, the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend in October, when many of Butte County’s farms, wineries and orchards open their doors and offer samples of their fine, local edibles. Or the Open Studios Art Tour, during which local artists invite the public into their studios. So, whether you’re in the mood to visit a local farm or artist’s lair or you’d prefer to check out a concert or play, trust us—Chico has you covered.

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The public events promotion arm at Chico State brings worldclass artists to the stage of Laxson Auditorium—everyone from Rosanne Cash to National Public Radio’s Garrison Keillor— throughout the school year. Visit for the season schedule.

Chico News & Review The CN&R puts together this handy guide twice a year, but if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you probably want to pick up a free copy of the paper, which comes out on Thursdays, or check out the CN&R website, which includes an extensive list of activities, concerts, events and club meetings. chico

Chico State With the university in close proximity to downtown Chico, there is always something going on. Check out Chico State’s Humanities calendar website for up-to-date info on art shows and exhibits. www.schoolofthearts-csuchico. com. Check out Chico Performances at If you’re interested in sporting events, go to

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For those new to the area—and even the seasoned local—there are so many things to do in and around Chico that we can’t possibly fit them all into this guide. Here are a few additional resources for events and activities:

Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) CARD runs many of the parks in Chico and is the go-to spot for everything from softball leagues to summer camps to classes for people

of all ages. CARD also hosts several special events each year, including summer Movies in the Park and a Fourth of July celebration. 545 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-4711,

Chico Chamber of Commerce The Chico Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of information on local shopping, lodging and recreation. Stop by the Visitor Center for maps and guides or for some friendly advice from knowledgeable locals.

For all things downtown related, check out the Downtown Chico Business Association. Information about upcoming events are updated on the DCBA’s website, www.down

Silver Dollar Fairground From go-kart racing and science fairs to bridal shows and bull-riding, Silver Dollar Fairground offers a little bit of everything for everyone. 2357 Fair St., 895-4666,

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Uncle Dad’s Art Collective

This collection of some of Chico’s busiest performers puts on a variety of original musical, theatrical and random events. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates: www.

Throughout the season Markets For local produce sales yearround, check out the grande dame of local farmers’ markets—the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, rain or shine, in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets downtown. This market features a wide range of fresh, local fruits and veggies, crafts, locally prepared hot foods, top-notch coffee and more. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. www.chico The North Valley Plaza Farmers’ Market offers produce each Wednesday. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-noon, May 22-Nov. 27. 893-3276. Another

option in Chico is the Chapman Farmers’ Market in Community Park, 1010 Cleveland Ave. Hours: 2-5 p.m. Fridays,

Chico Cemetery tours Take a tour of Chico’s cemetery. Free tours last an hour and a half and are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month and registration is required. 881 Mangrove Ave., 345-7243

Silver Dollar Speedway Most races are held on Friday and Saturday nights. For a full schedule, including everything from a destruction derby to Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals, call 891-6353 or go to www.silverdollar

Winter Migratory Waterfowl Tour Each year, from September through March, more than 150 species of birds, including mallards, cranes, geese and California gulls, migrate to Butte County. By following a self-guided tour provided by local chambers of

commerce and wildlife groups, visitors can cover 100 miles of nature-filled preserves. Guided 90-minute walks are available starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays through January, departing from the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area outside of Gridley. Call 846-7505 or visit for more info.

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Through Oct. 31, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-dusk; Sat.-Sun., noondusk. Self-guided scavenger hunts, pumpkin relays and pumpkin picking. Also on site: giant sunflowers and gourds. 3764 Hegan Lane, 899-7909,

TJ Farms Pumpkin Patch Oct. 3-31, Mon.-Fri. 2-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pick your own of 16 different varieties of pumpkins and enjoy hay rides and obstacle courses, a blacksmith shop, farm animals to feed and a bouncy house. Gift shop on site. 3600 Chico Ave., 343-2294, www.tjfarms

Harvest Sidewalk sale Oct. 9-10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Chico. The Downtown Chico Business Association organizes this event, in concert with downtown stores, to offer shoppers great deals on merchandise before the holidays get into full swing.

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present Chico Beer Week 2015. For 10 days, Chico’s breweries, bars and restaurants will host an array of special events in celebration of the area’s growing craft-beer scene. Chico Beer Week will feature tap takeovers, beer/food pairings, specialty releases, style nights, beer fests, and a lot of other beer-related fun. It all starts with Brewfork, a craft beer and food pairing party hosted by the Chico News & Review Foundation—a nonprofit arm of CN&R—and Fork in the Road, a popular food truck rally, at Manzanita Place, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 8.,

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend Oct. 10-11, locations vary. Tour Butte County’s farms and wineries

and taste the very best of their wares.

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Open Studios art tour Oct. 17-18 & 24-25, various locations. Chico Art Center’s popular annual event brings all of Chico’s visual artists into one art-walking guide, allowing patrons to visit the artist studios, galleries and other art spaces in Chico and throughout Butte County over the course of two weekends. Visit www.chicoart for more info.

Treat Street Oct. 31, 2-5 p.m. Put a costume on the little ones (12 and younger) and head to more than 60 Chico businesses for safe, fun and free trick-or-treating. www.downtown

November Christmas Preview Nov. 22, 4-8 p.m., downtown Chico. For Chicoans, this annual tradition is the official kick-off of the holiday season. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, downtown shops get festively dressed up and filled with cheer to show off their holiday wares, and the streets are closed to traffic to allow the musicians (including Christmas karaoke hosted by 95.1 FM), dancers, Santa and revelers to gather and enjoy a night of communal celebration.

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Mountain View Christmas Tree Farm Nov. 27-Dec. 23. Choose and cut your own Christmas trees just up the road in Paradise. 1986 Mountain View Drive, Paradise. www.mtnview

December Community Tree Lighting

Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Enjoy a festive musical program and St. Nick arriving on an antique fire engine during this Chico tradition at the downtown City Plaza. dcba

January Polar Bear Swim Jan. 1, 1 p.m. Every year, many, many folks show up with their swim gear and a towel to start off a new year at Lower Bidwell Park’s Sycamore Pool at the OneMile Recreation Area for this Chico tradition of swimming across the chilly creek. Why don’t you join them?

presentations, workshops, a banquet and a silent auction.

Keep Chico Weird, Talent Show and Art Exhibit

Keep Chico Weird, Talent Show and Art Exhibit Jan. 28-30. Once again, the Chico News & Review celebrates local weirdness of all stripes, with all the fun, creative, funky and freaky performers and artists taking the stage at the historic El Rey Theatre for the third annual Keep Chico Weird Talent Show on Saturday, Jan. 30, and taking over the walls at the 1078 Gallery for the Keep Chico Weird Art Exhibit, with a reception l Jan. 28.

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Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway Jan. 27-31. Bird-watch in one of the most diverse wildlife corridors of the Sacramento Valley. This popular four-day event includes field trips,

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hen it comes to capturing the essence of Chico, no other area quite compares to downtown. Since the city beginnings in the mid-1800s, its core—centered around Main and Broadway—has remained the community’s vibrant, beating heart. There are places to eat, get a haircut, shop for everything from Chinese herbs to yoyos, check out some art, or catch a live performance. Downtown’s architecture and murals offer a glimpse into the city’s past, and it’s not far from Bidwell Park, Chico State or a quick creek-side retreat. Downtown also hosts a number of regular functions and special events throughout the year.

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For a street-level view of downtown’s main sites, follow this selfguided walking tour—the perfect way to get to know the welcoming city center. As you admire the landmarks, take time to browse, chow or wet your whistle at some of Chico’s finest establishments along the way. See page 28 for a corresponding map. 1

Chico Certified Farmers’ Market

If it’s Saturday, your first destination should be the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. This year-round, open-air market is a great place to score fresh, local produce and a premium place to people-watch. It also features artisan crafts and food vendors, and there are often street musicians on hand to entertain. Hours: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets, 893-3276, www.chicofarmers 2

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Next, head about two blocks south to the city’s administrative offices for a look at one of Chico’s most recognizable sculptures—Our Hands, a giant pair of hands with iconic images of Chico embedded on the surface—poised out front. Inside, the building hosts regular exhibitions of local art. Municipal Center hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. 411 Main St., 896-7200, 3

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Swing around to the Main Street side of the block to the renovated Old Municipal Building, now home to the Chico Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Those offices are great places to get insider tips and free brochures for area attractions. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 441 Main St., 800-852-8570 DOWNTOWN continued on page 16 Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Discover chico 15

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Senator Theatre

Just south on Main Street, you’ll find one of Chico’s most photographed buildings, the Senator Theatre. Built in 1928, the theater is a gem of art deco architecture, and once hosted traveling vaudeville shows. It became a movie theater in the mid-20th century and now serves as the North State’s main stop for big-name bands. 517 Main St., 898-1497, Chico City Plaza


Just across Fifth Street from the post office is the Chico City Plaza, a one-block park marking the heart of downtown Chico. This is a great place to rest your feet, spot some of the city’s more colorful characters, or cool off in the fountain. Fifth and Main streets. 7

Downtown post office

More than just a place to buy stamps, the United States Postal Service office on Fifth Street is a major downtown landmark, with its beautiful arched entrance and Renaissance revival architecture. It was built in 1916 and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. 141 W. Fifth St., 342-5038.

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Hotel Diamond

The Hotel Diamond is a beautifully renovated homage to the original luxury hotel, which was constructed on this site in 1904. Now, the hotel offers standard rooms and luxury suites, and you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the hotel’s fine bar and restaurant. 220 W. Fourth St, 893-3100, 9

El Rey Theatre

Two blocks north you’ll find this historic venue built in 1905. It was a first-run movie theater for several decades until 2005, and is now used to host live music and the occasional

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Senator Theatre tower

Head one block west to admire this gleaming-white Victorian home, built in 1883, at the corner of West Fifth and Salem streets. This is Chico’s most well-preserved example of late-19th-century Italianate architecture and was home to one of Chico’s early doctors. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848, 8


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Chico Museum


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If you’re looking to take a deeper look into local history, then the Chico Museum—located just around the corner at Second and Salem streets—offers the perfect opportunity. Housed in a former Andrew Carnegie library, the museum celebrates the region’s history with permanent and rotating exhibits. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 8914336,

This elegant, three-story, 26-room, pink-and-brown Victorian mansion is Chico’s most famous landmark, named after former residents John and Annie Bidwell. The Bidwells hosted guests including President Rutherford B. Hayes, Gen. William Sherman, John Muir and Susan B. Anthony within its walls. On-the-hour tours and a local-history display are available in the visitor center. Proximity to the Children’s Playground ( 12 ) across the creek and the Gateway Science Museum ( 13 ) make this the perfect stop for an afternoon of family fun. Hours: Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 525 Esplanade, 895-6144, l

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Educational opportunities abound


hen people think of higher education in Butte County, they first think of Chico State. The Campus tours are scheduled brick-and-ivy campus sits in the middle of town through the Admissions Office in the first-floor lobby of the Student and is beloved as much for its beauty as it is for Services Center. To make a reservaits stellar academics. But there are many other tion, log onto csuctour or call 898-6322. learning institutions in (and out of) Chico, both If you decide to take a stroll on for higher education and vocational training. Butte your own, here are a few places on College’s expansive campus is located in the nearby the Chico State campus worth noting: foothills and its satellite campus sits right along Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Highway 99 here in Chico. There also are opporStudents in the know call it the BMU. Owned and operated by tunities for vocational training locally, so there’s the Associated Students, the BMU pretty much something for everyone when it comes is home to the Chico State Wildcat Store, the Marketplace Cafe, an audito education around these parts. 18 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2015/Winter 2016

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artists. The auditorium also houses the Laxson Fine Art Gallery, which features works by students and some of the Chico area’s most prominent artists. University Box Office: 8986333. Laxson Fine Art Gallery: 8985331.

Meriam Library Chico State’s Meriam Library is the state’s largest library north of Sacramento and an important regional information resource. 8985862,

Performing Arts Center (PAC) This large building just east of the BMU is the hub of the university’s extensive performing-arts program. It houses two excellent theaters and a recital hall that host public performances.

University Art Gallery A student-centered exhibition space in Trinity Hall that focuses on original works by regional, national and international artists. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864

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torium, study areas, a coffee shop and the Associated Students offices (as well as many of the organization’s programs).

Historic Quarter Dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Kendall Hall, Laxson Auditorium, Trinity Hall and Ayres Hall make up the historic quarter on campus. Romanesquestyle brick buildings dominate this beautiful area of campus, which also boasts a domed rotunda, bell tower and rose garden.

Janet Turner Print Museum Adjacent to the Museum of Anthropology in Meriam Library,

the Janet Turner Print Museum displays an impressive collection of fine art prints from artists including Dalí, Durer, Goya, Miro, Rembrandt, Renoir and Tamayo, as well as prints by the museum’s late benefactor, artist and Chico State art professor Janet Turner. For open hours or to make an appointment, call 898-4476 or visit

Laxson Auditorium A cornerstone of the historic quarter, this majestic auditorium also hosts the major music, theater and dance events on campus, including the spring musical, North State Symphony Orchestra concerts and performances by world-class touring

Located on the first floor of Meriam Library, this teaching museum features rotating exhibitions, photos and artifacts, with the aim of promoting respect and appreciation for human diversity. Admission free; donations welcome. Hours: September-May: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June-July: MondayThursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 898-5397,

More education Butte College Opened in 1968, the local community college has come a long way since its early years when classes were held in portable buildings. In the mid-1970s, Butte College moved to its spacious campus located on a 928-acre wildlife refuge in the foothills between Oroville and Chico. In recent years, the campus core CAMPUS continued on page 20 Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Discover chico 19


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has changed dramatically, with a complete overhaul and expansion of the library, and the addition of three new state-of-the-art buildings. The impressive two-story Arts Building offers a keyboard lab, a full digital recording studio, a print studio, a cutting-edge graphic-design lab and the fabulous Black Box Theatre. Butte College’s satellite campus in Chico makes it possible for students to attend classes without making the drive to the main campus. Its newest addition is the Skyway Center in south Chico, home to the automotive-technology program. The accredited two-year college offers associate degrees and fully transferable generaleducation courses, as well as vocational-certificate programs. The college also has been recognized nationally for its commitment to sustainability practices; its Arts building was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in the North State to receive such recognition. It also has the distinction as the first college campus in the country to go grid-positive. Main campus: 3536 Butte

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The need for a law school with night classes in the North State was filled by Cal Northern School of Law, accredited by the State Bar of California since 1992. The four-year course of study provides prospective attorneys with real-world training. 1395 Ridgewood Drive, Ste. 100, 891-6900,

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f you’re the type who can’t stay inside on a beauti- Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a 3,670-acre ful day, keeping active in Chico will come natural- preserve and the natural heart and ly. When the sun’s shining—and that’s the majority soul of the community. Divided by Manzanita Avenue, the park comof the time in this fair city—the local parks are an prises two distinct sections. The area to the west of Manzanita bordering irresistible draw for runners, cyclists, swimmers and Chico Creek is known as Lower hikers. But you don’t have to sweat to enjoy Chico’s Big Park, while the land to the east, which extends into the Sierra Nevada green spaces; just go for a walk or picnic with is known as Upper Park. friends. Bidwell Park is one of the largest municipal foothills, Lower Park’s thick canopy of trees parks in the country, providing the community with provides shade for its many grassy knolls and creekside hideaways. And thousands of acres of shade, rugged terrain and Upper Park, which extends 5 miles along both sides of Big Chico Creek swimming holes. Add to that a host of community Canyon, ranges from lush riparian parks, complete with picnic areas, playing fields and habitat to rugged rock faces. To other amenities, and you’re sure to find your own favorite outdoor destination in Chico.

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reserve picnic areas, call 896-7800. For trail and road conditions, call 896-7899 or visit (select “Bidwell Park”). Within Bidwell Park, there are special places:

Lower Park Caper Acres A much-beloved playground with swings, slides and a soft, spongy central area full of things for kids to climb on. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 500 S. Park Drive

Cedar Grove Cedar Grove Picnic Area and Meadow offers easily accessible picnic tables and barbecues along with a green place to relax near the creek and access to the World of Trees Independence Trail. 7:30 a.m.-an hour after sunset. 1890 E. Eighth St.

Chico Creek Nature Center The family-friendly Chico Creek Nature Center features a nonreleasable living animal collection—the Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum—as well as the Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall and Kristie’s Nature Lab, along with creek access and picnic tables. 1978 E. Eighth St., 891-4671,

One-Mile Recreation Area Soaking up the sun, swimming in the creek-filled Sycamore Pool or picnicking beneath the towering valley oaks and white-barked sycamore trees is what One-Mile is all about. With its barbecues, horseshoe pits and playing fields, this part of the park is located just a few blocks from downtown and is easily accessible for automobiles through entrances on Fourth Street or Vallombrosa Way.

Lower Bidwell Park trails Foot, bicycle and equestrian paths run the length of Chico’s Lower Bidwell Park through stately oak groves and near the riparian zone of Big Chico Creek, where creekside trails offer beautiful views of the water and seclusion amid the trees. Take South Park Drive or Peterson Memorial Way to any turnoff.

Upper Park Equestrian Center Horse lovers and their equine friends are welcome on many trails in Bidwell Park. Equestrian events are held in the arena, which is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday. Accessible from Wildwood Avenue.

Five-Mile Recreation Area At the foot of Upper Bidwell Park, Five-Mile is either a kicking-off point for forays deep into the canyon or a great destination on its own. Picnic tables, barbecues and ample space make it a popular spot for group gatherings. Take Vallombrosa east to the end, turn right on Manzanita, left on Centennial, and the area is to the left.

Hooker Oak Recreation Area Home to the beautiful baseball facility Doryland Field, several softball fields, a children’s playground and the Sherwood Forest Kids’ Disc Golf Course (which is often full of adults). Take Vallombrosa Avenue east, turn left on Manzanita— Hooker Oak will be on your right.

Horseshoe Lake A perfect place to walk the dog (complete with a designated off-leash area) or do some fishing. Horseshoe Lake also serves as a jumping-off point for the park’s miles of rugged trails. Visit nearby Chico Community Observatory for nightly constellation tours (go to www.chico for more info).

the area’s most popular trails. The “B” Trail, which descends from the North Rim, offers rugged and scenic mountain biking and hiking. Take Wildwood Avenue off Manzanita Avenue, and then go 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

Peregrine Point Trailhead & Disc Golf Course Chico’s 18-hole disc golf course is a challenge for avid disc golfers and offers breathtaking views of Big Chico Creek Canyon. The course is about 4 miles past Bruce Road on Highway 32, with an entrance on the left.

South Rim Trail This less-traveled trail is one of the more rugged in Upper Bidwell Park. It runs through the old police pistol range, above Bidwell Park Golf Course and high along the south side of the canyon. For a day hike, take South Rim Trail to the less-populated south side of Bear Hole and return on Upper Park Road or the creekside Yahi Trail. The trailhead is beyond Five-Mile, where Centennial Drive dead-ends at Chico Canyon Road.

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into Upper Bidwell Park, where it becomes Upper Park Road. It’s usually passable for most vehicles in dry weather. The road runs 5 miles to the end of Upper Park along Big Chico Creek, with parking available at the lots at the various swimming holes along the way. Three trails parallel Upper Park Road to the north—Lower, Middle and Upper trails. The latter two are favored by mountain bikers and hikers alike for their up-and-down ruggedness and secluded scenery.

Designated on trail markers as “easiest,” the Yahi Trail runs along Big Chico Creek in Upper Bidwell Park. Constructed in 1967 by the local Yahi Group of the Sierra Club, the trail is notable for its lush, shady greenery and access to numerous picturesque spots along the creek. Erosion is a problem on the Yahi, so no bikers or horses are allowed. It begins just east of Horseshoe Lake off Wildwood Avenue.

Wildwood Park This 17-acre park near the gateway to Upper Park features stateof-the-art equipment that is second to none. The site also has covered picnic areas and two softball fields. Located at 100 Wildwood Ave., off of Manzanita Avenue.

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Other parks and playgrounds Baroni Park Located in a quiet southeast Chico neighborhood, family-friendly Baroni Park offers play equipment, a full-size basketball court and a large

green space. On the corner of Baroni and Via Mission drives.

Chico City Plaza This one-block park in the heart of downtown Chico (between Fourth and Fifth streets, and Main Street and Broadway) features an ornate concert stage and a ground-level fountain. The plaza is host to Chico’s summertime Friday Night Concerts and is otherwise a great place to people watch or rest your feet.

Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary It might sound like an odd place to visit, but you can walk on the levees behind Chico’s Water Pollution Control Plant and find many species of local and migrating waterfowl and other birds and mammals. The trail loops around ponds for about 2 miles behind the plant. There is even a viewing blind. Take West Fifth Street until it becomes Chico River Road just outside of town, and go another 3 miles until you see the plant on your left.

Comanche Trail A 1-mile self-guided loop through the Mendocino National Forest’s Genetic Resource & Conservation Center (commonly referred to as “the tree farm”) in south Chico. The walk features many varieties of stately trees bordering a fast-flowing creek. Most of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Open weekdays during the day. Drive to the gate at the end of Cramer Lane. 895-1176 DeGarmo Park

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Community Park Officially known as Community Park, but also called “20th Street Park,” this popular 20-acre space features tennis courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a large playground, barbecues, picnic tables and a sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1900 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 895-4711

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DeGarmo Park This park in north Chico features the town’s only dog park, a fully fenced grassy area with doggie drinking fountains and benches for relaxing. The site also includes three ball fields, walking paths, a playground, restrooms, benches and a sheltered picnic and concession area. Take The Esplanade north to Leora Court.

Dorothy Johnson Center Located near the heart of Chico’s southside Chapmantown neighborhood, the Dorothy Johnson Neighborhood Center comprises 3 acres and features a fenced playground, outdoor basketball courts, a picnic area, an indoor basketball court and a pool table. 775 E. 16th St.

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Skyway Golf Park

The nine-hole, par-33 Lake Oroville Golf Course requires collared shirts. Scheduling a tee time is also necessary after 5 p.m. 5131 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville, 589-0777,

Lava Creek Golf Course Lava Creek is a scenic, year-round nine-hole course and driving range. For disc golfers, greens fees are $4. 5235 Clark Road, Paradise, 872-4653

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Humboldt Neighborhood Park For skateboarding and inline skating, this Chico park features a 10,000-square-foot skate track equipped with a pyramid, a rail, a box, two 3-foot-wide steps, curbing and steel coping to supply skaters with enough variation to mix up their moves. On Humboldt Avenue between Orient and Flume streets.

Oak Way Park

ducks, beavers, herons and other wildlife. The obscure three-pond area is visible on the east side of Highway 99, between the 20th Street and Highway 32 exits.

Verbena Fields This 21-acre, rough-hewn nature park was formerly a gravel quarry. Located between Lindo Channel and East First Avenue near Verbena Avenue, the park features native plants, a walking trail loop and the colorful Mechoopda Trail Youth Mural.

This popular neighborhood park offers basketball courts, lighted walking paths and plenty of open field for flag football or just a game of catch. At the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Highway 32.

Public golf courses

Peterson Park

Bidwell Park Golf Course

Peterson Park in north Chico features a basketball court, a children’s playground and picnic tables. Off Crater Lake Drive.

Rotary Park Tiny Rotary Park includes a small playground, basketball court, picnic tables and barbecues that attract people of all ages throughout the day. The park is a frequent site for pick-up basketball games. West 16th Street and Broadway.

Teichert Ponds

A picturesque 18-hole, par-72 course in Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park. Professional lessons are available, along with apparel and equipment. Open every day except Christmas from dawn to dusk. About a mile up Wildwood Avenue. 891-8417,

Dingerville USA Golf Known for its friendly staff, this nine-hole course near Palermo is open daily. 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 533-9343, www.ding

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This nine-hole course in north Chico has been renovated with sand traps and small target greens to go along with a driving range and practice putting course. 13301 Garner Lane, 342-4600

Sevillano Links Golf Course Worth the 45-minute drive from Chico, this scenic, John Daly Signature, 18-hole championship course at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning was named “Best New Golf Course” by Golfweek magazine. 2657 Barham Ave., 528-4600,

Skyway Golf Park This six-hole Chico course offers lights for night golfing, a driving range and three golf pros on staff. Reservations recommended. Open seven days a week. 1 Longest Drive, 899-8108,

Table Mountain Golf Course This public 18-hole course is flat and includes fast greens and wide fairways, providing ample landing areas. The facility offers two practice greens and a driving range. 2700 Oro Dam Blvd. West, Oroville, 533-3922,

Tuscan Ridge Golf Club The club’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course winds through lava rock over undulating foothill terrain bordering the Skyway between Chico and Paradise. The course is open to the public and memberships are available. 3100 Skyway, 624-7006, •

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Art, art everywhere

Laxson Auditorium

T Galleries & museums 1078 Gallery This artist-managed, nonprofit gallery has been offering “exciting exhibitions of contemporary and experimental artworks in visual, musical, literary, film and performance mediums” in Chico since 1981. Check its website for details of the offerings on its very busy schedule of exhibits and all-ages concerts. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., plus regular evening performances and receptions. 820 Broadway, 343-1973,

3rd Floor Art Gallery Chico State’s Associated Students runs this gallery, which features original student works throughout the school year. Located on the third floor of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, 898-3380

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he arts are a huge part of what defines Chico and the reason it’s such a vibrant cultural destination. Here we focus on the galleries, museums, studios, community theaters, university resources and movie houses that make Chico the cultural hub of Northern California.

Art Etc. Downtown shop featuring art supplies, framing services and rotating exhibits featuring local artists. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 122 W. Third St., 895-1161,

The Art House An urban art garden/gallery with sculptures and ceramics by Dave and Jana Lawton. Call for hours or to schedule a visit. 325 Nord Ave., 894-1843

B-So Space Named for its location in the Art Department—“between the stairs and the office”—this gallery features rotating exhibits of Chico State

student works. Call for hours. Ayres Hall, Chico State, 898-5331, www.

Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery (BAD DOG) The Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery has two outdoor locations: at the business department on Butte College’s main campus, and in downtown Chico at Second and Broadway. 222 W. Second St. www.

Butte College Art Gallery Campus gallery showing contemporary works by locals and students. ARTS Building, Butte College. 895-2404, butteartgallery

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Chico All Fired Up/ Created4Acause Chico All Fired Up is a clay-working studio that is part of Created4Acause, a Work Training Center project that showcases retail products built by adults with developmental disabilities. They also offer pottery-painting to the public. Call for times or to make appointment. 830 Broadway, 894-5227,

Chico Art Center Established in 1956, this nonprofit gallery produces regular group exhibits featuring local and visiting artists and offers classes for all levels. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726,

Chico Art School & Gallery Offers adults and children ongoing instruction in painting and drawing in various mediums. Classes taught by Janet Lombardi Blixt, regularly voted Best Local Artist and Best Instructor/Professor in Chico. 336 Broadway, Ste. 20. 570-3895,

Chico Museum Housed in a 1905 Carnegie Library, the Chico Museum features permanent exhibits on Chico’s history and the history of the area’s Mechoopda Indian tribe. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students, and children 5-12. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336,

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Chico Paper Co. In the heart of downtown, this custom framing and retail shop features works by more than 25 prominent local artists, plus an excellent selection of greeting cards and handmade jewelry. Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 345 Broadway, 891-0900, www.chico

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Gateway Science Museum Gateway offers rotating science and natural history exhibits as well as permanent displays on Ice Age skeletons, the Sacramento River watershed and the ecoregions surrounding the museum. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 625 Esplanade, 898-4121,

Healing Art Gallery Housed in the halls of Enloe Regional Cancer Center, the Healing Art Gallery features exhibits by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856

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Idea Fabrication Labs A member-driven maker space featuring an array of workspaces and state-of-the-art equipment (3-D printer, Shopbot, etc.) as well as rotating exhibits of works created in the lab. Hours vary. Open house Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call or visit website for more info. 603 Orange St., 592-0609, www.idea

James Snidle Fine Arts & Appraisals Based in Chico and San Francisco, the James Snidle gallery houses a large collection of fine art and hosts regular exhibits highlighting contemporary artists from Chico and beyond. Snidle also offers fine-art and personal-property appraisals, plus art restoration and conservation. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment. 254 E. Fourth St., 343-2930,

Janet Turner Print Museum In addition to housing some 3,500 prints by such artists as Goya, Rembrandt and Renoir—as well as the museum’s namesake—this print museum hosts themed showcases of its collection as well as curated exhibits of contemporary works, including the Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.4 p.m., or by appointment. Meriam Library, first floor, at Chico State, 898-4476,

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Laxson Fine Arts Gallery Located upstairs in Laxson Auditorium, this gallery features rotating exhibits of Chico State student works. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, 898-5331,

Ninth Avenue Gallery & Studio Local-artist studio and gallery. 180 E. Ninth Ave., Ste. 1, 318-2105.

Orient & Flume Art Glass Art glass at its finest. This Chico gallery offers a variety of world-class vases, bowls and assorted glassworks. Call for information about glassblowing demonstrations. 2161 Park Ave. Hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 893-0373,

Sally Dimas Art Gallery This shop/gallery features original paintings, art pottery, etchings and jewelry by local and regional artists. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.4 p.m., or by appointment. 493 East Ave., 345-3063

Satava Glass For more than three decades, Satava has created world-class handblown and solid-form glass art. Their glass vases and colorful jellyfish pieces are particularly popular. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Studio-viewing hours: Tues.Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 819 Wall St., 345-7985,

University Art Gallery A student-centered gallery exhibiting local, national and international artists. 100 Trinity Hall, Chico State campus. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864, www.csuchi

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Marilyn Souza’s downtown gallery/shop features exhibits from local and regional artists. Call for hours. 236 Main St., 343-1110

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology The museum offers anthropology exhibitions, plus lectures and children’s programs. Chico State students design and install the exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed between exhibits. Meriam Library, first floor, at Chico State, 898-5397,

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Theater Blue Room Theatre This longstanding community theater in downtown Chico specializes in cutting-edge contemporary and classic works, with scripts ranging from the locally written to modern favorites. 139 W. First St. (upstairs), 895-3749,




Butte College Black Box Theatre Butte College presents one drama or musical, ranging from classical to contemporary productions, each semester in its state-of-the-art Black Box Theatre. 3536 Butte Campus Drive, 895-2994, drama

California Regional Theatre A newer addition to Chico’s theater scene, CRT produces large-scale musicals in the Chico Unified School District’s Center for the Arts (475 East Ave.) and offers educational opportunities for children regularly throughout the year. 800-722-4522, A & E continued on page 34 Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Discover chico 33

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Chico Performances Chico State’s public-events arm hosts a wide range of styles of world-class performances in Laxson Auditorium. In addition to regular musical acts, there are dance programs, theatrical performances, acrobats and more. 898-6333,

Chico State Department of Music and Theatre Throughout the academic year, the department presents a variety of classic, experimental and contemporary plays in two spaces (Harlen Adams Theatre and Wismer Theatre) inside the Performing Arts Center, as well as a musical production in Laxson Auditorium each spring. Chico State campus, 898-6333,

Chico Theater Company Chico Theater Company has been producing family-friendly musical theater productions for more than a decade. They also produce nonmusical comedies and children’s theater shows. The theater is intimate with seating for 200 and a great view of the stage from anywhere in the house. 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F, 8943282,

CUSD Center for the Arts Chico Unified School District’s Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School offers performances by local high schools as well as California Regional Theatre. 475 East Ave., 891-3272,

Slow Theatre A different kind of theater company committed to a deliberate approach to producing theater. Performances staged at various local venues.,

Concerts & more Chico State Chico Performances presents world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe in Laxson Auditorium, and the School of the Arts hosts student- and faculty-produced exhibits, theater, jazz concerts and the renowned North State Symphony. Chico State campus, 898-6333,;

El Rey Theatre This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. It is now

used primarily for concerts by touring performers presented by JMax Productions. 230 W. Second St.,

The Rendezvous A state-of-the-art performance space offering regular public concerts featuring national touring folk, roots and Americana acts produced by North Valley Productions. It’s also an elegant venue that’s available to rent out for weddings and other events, 3269 Esplanade Ste. 142, 864-2525,

Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great concerts by nationally known touring bands (produced mainly by JMax Productions), but it’s also a major landmark in Chico’s history. 517 Main St.,

Sierra Nevada Big Room The world-famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is also home to a famous concert venue—the Big Room. Watch for an eclectic mix of national roots, Americana, funk and folk acts—from Tommy Castro to Delhi 2 Dublin— two to three times a month in the state-of-the-art, 350-seat facility. 1075 E. 20th St., 892-4647,

Movies Cinemark 14 Chico’s big theater, with 14 screens showing first-run films. 801 East Ave., 879-0143, www.cine

Chico State’s Little Theatre Throughout the school year, a wide variety of interesting U.S. and international films are offered through the University Film Series. Suggested donation: $3. Ayres 106, 898-5122, humanitiescenter/index.shtml

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This downtown Chico landmark presents art-house films in a casual atmosphere. Get there early for the couches in the front row, and don’t miss out on Cheap Skate Mondays: all seats just $3. 351 E. Sixth St., 343-0663, l

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Fun after dark Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro


f heading out at night is your thing, Chico is the place to be. Want to sip on Chardonnay while nibbling on a crostini? You’re covered. Or would you prefer a nice imported pilsner and a bratwurst? No problemo. For those who like to play pool or darts, there’s plenty of that to go around, too. And that’s just scratching the surface. Chico’s vibrant nightlife scene is chock-full of live music, DJs, bar games, dancing and singing, wining and dining. So, whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find it right here, and probably within walking distance of four or five other fun spots, ensuring you’ll never, ever be bored. And, just in case you imbibe a bit too much, Chico has a ton of cab companies to get you home safely, and you might even spy a pedicab or two downtown.

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Out on the town ★ 5th Street Steakhouse A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. Head over for happy hour drinks and their famous sliders. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteak $$$

★ Argus Bar + Patio One of downtown Chico’s newer hotspots, Argus offers premium cocktails and food trucks that pull up to the back patio on weekends. 212 W. Second St.,

★ B Street Public House This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, $$

★ Christian Michaels Ristorante Featuring a California-style, Mediterranean and Italian menu, with a full bar and extensive wine list. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. 192 E. Third St., 894-4005, $$$

H Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

H Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

Specializing in a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors mixed with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Known for its happy hour and patio overlooking downtown. 201 Broadway, 342-7000, $$$

Known for its excellent, extensive wine list, a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced, organic ingredients and a delicious array of appetizers. 128 W. Second St., 343-3408, $$

Edwards Premium Spirits This upscale bar shares an entryway with Quackers. With a fireplace, fountain and premium spirits, this is certainly the quieter choice. Available for private parties. 968 East Ave., 895-3825

H Franky’s Locally owned for over 20 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, $$

H The Holiday Inn Lounge This club inside the Holiday Inn serves food, beer, wine and cocktails and typically draws a more mature crowd than the downtown bars. 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491

H LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room The oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State offers its fine wine selection in a satellite tasting room in downtown Chico. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 222 W. Second St., 899-9463, $

H The Pour House Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere featuring a full bar, several taps of craft beer and a big selection of wines by the glass. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, $$

H Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, and an excellent wine list. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, $$$

H Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalk-café seating available. 100 Broadway, 342-0425, www. $$

H Wine Time A renovated early-1900s pig barn is the home of this wine bar serving a variety of small plates, including farm-fresh salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Live music on Saturdays. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250, $$

Keep it casual H The Banshee Serving up burgers and a variety of other pub eats, along with an impressive menu of draft and bottled beers. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670, $

H Bella’s Sports Pub Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on bigscreen, high-definition TVs. 134 Broadway, 893-5253, $

H Buffalo Wild Wings Newly opened in the North Valley Plaza, Buffalo Wild Wings offers all the wings and fries and burgers and beers one could want, along with a healthy serving of sports on TV. $$

H Café Coda Serving beer and wine, Café Coda hosts occasional live music in the evening, and live-jazz brunches Fridays at 11 a.m. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476,

H The DownLo A sports bar with pub grub and 17 televisions, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music and comedy shows. 319 Main St., 892-2473 $

Duffy’s Tavern A local institution, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. There are regular DJs playing dance music and live traditional Irish music happy hours Fridays at 4 p.m. 337 Main St., 343-7718

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H The Graduate Try a Grad Burger, salad, steak, or one of the 50 beers on tap at this rollicking local favorite. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790, $$

H The Handle Bar Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a large selection of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337 www. $

Joe’s Bar Recently redone, Joe’s Bar maintains its down-home atmosphere in the south campus neighborhood, with wood chips on the floor and friendly bartenders. 749 W. Fifth St., 894-3612


H Madison Bear Garden Enjoy mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches and a selection of draft beers and cocktails. Open every day, right next to campus. Fun décor, billiards upstairs and a great outdoor patio. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639,

Maltese Bar & Tap Room This south Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel and wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood bar. It also boasts a nice patio and regular live music and other eclectic entertainment. 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915,

H Monstros Pizza & Subs This pizza-and-subs eatery has established itself as the go-to spot for punk-rock shows catering to punks of all ages. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672 $

H Oasis Bar & Grill Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with six pool tables, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305, $

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wide array of teas made stiff. 177 E. Second St., 895-8817, $

H Park Avenue Bar & Grill Features half-pound, groundprime burgers, fresh-cut french fries and a full bar. Catering available. 2010 Park Ave., 893-3500 $

H Quackers Bar & Grill A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers now serves a full menu of pub-grub favorites. Karaoke and DJ dancing. 968 East Ave., 895-3825

H Riley’s Inexpensive pub-grub eats along with a full bar at this locally owned college hotspot. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459, $

H Scotty’s Landing Off the beaten path, Scotty’s is where river rats go to drink a cold one and munch on something from the grill, or sing the night away during karaoke. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

H Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill North Chico’s newest hot spot, with a brand-new menu, good drinks and great customer service. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, www. $$

Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge This bar on the north end of town next to Priya Indian Cuisine offers occasional live music. 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662

H Tackle Box Bar & Grill A south Chico hotspot featuring exotic appetizers like frog legs and fried alligator, along with traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a full bar. Live music and pool tables, too. 379 E. Park Ave., 345-7499, $

University Bar The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout located on the corner of Wall and Second streets. It has everything you need in a college bar—cheap pints, pool tables, an airhockey table and an extremely loud jukebox. 191 E. Second St., 8980630,

H The Winchester Goose The Winchester Goose is first and foremost a craft beer bar. But in case you need something to go along with that IPA, there’s an eclectic food menu, too. And mustaches. Lots of mustaches. 800 Broadway, 715-0099, www.thewinchester

H Woodstock’s Pizza Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, sandwiches,

appetizers and desserts. Sports on TV and trivia night Wednesdays. Open till 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, midnight the rest of the week. 166 E. Second St., 893-1500, $$

Clubbin’ The Beach The Beach features a swanky VIP area on the second floor, complete with couches and bottle service. Downstairs, you’ll find a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar & Cafe. 191 E. Second St., 898-9898,

Crazy Horse Saloon This large bar specializes in country music. There’s occasional live music and even a mechanical bull to ride (after you sign some legal paperwork). 303 Main St., 894-5408

Lost on Main This bar and nightclub features some of the bigger-name, dancefriendly touring acts at its spacious downtown location. Also, they have lasers! 319 Main St., 891-1853

Peking Chinese Restaurant A Chinese restaurant by day, Peking transforms into a full-fledged dance venue on Friday nights during the Bassmint, a weekly electronica showcase. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888, bassmintchico

Casinos Casino 99 Chico’s only card room offers blackjack, casino games and pub grub. 1414 Park Ave., 892-2282

Feather Falls Casino With gaming aplenty, this casino frequently welcomes touring musicians and other entertainers. Eat at the cafe or buffet and stay the night at The Lodge, which has

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Gold Country Casino This casino boasts an 87-room hotel, plenty of gaming, and an array of other entertainment options, including karaoke, bowling, comedy night, live music and widescreen TVs. The facility also has a steakhouse, buffet, café and an espresso bar. 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, (800) 803-1911,

Rolling Hills Casino In addition to gaming and a variety of dining options, this complex just off I-5 in Corning offers duck hunting at the nearby Clear Creek Hunting Club and golf at Sevillano Links, an 18-hole John Daly Signature course in the Scottish links style. 2655 Barham Ave., Corning, 528-3500,

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The campus offers several places to catch a band, or even a symphony, to liven up your evening. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe, thanks to the most prestigious promoter in town, Chico Performances. 400 W. First St., 898-4636,

El Rey Theatre This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. It is now used primarily for national touring performers. 230 W. Second St., 342-2727,

The Rendezvous An elegant venue that’s also available to rent out for weddings and other events, The Rendezvous offers regular concerts open to the public. 3269 Esplanade Ste. 142, 864-2525,

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Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Thai Express

Downtown’s fab sushi bar and Asian grill offering a full bar, happy hour and affordable lunches. Reservations accepted. 346 Broadway, 897-0626, www.rawbar $$

Rice Bowl

A sit-down restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, beer and wine. 2804 Esplanade, 899-9098 $$

Rice Wok

Asian food served in generous portions quickly. Dine in or take-out. Online ordering available. Closed Sunday. 1354 East Ave., 892-8369, $$

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine

Authentic and delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. 305 Nord Ave., 342-8842 $$

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone

Home of the sushi burrito. Also serving traditional sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drivethrough available. 2190 Esplanade, 892-8688 $

Teriyaki House

A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, $

Thai Basil

All dishes made with fresh vegetables and choice of meat (or vegetarian) and spice level. Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 121 Broadway, 343-6843 $$

The perfect excuse to curl up at home with a big bowl of pad Thai. Good food, large portions. Dine in option as well. 1354 East Ave., 898-8424 $

Tong Fong Low

Offering authentic Chinese cuisine that locals can’t stop raving about. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, $$

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant

Serving a variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine. 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788 $

Wok ‘n’ Roll

Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works

Offering 25 types of New York-style bagels and 11 flavors of cream cheese, as well as deli sandwiches, smoothies and espresso. 117 W. Second St., 345-3443, $

Café Coda

Serving breakfast including scrambles, omelets, burritos and more; lunch served weekdays. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476, $$

Country Waffles

Specializing in waffles. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-9905 $$

Serving popular Chinese entrees and the only Hawaiian barbecue in town. Fast and delicious combos to keep your wallet and belly full. Sushi rolls starting at less than $5. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 892-1868, $

Farmer’s Skillet

Breakfast Nooks

Serving delicious omelets since 1970. Also: eggs Benedict, cottage potatoes, freshcooked spinach, French toast, homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes and hash browns. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, www.theitalian $$

Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint

Serving breakfast every day—with an assortment of Benedicts, omelets, scrambles, and excellent huevos rancheros—and a weekday lunch menu of salads, sandwiches and daily specials. 1387 E. Eighth St., 894-2800, $

Breakfast Buzz

Breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast and more in a college atmosphere. 208 Cedar St., 343-3444, www.breakfast $

Classic breakfast and lunch menu, served 6 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. 690 Rio Lindo Ave., 345-1149 $$

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Satisfy cravings for Mom’s home-cooked specialties morning, noon or evening, as this popular downtown eatery is now open for dinner. Featuring breakfast favorites, fresh salads and sandwiches and delicious supper creations. Conveniently located by campus. 209 Salem St., 893-3447, $$

Morning Thunder Café

Chico’s popular breakfast (and lunch) café at the foot of Bidwell Park. 352 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-9717 $$

Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House

Café Coda

Unique omelet selections made with fresh and local ingredients, as well as traditional breakfast fare. 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, $$

The Roost Café

Specialties include eggs Benedict, corned beef hash and roost burgers. Full espresso bar. Real food, real butter and real good home cooking. Where the locals go! Open daily 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Serving breakfast all day and lunch at 11 a.m. 1144 Park Ave., 892-1281 $$

Sin of Cortez

Enjoy specialty coffees or teas at one of Chico’s favorite breakfast and lunch places. 2290 Esplanade, 879-9200, www.sinof $$

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A variety of specialty sandwiches served up in a casual, beach-themed atmosphere. 146 W. Second St., 893-0633, www.beach $

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Featuring tri-tip and pulled-pork sandwiches in addition to a large menu of specialty sandwiches, all made on local bread. 788 East Ave., 342-8555, www.fasteddies $

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Jersey Mike’s Subs

An impressive menu of sub sandwiches, wraps and salads. 605 Mangrove Ave., 891-0117, $

Kathy’s Deli

Delicious Philly cheesesteak and hot pastrami sandwiches, along with a mixture of American, Asian and Mediterranean dishes all with Southeast Asian flair. Serving pho, hand-rolled noodles and egg rolls daily. 671 Walnut St., 343-5925 $

Kinder’s Custom Meats & Deli

Try the marinated ball-tip steak sandwich, a Kinder’s specialty. Catering available. 221 Normal Ave., 342-3354, www.kinders $$


Hot and cold fresh-made sandwiches, homemade soups and cookies. Also offering 3- to 6-foot party subs for any occasion. 138 Main St., 893-4344; 965 Nord Ave., 894-1635 $

Marcelli’s Sandwiches & More

Choose from more than 24 premium deli sandwiches, like the Reuben or meatball, or from their selection of fresh salads. Catering available. 215 W. First St., 892-1329, $


Their motto is, “Nobody does burgers better than Nobby’s.” Enough said. Wait—ask them about their famous “cheese skirt.” Closed Sunday and Monday. 1444 Park Ave., 342-2285 $

The Pita Pit

From falafel to Philly cheesesteak, they roll pitas with your choice of meats, fresh veggies, cheeses and sauces. 240 Broadway, 899-2847, $

Port of Subs

Sliced fresh sandwiches! 2036 Forest Ave. (inside the Sinclair Gas station), 895-1780 $

S & S Barbeque & Deli

Barbecue lunch and dinner items to go or eat there at the picnic tables. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930, $$

Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ

Family-owned Southern-style barbecue, Smokin’ Mo’s is a fixture in downtown Chico. Ribs, chicken, tri-tip and more, all slow smoked for hours. Plus four savory barbecue sauces to slather on your favorite “Q.” 131 Broadway, 891-6677, www.smokin $$

Spiteri’s Delicatessen

A longtime Chico fave, Spiteri’s serves all your favorite sandwiches, along with daily specialty salads and beer and wine. Closed Sunday. 971 East Ave., 891-4797, $$

SubStation Deli

Enjoy the best sub in Chico made with fresh-baked rolls. Also serving fresh soup, chili and salads. 2404 Park Ave., 343-9178, $


“Eat fresh!” 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-9777; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 893-4782; 1947 E. 20th St., 343-5803; 1398 East Ave., 894-8757; 240 W. East Ave., 894-6779; 722 Mangrove Ave., 891-1400; 2044 Forest Ave. (inside Walmart), 879-1725, $


Sandwiches, soups and salads. Catering, too. 241 W. East Ave., 891-1131; 2009 Forest Ave., 345-7331, $


Wingstop has taken chicken wings to a whole new level by saucing and tossing them in a choice of 10 mouthwatering flavors. Not fast food—these wings are made with care and served up piping hot. 734 Mangrove Ave., 332-9464 $

Zot’s Hot Dogs and Deli

The last original tenant of the Garden Walk Mall (for 43 years!) in downtown Chico, mom-and-pop shop Zot’s Hot Dogs and Deli offers tradition, quality and affordability. 225 Main St. (inside Garden Walk Mall), 345-2820, $

Casual Dining Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Famous for barbecue riblets, grilled steaks and Oriental chicken salad. 2030 Business Lane, 343-6888, $$

B Street Public House

This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, $$

Bacio Catering & Carry Out

A popular south Chico eatery that turns out an array of healthful, seasonal, local and delicious food. Take home or eat on the premises. 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787, $

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café Espresso and coffee, breakfast and lunch wraps and sandwiches, soups, gourmet salads and pastries. Garden patio, on-site bakery and catering. 800 Bruce Road, 892-2244 $$

Bidwell Bar & Grill

Located at the Bidwell Park Golf Course in Upper Bidwell Park. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with appetizers and a full bar. Sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. MondayThursday and 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FridaySunday. 3199 Golf Course Road, 891-8417, $

Big Hot Crab

A hot new Cajun-style seafood restaurant on the edge of downtown. They serve shrimp in a bag! 701 Main St., 879-1822 $$

Broadway Heights California Cuisine

A new owner and a new menu, featuring Thursday night specials like Cajun meatloaf, gourmet mac and cheese, and eggplant parmesan. Enjoy it all daily with a bird’s-eye-view of downtown Chico. 300 Broadway, 899-8075, $$

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The Cafe Restaurant

You’ll find quality service and the freshest ingredients, including USDA Choice beef. Great burgers and a build-your-own-omelet bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, www.goldcoun $$

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Everything from steaks and margaritas to baby-back ribs. 1908 E. 20th St., 345-1687, $$

CJ’s Last Chance Diner

Come in for some of the best smoked barbecue in town and burgers made fresh every day. Pure taste-bud-satisfying deliciousness. (Try their food truck, Ike’s Smokehouse, too!) 13670 Anderson Brothers Drive, 343-1901 $

Country Morning Bakery & Café

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Cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant featuring delicious house-baked breads, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Closed Sunday and Monday. 2625 Aztec Drive, 899-0527 $

Foodie Café

Opened by the folks behind Chico Catering Co., this eatery by the airport offers a unique dining experience, from the repurposed furnishings to the eclectic breakfast and lunch items. Features specialized menus for hashes, burgers and sliders, among a host of other café staples. Open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 999 Marauder St., 433-5539, $

Fresh Twisted Café

Also known as Hernandez Farms, Fresh Twisted Café offers the same fresh juices and nondairy smoothies locals have come to love. Also serving up sandwiches and organic beef burgers. 156 Eaton Road, 809-2489 $

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Serving fresh-baked breads and pastries as well as sandwiches, panini, salads and soup. Closed Sunday. Multiple locations, $$

The Kitchen Table

Offering dinner options focusing on local, seasonal produce and sustainable meats and seafood. 1250 East Ave., 592-3480 $$

Logan’s Roadhouse

From the rustic atmosphere, country music and all the sports you can watch on the many flat-screen TVs, Logan’s is the place to be. 1900 E. 20th St., 891-1098, $$

Midtown Local

Celebrating Chico culture with coffee, beer, wine and casual fare. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. 365 E. Sixth St., 966-0054, $

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Outback Steakhouse

Serving fresh steaks, seafood and chicken in an Australian-themed setting. 1990 E. 20th St., 899-8112, $$

The Oven Marketplace & Café

Serving up fresh baked goods in the mornings and custom-made sandwiches for lunch. Also a variety of coffee drinks. The Oven is also home to Chico Baking Co., which serves vegan and gluten-free items. 2560 Dominic Drive, 809-1021 $

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House

gluten-free, vegan and paleo options. 196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 150 (in the Garden Villa complex), 343-4876, $$

Coffeehouses Bidwell Perk

Serving coffee, tea and delectables in a café-style setting. 664 E. First Ave., 899-1500, $

Serving clam chowder and a wide variety of seafood and seasonal specials at affordable prices. 1354 East Ave., 899-2762 $$

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Chico Coffee Co.

Fast and fresh food, made-to-order in downtown Chico. Salad bar, sandwiches, fries, hot sides and carved meats. 201 Main St., 343-0165, $

The Pour House

Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere featuring a full bar, several taps of craft beer and a big selection of wines by the glass. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, $$

Red Lobster

Serving pastries, teas and espresso drinks. Multiple locations, $ Conveniently located near the DMV. Serving breakfast and lunch. 107 Parmac Road, 592-3193 $

Coffee Ranch

Cozy Internet café, coffee roastery and bakery serving specialty coffees and teas. Large patio with outdoor seating. Delivery available. 1080 Humboldt Ave., 345-6379 $

It’s a Grind Coffee House

An Internet café with espresso, coffee, iced drinks, teas and more. 6 W. Eaton Road, 332-9250, chico $

Java Detour

A drive-through offering espresso, coffee drinks, smoothies and Italian sodas. 1055 Mangrove Ave., 893-2828; 2519 Esplanade, 566-9556 $

Dutch Bros. Coffee

Serving mouthwatering mochas, cappuccinos and fresh-brewed coffees along with premium loose-leaf teas and gluten-free treats. 118 W. Second St., 895-0676 $

Scotty’s Landing

Great Northern

A selection of more than 40 teas and fusion favorites including hoisin barbecue salmon, London broil, pork tenderloin, sweet chili chicken bowls and wraps. 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100; and 555 Flying V St., Ste. 1, 809-1545, $

Has Beans Creekside

Mondo’s Café

Fresh fish, steak, pasta and seafood in a family environment. 2010 Business Lane, 893-5595, $$$

T. Tea Bar & Fusion Café

Offering fresh-roasted coffees, a large variety of teas, fresh-baked pastries, candy and more. Also offering Internet access and an art gallery. Delivery available. 501 Main St., 894-3033 $

Featuring Pablo’s Coffee, finely crafted espresso drinks, tea, fresh baked goods and protein smoothies. Outside patio seating and a dog run, too. Open daily. 1288 E. First Ave., Ste. 100, 809-9338, $ A drive-through featuring mochas, lattes, smoothies, the “Dutch Freeze” and various baked treats. Multiple locations, $

Try a River Burger, fresh fish and chips or a homemade soup and salad on Scotty’s deck overlooking the Sacramento River. 12609 River Road, 710-2020 $$

Has Beans Coffee & Tea Co.

Visit a restored 1940s passenger train car for handcrafted, organic specialty coffee and tea. 434 Orange St., 899-8267, $

Great State Coffee Co.

Gourmet espresso and coffee, fresh pastries and bagels. 995 Nord Ave., 895-0878 $$

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Coffee, tea, pastries and candy. 145 Main St., 894-6716, $


Serving coffee, espresso and pastries at a corner near you. Multiple locations, $

Great State Coffee Co. sources the world’s finest coffees and roasts them to perfection in small batches. Café open weekdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 3881 Benatar Way, Ste. C, 566-4008 $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café

Long known for its hand-crafted breads, Tin Roof’s popular café serves upscale pastries, artisan sandwiches, healthful salads and fine coffees at its SOPO (south of the post office) location. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery

Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as lunch entrees, house-made soups, espresso and teas. Urban patio seating available. 130 Main St., 895-3866, $

Wild Oak Café

Offering fresh and local food. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, raw juice bar, coffee and more. Menu features

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Inday’s Filipino Food

Gogi’s Café

Indian-Pakistani appetizers, entrées, desserts and specialty drinks served in a café setting across the street from Chico State. 230 Salem St., 891-3570, $

Inday’s Filipino Food

Kamayan loosely translates into “shake hands,” but in terms of food it refers to eating with your hands, a centuries-old tradition that can still be seen today. Launched off the success of a food cart, Inday’s features Filipino specialties, from pork adobo to lumpia to halang halang. Served traditional-style on Saturdays only. Reservations required. 1043 W. Eighth St., 520-2593, $ Specializing in northern and southern Indian cuisine, served in a comfortable setting. Try the lunch buffet. 2574 Esplanade, 899-1055 $$

Roots Catering & Restaurant

Specializing in globally influenced entrées and fresh, handmade gluten-free and vegan selections for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturdays. 3221 Esplanade, 8914500, $$

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café

Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Patio dining available and occasional live reggae music. 1228 Dayton Road, 8951866, $$

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Sultan’s Bistro

Offering gyros/pita wraps, shish kebab, falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj, Greek salads and appetizers, burgers and home fries, along with a large vegetarian selection. 300 Broadway, 345-7455 $$

Fine Dining


5th Street Steakhouse

A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, house-made desserts and an extensive wine list. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, www.5thstreet $$$ Family-owned since 1975, Basque Norte offers steak, lamb, chicken, quail, barbecued ribs and seafood served family-style in a rustic Basque atmosphere. 3355 Esplanade, 891-5204, www.basque $$$


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Christian Michaels Ristorante

Featuring a California-style, Mediterranean and Italian menu, with a full bar and extensive wine list. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. 192 E. Third St., 894-4005, www.chicochristian $$$

Leon Bistro

Freshly prepared California bistro cuisine made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Menu items include steaks, fish, poultry and vegetarian options. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 817 Main St., 8991105, $$$

Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

Known for its excellent, extensive wine list, a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced, organic ingredients and a delicious array of appetizers. 128 W. Second St., 343-3408, $$

Nash’s Restaurant

Fresh, creative, California cuisine with casual and fine-dining options. Breakfast weekdays, brunch weekends. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly (except Sunday). 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, www.nashs $$

Red Tavern

Offering delicious and innovative dishes based on influences from all over the world. Fresh, locally grown, seasonal, organic produce and meats. Full bar, including an extensive wine list, craft beer and creative, signature cocktails. Relaxing outdoor patio, with a bocce court, all-night happy hour on Tuesdays and live music April-October. 1250 Esplanade, 894-3463, $$$

Sicilian Café

A Chico favorite offering a variety of antipasti, seafood, pastas, chicken, veal and beef, decadent desserts and an extensive wine list. 1020 Main St., 345-2233, $$$

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, and an excellent wine list. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, $$$

The Steak House

Fine dining in a sleek, elegant atmosphere. You can expect the most tender cuts of steaks cooked to perfection, luscious lobster and gigantic prawns. Full bar and fine wines. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, $$$

Two Twenty Restaurant

Located inside the Hotel Diamond, Two Twenty recently opened with an eclectic menu of steak and seafood, gourmet burgers and pizzas and the enticing chicken and waffles. Breakfast, brunch on weekends and dinner. 220 W. Fourth St., 8951515, $$$

Wine Time

A renovated early-1900s pig barn is the home of this wine bar serving a variety of small plates, including farm-fresh salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Live music on Saturdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250, $$

Homestyle Angie’s Bar and Grill

Inside Casino 99, Angie’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day. 175 E. 20th St., 592-2282 $

The Bountiful Buffet

Serving a delectable selection of gourmet, specialty and home-style cuisine. Select from Asian, Italian and Mexican, prime rib, seafood, soups and salad bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, $ PHOTO BY TOM HILTON VIA FLICKR

Cozy Diner

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Cozy Diner favorites: crepes, Cobb salad, prime-rib burger, broasted chicken, steak, espresso, beer and wine. 1695 Mangrove Ave., 895-1195, www.cozydiner $


Straightforward meals served in a family atmosphere. 675 Manzanita Court, 345-1146, $

Hometown Buffet

An all-you-can-eat buffet serving an array of food choices, such as steak, seafood, veggie dishes and a salad bar. 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 899-1507, $$

International House of Pancakes

Breakfast served all day, plus lunch and dinner featuring sandwiches and burgers. 2040 Business Lane, 893-4988, $

Jack’s Family Restaurant

Diner-style food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. Open late-night. 540 Main St., 343-8383 $

Kalico Kitchen

Try Kalico’s breakfast skillets and breakfast burritos in the morning, club sandwiches and crispy chicken salad for lunch, and chicken-fried steak and house-made meatloaf for dinner. 2396 Esplanade, 343-3968, $$

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

New Orleans-style fast food, with authentic spicy chicken, chicken tenders, seafood and signature sides like red beans and rice. 1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322 $

Russell’s Family Restaurant

Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, beer and wine. 185 Cohasset Road, 343-5543 $$

Italian California Pasta Productions

Serving Italian lunches and dinners, such as pasta, seafood, chicken, soups and salads. 118 W. East Ave., 343-6999, $$

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

Specializing in a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors mixed with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. 201 Broadway, 342-7000, $$$

Forcella Italian Bistro Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

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Chico’s newest eatery, Forcella offers scratch-made pastas and Italian entrees. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 809-1530, $$


Locally owned for more than 20 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. Delivery through Entree Express. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, $$

Grana Wood Fired Foods

Farm-to-table-inspired Italian ostería featuring locally sourced, sustainable small plates, salads, entrees and traditional Neapolitan-style pizza. Italian-focused, esoteric wine list and craft beers. 198 E. Second St., 809-2304, $$

Italian Cottage Restaurant

Family-owned and -operated since 1965, serving local favorites: sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads and breakfast. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, $$

Olive Garden

Forcella Italian Bistro

Serving pasta and other Italian specialties, including drinks. 2020 Business Lane, 898-8075, $$

quesadillas and tacos. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-2584, $

Panighetti’s Eatery

Specializing in borrego (lamb shank) and fresh fajitas: steak, chicken and shrimp. 216 W. East Ave., 894-0119; 2490 Fair St., 893-5050, $$

Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. Large dining room, with a great outdoor patio as well. 1851 Esplanade, 809-1640, $$

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Serving the same gourmet pizza, pastas and salads made popular by Original Pete’s in Sacramento. 2495 Carmichael Drive, 891-0611, $$


Casa Ramos

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Fast, made-to-order gourmet burritos and tacos with “endless” combinations of fillings. 620 Mangrove Ave., 343-8707; 1950 E. 20th St., 343-0706, $

El Patron Taqueria

Authentic Mexican food served in a casual atmosphere. 1354 East Ave., 343-9779 $

El Rey Mexican Grill

Aca Taco

Authentic Acapulco-style food, including tacos, burritos and house-made enchiladas. 133 Broadway, 894-0191; 1000-D W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909, $

Amigos De Acapulco

Mexican favorites include their special enchiladas and chile rellenos. 820 Oroville Ave., 898-8488 $

Aztlan Mexican Food

Known for its authentic tortas and other delicious Mexican dishes. 1645 Park Ave., 487-7062 $

Bulldog Taqueria

Featuring an array of authentic, madefrom-scratch Mexican dishes, such as burritos, tacos, birria and chili verde. A great salsa bar, aguas frescas and large flatscreen TVs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, open late on weekends. 995 Nord Ave., 592-3605; 119 W. Second St., 895-8226, $

Burrito Bandito

Featuring traditional Mexican food. Specialties are the flavorful molcajete, Sonoran hot dog and breakfast burritos served all day. 465 E. 20th St. Ste. 60, 342-4121 $

Gordo Burrito

Giant tacos, burritos and other authentic Mexican food served up quickly. Closed Sundays. 1295 E. Eighth St., 809-1211 $

La Hacienda

Traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. 2635 Esplanade, 893-8270, $$

Mariscos la Costa Mexican Seafood Grill

Seafood, Mexican-style, from shrimp and lobster to halibut and octopus. 1141 Forest Ave., 342-3627 $$

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

Customize-’em-yourself, authentic-style burritos made with fresh ingredients. Located near the university. 645 W. Fifth St., 343-1928 $

Sol Mexican Grill

Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and chimichangas served in a relaxed north Chico location. Voted Best Mexican Cuisine in Chico for 2014. Hang out with friends on the patio or in the cantina. Plus, there’s a mobile app. Family-run since 2011. 3269 Esplanade, 342-4616, $

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill

A local favorite offering affordable and authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner, conveniently located in downtown Chico. 905 Wall St., 809-0370 $

Great-tasting, healthfully prepared Mexican cooking. Delivery available. Closed Saturday-Sunday, but available at the Saturday farmers’ market in downtown Chico. 1013 W. First St. (inside the gas station), 591-9236, $

La Comida

Tacos Cortés

La Cocina Economica

Mexican-style food made fresh daily and served quickly. Voted Best Cheap Eats by CN&R readers 13 years in a row. 954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254, $

La Familia Restaurant

Serving a variety of Mexican food, such as fajitas, carnitas and burritos. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 898-9029, $

Serving steak, pork and chicken burritos,

Inexpensive, authentic and generous amounts of Mexican food. Walk-up window and outdoor seating available. 1530 Park Ave., 342-3797 $

Tacos Mary

Home of the famous taquito burrito. 429 Ivy St., 892-8176 $

Tacos Tijuana

Serving tacos, combination plates and breakfast burritos along with birria, posole

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Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

and menudo on weekends. Try their delicious homemade flan for dessert. 1441 Park Ave., 343-6762 $

Tacos Tonaya

Offering tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, sopes and more. 244 Walnut St., 893-8972 $

Tacos Villa Acapulco

An authentic taste of Mexico, serving traditional tacos, burritos and special combos. 1141 Forest Ave., 892-2858 $

Taqueria Los Amigos

Delicious family-style Mexican food on the way to Hamilton City. Closed Sundays. 3524 Highway 32, 342-9113 $

Tortilla Flats

A Mexican restaurant with a patio, full bar and banquet room. 2601 Esplanade, 345-6053 $

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalk-café seating available. 100 Broadway, 342-0425 $$


118 W. East Ave., 894-5707, www.little $

Mad Dash Pizza

Yummy drive-through eats featuring personal pizzas, wings with specialty sauces, and fresh-squeezed OJ shakes. Small outdoor dining area. 2391 Cohasset Road, 899-1010, $

Main Street Pizzeria

Delicious pizza, especially for the latenight munchies. 331 Main St., 345-6246. $

Bidwell Park Pizza

Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria

Celestino’s New York Pizza

Monstros Pizza & Subs

With pizzas named after local landmarks, how can you go wrong? Also serving up salads, pasta, sandwiches and calzones. 800 Bruce Road Ste. 100, 894-0400, $ Award-winning New York-style pizza available by the slice or as a full pie, along with fresh salads, hot sandwiches, lasagna, calzones and more. Additional pasta menu at East Avenue location. 101 Salem St., 896-1234; and 1354 East Ave., 345-7700, $$


Hot, made-to-order pizzas, salads, breadsticks and Buffalo wings. Delivery and takeout available. 324 Walnut St., 891-5888, $

Farm Star Pizza

Artisan pizzas where the farmer is the star. Featuring local, organic, seasonal toppings; fresh, organic salads; and beer and wine served in a casual, fun, family-friendly atmosphere. 2359 Esplanade, 343-2056, $$

JT’s Oven

Preparing pizza and subs available for pickup and delivery. 1380 East Ave., 892-1122, $

Little Caesars Pizza

Pizza, breadsticks and more available for take-out. 598 E. Eighth St., 894-8300;

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Serving signature Italian sandwiches, “Cracker Crust” pizza, and build-your-own calzones. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-1510, www.mammacelestes $ Offering pizza and sub sandwiches. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672, $

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

An extensive menu of specialty pizzas, along with a salad bar and sandwiches. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 893-1923; 1105 W. Fifth St., 899-9115, www.mountain $$

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza Take-and-bake pizza and breadsticks. 1305 Mangrove Ave., 345-6403; 14 W. Eaton Road, 343-3993; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 898-1560, $$

Pizza Guys

Pizzas, pasta, salads, wings and more for take-out or delivery. 2471 Cohasset Road, 894-8888, $$

Pizza Hut

New to Chico. Pizza, pasta and wings for take-out or delivery. 1417 Mangrove Ave., 896-1955, $$

Pop’s Pizza

Top-quality ingredients, dough made from scratch and it’s all cooked to order. 2031 Forest Ave., 864-2760, www.popspizza $

Round Table Pizza

Pizza selections and salads in a casual atmosphere. Multiple locations, $$

Woodstock’s Pizza

Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, appetizers, desserts and new sandwiches. Dine in, take-out and delivery. 166 E. Second St., 893-1500, www.wood $$

Pub Fare The Banshee

Serving up burgers and a variety of other pub eats, along with an impressive menu of draft and bottled beers. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670, $

Bella’s Sports Pub

Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, high-definition TVs. 134 Broadway, 893-5253, $

Buffalo Wild Wings

Newly opened in the North Valley Plaza, Buffalo Wild Wings offers all the wings and fries and burgers and beers one could want, along with a healthy serving of sports on TV. $$

The DownLo

A sports bar with pub grub and 17 televisions, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music and comedy shows. 319 Main St., 892-2473 $

The End Zone

A sports bar serving up more than a dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330, $

The Graduate

Try a Grad Burger, salad, steak, or one of the 50 beers on tap at this rollicking local favorite. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790, $$

The Handle Bar

Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a large selection of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337 $

Madison Bear Garden

Home of the world famous Bear Burger. Enjoy mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches while enjoying the coldest beer in town. Open every day, right next to campus. Fun décor, billiards upstairs and a great outdoor patio. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639,

Oasis Bar & Grill

The Winchester Goose

The Winchester Goose is first and foremost a craft beer bar. But in case you need something to wash down that IPA with, there’s an eclectic food menu, too. And mustaches. Lots of mustaches. 800 Broadway, 715-0099, www.thewinchester

Street Food The Black Kettle

Serving up a menu that changes daily and features fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. 354-1013, blackkettlechico $

Burritos El Caporal

Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with six pool tables, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305, $

Features traditional Mexican fare, including burritos, tacos and tamales. We hear their carne asada burrito supreme is to-die-for. 3005 Esplanade, burritos.elcaporal1$

Panama Bar & Café

Caribbean Cafe

Offering appetizers and American pub food (including 31 burgers) along with a full bar stocked with a wide array of teas made stiff. 177 E. Second St., 895-8817, $

Park Avenue Bar & Grill

Features half-pound, ground-prime burgers, fresh-cut french fries and a full bar. Catering available. 2010 Park Ave., 893-3500 $

Quackers Bar & Grill

A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers now serves a full menu of pub-grub favorites. Karaoke and DJ dancing. 968 East Ave., 895-3825


Inexpensive pub-grub eats along with a full bar at this locally owned college hotspot. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459, www.rileys $

Scotty’s Landing

Off the beaten path, Scotty’s is where river rats go to drink a cold one and munch on something from the grill, or sing the night away during karaoke. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

Mobile food cart serving eastern Caribbean food. Catering available. (415) 272-2166, $


Fusion cuisine catering and concession truck featuring items like Jamaican jerk chicken tacos and Reuben flatbread pizzas. 828-3161, $

Chico Chuckwagon

Offering delicious grilled sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, fries and acai bowls. Also serving up vegetarian options and a kid’s menu. Available for special events. 592-0550, ChicoChuckwagon $

Coco Gluten-Free Baking Co.

Serving gluten-free cakes, pizza crusts, cinnamon rolls and seasonal items. $

Crazy Dog

Yummy hot dogs, Polish sausages, hot links and veggie dogs, most often found at First and Ivy streets near the Chico State campus. $

Cupcake Crusader

Mobile truck complements the brick-andmortar store. 899-1100, www.cupcake $

Fiesta Taco

Delicious al pastor, carne asada and pork tacos and burritos. Corner of Nord and West Sacramento avenues $

Gordo Burrito

Serving burritos, tostadas, tortas, tacos, quesadillas and chimichangas. Awesome shrimp specials and friendly service. Corners of Eighth and Pine streets and 20th Street and Park Avenue, www.face $

Grub Station

Satisfyingly healthy, Grub Station serves up delicious burgers and salads with nutrition in mind. $

Here Today Coffee Cart

For over a dozen years, this popular coffee cart and impromptu cafe have made a home just outside the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Delicious coffee, brewed to order, along with homemade treats. $

Hungry Hound

Serving hot dogs and brats to hungry students. Arcadian Avenue, near Chico State’s Holt Hall $

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Park Avenue Bar & Grill

Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill

North Chico’s newest hot spot, with a brand-new menu, good drinks and great customer service. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, Chico $$

Tackle Box Bar & Grill

A south Chico hotspot featuring exotic appetizers like frog legs and fried alligator, along with traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a full bar. Live music and pool tables, too. 379 E. Park Ave., 345-7499, $ Fall 2015/Winter 2016 DISCOVER CHICO 53

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Ike’s Smokehouse

Ike’s Smokehouse offers the flavorful barbecue taste diners have come to expect from CJ’s Last Chance Diner, on a smaller, more mobile scale. Specializing in beef, chicken and pork on a bun or in a wrap. $

Inday’s Filipino Food

Inday’s offers a full lineup of Filipino specialties, from pork adobo to lumpia to halang halang, among other items. IndaysFilipinoFood $

Maria’s Gone Tamales

Serving authentic, corn-husk-wrapped tamales in a variety of flavors, from pork and chicken to pineapple and strawberry. Who doesn’t want to go tamales? 566-4085 or find it on Facebook $

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Exactly what its name implies—grilled, melty, cheesy goodness. Find it on Facebook $

Scrappy Dog

This late-night favorite serves up classic hot dogs and brats to hungry patrons of the downtown bar scene. $

Tacos El Grullense

Traditional Mexican fare, including tacos, burritos and tortas. Corner of East Park Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway $

Tacos El Paisa

Gordo Burrito

found in the All the Best Video parking lot on Cohasset Road, or on the back patio at Argus on weekends. TacoTruck $

Tamale Tango

In addition to the unique tamales—shrimp and bacon, basil pesto chicken and cheese, to name a few—Tamale Tango also offers soups, taquitos and chile rellenos. Also on the menu: 100 percent organic and glutenfree tamales. TamaleTango $

Taste of Hmong

Hmong specialties, including spring rolls and papaya salad. 2501 S. Whitman Place, 513-9753 $


Featuring killer shrimp tacos as well as burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of Walnut and Second streets $

Offering a menu of Italian goodness. $

Tacos El Pinolero

Featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Cash only. 275 E. Park Ave.; the corner of the Esplanade and Tonea Way $

Offering a circus-themed, rotating menu of locally sourced items. Offering sack-lunch dropoffs to businesses on Wednesdays. Catering available. 680-3871, www.wander $

Tacos El Tapatio

Weiner Man

Serving tacos, huge loaded burritos, quesadillas and tortas. 1367 Longfellow Ave., 828-2449 $

Tacos Puerto Vallarta

Featuring tacos, burritos, sopes, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of the Esplanade and West 11th Avenue $

Tacos Ramirez

Classic taco-truck fare: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of Nord and Stewart avenues $

Tacos Tonaya #2

Featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Loyal customers swear by the California burrito. Corner of Walnut and East Third streets $

The Taco Truck

Serving delicious, fresh Mexican fare. Often

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The Weiner Man offers tasty hot dogs and bratwursts with a friendly smile to the late-night crowd downtown. Find him on Facebook $

Sweets Baskin-Robbins

Cold Stone Creamery

Premium ice cream, sorbet and cakes made fresh daily. Shakes, smoothies and banana splits, too. 146 Broadway, 891-3331, $

The Cookie Shoppe

Featuring gourmet cookies and gift items. Closed weekends. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 899-3385, $

Cupcake Crusader

Delicious cupcakes—in unique flavors as well as childhood favorites—made fresh daily and to order. Also serving coffee and tea. 752 East Ave., 899-1100, www.thecup $

Denine’s Cupcakes

Specializing in “flavorful, pure cupcakes.” 116 Broadway, 809-4086. $

Donut Nook

Donuts, muffins, Danish, scones, cookies and espresso. Open 24 hours, except from 1-7 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday. 958 East Ave., 342-2118 $

Donut Wheel

Serving delicious donuts, pastries and ham and cheese sandwiches, homemade fresh daily. Delivery available for orders of 10 dozen or more. 2404 Esplanade, 345-4528 $

Early Bird Donuts

Time-tested and taste-bud approved. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. A1, 533-7065 $

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato Frozen yogurt and gelato. 1380 East Ave., 345-7626 $

Offering ice cream, smoothies, shakes and cakes. Multiple locations, www.baskin $

Helen’s Donut Nook

Brain Freeze Yogurt

Jamba Juice

Serving frozen yogurt and ice cream. 2760 Esplanade, 636-4525 $

Cinful Desserts

Specializing in cakes and cupcakes for all occassions. 2720 Cohasset Road, 354-0848 $

Serving fresh donuts and coffee daily until 2 p.m. 807 Main St., 343-4031 $ Fresh juices and smoothies with vitamin enhancers, plus nutritious breads and wheat grass. Multiple locations, www.jamba $

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe

Jon & Bon’s has been serving up sweet sensations for over 34 years. Twelve flavors of frozen yogurt daily, along with ice cream, Hawaiian snow and smoothies. Open late. 300 Broadway, 899-9580; 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484 $

Kiwi Blast Frozen Yogurt

A frozen-yogurt shop in the heart of college land. 645 W. Fifth St., 343-2828 $

Krispy Kreme

Serving donuts and coffee. 2060 Business Lane, 891-3492, $

La Flor de Michoacán Palatería y Nevería

A Mexican ice cream shop with many flavors and toppings, plus other sweet treats. 1080 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. C, 893-9999 $

Lovely Layers Cakery


Open 7 Days a Week • 627 Broadway @ 7th • (530) 892-2893

Freshly baked cupcakes and cookies available daily. Made-to-order specialty cakes and wedding cakes. Open Tuesday-Saturday. 131 Meyers St. Ste. 120, 828-9931, $

Mim’s Bakery

Carefully crafted baked goodies—such as cakes and petit fours—made from scratch for a quick treat, or in bulk for special occasions. 890 Humboldt Ave., 345-3331, $

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

An old-fashioned candy store with more than 5,000 treats, including gelatos and sorbettos. 121 W. Third St., 332-9866, $

See’s Candies

All your classic See’s goodies. Yum! 1947 E. 20th St., 891-3384 $

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

This local favorite has produced ice cream and confections for 75 years and running. Enjoy banana splits or root beer floats on the benches and at the tables out front. Open till 10 p.m. daily! 178 E. Seventh St., 342-7163, $

Sweet Cottage

A longtime Saturday farmers’ market staple, Sweet Cottage also has a storefront, meaning locals can find the “Pie Lady’s” pies, quiches, artisan jams, lemonades, organic loose teas and ice cream sandwiches daily. 220 Broadway, 513-2044 $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café

If you’re in the mood for a flaky pastry or decadent tart, look no further than Tin Roof. Also serving up French macarons, cookies and cakes, in addition to a full espresso bar. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery

Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as cookies and cupcakes. 130 Main St., 895-3866, ● $

Come See Why We’re A

Local Favorite! Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Sunday Champagne Brunch thru

Since 1965! 2525 Dominic Dr., Chico 530-342-7771

Open Sun-Thu 6am–9pm, Fri-Sat til 10pm

2234 The Esplanade 530-343-7000 Open daily 6am–11pm

Cocktails, Beer & Wine • Catering • Banquet Rooms

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FEATURE story and photos by

Ken Smith


The Past


f all the historic buildings scattered along Chico’s tree-lined streets, none is as spectacular or ostentatious as Bidwell Mansion, a pink three-story, Italian-villa-style Victorian mansion located on The Esplanade. The mansion’s exterior and surrounding grounds— today a state historic park—are quite a sight to behold, but further exploration through an hour-long guided tour, offered three days a week, reveals much more. Volunteer guides offer an educational and entertaining look at the home’s famed founders and former inhabitants, Gen. John Bidwell and his wife, Annie.

Bidwell Mansion tours enriching, entertaining The mansion was built between 1865 and 1868 for John Bidwell, who moved to California in 1841, and settled locally in 1850. Ten years later, he donated a section of land from his ranch to establish the city of Chico. Bidwell married Annie Ellicott Kennedy, the daughter of a prominent Washington, D.C., family, in 1868. Until their deaths (John in 1900, Annie in 1918), the mansion served as the base for their business, as well as political and personal ambitions. John was a pioneering agriculturalist who unsuccessfully ran for California governor and U.S. president, and socialite Annie advocated for prohibition, women’s suffrage and was a staunch Presbyterian. Before embarkVolunteer tour guide Gretchen Vandewalle has been showing visitors around the mansion for 10 years.

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ing on the mansion tour, visitors should begin at the visitor’s center for a primer on Bidwell, Chico and North State history. The tour begins with the trees outside of the mansion, many of which are exotic species hand-planted by John himself. These include a majestic magnolia covered in flowers part of the year, a ginkgo biloba tree suspected of being the first planted in California, and a rare and oddly named monkey puzzle tree. Tour guides touch on the home’s unique architecture throughout the tour. It is designed to cool itself during Chico’s scorching summers and was outfitted with the most modern amenities of its day, including gas-fed light fixtures and indoor plumbing. After the Bidwells’ deaths it was used as a women’s dormitory for students at the Chico Normal School (forerunner to Chico State) for some time, and fell into a state of disrepair until the state took over the property and began restoring it in the 1960s. Inside the mansion, visitors are greeted by John Bidwell

himself … or at least a life-size portrait of him hanging inside the home’s foyer. The painting is done in a manner that makes it seem as though his eyes and feet follow visitors as they’re led from room to room throughout the first floor. The mansion is appointed throughout with period artifacts and some of the Bidwells’ personal effects. Rooms on the ground floor include an office, library, main parlor, dining room, kitchen and laundry room, each filled with relics dating back to the 19th century. An interesting kitchen feature is a series of bells, each with a different tone so servants could be summoned to specific parts of the large (26 rooms

in total) house. The library is stocked with the Bidwells’ own books, which cover an array of topics, including several volumes written and hand-inscribed to Annie by her friend and sometime mansion guest Susan B. Anthony. For those who enjoy a bit of the macabre, check out the menagerie of antique taxidermied wildlife in the office. There also are floral dioramas made from human hair scattered around the first floor. The second story is mostly living quarters, including the Bidwells’ private bedroom and an opulent guest room where President Rutherford B.

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Hayes slept during his 1881 visit. There also are servants quarters, a privy featuring a fine hardwood toilet, and one of Annie’s diminutive dresses (she stood a mere 4 feet 11 inches tall, next to John’s 6-foot frame). The top floor was originally designed as a ballroom, complete with beautiful wood floors, but dancing didn’t jive with Annie’s religion and was banned in the home. The teetotaler also prohibited liquor. This, combined with John’s obsession with casaba melons (he believed they were the future of California agriculture), prompted another of the mansion’s prominent visitors—Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman—to lament (perhaps apocryphally), “Casabas for breakfast, casabas for lunch, casabas for dinner, and not a drop to drink.” The mansion’s carriage house contains antique vehicles and is visible to the public without the tour. That said, touring the mansion is one of the best hours you can spend in Chico, especially if you’re looking to soak up a bit of local history. Admission is reasonable ($6 adult, $3 youths 5-17, children 4 and under free). There is wheelchair access to the first floor but the entire tour involves climbing about 50 steps to the third floor. Those unable to make the climb can watch a video tour of the second and third l floors at the visitor center. Clockwise from top left: Bidwell Mansion marks the entry to downtown. cn&r File Photo

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Fun with the kiddos


hico is home to plenty of indoor places to explore and play when the weather cools down. The Gateway Science Museum at Chico State and the Chico Creek Nature Center at Bidwell Park offer handson displays and rotating exhibits that are educational as well as fun. Elsewhere around town, there are several businesses that cater to the little ones, offering such activities as yo-yoing, roller skating and bowling. And when the weather is nice, the city’s many public parks offer a variety of options for exercise and entertainment, from a community observatory at Upper Bidwell Park to the stellar playground equipment at Caper Acres. So, head on out with the whole family and explore our environs.

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AMF Orchard Lanes More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center has an arcade, snack bar, pro shop and plenty of family fun. 2397 Esplanade, 8953257,

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation This nonprofit organization cares for endangered and exotic animals that cannot be released into the wild, and teaches responsible ownership of companion animals. Take a self-guided tour of the 19-acre sanctuary, which includes Bengal tigers, African lions, leopards, foxes, lynxes, exotic birds, bears and reptiles. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 4995 Durham-Pentz Road in Butte Valley (near Butte College), 533-1000,

Butte County Library The Chico branch of the county’s public library system offers regular story times for ages from birth to 12. The library also is a great place for drop-in homework help from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762,

Caper Acres A perennial favorite for children, this fairy-tale-themed playground features swings, slides, tunnels and play structures. At the center of the playground is an area with a soft, spongy ground cover that’s home to an impressive mosaic sea serpent made by local artist Robin Indar. Open 9 a.m.sunset Tuesday-Sunday. Lower Bidwell Park, near One-Mile Recreation Area.

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Chico Creek Nature Center Established in 1982, the nonprofit Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park offers kids and adults a chance to interact with nature. Exhibits showcase the ecosystem of Bidwell Park and creatures such as a red-tailed hawk and pond turtles are on hand. The center offers free nature walks to the public as well as camps and life-science programs for K-6 students. The Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum and Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall are located at

1968 E. Eighth St. Visit www. or call 891-4671 for hours.

Children’s Playground Children’s Playground features lots of playground equipment, picnic tables and a large grassy area for running and playing. It’s a good, shady place for an afternoon break from a busy day shopping downtown or touring campus. For those into disc golf (a popular Chico pastime), there’s a practice basket as well. 202 W. First St. FAMILY FUN continued on page 60

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Chico Community Observatory The Chico Community Observatory is a delight for astronomers and amateur stargazers. The observatory is home to two huge telescopes and the world’s first outdoor planetarium. Open from sunset to park closing on clear nights Friday-Sunday. Located near Horseshoe Lake at Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park (off Wildwood Avenue Fall 2015/Winter 2016 DISCOVER CHICO 59

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Farm Sanctuary, California Shelter This 300-acre farm rescues animals such as pigs, cows, goats and turkeys and protects them from being harmed or turned into dinner. Check online for public guided tour dates and times. 19080 Newville Road, Orland (30 miles west of Chico), 865-4617,

Funland With a roller skating rink, miniature golf and batting cages (what more could a kid want?), Funland/ Cal Skate Chico is great family fun for all ages. Don’t forget to stop by the arcade for video and ticket games. 2465 Carmichael Drive, 343-1601,

has plenty of ways to show off your skills, including a rail, a box, steps and bowls. Open 8 a.m.-sunset daily. Located between Orient and Flume streets along Humboldt Avenue.

National Yo-Yo Museum The National Yo-Yo Museum is the largest public display of yo-yos and yo-yo memorabilia in the United States. It’s home to the largest wooden yo-yo in the world, dubbed “BigYo,” as well as the Chico Yo-Yo Club, which encourages visitors to stop by its meetings from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) for a “walk the dog” lesson. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 320 Broadway (at the rear of Bird in Hand store), 893-0545, l

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Gateway Science Museum The Gateway Science Museum offers a range of ongoing and special exhibits focused on our region’s natural heritage, from local flora to Ice Age skeletons. Check website for fall and winter hours. Admission $3 kids 3-17, $6 adults, free for museum members and kids 2 and younger. 625 Esplanade (next door to Bidwell Mansion), 898-4121, www.csuchico. edu/gateway

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s more and more Butte County farmers open up their doors to the community and tourists, the region’s reputation as a farmto-fork destination continues to grow. Chico and its surrounding communities are home to hundreds of large- and smallscale farms and ranches of all sorts— from orchards and row crops to rice fields and vineyards. There’s pretty much something for every foodie in the local agritourism scene. 62 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2015/Winter 2016

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Wine and beer Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards grows only the highest quality, organic grapes harvested from their own vineyards. Smallcase production allows for high attention to detail. Visit and enjoy a glass of wine under the shady willow tree among the grapevines, almond orchards and cattle. Open seasonally the first weekend of the month April-October, noon-5 p.m., or by appointment. 3363 Hegan Lane, 343-8014, www.

Dog Creek Cellars Opened in 2011 by Cline Organics in Durham, Dog Creek Cellars offers a nice variety of estate-grown wines made from certified organic grapes. Tasting room is open from noon-5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month or by appointment. 9975 Garden Creek Road, Durham, 345-3714,

Emerald “C” Vineyards Emerald “C” Vineyards’ historic farmhouse was once the hangout of Errol Flynn, who came to Chico in the 1930s to film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Grapes are grown on site and are used to make a refreshing variety of wines. Tastings available by appointment. Online sales available. 3756 Keefer Road, 8940894,

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Located at Feather Falls Casino, this tribe-owned brewery is headed up by veteran brewmaster Roland Allen. There’s always a wide variety of regular and special-release beers on tap, including the amber Coyote Spirit and the Volcano Mudslide stout. Bar hours: Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885, www.

Feather River Brewing Co. This award-winning microbrewery in the wooded Sierra-foothill

community of Magalia (above Paradise) features a smooth Honey Ale, a popular Raging Rapids Ale and a winter-seasonal Dark Canyon Ale. Call to arrange a tour, and for directions. 873-0734, www.

Gale Vineyards Steve and Creasia Gale’s boutique winery is nestled among the shadegiving oak trees on their 6-acre property just a short drive south of Chico. The grapes used in Gale Vineyards’ wines are organically grown on site and processed in a cool straw-bale facility. Tasting by appointment. 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham, 891-1264, www.

Grey Fox Vineyards Owned by the Arrigoni and Cecchi families, Grey Fox was voted best winery in Oroville by the U.S. Local Business Association in 2008 and 2009. The winery also offers a relaxing live-oak picnic area. The tasting room is open noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 90 Grey Fox Lane, Oroville, 589-3920,

HoneyRun Winery Founded in 1992 by John and Amy Hasle, HoneyRun Winery produces five types of honey wines and meads—blackberry, elderberry, cherry, cranberry and dry mead. HoneyRun’s wines have no added

sulfites or preservatives and are certified kosher. “Simple tastings” available most weekdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., but call ahead. 2309 Park Ave., 345-6405,

LaRocca Vineyards Family-owned LaRocca Vineyards is the oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State. If you can’t make it to the vineyards in Forest Ranch, visit the tasting room in downtown Chico. Tasting room hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1:30-8 p.m.; Saturday noon-8 p.m.; Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. 222 W. Second St. Vineyards: 12360 Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch, (800) 808-9463,

Long Creek Winery & Ranch Long Creek Winery is more than your average tasting room—it’s an adventure. Experience the estategrown Long Creek wines as well as the newest in the Vaquero Brand lineup. Take a self-guided walking tour of the ranch, where you can see the vineyards, olive and mandarin orchards and the working cattle ranch. Then sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the oak grove bordering the ranch’s 2-acre pond. Tasting hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 323 Ward Blvd., Oroville, 589-3415,

New Clairvaux Vineyard

New Clairvaux Vineyard New Clairvaux Vineyard is run by fifth-generation winemaker Aimee Sunseri along with the Trappist monks of the on-site monastery. The first Cistercian winery in North America, New Clairvaux has a variety of offerings, including a blend called Petite Temptation. The tasting room is open every day (excluding holy days) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 26240 Seventh St., Vina, 839-2200,

Odyssey Winery and Vineyards This attractive, Greek-style winery is owned by local dentist Norm Rosene and his wife, Janice. Odyssey features wines made from organic grapes grown on site, plus a selection of local artwork and locally produced foods. The tasting room is open Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., from May to December. 6237 Cohasset Road, 891-9463, winery00148.aspx

Purple Line Urban Winery Located just off Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville, Purple Line Urban Winery offers a delicious variety of wines made with Northern California grapes that are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged on the premises. Tasting room hours: Wednesday 2-8 p.m., ThursdaySaturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon5 p.m. 760 Safford St., Oroville, 5341785,

Quilici Vineyards This 10-acre family-run winery in the Sierra foothills has been around for more than 20 years. Tastings are available without charge with the purchase of wine (or $3 without). Tasting by appointment only. 72 Quail Hill Place, Oroville, 5895088,

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around Northern California to create a variety of delicious reds. Tastings available by appointment. 5900 Anita Road, 518-9333,

Spencer-Shirey Wines is a boutique winery nestled in a serene valley of the north Sierra foothills. Open Saturday and Sunday, noon5 p.m. 6857 La Porte Road, Bangor, 521-8695,

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The ales and lagers available at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom and Restaurant are world-famous. An extensive mini-glass sampler is a good way to familiarize yourself with Chico’s most celebrated brews. Three different guided tours are available, of the brewhouse, of the grounds (the Sustainability Tour, offered May-September) and an extensive Beer Geek Tour. Shorter self-guided tours also available. Check the website for times and reservations. 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520,

Western Pacific Brewing Co. Housed in a former train depot, Western Pacific features “wild game and crazy cocktails,� plus house-made craft beers on tap. 2191 High St., Oroville, 534-9101, western.brewing

Olive oil Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 Named for the group of UC Berkeley professors who invested Lodestar Farms

in Butte County land in 1913 and went on to form the Berkeley Olive Association, this producer of awardwinning organic olive oils is owned and run by Oroville locals Darro and Olivia Grieco. Tours and tastings by appointment. You can also “adopt� one of the olive trees, harvest your own olives, and learn curing methods. 8 Rocky Drive, Oroville, 5331814,

Butte View Olive Co.

Butte View Olive Co. presses delicious, boutique olive oils from the olives grown in its Palermo and Wyandotte orchards. Taste Butte View’s Mission and Ascolano olive oils, as well as its various flavored olive oils—lemon, blood orange, basil and rosemary—in the facility’s tasting/bottling room. Tours, tastings and shopping by appointments phoned in a day or two in advance. 2950 Louis Ave., Oroville, 534-8320

Lodestar Farms

Lodestar Farms, run by the Johansson family, has produced its extra-virgin, California-style olive oil since 1993. Visit Lodestar’s tasting room to try its Late Harvest Mission, lemon and garlic olive oils, as well as its balsamic dipping oil. The tasting room is open noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 3719 Foothill Blvd., Oroville, 534-6548, www.

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Lucero’s Lucero Olive Oil is located in the nearby town of Corning and features a mill, bottling room and tasting room/retail store in which to try its internationally acclaimed olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Hours: daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., tours available by appointment. 2120 Loleta Ave., Corning, (877) 330-2190,

Lundberg Family Farms

Fruits, nuts, vegetables and more Chaffin Family Orchards This productive, fifth-generation family farm boasts a little of everything—apricots, figs and pomegranates; extra-virgin olive oil; heirloom-fruit jams; pastureraised chicken eggs; and grass-fed beef and goat meat. The organic, sustainability-focused farm also offers yarn available from the fleece of its Shetland sheep. Farm tours and field trips by appointment. 606 Coal Canyon Road, Oroville, 533-1676, www.

Chico Certified farmers’ markets The Saturday farmers’ market in downtown Chico is the best time and place to plug into the community and to the bounty of locally grown agriculture in this region. There are actually two certified markets in Chico:

Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Chico, at Second and Wall streets. And Wednesdays (from spring through Christmas), 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. North Valley Plaza parking lot, Pillsbury Road (adjacent to Trader Joe’s). www.

Chico Chai This favorite local beverage can be found in many a coffee shop— and at the Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. If that’s not enough (and it never is), the first Sunday of each month the friendly folks at Chico Chai open up their brewery for free tours and tastings, 10 a.m.2 p.m. 1919 Park Ave., 897-0822,

Lavender Ranch The Lavender Ranch offers a little taste (and scent!) of the south of France in the southern part of the

Butte County. Take a walk through the lavender fields and experience the beauty. Then go home with a few sachets or lotions and relive the tranquility. Tours offered AprilOctober. Call for dates and times. Store hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 17 W. Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, 868-5151, www.lavender

Lundberg Family Farms Since 1937, the organic rice farmers at Lundberg Family Farms have championed environmental stewardship. Their products now include rice cakes, risottos, pastas, brown-rice syrup, flour, and gluten-free and nonGMO options, which you can purchase at the super-swanky visitor center. Group and individual tours available by appointment. 5311 Midway, Richvale, 538-3500, AGRITOURISM continued on page 67

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Mooney Farms Olive trees, fragrant lavender plants and fountains welcome visitors to family-run Mooney Farms’ lovely tasting room— a great place to sample its healthy Mediterranean-inspired eats, including sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and pasta sauce from their award-winning Bella Sun Luci line. Gift baskets and work by local artists also available. 1220 Fortress St., 899-2661,

Patrick Ranch Museum Patrick Ranch serves as an “interactive agricultural and natural history learning center.” Its stately Glenwood Farmhouse, built in 1877, houses the indoor museum, but the expansive acreage surrounding it boasts all the trappings of a working farm, including old-time tractors and outbuildings, bucolic fields and a chicken coop. The ranch also hosts many popular community events, including the California Nut Festival in the spring. Museum hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., from mid-February through December. Gift shop hours: Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10381 Midway, 3424359,

Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co. The family-owned and -operated Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co. produces small batches of gouda-style farmstead cheeses from the milk of their small herd of pasture-grazed cows. Try their Northern Gold (a buttery, semi-firm cheese) or Black Butte Reserve, an award-winning, intense, aged hard cheese. Bring the kids along to see how cheese is made and visit the farm animals, but call ahead. 7713 Country Road 24, Orland, 514-3837,

The Worm Farm Head down to the Worm Farm to see how red worms are raised or sign up for a worm-bin workshop. While worms are not meant to be eaten, you sure as heck can enjoy the robust vegetables and fruits grown in soil amended with nutritious, wormcasting compost. 9033 Esquon Road, Durham, 894-1276, www.theworm

Keep it local Chico Natural Foods Cooperative Located in downtown Chico, this cooperative is open to the public and has a wide variety of locally grown produce and other locally made products. 818 Main St., 891-1713,

TJ Farms The 15-acre farm is only 3 miles from downtown Chico, but seems like a world away. The immaculate grounds include waterfalls, fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a gazebo and more. TJ Farms has a pumpkin patch in the fall for kids, and features an on-site gift shop (open during seasonal events) that sells jams, mustards, vinegars, dressings and pickles. Call for a private tour. 3600 Chico Ave., 343-2294,

University Farm This working 800-acre farm on the outskirts of Chico is used as a teaching facility for Chico State’s agriculture students. Chickens, cows, sheep and pigs all call the University Farm home, and organic vegetables and other crops take up the rest of the space. Open to the public only on special occasions. But the Meats Lab is open year-round and offers affordable, fresh, USDA-inspected meat. 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane, 898-6343, farm/index.shtml

Vincent Noble Orchard Co. Noble Orchards offers tree-ripened stone fruits—cherries, peaches, pluots and nectarines—during the July-September season, and 17 varieties of apples including various heirloom varieties from September to March. Visit the packing shed/ farmstand for fruit, apple butter and gift boxes from July through March. Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.5p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 7050 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-4784,

Made in Chico The name of this downtown store says it all. Made in Chico specializes in locally made gifts, including foodstuffs ranging from jams and spreads to nuts and rice chips. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.4 p.m. 127 W. Third St., 894-7009,

Maisie Jane’s Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products is run by Maisie Jane Bertagna Hurtado, a fourth-generation farmer and advocate of local food and farming. Open MondayFriday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Extended hours around the holidays. 1324 Dayton Road, 809-2436,

Olive Pit If you’re an olive lover, or a nut lover, or even a balsamic vinegar lover, Olive Pit is worth a visit. Taste a wide variety of flavored oils and vinegars, and check out the new wine and craft-beer tasting room. Open daily at 7 a.m. 2156 Solano St., Corning, 824-4667,

S&S Organic Produce & Natural Foods Locally known as simply S&S, this full-service grocery store started out as a roadside produce stand. Its focus is on organic, nutritious foods and it has a dedication to supporting local growers and craftspeople. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 1924 Mangrove Ave., ● 343-4930, Fall 2015/Winter 2016 DISCOVER CHICO 67

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dventure lies just outside Chico’s city limits, and you can easily spend a day or a whole weekend immersing yourself in Butte County’s distinctly varied landscapes. For serious hiking, check out Butte Creek Canyon or Big Bald Rock. Mountain bikers who’d like a change of pace from Upper Bidwell Park should look no further than Lake Oroville. If a lazy afternoon is your fancy, float down the Sacramento River on a tube. Browse the following listings for more information and for further suggestions; exploring our local natural wonders provides the perfect contrast to city living.

Butte County Big Bald Rock Explore this geological formation on an easy walk along Big Bald Rock Trail or by taking a far more extensive and challenging hike to the bottom of the canyon on Dome Trail, where an upstream slog along the middle fork of the Feather River reveals a series of idyllic swimming holes and eventually Curtain Falls. But beware: The Dome Trail is not well-maintained, and poison oak is ever-present. The trail heads are accessed from different points on Bald Rock Road in the Berry Creek area, nestled in the foothills east of Lake Oroville. 534-6500,

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve In addition to preserving the natural habitats on the nearly 4,000-acre reserve, BCCER offers public hikes and

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Creek. Turn off the Skyway onto Humbug Road just past De Sabla and pick up the trailhead on your left after crossing the bridge. Allow for 30 minutes down to the creek and about 90 on the way up, accounting for huffing, puffing and water breaks.

Camelot Equestrian Park Bring your horse(s) out to 1,600acre Camelot Equestrian Park, which features horse and hiking trails, picnic areas, water troughs throughout the park, a beautiful shaded campground, turnouts and paddocks for traveling horses and several arenas and riding courses. 1985 Clark Road (Highway 191), Butte Valley, 521-2122, www.camelotequestrian


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is available for group and private tours. There is also a self-guided tour available, with pamphlets on BCCER’s website. From Chico, take Highway 32 east. From the intersection of Bruce Road, travel 9.7 miles and turn left at the green 3521 sign onto a paved, single-lane road. Sign in at the check-in gate. 898-5010, www.

Bille Park Nature Trail Located at the back edge of the Bille Park expansion in Paradise, this half-mile, one-way hiking trail is steep in some places but offers spectacular views of Butte Creek Canyon. Bille Park is at 501 Bille Road, Paradise. A separate entrance closer to the trail is located at 6261 W. Wagstaff Road.

Butte Creek Trail Known for its scenery, this trail offers a rugged path down to Butte

Visit to the historic Centerville Schoolhouse and Colman Museum (13458 Centerville Road, 893-9667). Open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. A little farther up Centerville Road is the historic Centerville Cemetery, which dates back to the 1800s. Then mosey up the road to where it crosses the Centerville flume. Park and walk along the flume, which supplies water to the historic Centerville power plant. It’s easy hiking, and the canyon views are spectacular.

Feather Falls While the main attraction is unquestionably the majestic 410foot waterfall midway through this 9-mile round trip hike, the trail also offers stunning views of Big Bald Rock looming above the Plumas National Forest and the middle fork of the Feather River. The hike is moderately difficult and poison oak is ever-present along the trail. 534-6500,

Freeman Bicycle Trail Completed in 1996, the 41-mile trail offers scenic off-road riding, and panoramic views of Oroville, the Sutter Buttes and the Sacramento Valley. Pick up a map at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Road, 538-2219

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Located 10 miles west of Gridley near the Sutter Buttes (at Pennington and Rutherford roads), the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is made up of more than 9,000 acres of seasonal wetlands favored by birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway, as well as local species. The area features 80 miles of roads, 50 miles of walking/cycling trails and a small wildlife museum. 846-7505, www.

Honey Run Covered Bridge Originally built in 1887, Honey Run Covered Bridge is the only trispan bridge in the U.S. and one of the few remaining covered bridges in California. Located between Chico and Paradise on Butte Creek, this is a beautiful spot for a picnic or a dip. Bridge hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1670 Honey Run Road, www.honey

Lake Oroville California’s second-largest reservoir offers activities like boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming and camping. Visit the museum at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center (917 Kelly Ridge Road, 538-2219) or check out the expansive view of the Sierras and the Sacramento Valley from one of the two high-powered telescopes at the top of a 47-foot tower. Classes and equipment rentals are available at the Forebay Aquatic Center (774-7934, www.forebayaquatic For larger boat rentals, including houseboats, check out Bidwell Canyon Marina (589-9175, EXCURSIONS continued on page 70 Fall 2015/Winter 2016 DISCOVER CHICO 69

EXCURSIONS continued from page 69 or Lake Oroville Marina (1-800-2555561, Lake Oroville info: 538-2542,

Loafer Creek Horse Camp Relish the outdoors with your equestrian companion at Loafer Creek Horse Camp at Lake Oroville. There is a 17.5-mile loop trail, along with 15 campsites (two horses per site), a restroom with shower facility, a horse washing station and horse tethering and feeding stations. A trail map, developed by the Lake Oroville Mounted Assistance Unit, is available for $1.50. Loafer Creek Road, 538-2217 Sacramento River

Sacramento River Famous for its fishing, this waterway is home to many endangered animals, including species of migratory birds. It’s not uncommon to see an array of predatory birds, including osprey, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages several sites along the river, providing a bounty of recreational activities like camping, boating, bird watching, photography, hiking and biking.

Table Mountain This flat-topped “mountain” is actually two plateaus—North and South Table Mountain—featuring waterfalls, caves, lava formations and the impressive Coal Canyon. In the spring, Table Mountain’s wildflowers are in full bloom and the waterfalls—most notably Phantom Falls, which disappears entirely in summer months—are at their most spectacular. Take Highway 70 to Oroville and exit at Grand Avenue. Take a right on Grand, and then a left on Table Mountain Boulevard.

trails and a disc-golf course also onsite. About a 45-minute drive east, past Orland. 865-5283

Caribou Wilderness Located within Lassen National Forest, but maintained separately by the National Park Service, the Caribou Wilderness is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Great for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing and rock climbing. 258-2141

Ishi Wilderness Area Adventurers can explore deep canyons, rugged lava formations and

And beyond Black Butte Lake Tent and RV camping available at two sites, with access to fishing, sailing and water-skiing, as well as more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. Equestrian

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valley plateaus at the Ishi Wilderness Area, just 20 miles northeast of Chico. Limited improved campsites, but back-country camping is available. From Chico, take Cohasset Road north. About 6 miles from where the pavement ends, bear right and head down a steep hill for a mile until you see a sign to the Deer and Mill creek trailheads. 258-2141

Lassen National Forest Lassen National Forest is more than a million acres of pristine wilderness, including about 350 miles of maintained hiking and backpacking trails.

There are nearly 50 campsites, including several along Highway 32. Eagle Lake and Potato Patch are popular spots, and both include RV hookups. From Chico, take Highway 32 east. 257-2151,

Plumas National Forest

(873-1658) on weekends to make sure it isn’t closed for a wedding. Take Skyway to Stirling City. Turn right at the P Line road, then left at the R Line road. Then stop by the historic hotel for a bite to eat. 16975 Skyway, 873-0858

Located just east of Oroville, Plumas National Forest is home to numerous lakes and streams, valleys and peaks, and is a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting are favorite activities here. For the truly adventurous, there’s the Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail, accessible to SUVs and fourwheel-drive vehicles. Campgrounds open June-October. Take Highway 70 toward Quincy. 283-2050,

Sutter Buttes

Stirling City

A beautiful location along the Sacramento River for boating, fishing, camping and hiking, with views of Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta and the Trinity Alps. It also contains a nature preserve, which is a winter home to the bald eagle. From Chico, take Highway 99 north to South l Avenue, 839-2112

Just up the hill from Paradise, Stirling City offers a step back through history. Visit Clotilde-Merlo Park, one of the most charming and beautiful spots in Butte County. It’s open May through the first week in October 10 a.m.-7 p.m., but call

Just south of Chico near Marysville lie the Sutter Buttes, the “smallest mountain range in the world.” The Buttes were considered a sacred place by many local Native American tribes and are now privately owned. Guided hikes are available through Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes. 846-5142,

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here’s plenty to do to keep even the most active person busy in and around Chico, but sooner or later we all need a little rest and relaxation. From rustic campgrounds to chain motels to one-of-a-kind local hotels and B&Bs, Goodman House Chico is home to an This five-room colonial revival Durham House Inn foursquare home built in 1906 array of lodging options Just a 10-minute drive from is conveniently situated on the Chico, the Durham House Inn is a corner of East Fourth Avenue and to fit any traveler’s beautiful 1874 Italianate Victorian The Esplanade, near Chico State on the National Register of tastes, and to establish listed and downtown. In addition to fine Historic Places. The home-turnedlodging, the bed and breakfast’s B&B features three elegant rooms a comfy home base website boasts a unique bonus for and a cottage decorated with period chillseekers—it is allegedly haunted while exploring the furniture, as well as beautiful and by the ghost of former resident expansive grounds. 2280 Durham George Vogelsang. 1362 Esplanade, North State. Dayton Highway, Durham, 342-5900,


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Hotel Diamond Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chico, the historic Hotel Diamond—which dates to 1904— underwent a thorough renovation in 2001 to restore it to its former glory. The 43 rooms are rustic but elegant, and the first floor boasts Two Twenty Restaurant, serving up delicious cocktails and fine dining fare. 220 W. Fourth St., 893-3100, www.hoteldiamond



Hotel James Chico’s first boutique hotel, the Hotel James, was designed with wine lovers in mind. Each of the five suites is named after a different type of wine, and it is located next door to the elegant Wine Time restaurant. The hotel is also pet-friendly. 10 Lost Dutchman Drive, 894-5743,

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Matador Motel 1934 Esplanade, 342-7543

Motel 6 665 Manzanita Court, 345-5500

Oxford Suites 2035 Business Lane, 899-9090, www.oxfordsuites

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Regency Inn 2566 Esplanade, Carmichael Drive, 898-0134

Residence Inn by Marriott 2485 Carmichael Drive, 894-5500

Rodeway Inn 1717 Park Avenue, 342-9472

Safari Inn 2352 Esplanade, 343-3201,

Super 8 655 Manzanita Court, 345-2533

Town House Motel 2231 Esplanade, 343-1621

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University Inn 630 Main St., 895-1323,

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hico is a metropolitan city, technically speaking, but its smalltown charm remains. That’s part of the reason so many visitors from the big city, including college students, make a fresh start here. The downtown core is quaint, yet lively, the locals generally are friendly, and housing is more affordable than in the Bay Area, Sacramento and their surrounding communities. Overall, Chico is a great place to live; whether you’re a retiree, raising kids or just starting life in the real world. To learn more about this region, check out this guide with all the crucial city stats.

POPULATION Chico’s population—89,634, according to a recent state Department of Finance estimate—is a little misleading. That’s because there are pockets of unincorporated land within the city limits. That will change within the next five years when two of those pockets— Chapmantown and the Mulberry district—are annexed into the city. Currently residents of those areas use county services, can’t vote in city elections, and are in the process of getting hooked up to the city sewer system. Butte County’s population is about 224,000.

HOUSING Compared with the Bay Area or L.A., rents in Chico are quite reasonable. Expect to pay at least $600 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment; $750-plus for a twobedroom in reasonable shape. Typically, houses are at least $1,000 a month. Chico’s home market has rebounded significantly since the Great Recession. According to the info website, the median value of homes in Chico is $269,100.

DEMOGRAPHICS Like most North Valley towns, Chico is predominantly white—80.8 percent, to be exact. Census information also tallied the city’s population as 15.4 percent Hispanic,

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with Asians, Native Americans and African-Americans comprising the remaining percentage. The median age of Chico residents hovers around 30—no surprise for a college town— while Butte County residents’ median age is 35.8.

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Being safe Chico is served by the Chico Police Department, while unincorporated pockets inside city boundaries are served by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Chico PD’s nonemergency line is 897-4900. The Chico State campus is also patrolled by its own law-enforcement entity, the University Police Department. The city of Chico Fire Department, besides fighting fires, also has specialized teams that perform technical rescues and respond to drowning accidents and hazardous-materials calls.

Weather Moderate temperatures in spring and fall make those seasons favorites for outdoor types. If you don’t like hot summers, you’re out of luck. Chico’s summer temperatures will rise past the 100-degree mark regularly, with balmy days sprinkled throughout the season. Winters are fairly mild and wet, with the most rainfall coming in January. The average annual rainfall is about 27 inches.


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getting around The bus-transit system serving Chico, Oroville and Butte County is Butte Regional Transit, or the “B-Line.” Tickets cost $1.50 and $2 for in-town and regional services, respectively. Students ages 6 to 18 get a discounted fare ($1 and $1.50, respectively, for in-town and regional rides). Children younger than 6 years old ride free (limited to two children per family). Chico State students, faculty and staff ride for free. Check for complete fare and route information. The B-Line runs seven days a week, except on certain holidays; some routes do not operate every day. Seniors and the mobility-impaired may catch a ride from the B-Line THE BASICS continued on page 78

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Paratransit (342-0221). Of course, there are numerous cab companies available to take you where need to go. Greyhound and Amtrak leave from the train station at 450 Orange St. in Chico. The largest airport in Butte County is the Chico Municipal Airport, which has no commercial air services. If you’re driving, Highway 99 is the main arterial route through Butte County, running in a north/ south direction, mainly serving Chico. Highway 70 is the main route serving Oroville, also running north/ south. Highway 149 connects the two highways and cities. And Highway 32 stretches from central Chico westward over the Sacramento River, hooking


up with I-5, and also into the mountainous regions to the northeast.

Library An important aspect of any community is its public library. The Butte County Library system is composed of six excellent facilities and a bookmobile. Literacy services and veterans resources are also available. For more information and library hours, call 538-7198 or visit butte Visit the well-stocked Chico branch of the Butte County Library at 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762.

Economy Government, the university and services such as health care

and retail trade continue to be the largest employers in Butte County, but dominant behind the scenes is the $450-million-a-year agriculture industry (walnuts, almonds and rice, in particular). According to recent data, the average per-capita income was $25,415, and the median household income was $44,491. While Butte County wages are notoriously low, the cost of living here is considerably lower than in Sacramento or the Bay Area. Butte County’s unemployment rate came in at 7.5 percent in July 2015, according to the state Employment Development Department.

PoLitics You may be aware of California’s reputation as perhaps the most politically volatile state in the union. Don’t expect any less from the politics that play out in Chico and the rest of Butte County. Newcomers may be surprised by the passion locals display on all sides of issues related to political elections, bond measures and land use. But the more impassioned the populace, the more likely the town is worth shouting about, and that is certainly the case with Chico. The city is led by a seven-member City Council with each serving a four-year term. Elections are staggered every two years—three seats

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Passages Center 25 Main St., Ste. 202, 898-5923,

BeHavioRal & Mental HealtH Butte County Behavioral Health Adult outpatient center: 560 Cohasset Ave., 891-2784; youth outpatient center: 500 Cohasset Road, Ste. 15, 891-2945, Crisis line: 800-334-6622 or 891-2810; friendship line for older adults: 800-971-0016; Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386

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Education PuBliC sCHools Chico unified school District Formed in 1964, the Chico Unified

School District has a policy of letting parents send their students to the schools of their choice, as long as there’s room. The CUSD includes 11 elementary schools, one K-8 open-structure-classroom school, three junior highs and three high schools (including a continuation school). Several campuses have special programs, such as Two-Way Language Immersion, Open Structure and Academics Plus. Test scores and other state measures of achievement are kept at the district offices at 1163 E. Seventh St. (891-3000). The CUSD offers a home-schooling program and oversees several charter schools. The Inspire School of Arts and Sciences—an “internal” CUSD charter school—offers an innovative high-school curriculum as an alternative to conventional high school. The CUSD also oversees a community day school, which, by referrals, takes in students who have been on probation or suspension.


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CHaRteR sCHools Blue oak Charter school Kindergarten-eighth grade. 450 W. East Ave., 879-7483,

Chico Country Day school Kindergarten-eighth grade. 102 W. 11th St., 895-2650,

Chico Montessori Children’s House Kindergarten-sixth grade. 814 Glenn St., 342-5518,

CoRe Butte Charter school 260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 120, 894-3952,

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Oroville adult education 2750 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, 538-5350,

regional & Continuing education (Chico State) Programs include Open University (for nonenrolled students), ElderCollege (for students 60 and older) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (for those 50 and older). 400 W. First St., 898-6105, • licensed by state of CA Contractors Board, Better Business Bureau, Valley Contractors Exchange 82 Discover chico Fall 2015/Winter 2016

Powell Roofing 530.354.5318 43 norfield ave #4• chico

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SEPTEMBER 9/5 Alonzo King LINES Ballet 9/9

W. Kamau Bell


John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio


Chico World Music Festival


Seussical JR.

OCTOBER Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India


10/4 10/23

The Milk Carton Kids SHUFFLE Concert


Julie Fowlis


Paco Peña

NOVEMBER Lake Street Dive

JANUARY Under the Streetlamp

1/17 1/24


The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Yamato - Bakuon

FEBRUARY 2/3 Presidio Brass 2/6

Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle


Sir Ken Robinson

2/13 Queen: A Night at the Opera

MARCH 3/5 Triplets of Belleville 3/8

Igudesman & Joo


Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien


3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host: Ira Glass

3/29 Movie: Footloose 3/31 Spotlight


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APRIL 4/1 Broadway Boogie 4/3 ODC

FALL 2015/ WINTER 2016

4/8 Banff Film Festival 4/10 Arlo Guthrie 4/13 Circa: Carnival

of the Animals

4/17 Metta Quintet 4/19 Bryan Stevenson:

Just Mercy


5/10 Stunt Dog


5/27 Shrek the Musical JR.



Melissa Etheridge

DECEMBER 12/4-6 Sleeping Beauty 12/10

Pink Martini with Storm Large


Handel’s Messiah

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INSIDE: A tour of Bidwell Mansion

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