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elcome to Chico, a city filled to the brim with opportunities for fun, both outdoors and in. With Discover Chico, we aim to introduce newcomers and longtime residents to all of the entertainment, dining, arts and parks that this fair city has to offer. For those new to the area, be sure to check out page 12 for a walking tour of downtown, the heart of Chico. Then head over to page 22, where you’ll find all you need to know about the city’s jewel and outdoor haven, Bidwell Park. We also have compiled a comprehensive list of local restaurants, nightlife spots and art galleries for all your entertainment needs. If locally grown and made foods and wines are more your speed, check out the Agritourism section on page 60. And anyone staying more than a few days should check out Excursions (page 68) for regional attractions. If you’ve just moved to Chico, make sure to read the Relocation Guide on page 76, and look at the maps on page 66 to get acquainted with your new surroundings. Chico is a truly unique place to visit and live. Locals are known for being welcoming to newcomers, so don’t be shy to stop and ask for directions or recommendations. Enjoy your stay! —Meredith J. Graham

Events ................................................6 Mark your calendar! There’s plenty of fun stuff to do when the weather heats up.

Downtown..........................................12 Park the car and take this self-guided walking tour.

Campus .............................................16 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. We’ve also included listings for Chico’s many smaller parks and playgrounds, as well as regional golf courses.

Arts & Entertainment ...........................28 Chico’s arts-and-entertainment scene is top-notch. Check out the many venues and their wide array of offerings.

Look! It’s a bird! .................................54 Fall and winter are ideal times of year to catch glimpses of some of the beautiful bird species that call Butte County home.

Family Fun .........................................56 This special section filled with family-friendly destinations is guaranteed to keep children (of all ages) entertained.

Agritourism........................................60 Chico’s position in the Sacramento Valley makes it ideal for year-round agriculture-related tourism to wineries, olive orchards and working farms.

Maps ............................................66-67 We’ve included maps of downtown Chico and Butte County to orient visitors and newcomers to the area.

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 bed-and-breakfasts or at one of the many hotels and motels, or RV campgrounds around town.

Relocation Guide .................................76 If you’re thinking of moving to Chico, read this section. It covers the basics, including demographics, politics, schools and health care facilities. Discover Chico editor: Meredith J. Graham Additional editing and writing: Rachel Bush, Jason Cassidy, Melissa Daugherty and Howard Hardee Design: Tina Flynn, Sandy Peters Photography: Jason Cassidy, Kyle Delmar, Meredith J. Graham, Howard Hardee, Melanie MacTavish, Tina Flynn and Brittany Waterstradt Advertising manager: Jamie DeGarmo Advertising staff: Ruth Alderson, Alex Beehner, Brian Corbit and Laura Golino Discover Chico is published twice a year by the Chico News & Review, 530-894-2300, Copyright ©2014 Chico Community Publishing

Nightlife ...........................................34 It’s hard to get bored with Chico’s eclectic and always busy nightclub, bar and music scene.

Dining ..............................................40

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here’s always a ton going on in and around Chico, whether you’re into music, history, hiking or science. In the fall and winter, Chicoans tend to head outdoors for farm and birding tours while the weather is cool. They also like to celebrate, so there are plenty of festivals and holiday events to kick off the cooler months. Get out and join the Chico scene!

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Tourism information

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 sum-

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mer 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.

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

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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.

Check out Chico State’s Humanities calendar website for up-to-date info on shows and exhibits.

Chico State School of the Arts

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

With the university in close proximity to downtown Chico, there is always something going on.

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

Uncle Dad’s Art Collective This collection of some of Chico’s busiest performers puts on a variety of original musical, theatrical and just-plain random events. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates:

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, etc. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. www.chicofarmers 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 the parking lot of the Dorothy F. Johnson Center. Hours: 2-5:30 p.m. Fridays, on the corner of East 16th and C streets,

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. 891-6353, www.silver

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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 graywild for more info.

September Mountain View Christmas Tree Farm

Bidwell Bark Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, One-Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park. Butte Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year with a 5K run or 2K walk, bagel breakfast, dog costume contest, live music, silent auction, vendors, dunk tank and more.

Chico-Con Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Chico Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 554 Rio Lindo Ave. Chico’s first comic-book convention, featuring dozens of comic creators, writers and artists, plus vendors and other comics fun. Visit ComicCon

Touch of Chico Oct. 5, noon-6 p.m., Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. A peaceful, holistic health event that KZFR Community Radio has hosted for 13 years. Enjoy a variety of massage and bodywork under a canopy of trees while local musicians play sweetly along. Only $1 per minute for bodywork.

on Oct. 9, and finishing big with Sierra Nevada’s Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival on Oct. 18.,

Chikoko: Neotropolis Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Silver Dollar Fairground, commercial building.

Nor Cal Beers & Bands Oct. 9, 7 p.m., The Graduate. The Chico News & Review’s kickoff party for Chico Beer Week, featuring three Nor Cal bands and tons of Nor Cal beers on tap. Performers include Chico’s twangy Michelin Embers; Cajun-hillbilly foot-stompers from the Trinity Alps, 4 Pounds of Lightning; and Sacramento indierockers Exquisite Corps. $5 cover.

October Artoberfest October, various locations. A month-long celebration of Chico’s arts scene, highlighting events produced by all the local art galleries, concert promoters, theaters, and other arts organizations in town. Visit for more info and for a guide to what’s in store.

National Yo-Yo Contest Oct. 5, Chico City Plaza. The best yo-yo hotshots in the country square off for all of Chico to see. Free. 8931414

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Chico Beer Week Oct. 9-18 It’s going to be a fun week. Chico News & Review and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. present Chico Beer Week 2014. 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, starting with the CN&R’s Nor Cal Beers & Bands kickoff party at the Graduate Fall 2014/Winter 2015 DISCOVER CHICO 9

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Chikoko, Chico’s busy and inventive fashion/art collective puts on its annual fall fashion-show and variety show. This year’s theme: Neotropolis. More info at

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend Oct. 11-12, locations vary. Tour Butte County’s farms and wineries and taste the very best of their wares.

Open Studios art tour Oct. 18-19 & 25-26, 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, the galleries and other art spaces in Chico and throughout Butte County over the course of two weekends. Visit www.chicoart for more info.

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 the irrepressibly rockin’ Yule Logs), dancers, Santa and revelers to gather and enjoy a night of communal celebration.

Focus Film Fest

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Oct. 23-25, Sierra Nevada Big Room and Colusa Hall at Chico State. The annual film festival that honors “diversity and inclusion through documentaries and narrative films” will kick off with an opening gala at the Big Room on Oct. 23 and finish Oct. 24-25 with showings of more than 30 short and feature-length films in Chico State’s Colusa Hall. Visit the site for info and a full schedule: www.focusfilmfest

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.down


December Community Tree Lighting Dec. 5, 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. events

January Polar Bear Swim

Christmas Preview Community Tree Lighting

Nov. 28-Dec. 23, 1986 Mountain View Drive, Paradise. Choose and cut your own Christmas trees just up the road in Paradise.

Nov. 23, 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

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 One-Mile Recreation Area for this Chico tradition of swimming across the chilly creek. Why don’t you join them?

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Jan. 21-25. Bird-watch in one of the most diverse wildlife corridors of the Sacramento Valley. This popular four-day event includes field trips, presentations, workshops, a banquet and a silent auction. www.snow

Jan. 29-Feb. 1. 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

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The heart of Chico

f there’s one spot that best epitomizes the spirit of Chico, it’s downtown. The core of the city hosts a variety of places to chow down on local cuisine, sample the latest fashions and check out the art and performance scene. While strolling along Main Street or Broadway, let the architecture and murals give you a glimpse into the city’s history. Not far from Bidwell Park or the Chico State campus, downtown is only a stone’s throw from scenic creek views and nature walks. But even if you never left the city’s center, you’d still stumble upon the myriad markets, festivals and other events that downtown hosts every year.

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For a firsthand view of what Chico has to offer, follow this self-guided walking tour—the perfect way to get to know the walkable and welcoming city center. As you take in the landmarks, be sure to make time to browse, chow or wet your whistle at some of the downtown area’s eclectic establishments along the way. See page 66 for a corresponding map. Diamond Alley with Hotel Diamond in background

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If it’s Saturday, head straight to the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. This year-round local favorite is a great place to score fresh local produce, meats and other delectables— perfect for a picnic. It also features artisan crafts and food vendors, and street musicians are often on hand to entertain. Hours: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets.

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2 Chico City Municipal Center 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 in their surface—which is poised out front. Inside, the building also hosts regular art exhibitions, featuring the work of local artists. Municipal Center hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. 411 Main St.,

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3 Old Municipal Building Swing around to the front of the block to the recently renovated Old Municipal Building, now the home of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, to load up on insider tips and free brochures for area attractions. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 441 Main St., 800852-8570

4 Senator Theatre Just south on Main Street, you’ll find the ornate Senator Theatre, built in 1928 and a major landmark in Chico’s history. Once home to traveling shows, the Senator became a movie theater in the mid-20th century. Now, it’s the main North State stop for some big names in music. 517 Main St., 898-1497,

5 Downtown Post Office Head back up Main and swing left on Fifth to make a stop at the United States Postal Service office. Built in 1916, it’s recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. With its beautiful arched entrance DOWNTOWN continued on page 14

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and Renaissance Revival architecture, the post office is a true Chico landmark. 141 W. Fifth St.

6 Chico City Plaza The Post Office sits smack dab in front of City Plaza, the one-block park in the heart of downtown Chico. This is a great spot for people-watching, resting your feet and enjoying the park’s elaborate fountain. City Plaza is the venue for a Chico institution for the past 36 years: Friday Night Concerts. The free concerts are a great place to hear live, local music in a range of genres. Fifth and Main streets

7 Stansbury Home Head one block west to admire this gleaming-white Victorian at the corner of West Fifth and Salem streets. This is Chico’s best-maintained example of late-19th-century Italianate architecture. Hours: Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848

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8 Hotel Diamond Veer northeast to the beautifully renovated Hotel Diamond, a classy homage to the original luxury hotel constructed in 1904. Now, the hotel offers fine dining in Johnnie’s Restaurant, standard rooms and luxury suites. 220 W. Fourth St, 8933100,

9 El Rey Theatre Two blocks north you’ll find this historic venue, which dates from 1905 and was originally a Vaudeville theater. It is now used primarily for touring performers, and shows movies on weekends. 230 W. Second St.,

10 Chico Museum Take in some local history, just around the corner at Second and Salem. The Chico Museum celebrates the region’s past in a permanent historical exhibit, houses a re-creation of a Taoist temple similar to one formerly located in Chico, and features rotating exhibits. Hours: WednesdaySunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St.,

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11 Bidwell Mansion This elegant three-story, 26-room, pink-and-brown Victorian mansion is Chico’s most famous home, named after former residents and founders of Chico, John and Annie Bidwell. The Bidwells entertained guests like President Rutherford B. Hayes, John Muir and Susan B. Anthony here. Onthe-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: Monday noon-5 p.m., SaturdaySunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 525 Esplanade, 895-6144, ●

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uch of Chico’s success is reflected in its local education system. Home to Chico State University, Butte College, two beauty schools and a law school, the city provides resources for all areas of learning. Founded in 1887, Chico State celebrates over 125 years of traditions and remains the second oldest campus in the California State University system (behind San Jose State). With more than 25 campus organizations, the university keeps students, local citizens and visitors engaged with their various forms of community involvement.

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Campus tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., beginning at the Admissions Office in the first-floor lobby of the Student Services Center. To make a reservation, log onto or call 898-6322. If you decide to take a stroll on your own, here are a few places on the Chico State campus worth noting:

Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Students in the know call it the BMU. Owned and operated by the Associated Students, the BMU is home to the Chico State Wildcat Store, the Marketplace Cafe, an auditorium, study areas, a coffee shop and the Associated Students offices (as well as many of the organization’s programs). CAMPUS continued on page 18

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Trinity Hall

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. Romanesque-style 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 Dali, 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. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. 898-4476,

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 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. 898-5862,

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.

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and international artists. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Located on the first floor of Meriam Library, this teaching muse-

um features rotating exhibitions, photos and artifacts, with the aim of promoting respect and appreciation for human diversity. Admission free; donations welcome. Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 898-5397,

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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 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 also runs a satellite campus in Chico, making it possible for students to attend classes without making the drive to the main campus. Butte College’s newest addition is the Skyway Center in south Chico, home to the automotivetechnology program. The accredited two-year college offers associate degrees and fully transferable general-education courses, as well as vocational-certificate programs. More than 21,000 students attend the school.

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Cal Northern School Of Law 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,

Chico Beauty College With new classes beginning every six weeks, Chico Beauty College offers hands-on experience with hair, nail and skin-care services under the watchful eye of credentialed instructors. 1356 Longfellow Ave., 343-4201

Marinello Schools of Beauty For those interested in all things beauty—cosmetology, aesthetics, massage therapy, manicuring, hair design or barbering—Marinello Schools of Beauty in Chico has just what you need to become licensed and employed. 2201 Pillsbury Road, #170, 895-8900, ● Fall 2014/Winter 2015 DISCOVER CHICO 21

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The great outdoors


ou don’t need a gym membership to stay active in Chico. With the city’s impressive collection of parks, there’s plenty of outdoor space for running, walking or tossing the Frisbee around with friends. Chico’s most notable open space, Bidwell Park, is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, providing our town with thousands of acres of shade, rugged hiking terrain and swimming holes. Given to the city as a gift by Annie Bidwell (wife of Chico founder John Bidwell), residents and visitors have been enjoying the beautiful natural space for over 100 years. 22 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2014/Winter 2015

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Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a 3,670-acre preserve and the natural heart and soul of the Chico community. Divided by Manzanita Avenue, the park comprises two distinct sections. The area to the west of Manzanita bordering Big Chico Creek is known as Lower Park, while the land to the east, which extends into the Sierra Nevada foothills, is known as Upper Park. Lower Park’s thick canopy of trees provides shade for its many flat, grassy knolls. And Upper Park, which extends five miles along both sides of Big Chico Creek Canyon, ranges in terrain from slight slopes to rugged rock faces. To reserve picnic areas, call 896-7800. For trail and road con-

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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., 8914671,

One-Mile Recreation Area Soaking up the sun, swimming in the huge 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, One-Mile is located just a few blocks from downtown and is easily reached through entrances on Fourth or Fifth streets. ditions, call 896-7899. Within Bidwell Park, there are a number of special spots to relax with friends and family, or go on a hike or bike ride:

Lower Park Caper Acres A much-beloved playground for children with a soft, spongy central area full of things for kids to climb on, including an impressive mosaic sea serpent created by local artist Robin Indar. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. TuesdaySunday. 500 South 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. Access to the World of

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 amid the seclusion of the park’s many trees. Take South Park Drive or Peterson Memorial Way to any turnoff.

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Five-Mile Recreation Area At the foot of Upper Bidwell Park, Five-Mile is either a kicking-off point for forays 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 offleash 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).

North Rim Trail Skirting the north edge of Upper Park along Big Chico Creek canyon, the North Rim offers one of the area’s most popular trails. The “B” Trail, which descends from the North Rim, is hiking at its finest—rugged and scenic. Take Wildwood Avenue off Manzanita Avenue, then go 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

Peregrine Point Trailhead & Disc Golf Course Chico’s 18-hole disc golf course offers a challenge for avid disc golfers and 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.

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up into the south side of the canyon. For a day hike, go up the 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.

Upper Park Road Wildwood Avenue in Chico turns into a rocky, rutted dirt road 2 miles into Upper Bidwell Park, where it becomes Upper Park Road. It’s usually passable with most vehicles in dry weather. The road runs 5 miles to the end of Upper Bidwell 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 upand-down ruggedness and secluded scenery.

Wildwood Park This 17-acre park near the gateway to Upper Bidwell Park in Chico features state-of-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.

Yahi Trail 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.

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Erosion is a problem on the Yahi, so no bikers or horses are allowed. Just east of Horseshoe Lake at the end of Upper Park Road.

Other parks and playgrounds Baroni Park Located in a quiet southeast Chico neighborhood, family-friendly Baroni Park offers play equipment, a full-sized basketball court and a large green space. 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) includes lighting, an elaborate concert stage and a spectacular 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. 7 a.m-7 p.m. daily through March, OxidationPonds



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 hike 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

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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

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 large, 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, a basketball court, a picnic area, an indoor basketball court and a pool table. 775 E. 16th St.

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Lava Creek Golf Course

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.

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.

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

Oak Way Park 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.

Peterson Park 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 Dubbed “The Accidental Wetland” by Chico Creek Nature Center naturalist Jon Aull, Teichert Ponds “host some of Chico’s most interesting wild inhabitants,” including wood ducks, beavers and herons. The obscure three-pond area is visible on the east side of Highway 99, between the 20th Street and Highway 32 exits.

Public golf courses Bidwell Park Golf Course 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. Regular greens fee, which includes a golf cart, is $40 on weekdays and $48 on weekends and holidays. About a mile up Wildwood Avenue. 891-8417, course.html

Dingerville USA Golf Known for its friendly staff, this nine-hole course near Palermo is open daily. Greens fees: $10. 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 5339343,

Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center 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, www.lakeorovillegolfandevent

Skyway Golf Park

Paradise Pines Golf Course This course is just a short drive from Chico in the wooded Sierra Nevada foothills community of Magalia. The course offers nine holes plus a driving range. 13917 South Park Drive, 873-1111, www.paradise

The Practice Tee at Sunset Hills 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 the 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, www.tuscanridge ● 26 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2014/Winter 2015

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Vintage & Antiques October 17th & 18th Friday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 10am - 6pm We will have a great selection of vintage and antique decor, clothing and furniture. 982 East Avenue Chico, CA 95926 530-343-6178

Monday through Saturday 10AM til 6PM • Sundays from 12PM til 5PM We have a great selection of clothing for people of all ages, shoes and accessories. We have household items, furniture and decor. We have books for the whole family to enjoy. We sell costume and fine jewelry. We have picture frames and art as well as specialty items. We have fun events monthly. The proceeds of the shop fund services for local and surrounding are patients as well as research and education. We always are in need of volunteers and donations. Cancer Information: • 1.800.227.2345

Now with two locations on Mangrove! 892-1905 1341 Mangrove Ave. 891-3582 1215 Mangrove Ave. Find’s Design & Decor at 1341 Mangrove Avenue offers unique furnishings and accessories for your home. Our goal is to bring you a wide variety of styles so you’ll be able to find that perfect piece you’ve been looking for.

Find’s Design & Decor has expanded! Find’s at 1215 Mangrove offers quality furnishings and mattresses to bring comfort and beauty to your home. Experience our expanded selection of seating products, dining and bedroom furniture.

You’ll find some of the finest brands in the industry like Flexsteel Stressless and Bassett, as well as organic and natural mattresses by OrganicPedic and Magniflex. Personalised Comfort When it comes to comfort Ekornes gives you the freedom to choose. That’s why most of the Stressless designs are available in three sizes. Fall 2014/Winter 2015 DISCOVER CHICO 27


Getting cultured

Chico State Department of Music and Theatre


hico takes pride in its love for local art culture. The spirit of the city lives in each art gallery and theater around town (and there are lots of them!). Whether you’re hoping to get involved in a project yourself, or you just want to admire the eclectic mix of performances and exhibits around town, Chico has what you’re seeking. The community of local artists thrives on the support of fellow enthusiasts, so there are opportunities to get involved, too. See our guide for listings of performance venues, galleries and spaces to take various workshops and classes.

Museums & galleries 1078 Gallery This artist-managed, nonprofit gallery is a showcase for experimental, progressive and not necessarily commercial art. Hours: ThursdaySaturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. 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 in the thirdfloor lobby of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, 898-5489

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and local art in an intimate atmosphere. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 180 E. Ninth Ave., Ste. 1, 894-6900

Art Etc. The place for art supplies, framing and rotating exhibits from 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 sculpture and ceramics by Dave and Jana Lawton. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment. 325 Nord Ave., 894-1843,

Avenue 9 Gallery Avenue 9 is an art guild, with 20 artist-members who collectively make decisions about the direction of the gallery and always have a sampling of their work on display. Each guild member is a “featured artist” at the gallery once a year. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 180 E. Ninth Ave., 879-1821,

AVL Looms Located in Chico since 1980, AVL Looms is a world-famous textileequipment manufacturing company. The company still builds all products at its headquarters on Park Avenue. AVL builds a variety of looms, from its smallest (a 16-inch product controlled by an iPhone) all the way up

to 20-foot-wide professional rug looms. AVL has shipped its products to all 50 states, and more than 80 countries. Tours are available by appointment. 2360 Park Ave, 893-4915,

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., 8993223

Chico Air Museum The Chico Air Museum, which is located at the Chico Municipal Airport, celebrated 10 years in 2014. The museum consists of an outdoor aircraft display, as well as an indoor exhibit of interesting and historic aviation artifacts. Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. 170 Convair Ave., 345-6468

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Original Paintings • Etchings Hand Blown Glass • Jewelry Sculpture • Hand Carved Wooden Bowls By Local Artists

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Chico All Fired Up is an open studio with clay-working tools and a ceramic-supply outlet with clays, glazes, tools and raw materials. There are also classes and opportunities for parties and workshops. Now part of the Work Training Center, a nonprofit focused on adults with disabilities. Open Tuesday-Sunday (call for times). 830 Broadway, 894-5227, A&E continued on page 30





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Chico Art Center Established in 1956, this nonprofit arts venue offers regular exhibits as well as classes for all levels. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726, www.chicoart

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

Chico Museum Housed in a 1905 Carnegie Library, the Chico Museum’s exhibit opening Oct. 4 is “Mik ‘cupu dy: This Is Our Home, Here We Remain,” which depicts the history of the Mechoopda Tribe, from their perspective. A second exhibit, “100 Years of Chico History: 1860-1960,” captures that century through photographs and artifacts from the museum’s collection. Suggested donation: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under free. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336, www.chico

FRAME WHAT YOU LOVE 122 W. Third St • Chico, CA 95928 530.895.1161

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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. Hours: Weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 345 Broadway, 8910900,

Gateway Science Museum Gateway offers a few science and natural history exhibits a semester. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon5 p.m. 624 Esplanade, 898-412,

Healing Art Gallery Healing Art Gallery features exhibits by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856

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James Snidle Fine Arts & Appraisals Based in Chico and San Francisco, the James Snidle gallery offers finearts and personal-property appraisals, gallery shows, art restoration and conservation as well as art shows featuring the works of exciting artists from Chico and beyond. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.5 p.m. 254 E. Fourth St., 343-2930,

Janet Turner Print Museum

Besides some 3,500 prints by such artists as Goya, Rembrandt and Renoir—as well as the museum’s namesake—this print museum also showcases student print exhibits and sponsors the annual Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. Meriam Library at Chico State, 898-5351,

Orient & Flume Art Glass Art glass at its finest. This Chico gallery offers interested buyers a variety of vases, bowls and assorted glassworks. Watch the glassblowers at their trade weekdays until 1 p.m. 2161 Park Ave. Hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 893-0373,

Sally Dimas Art Gallery

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Sally Dimas features original paintings, art pottery, etchings and jewelry by local and regional artists. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.5 p.m., or by appointment. 493 East Ave., 345-3063

Satava Glass

Providing FREE access to information & ideas since 1913

For 35 years, Satava has created beautiful, hand-blown and solid-form glass art. Their glass vases and colorful jellyfish pieces are particularly popular. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 819 Wall St., 345-7985,

• Story times & Crafts • Computer Access & Wifi • Online Research Stations • Downloadable Audio & eBooks • Best-Selling Books, New Release DVDs

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



The Vagabond Rose Gallery & Framing This gallery, owned by Marilyn Souza for more than 25 years, features exhibits from local artists that rotate on a monthly basis. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 236 Main St., 343-1110

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology The museum offers exhibitions, lectures, children’s programs and K-12 outreach. Chico State students design and install the exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meriam Library, first floor, 898-5397, anthmuseum

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Movies Cinemark 14 Chico’s big theater, with 14 screens showing first-run films. 801 East Ave., (800) 326-3264 ext. 1101

Little Theatre Throughout the school year, a wide variety of interesting U.S. and

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international films are offered through the University Film Series. Suggested donation: $3. Ayres 106, 898-6341, hc/filmseries.html

Slow Theatre

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

Theater Blue Room Theatre This outfit brings community theater to a professional level with wellproduced, cutting-edge and classical dramas and comedies featuring talented local actors, with scripts ranging from the locally written to the award-winning. Year-round productions, classes and workshops by the Blue Room Theatre Young Company offer opportunities for kids. 139 W. First St. (upstairs), 895-3749,

Butte College Black Box Theatre Each semester since the 1970s the community college has presented one drama or musical, ranging from classical to contemporary productions,

and Butte College’s new state-of-theart Black Box Theatre is the ideal place to stage them. 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, 895-2994

musical production in Laxson Auditorium each spring. Chico State campus, 898-6333,

California Regional Theatre

Chico Theater Company

A newer addition to Chico’s theater scene, CRT produces large-scale musicals in CUSD’s Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School and offers educational opportunities for children regularly throughout the year. 475 East Ave., 800-722-4522,

Chico Theater Company has been producing family-friendly musical theater productions for more than a decade. They also produce non-musical comedies and children’s theater shows. The theater is intimate with seating for only 200 and a great view of the stage from anywhere in the house. 166 Eaton Road, 894-3282,

Chico State Department of Music and Theatre Throughout the academic year, the department presents plays in two spaces (Harlen Adams Theatre and Wismer Theatre) inside the Performing Arts Center, as well as a

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., 800-722-4522,

Rogue Theatre Rogue Theatre, which holds its performances at various venues around town, is a rebellious troupe with sporadic productions of challenging contemporary theater.

Slow Theatre A brand-new theater committed to the slow development of its productions. Performances—such as the annual Butcher Shop theater festival—are staged at various local venues., ●

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n Chico, you don’t need to hole up at home once the sun’s gone down. Want to see a show? Chico’s got it. Want to grab some drinks with friends? Chico’s definitely the place to be. With all the bars, performance venues and clubs to choose from, the only thing you’ll be lacking is hours in the night. With the variety of weekly themed events, from trivia to funk night to karaoke, you don’t have to wait until the weekend to have a good time. For those willing to cruise a few miles out of the city limits, Oroville boasts two lively casinos for all of your gambling adventures. 34 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2014/Winter 2015

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Bars, pubs & clubs Argus Bar + Patio One of downtown Chico’s newest hotspots, Argus offers premium cocktails and a rotating lineup of food trucks that pull up to the back patio on weekends. 212 W. Second St.,

The Banshee The Banshee is a downtown fixture, fashioned in Irish-pub style with a long bar and a vast assortment of foreign brews in bottles and on tap. The pub grub is first rate, to boot. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670

The Beach The Beach features an ultraswanky VIP area on the second floor, complete with a funky-shaped pool table, couches and specialty martini menu. Downstairs, you’ll

find a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar & Cafe. 191 E. Second St., 898-9898, thebeachchico

Bella’s Sports Pub This downtown establishment is popular among sports fans looking to catch a game on one of several high-definition big-screen TVs. Serves up a bunch of good pub-grub in addition to a wide selection of beers. 134 Broadway, 893-5253

B Street Oyster Co. This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Here, however, there’s a full oyster bar plus other delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203,

Burgers & Brew Serving grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews, this downtown establishment has an outdoor patio in addition to indoor seating. Open late on weekends. 201 Broadway, 879-9100

dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. Open daily with late hours. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330

The Graduate

Serving beer and wine, Café Coda hosts an eclectic variety of live music, from local acoustic and rock acts to national touring bands. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476,

One of the larger venues in town, this sports bar and restaurant offers a variety of yummy eats. It’s located in the middle of the student neighborhood, but billiards and arcade games make it popular among families as well as the college crowd. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790,

Crazy Horse Saloon

The Handle Bar

Café Coda

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

The Handle Bar offers a Germaninspired pub menu to compliment a host of specialty craft beers (with a focus on regional brews). 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337,

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

The Holiday Inn Lounge

Well known for its hoppin’ late happy hour, this restaurant/bar is an upscale option downtown with an awesome patio view. 201 Broadway, 342-7000,

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

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

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

Duffy’s Tavern A local institution, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. There’s regular DJs playing dance music and occasional live rock shows too. 337 Main St., 343-7718

The End Zone

Located inside the historic Hotel Diamond, Johnnie’s offers seafood, steaks and tapas, and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515

LaSalles LaSalles features two stages—one next to the dance floor in the main barroom and one on the outdoor patio under the trees. Both feature cover bands, touring outfits and local musicians. This is a college-focused club, but popular drink specials and musical acts attract a mixed clientele. 229 Broadway, 893-1891,

Last Call Lounge If you’re tired of the college scene, head out toward the airport and stop at this bar hiding in the Walgreens shopping center that features two pool tables and a smoking patio. 876 East Ave., 895-3213

Lost on Main This bar and nightclub features a number of DJs and other live shows in an art-rich environment at its spacious downtown location. Also, they have lasers! 319 Main St., 891-1853

Madison Bear Garden Outrageous hanging decorations make this Chico classic perhaps the worst place to be in the event of an earthquake. Tasty grill items and outside seating draw families by day, while drink specials, karaoke and adult tricycle races draw students by night. 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 patio, a pool table and shuffleboard. 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915

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

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Oasis Bar & Grill By the railroad tracks near the Chico State campus, the Oasis hosts both students and neighborhood regulars. There are daily drink specials, pub grub, shuffleboard, new pool tables and ping-pong. 1007 W. First St., 343-4305,

Panama Bar & Cafe Panama’s, as it’s known locally, offers a wide array of Long Island-style “teas” served in big glasses and made stiff. They also serve a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and other dishes to help soak up the booze. 177 E. Second St., 895-8817,

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This restaurant/bar on The Esplanade attracts a crowd of regulars on weekends, and features a live blues jam on the first Wednesday of every month as well as occasional live music. www.nashsrestaurant Breakfast weekdays, brunch weekends. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly (except Sunday). 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147


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


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Quackers Lounge A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers is full of regulars who are mostly above college-age. They have regular nights for karaoke and DJ dancing. 968 East Ave., 895-3825

Riley’s One of Chico’s most popular college bars with an emphasis on the Greek crowd. Riley’s is known for its “power hour” every Thursday from 9-10 p.m. when drinks start at a quarter and progressively increase by a quarter every 15 minutes. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459,

Scotty’s Landing Off the beaten path, Scotty’s Landing is a great place to drink a cold one and munch on something from the grill. You can also sing the night away during regular karaoke nights. Occasionally live bands perform on the deck overlooking the Sacramento River. 12609 River Road, 710-2020

Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill North Chico’s newest sports bar, specializing in good food, good drinks and great customer service. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088,

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

Tackle Box Bar & Grill This is the place to go if you want a little fried alligator or frog legs (or a burger, for the less adventurous)— not to mention live rock, blues and country acts—with your brew. This south Chico hotspot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a full bar. 375 E. Park Ave., 345-7499,

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill Featuring an attractive long bar to cozy up to—by yourself or with a date—choose from over 120 different premium tequilas for a custom-made

margarita. “Tres” offers delicious sitdown fare in addition to a yummy taco bar and wonderful Euro-cafestyle seating outside. 100 Broadway, 342-0425, www.treshombreslongbar

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 air-hockey table and an extremely loud jukebox. 191 E. Second St., 898-0630,

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, 7150099.


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 wide-screen TVs. The facility also has a steakhouse, buffet, café and an espresso bar. 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, (800) 803-1911, www.goldcountry

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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Casino 99 Chico’s only card room now 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 a fitness center and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool area. Check out the casino’s newest restaurant, the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., featuring house-brewed beers, gourmet food (including fresh sushi and sashimi) and live music. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3855, www.feather

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More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center serves beer and has an arcade, a snack bar, pro shop and plenty of fun. 2397 Esplanade, 895-3257, lanes

Chico State 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., 8984636,

El Rey Theatre This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and


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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,


Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great musical shows, but it’s also a major landmark in Chico’s history. Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Sublime with Rome, Bright Eyes and Steve Aoki have all performed there—with many more to come throughout 2013-14. 517 Main St., 898-1497,

Sierra Nevada Big Room The world-famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is also home to a famous concert venue—the Big Room. Watch out for an eclectic mix of worldrenowned musical talent, from Victor Wooten to Jackie Greene, two to three times a month in the state-ofthe-art, 350-seat facility. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, ●



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or being a small city, Chico offers a big menu when it comes to dining choices. You’ll find more than 250 restaurants, pubs and cafes to satiate your hunger. Some are names you already know, but check out the diverse selection of local eateries, many offering dishes made from the bounty of our local agricultural area. From local pizza joints to gourmet California cuisine, the city offers delicious choices to match everyone’s cravings. And foodies, don’t forget about any of the many food trucks and street vendors you’ll find (and smell) around the streets of Chico.

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Asian Aonami Sustainable Sushi

Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine made mostly from North State ingredients and served in a sleek, modern atmosphere. As the name implies, the fish is sustainable (nothing on the “red” list!). Lots of vegan options, too. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168 $

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro

A cozy restaurant featuring traditional Japanese sushi, plus a variety of appetizers. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 3454571 $$

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Serving Chinese food with lunch, dinner and vegetarian specials available, along with an assortment of “bubble teas.” Eat in or take out. 128 Broadway, 899-8368, www.broadwaymarketand $

Chada Thai Cuisine

Serving authentic Thai dishes, including a vegetarian menu. Lunch, Monday-Thursday; dinner, MondaySaturday. 117 W. Second St., 342-7121 $$

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine

Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Delivery available. 1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888 $

Chicoichi Ramen

Chicoichi Ramen features a simple menu of authentic ramen, donburi, salads and sushi in a comfortable Japanese setting. Patio dining available; live music on Friday evenings. 243 W. Ninth St., 891-9044 $

Cocodine Thai Cuisine

Specializing in flavorful and healthy authentic central and northeastern (Issan) Thai cuisine. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800 $$

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

Egg Roll King

Chinese-style fast food; drivethrough window and indoor seating available. 659 Palmetto Ave., 8931838 $

Enjoy Teriyaki

Delicious Korean specialties, including bibimbab and cellophane noodles. Also serving potstickers, tempura and teriyaki combos for dining in or taking out. Beer and sake served, open late on weekends. 450 Broadway, 899-9344 $

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine

New restaurant on the west side of town offering Vietnamese food, coffee and tea. Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 951 Nord Ave., Ste. A, 893-2888 $

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar Try traditional Japanese dishes or the sushi bar at this longtime Chico favorite. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-7226, $$

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. 2201 Pillsbury Road, 345-8862 $$

Happy Garden

This family-run restaurant specializes in delicious, healthy Chinese cuisine served in generous portions in a nice atmosphere. Dine-in or take-out available. 180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574 or 893-5068 $

House of Bamboo

Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. 163 E. Second St., 893-8811, $$

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q

All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue with fresh vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces. Beer and wine available. 2540 Esplanade, 342-8564; 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304, $$

Izakaya Ichiban

A sister restaurant to Big Tuna Sushi Bistro, serving Japanese tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine. 2000 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-8500 $$

Japanese Blossoms

Offering authentic Japanese food and a sushi bar. 2995 Esplanade, 891-9022 $$

Kwando Restaurant

Featuring a hibachi grill and Chinese buffet featuring a huge sushi bar, salad bar, carving bar, oysters, shrimp, dim sum, soup, fish, desserts and appetizers. 740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788 $$

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

A family-owned and -operated Thai restaurant offering an elevated but casual dining experience. Lunch specials and take-out available. 1196 E. Lassen Ave., 636-4620 $

Noodle House

Delicious Vietnamese and Asian-fusion cuisine including soups, bowls and wraps. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-2022, $

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Sit around the hibachi and watch the chefs grill steaks, seafood and vegetarian fare. There’s a sushi bar, too. 2477 Forest Ave., 899-1199 $$$

Panda Express

Serving up traditional Chinese favorites and other creations—fast. Drivethrough available. 2443 Cohasset Road, 345-7389 $

Peking Chinese Restaurant

San Francisco chef Ken Zeng presents lunch and dinner specials in a unique atmosphere. Closed Sunday. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888 $$

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine

Tasty Asian food at reasonable prices. 2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276, $$

Pho C & C

A variety of Vietnamese cuisine, including soups, rolls, noodles and tradi-

tional grilled or barbecued meats. 3211 Cohasset Road, 892-1415 $$

Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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

Rice Bowl

A sit-down restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, beer and wine. 2804 Esplanade, 8999098 $$

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., 3428842, $$

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone Sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drivethrough or dine in. 2190 Esplanade, 8928688 $

Teriyaki House

A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. Now with three locations in Chico. 951 Nord Ave., 894-3040; 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, www.teriyaki $

Thai Basil

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Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 121 Broadway, 343-6843 $$

Tong Fong Low

An institution in Oroville, Tong Fong Low also has a location in Chico, offering authentic Chinese cuisine. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, $$

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

Formerly the Chang Hing House. Chinese food for dining in or take-out. Order online for delivery! 951 Nord Ave., 893-8888, $

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant Serving a variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine. 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788 $

Wok ‘n’ Roll

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

Breakfast Nooks 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 $

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. 690 Rio Lindo Ave., 3451149; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-9905 $$

Italian Cottage

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Burgers, Delis & Dogs

Serving delicious omelets since 1970. Also: eggs Benedict, cottage potatoes, fresh-cooked 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 $$ Breakfast offerings include crepes, pancakes, omelets and scrambles. Lunch features burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as homemade tomato-basil soup. Now open for dinner WednesdaySaturday. 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

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 $$


Serving up its famous three-egg scrambles, plus eggs Benedict and homemade quiche. Champagne served daily. Full-service espresso bar. 880 East Ave., 892-8963 $$

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

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

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

The Banshee

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

Beach Hut Deli

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

Big Al’s Drive In

Milkshakes are a triple-thick treat at this longtime Chico favorite. 1844 Esplanade, 342-2722 $

Big Chico Burger

A casual restaurant serving fresh chuck patties, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads. 1550 East Ave., 891-6100 $

Burger Hut

A “Best of Chico” living legend with a “Build Your Own Burger” bar. 3211 Cohasset Road, 342-4555; 2451 Forest Ave., 891-1430, $

Burgers & Brew

Grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews in a modern downtown setting. 201 Broadway, 879-9100, $$

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You’ll find quality service and the freshest ingredients, including USDA Choice beef. Great burgers and a buildyour-own-omelet bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-3349400, $$

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The Cheesesteak Shop

Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches made with rib-eye steak. Chicken options, too. 995 Nord Ave., 345-2565 $

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Check out this full deli with a variety of sandwiches and salads, and pick up some traditional handmade sausage and specialty meats. 196 E. 14th St., 3437370, $

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Everything from steaks and margaritas to baby-back ribs. 1908 E. 20th St., 3451687, $$

The Dog House

Serving charcoal-grilled gourmet hot dogs and sausages, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Indoor seating at East Avenue location. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 894-3641; 1354 East Ave., 894-2242, $

EJ’s Dogs & Subs

A wide assortment of hot dogs and deli sandwiches. 672 Mangrove Ave., 342-3456 $

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Jersey Mike’s Subs

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

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

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Kona’s Downtown

Inexpensive, delicious sandwiches and wraps. 138 Main St., 893-4344

Kona’s on Nord

Hot and cold fresh-made sandwiches, homemade soups and cookies. Also offering 3- to 6-foot party subs for any occasion. Delivery available. 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 $

Port of Subs

Sliced fresh sandwiches! 2036 Forest Ave. (inside the Shell 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, $$

Scotty’s Landing

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 $$

Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ

A small California chain specializing in barbecue beef, pork, chicken and turkey. 131 Broadway, 891-6677, $$

Spiteri’s Delicatessen

894-6779; 722 Mangrove Ave., 891-1400; 2044 Forest Ave. (inside Walmart), 8791725, $

That’s a Wrap

A casual sandwich shop serving up amazing traditional and creative hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads made with quality meats, cheeses and fresh produce. Catering, too. Open daily. 2471 Cohasset Road Ste. 120, 891-9500


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

Steamed hot dogs, deli sandwiches, salad bar and house-made soups. 225 Main St. (inside Garden Walk Mall), 345-2820 $

Serving pastries, teas and espresso drinks. Multiple locations, www.caljava $

The Coffee Corner

Coffee, tea and pastries. 206 Walnut St., Ste. A, 809-2157 $

Coffee Ranch

Featuring Pablo’s Coffee, finely crafted espresso drinks, tea, fresh baked goods and protein smoothies. Outside patio seating. Open daily. 1288 E. First Ave., Ste. 100, 809-9338, $

Dutch Bros. Coffee

A drive-through featuring mochas, lattes, smoothies, the “Dutch Freeze” and various baked treats. Multiple locations, $

Empire Coffee

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

Fresh Twisted Café

Cafes & Bistros

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

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Has Beans Creekside

Serving espresso, breakfast burritos, sub sandwiches, salads and sweets. Also features a juice bar. 642 W. Fifth St., 343-0704 $

B Street Oyster Co.

This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Here, however, there’s a full oyster bar plus other delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, www.bstreet $$

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café

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, $$

Espresso and coffee, breakfast and lunch wraps and sandwiches, soups, gourmet salads and pastries. Garden patio, onsite bakery and catering. 800 Bruce Road, 892-2244 $$

SubStation Deli

Bidwell Perk

Enjoy the best sub in Chico made with fresh-baked rolls. Also serving fresh soup, chili and salads. 2404 Park Ave., 3439178, $

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


Inside In Motion Fitness, Cabana Café offers delicious paninis, wraps and grilled dishes, as well as a large salad bar and frozen-yogurt bar. 1293 E. First Ave., 8932233 $

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Cabana Café

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

Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria

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 $

It’s a Grind Coffee House

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

Java Detour

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

Midtown Local

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

Mondo’s Café

Gourmet espresso and coffee, fresh

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Hem It!

pastries and bagels. 995 Nord Ave., 8950878 $$

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse

The mouthwatering mochas, cappuccinos and fresh-brewed coffees at Naked Lounge just got better with the opening of sister business Great State Coffee Co., which sources the world’s finest coffee beans and roasts them to perfection in small batches. Also serving premium loose-leaf teas and gluten-free treats. 118 W. Second St., 895-0676 $

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The Oven Marketplace & Café

Sewing ChiCo

A new bakery on the south side of town, the Oven serves 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 $

449 w. 9tH st at cHestnut – cHico (530) 893–8394

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, $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café

Long known for its hand-crafted breads, Tin Roof has expanded into a café serving 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

Come See Why We’re A

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, www.upper $

Local Favorite! Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Sunday Champagne Brunch

Eclectic Eats


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., 3457787, $

Since 1965!

2525 Dominic Dr., Chico 530-342-7771

Broadway Heights California Cuisine

Enjoy house-baked focaccia sandwiches, homemade soups, specialty salads, appetizers, gourmet pizzas, dinner entrées and ecclectic beers from around the world, all with a bird’s-eye-view of


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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Gogi’s Café

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

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

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café

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

Outback Steakhouse

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

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House

Serving clam chowder and a wide variety of seafood and seasonal specials at affordable prices. 1354 East Ave., 8992762 $$

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine Mediterranean food fare, including falafel, shawarma and kebabs served for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. 138 Broadway, 899-9958 $

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, www.pitapit $


Part of a small, San Francisco-based chain, this popular downtown dining spot features fresh, build-your-own salads and sandwiches, as well as yummy sides and desserts. 201 Main St., 343-0165, $

The Pour House

Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, www.chicopour $$

Priya Indian Cuisine

Specializing in northern and southern Indian cuisine, served in a comfortable setting. Try the lunch buffet. 2574 Esplanade, 899-1055 $$

Red Lobster

Fresh fish, steak, pasta and seafood in a family environment. 2010 Business

Lane, 893-5595, $$$

Roots Catering & Restaurant Specializing in globally influenced entrées and fresh, handmade gluten-free and vegan selections for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturdays. 3221 Esplanade, 891-4500, $$

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café

Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Patio dining available. 1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866, $$

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 $$

T. Tea Bar & Fusion Café

A selection of more than 40 teas and fusion favorites including rice and salad bowls, wraps and sides. 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100; and 555 Flying V St. Ste. 1, 809-1545, $

Wild Oak Cafe

Offering fresh and local food. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, raw juice bar, coffee and much more. Menu features gluten-free, vegan and paleo options.) 196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 150 (in the Garden Villa complex), 3434876, $$

Fine Dining 5th Street Steakhouse

A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, housemade desserts and an extensive wine list. Reservations not accepted Friday or Saturday. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, $$$

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Basque Norte

Family-owned since 1975, Basque Norte offers steak, lamb, chicken, quail, barbecued ribs and seafood served familystyle in a rustic Basque atmosphere. 3355 Esplanade, 891-5204, $$$

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, $$$

Johnnie’s Restaurant

Located inside the historic Hotel Diamond, Johnnie’s offers seafood, steaks and tapas, and cocktails. 220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515, www.johnnies $$$

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., 899-1105, www.leon $$$

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, $$

Red Tavern

A seasonal menu specializing in locally grown produce and artisan ingredients accompanied by a full bar, an eclectic wine list and bocce ball. 1250 Esplanade, 894-3463, $$$

Sicilian Café

A Chico favorite offering a variety of

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

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

Spice Creek Café

An exotic food mecca offering fresh seafood, steak, breads, fresh desserts and an extensive wine list. 230 W. Third St., 891-9951, $$$

The Steak House

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

Homestyle Angie’s Diner

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

The Bountiful Buffet

The Bountiful Buffet serves a delectable selection of gourmet, specialty and home-style cuisine. Select from Asian, Italian and Mexican, delicious prime rib, seafood, soups and salad bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, www.goldcountry $ Come in for some of the best smoked barbecue in town and burgers made fresh every day. Pure taste-bud satisfying deliciousness. 13670 Anderson Brothers Drive, 343-1901 $

Country Morning Bakery & Café

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

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, $


CJ’s Last Chance Diner


antipasti, seafood, pastas, chicken, veal and beef, decadent desserts and an extensive wine list. 1020 Main St., 345-2233,

Best Asian Cuisine Best Take-Out Best Restaurant in Oroville CELEBRATING 102 YEARS IN BUSINESS!




Oroville 533-1488 Chico 898-1388

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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. Drink and dessert included. 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 899-1507, $$

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen shows off its New Orleans heritage with authentic spicy chicken, chicken tenders, seafood and signature sides like red beans and rice. A piece of Louisiana in every meal! 1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322 $

Russell’s Family Restaurant

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

International House of Pancakes


Jack’s Family Restaurant

Serving delicious signature Italian dishes, such as veal scallopini marsala, chicken piccata, fettuccine alfredo and calamari. 407 Walnut St., 899-9996, $$$

Breakfast served all day, plus lunch and dinner featuring sandwiches and burgers. 2040 Business Lane, 893-4988, $ Diner-style food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. 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 housemade meatloaf for dinner. 2396 Esplanade, 343-3968, www.kalico $$

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., 8911098, $$

Marie Callender’s

Breakfast specials Monday-Friday. Sunday brunch, cocktails and fresh pies served in a casual atmosphere. 1910 E. 20th St., 345-8800, $$

Angelo’s Cucina Trinacria

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, www.chico $$$


Locally owned for 19 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. Delivery through Entree Express. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, $$

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

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

Panighetti’s Eatery

Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. 2760 Esplanade, 8091640, $$

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, $$

Mexican Aca Taco

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

Amigos De Acapulco

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

Bulldog Taqueria

A hit on the Mexican-food scene in Oroville, Bulldog Taqueria now has a second restaurant in Chico, featuring an array of authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican dishes, such as burritos, tacos, birria and chili verde. A great salsa bar, aguas frescas and large flat-screen TVs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, open late on weekends. 995 Nord Ave., 5923605; 119 W. Second St., 895-8226, $

Burrito Bandito

Serving steak, pork and chicken burritos, quesadillas and tacos. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-2584, www.juanmean $

Panighetti’s Eatery

Casa Ramos

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

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, www.chipo $

El Patron Taqueria

Authentic Mexican food served in a casual atmosphere. 1354 East Ave., 3439779 $

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Casa Ramos

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, $$

Pizza Bidwell Park Pizza El Rey Mexican Grill

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 Sunday. 1295 E. Eighth St., 8091211 $

La Cocina Economica

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

La Comida

Mexican-style food served fast in a friendly atmosphere. 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, $

La Hacienda

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

Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina

Specializing in fresh, delicious Mexican food, prepared from scratch and served in a cozy atmosphere. 2365 Esplanade, 895-9607, www.ricardos $$

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

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

Sol Mexican Grill

Tacos, burritos, tostada salads, chili

rellenos, tortas, enchiladas, chimichangas and churros, as well as beer, wine and margaritas. 3269 Esplanade, 342-4616, $

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill

Great-tasting, healthfully prepared Mexican cooking. Delivery available. 1031 Nord Ave., 896-0141, www.chicospeedy $

Tacos Cortés

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 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 $

Teddy Malibu’s

Try their grilled fresh fish, chicken and steak tacos, burritos and salads. Also featuring chicken fajitas, carnitas, full salsa bar and $1 Coronitas. 1002 W. Fifth St., 894-8226 $

With pizzas named after local landmarks, how can you go wrong? Also serving up salads, pasta, sandwiches and calzones. 800 Bruce Road Ste. 100, 8940400, $

Celestino’s New York Pizza

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. 101 Salem St., 896-1234, $$

Celestino’s New York Pizza & Pasta Serving up the same delicious pies along with pastas on the north end of town. 1354 East Ave., 345-7700, $$

Domino’s Pizza

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, familyfriendly atmosphere. 2359 Esplanade, 343-2056, $$


Artisan wood-fired pizzas and other scrumptious fare with a local focus— along with beer and wine—at this modern downtown hot spot. 198 E. Second St., 809-2304, $$

JT’s Oven

Preparing pizza and subs available for pick-up and delivery. 1380 East Ave., 8921122, $

Little Caesars Pizza

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Mad Dash Pizza

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

Main Street Pizza

This late-night downtown hotspot has reopened and is now looking better than ever. The same great, affordable slices perfect for after—or during—a night on the town. 331 Main St., 345-6246. $

Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria

Serving signature Italian sandwiches, “Cracker Crust” pizza, and build-your-own calzones. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 3451510, $

Monstros Pizza & Subs

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, $$

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, $$

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, $$

Bella’s Sports Pub

Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, high-definition TVs. 134 Broadway, 8935253, $

Crazy Jane’s

Pizza, burgers, sandwiches and more, all from the same folks who brought us Panighetti’s on the north end of town. 648 W. Fifth St., 809-4135 $

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. 379 E. Park Ave., 345-7499, www.tackle $

The Winchester Goose

The DownLo

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

The End Zone

Street Food

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

The Handle Bar

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

Oasis Bar & Grill

Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with pool, ping-pong, shuffleboard, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305, www.oasis

Panama Bar & Café

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 $


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

Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill

Pub grub

North Chico’s newest sports bar, specializing in good food, good drinks and great customer service. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, ShenanigansChico $$

The Banshee

Scotty’s Landing

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, $

Tackle Box Bar & Grill

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. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

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Annie’s Asian Mobile Grill

Delicious Korean food, including jop chae noodles and Korean tacos. 966-7183, find it on Facebook. $

The Black Kettle

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

Burritos El Caporal

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

Caribbean Cafe

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

Chico Chuckwagon

Offering delicious grilled sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteak, hot pastrami, turkey club, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese, as well as french fries and acai bowls. Also serving up vegetarian options and a kid’s menu. Available for special events. 592-0550, $

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. Thanks to John “Crazy Dog” Geiger’s Street Food Chico Facebook page, everyone knows where his cart—and every other truck in town—is located daily. $

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 Woodstock’s Pizza

Cupcake Crusader

Mobile truck complements the brickand-mortar 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, $

Grub Station

Satisfyingly healthy, Grub Station serves up delicious burgers and salads with your nutrition in mind. https://

Here Today Coffee Cart

For the past 13 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 $

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. $

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? 5664085 or find it on Facebook $

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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

Pop’s Pizza

One of the newer trucks in town, The Taco Truck serves up delicious, fresh Mexican fare. Often found in the All the Best Video parking lot on Cohasset Road, or on the back patio at Argus on weekends. $

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. $


The newest food truck in town, Truckaroni offers a menu of Italian goodness. $

The menu at Pop’s Pizza is everchanging, with a few standbys—pepperoni!—on tap at all times. Top-quality ingredients, dough made from scratch and it’s all cooked to order in a moveable wood-fire oven. PopsPizzas $


Scrappy Dog

Weiner Man

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

Tacos El Grullense

One of the newest food trucks to hit Chico’s streets, offering a circus-themed, rotating menu of locally sourced items. Offering sack-lunch dropoffs to businesses on Wednesdays. Catering available. 6803871, $ The Weiner Man offers tasty hot dogs and bratwursts with a friendly smile to the late-night crowd downtown. Find him on Facebook $

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


Tacos El Paisa


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

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

Tacos El Pinolero

Brain Freeze Yogurt

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

Tacos El Tapatio

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

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

Cold Stone Creamery

Premium ice cream, sorbet and cakes made fresh daily with your choice of fruit, candy, nuts or syrup “mix-ins.” Shakes, smoothies and banana splits, too. 146 Broadway, 891-3331, www.coldstone $ DINING continued on page 52 Fall 2014/Winter 2015 DISCOVER CHICO 51

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The Cookie Shoppe

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

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, $

Denine’s Cupcakes

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

Denine’s Cupcakes

Donut Nook

Donuts, muffins, Danish, scones, cookies and espresso. Closed from 1-8:30 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday. 958 East Ave., 342-2118 $

Donut Rising

This artisan shop features specialty donuts, such as the gummy-bear-topped Terr Bear and the bacon-topped O’Canada Bar. 1008 Sacramento Ave., Ste. A1, 8947847, $

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, 3454528 $

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato

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

Freshly baked cupcakes and cookies available daily. Made-to-order specialty cakes and wedding cakes. Open TuesdayFriday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 131 Meyers St. Ste. 120, 828-9931, $

Mim’s Bakery

Frozen yogurt and gelato. 1380 East Ave., 345-7626 $

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, $

Helen’s Donut Nook

Orange Julius

Serving fresh donuts and coffee daily until 2 p.m. 807 Main St., 343-4031 $

Jamba Juice

Fresh juices and smoothies with vitamin enhancers, plus nutritious breads and wheat grass. Multiple locations, $

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe

Delicious frozen yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, frozen coffee drinks and Hawaiian snow. 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, $

Julius drinks, fruits, smoothies, pita sandwiches, hot dogs and nachos. 1950 E. 20th St. (inside Chico Mall), 894-8304, $

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

The place in Chico to get 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, $

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Sweet Cottage

A longtime Saturday farmers’ market staple, Sweet Cottage finally has a storefront, meaning locals can now 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, $


LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room

The oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State recently brought their fine wine selection to a satellite tasting room in downtown Chico. Tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday. 222 W. Second St., 899-9463, $

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 and tapas. 128 W. Second St., 343-3408, $$


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Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro

Tannins occupies the space that formerly housed Caffé Malvina. An extensive wine menu is complemented by a selection of moderately priced small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. 234 W. Third St., 636-4468 $$

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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. Reservations recommended. Closed Sunday and Monday. 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250, $$ ●


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For the birds American kestrel

The cool months around Chico are perfect for catching sight of our feathered friends BY RACHEL BUSH BIRD PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTT HUBER Western bluebird


any people already know that Chico is a great spot for celebrating the outdoors. With natural reserves and thousands of acres of sprawling park space at our disposal, there’s no excuse for skimping on a good dose of nature. Next time you’re outside, look around (and up), and see if you can spot a glimpse of our feathered friends. Although it sometimes flies under the radar, birdwatching is an inexpensive, ever-growing hobby around the North State. As we approach the cooler months, don’t be discouraged to venture outside in your birding pursuits; with the leaves falling off the trees, winter is the best time to easily spot avian life. “It’s not that Chico has more birds than anywhere else, but we have lots of places to see them,” says local birding enthusiast Scott Huber. “The biggest asset Chico has is its proximity to natural wildlife

refuges.” Chico is home to two ecological reserves, the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (3,950 acres) and the Butte Creek Preserve (93 acres), and is also just a short drive to several refuges. Check out the Gray Lodge Wildlife Refuge area outside of Gridley, home to 9,200 acres of wetland space, with several viewing

The tiny saw-whet owl migrate right through Butte County. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAWN GARCIA

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areas for bird-watching and photography. Between September and April, Gray Lodge gives guided wetland tours. Similarly, the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge—which uses the land to maintain and restore the habitat of migratory birds—offers some of its 10,783-acre space for auto tour routes and walking trails. Partnering with many of these reserves is the Altacal Audubon Society, Chico’s local chapter of the National Audubon Society. With the mission of promoting awareness and protection of native bird species, this volunteer-run organization hosts a variety of classes and events annually. Matt Forster, field-trip coordinator

for Altacal, says the society hosts to this spot in the cooler months. “roughly three field trips a month, The Chico Oxidation Ponds, just west for free. Our goal is just to get peoof downtown, also draw waterfowl ple out, to see if they enjoy it.” during the winter season. “Part of While most outings are local, Forster what makes birding in the winter says groups occasionally go out of ideal is the number of waterfowl that state, to places like the Ruby travel here from Canada and Alaska,” Mountains in Nevada to spot a Huber says. Himalayan snowcock. But don’t forget about the ringThe ultimate event for Chico-area necked pheasant, western bluebird, bird lovers is January’s Snow Goose American kestrel and Anna’s humFestival, co-sponsored by Altacal and mingbird, just a few other birds that many other local organizations. The call the Chico area home during the four-day festival of sorts draws in fall and winter months. For more attendees from all over the country, information about local sites to spot and features workshops, field trips, these species, visit classes and guest lectures, in the When you’re ready to experience hopes of educating people about the your birding adventures, Huber recPacific Flyway, a 4,000-mile migratoommends bringing along a book, ry path that slices right through such as The Sibley Guide Butte County. Visit www.snowgoose to Birds or National for more information Geographic Field Guide about this year’s event, which runs to the Birds of North Jan. 21-24, 2015. America. Dawn Garcia, wildlife biologist and conservation chair of Altacal, enjoys sharing her saw-whet owl banding project with guests at the Snow Goose Festival. Sawwhets, which can only be described as the most adorable little owls you’ll ever see, have Belted been Garcia’s focus for the last kingfisher nine years. “I started this project to find out if these owls migrated through our area, and sure enough, they did.” You can learn more about Garcia’s work at Huber, former president of Altacal, has hosted the popular annual Christmas Bird Count prior to the festival. The event relies on birders to help tally the local avian population and reveal changing trends. “We travel within a specific county to record as many species as we can within 24 hours. We can typically get around 100 species a day, sometimes more.”

Anna’s hummingbird

Also check out The Birds of Bidwell Park, penned by local authors Roger Lederer and Carol Burr, which highlights 86 species that can be found within our famous park. Aside from that, all you need is a pair of binoculars, a positive attitude, and probably a little patience, because, as Huber reminds us, “the only problem with birds is that they fly!” ●

Local bird enthusiast Scott Huber has his scope ready to spot avian wonders. PHOTO BY RACHEL BUSH

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Little ones, big adventures


hico is the definition of kid-friendly. If you’re looking to keep the little ones active, there are several parks and sports facilities to provide hours of playtime, year round. With theaters and museums scattered around town, there are tons of opportunities to keep children engaged in local culture, history and entertainment. In the cooler months, take a day trip to Butte Meadows for snow sightings, or stop by Paradise’s new ice-skating rink. Check out our guide for more affordable activity options for children. But remember, these places aren’t exclusive to kids; adults are sure to enjoy all the local spots that characterize family fun.

Kid-friendly activities 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, 895-3257,

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-

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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, bclibrary

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act 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. Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ThursdaySunday. Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 1968 East Eighth St., 891-4671, and the world’s first outdoor planetarium. Open from sunset to park closing on clear nights ThursdaySunday. Located near Horseshoe Lake at Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park (off Wildwood Avenue on Observatory Way), 343-5635, www.chico

Chico Creek Nature Center Established in 1982, the nonprofit Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park offers all ages a chance to inter-

Caper Acres

Children’s Playground The Children’s Playground features lots of playground equipment, picnic tables and a large grassy area for romping. 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 58

A perennial favorite for children, this fairy-tale-themed playground features swings, slides, tunnels, a play structure and soft, spongy, ground cover. Let Junior go wild and climb on the 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, 896-7800

Chico Community Observatory The Chico Community Observatory is a delight for astronomers and amateur stargazers. The observatory is home to two huge telescopes

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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,

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. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 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,

Humboldt Neighborhood Park This 10,000-square-foot skate-

Children’s Playground


boarding and inline skating park 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, noon5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 320 Broadway (in the rear of Bird in Hand store), 893-0545, ●

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hico’s fertile environment and warm climate make it an ideal place for farming and growing all sorts of delicious foods. From the fruit and nut orchards bordering all corners of town, to the vineyards and breweries fermenting local beverages, there are endless opportunities to visit Chico’s agricultural businesses. If you’re searching for one spot to find most of the area’s offerings, look no further than Chico’s Saturday morning farmers’ market, held year-round at the corner of First and Wall streets downtown. For more options, check out our guide and consider touring one of the surrounding farms.

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Beer and wine Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards grows only the highest quality, organic grapes harvested from the vineyards that they meticulously farm themselves. Small-case production allows for high attention to detail. Enjoy a glass of wine under the shady willow tree amongst the grapevines, almond orchards and cattle. Open seasonally the first weekend of the month April-October, noon-5 p.m. 3363 Hegan Lane, 343-8014,

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 noon5 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 to film Robin Hood. Grapes are grown on site and create a refreshing variety of wines. Tastings available by appointment. Online sales available. 3756 Keefer Road, 894-0894,

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Located at Feather Falls Casino, this tribal-owned brewery is headed up by veteran brewmaster Roland Allen. Seven beers on tap, including the amber Coyote Spirit and the darker Broken Arrow. Bar hours: Sunday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.1:30 a.m. Restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885, www.featherfalls

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.featherriver

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.gale

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 to 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 wine, or mead—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. Of note, the winery’s organic sparkling wine is created in the traditional méthode champenoise. If you can’t make it to the vineyards in Forest Ranch, visit the tasting room in downtown Chico. Tasting room hours: WednesdayFriday, 1:30-8 p.m.; Saturday noon8 p.m.; Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. 222 W. Second St. Vineyards: 12360 Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch, 1-800-808-WINE,

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. Open Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 323 Ward Blvd., Oroville, 589-3415,

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 Abbot’s Reserve. The tasting room is open every day (excluding holy days) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 26240 Seventh St., Vina, 839-2200, www.newclairvaux

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, a selection of work by local artists, and an array of locally produced foods. The tasting room is open Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., from May to December. 6237 Cohasset Road, 891-9463, winery00148.aspx Grey Fox Vineyards AGRITOURISM continued on page 62 Fall 2014/Winter 2015 DISCOVER CHICO 61

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Purple Line Urban Winery Located just off Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville, the newly opened Purple Line Urban Winery offers a delicious variety of wines nade with Northern California grapes that are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged on the premises. Tasting room hours: Wednesday 2-8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 760 Safford St., Oroville, 534-1785,

Quilici Vineyards This 10-acre family-run winery in the Sierra foothills has been around for more than 20 years. Quilici’s varietals are available to taste without charge with the purchase of wine. Otherwise, the fee is $3. Tasting by appointment only. 72 Quail Hill Place, Oroville, 589-5088, www.quilici

Roney Wines This small family-run winery in north Chico gathers grapes from around Northern California to create a variety of delicious reds. Tastings available by appointment. 5900 Anita Road, 518-9333,

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

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Chico’s most celebrated brews. Three different guided tours available, of the brewhouse, of the grounds (the Sustainability Tour, offered MaySeptember) 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,

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. Call for directions. 533-1814,

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 yummy Mission and Ascolano olive oils, as well as its delicious flavored olive oils—lemon, blood orange, basil and rosemary—in the facility’s tasting/bottling room. Tours, tastings and shopping by appointment phoned in a day or two in advance. 2950 Louis Ave., Oroville, 534-8320

Spencer-Shirey Wines Spencer Shirey Wines is a boutique winery nestled in a serene valley of the north Sierra foothills. Open Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 6857 La Porte Road, Bangor, 5218695,

Western Pacific Brewing & Dining Housed in a former train depot, Western Pacific Brewing and Dining offers six housemade craft beers on tap, including Belden Golden Ale, Pulga Pale Ale and Chilcoot IPA, as well as a satisfying lunch and dinner menu. 2191 High St., Oroville, 534-9101, www.westernpacific

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 tasty balsamic dipping oil. The tasting room is open noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 3719 Foothill Blvd., Oroville, 534-6548,

Olive oil Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 Named for the group of UC Berkeley professors who invested in Butte County land in 1913 and went on to form the Berkeley Olive Association, this producer of awardwinning organic olive oils is owned

Lucero Olive Oil Mill Fourth-generation Northern California olive grower Dewey Lucero’s Lucero Olive Oil is located in the nearby town of Corning and fea-

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tures 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, 824-2190,

Chaffin Family Orchards

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; heirloomfruit jams; pasture-raised chicken eggs; and grass-fed beef and goat meat. The organic, sustainabilityfocused farm also offers yarn available from the fleece of its Shetland sheep. Farm tours and field trips by appointment. 606 Coal Canyon Road, Oroville, 533-8239, www.chaffin

Lavender Ranch The Lavender Ranch offers a little taste (and scent!) of the south of France just south of Chico. 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 April-October. Call for dates and times. Store hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 W Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, 868-5151, www.lavender

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 tours and tastings, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1919 Park Ave., 897-0822,

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 non-GMO options, which you can purchase at the super-swanky visitor

center. Group and individual tours available by appointment weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 5311 Midway, Richvale, 538-3500,

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 Mediterraneaninspired eats, including sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and pasta sauce from Mooney’s award-winning Bella Sun Luci line. Gift baskets and work by local artists also available. 1220 Fortress St., 899-2661,


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active 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 oldtime tractors and outbuildings, bucolic fields and a chicken coop. Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10381 Midway, 342-4359,

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. 7713 Road 24, Orland, 514-3837, www.realfarmstead

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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, 898-6028, ag/farm/index.shtml

Vincent Noble Orchard Co. Noble Orchards offers tree-ripened stone fruits—cherries, peaches, pluots and nectarines—during the JulySeptember 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. 7050 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-4784

Locally made

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

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TJ Farms

Great State Coffee Co. sources the world’s finest coffees and roasts them to perfection in small batches. Coffees available at Naked Lounge in downtown Chico as well as other local coffee shops. Roastery tours available by appointment. 3881 Benatar Way Ste. C, 566-4008, greatstatecoffeeco

The 15-acre farm is only three miles from downtown Chico, but seems like a world away. The immaculate grounds include waterfalls, fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a gazebo and more. The on-site gift shop (open during seasonal events) 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

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,

Maisie Jane’s Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products is run by Maisie Jane Bertagna Hurtado, a fourth-generation farmer and believer in the goodness of local food and farming. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1324 Dayton Road, 899-7909,

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. Features many local products. 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. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930 ●

TJ Farms

Great State Coffee Co.

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. 127 W. Third St., 894-7009, www.madeinchico

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Hotel Diamond

2 Chico City Municipal Center


El Rey Theatre

3 Old Municipal Building

10 Chico Museum

4 Senator Theatre

11 Bidwell Mansion

5 Downtown Post Office 6 Chico City Plaza

12 Children's Playground 13 Gateway Science Museum

7 Stansbury Home

Public parking

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5 Loafer Creek Horse Camp

2 Butte College

6 Gale Vineyards

3 Table Mountain

7 Lodestar Farms

4 Honey Run Covered Bridge

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dventures abound just outside Chico city limits. Without traveling too far, you can immerse yourself in Butte County’s varied natural landscapes. For serious hiking, check out Butte Creek Canyon or Big Bald Rock. Take a trip to Oroville for an off-road biking excursion, or spend an afternoon on a lazy float down the Sacramento River. Browse through the following listings for more suggestions of nearby hotspots. Exploring these areas is the perfect way to add variety to your Chico experience. For those who live in Chico, these excursions can easily serve as inexpensive “staycation” adventures.

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Butte County Big Bald Rock A half-mile hike from the trailhead offers a view of an impressive geological formation similar to the world-famous rock faces in Yosemite National Park. A more extensive hike to the bottom of the Feather River Canyon reveals Curtain Falls accesses ideal swimming holes. But beware: The trail into the canyon is not well maintained. Follow the Oro-Quincy Highway out of Oroville for about 18 miles; take a right at Bald Rock Road. The trailhead will be on your right after about 6 miles.

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve In addition to working to preserve the natural habitat of the nearly 4,000-acre preserve, BCCER offers public hikes and is available for

Camelot Equestrian Park


Honey Run Covered Bridge PHOTO BY STEVE MCDONALD

groups 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,

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. Keep watch for artifacts from indigenous tribes, such as a boulder used for grinding. 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

Creek. To reach the trailhead, 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, 5185914, www.camelotequestrian

Centerville Travel back in time with a visit to

the historic Centerville Schoolhouse and Colman Museum (13458 Centerville Road, 893-9667). Open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 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.

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

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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,

Honey Run Covered Bridge Originally built in 1887, Honey Run Covered Bridge is the only trispan bridge in the United States 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. Hours: 9 a.m.-sunset. 1670 Honey Run Road, 895-1243,

Lake Oroville California’s second-largest reservoir, Lake Oroville 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 available at the Forebay Aquatic Center, 774-7934, For larger boat rentals, including houseboats, check out Bidwell Canyon Marina (589-9175, www.bidwell Centerville Flume

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area PHOTO BY TOM BARRETT or Lake Oroville Marina (877-2414, www.lakeoroville Lake Oroville info: 5382542,

Loafer Creek Horse Camp Horse lovers can relish the outdoors with their equestrian companions 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

Paradise Flumes The flumes trail flanks the north fork of the Feather River and offers excellent scenic views, swimming holes and opportunities to see a variety of birds and wildflowers. The trail is mostly on PG&E land, rather than in a formal park, so there aren’t any rangers. In Paradise, access the flumes behind Feather River Hospital or by taking Pentz Road north to Dean Road, then turning left at the “T” and continuing until you reach a gravel parking lot.

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, bird watching, photography, hiking and biking.

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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.

And beyond Black Butte Reservoir 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 trails and a disc-golf course also on site. 19225 Newville Road, Orland, 8654781

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 Outdoor adventurers can explore deep canyons, rugged lava formations and valley plateaus at the Ishi Wilderness Area, just 20 miles northeast of Chico. Limited improved campsites, but back-country camping available. From Chico, take Cohasset Road north. About 6 miles from where the pavement ends, bear right

June-October. Take Highway 70 toward Quincy. 283-2050,

Stirling City

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 sits on more than a million acres of pristine wilderness, including more than 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 Located just east of Oroville, Plumas National Forest is home to numerous lakes and streams, valleys and peaks, and is a hot spot 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 four-wheeldrive vehicles. Campgrounds open

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 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but call (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

Sutter Buttes 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. Hikes and other activities are available through the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust. 6716116,

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area 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 Avenue, 839-2112 ●


Full line of Round Table’s famous Specialty and Create Your Own Pizzas, plus Flatbreads, Pasta & Sandwiches


Rotating selection of craft beers on tap, New menu of burgers, appetizers & blended drinks


New state of the art video games, Prize redemption center, Party room for teams, groups & family gatherings

Bille Park Nature Trail

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Relax to the max


f you need a little R&R after your busy day around town, Chico has a multitude of places to get some shuteye before your next outing. Don’t let cost discourage you; with an assortment of reasonably priced chains and charming local inns, there’s something for everyone’s budget. If you want to pamper yourself with an elegant stay at Chico’s historic downtown Hotel Diamond, you will find amazing city views. But if you feel like “roughing it,” there are plenty of places to park your RV for a night of camping. You choose the adventure; Chico has the space for it.

Bed & breakfasts

Durham House Inn

Cory’s Country Inn This peaceful getaway spot features three exclusive art-gallery rooms, a chef-prepared breakfast-toorder and a “secret garden.” 4673 Nord Highway, 345-2955,

Just a 10-minute drive from Chico, the Durham House Inn is a beautiful 1874 Italianate Victorian that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three elegant rooms and a cottage, all decorated with period furniture. Expansive grounds with fruit trees and a large dining room. 2280 Durham Dayton Highway, Durham, 342-5900,

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The Grateful Bed

Hotel Diamond

Goodman House This lovely, turn-of-the-last-century, five-room bed and breakfast is conveniently situated on the corner of East Fourth Avenue and The Esplanade, near Chico State and downtown. 1362 Esplanade, 566-0256,

The Grateful Bed A full candlelit breakfast awaits you at this cleverly named, charming, two-story 1905 Victorian bed and breakfast located in the Avenues. No pets, or children younger than 12. 1462 Arcadian Ave, 342-2464,

Hotel James Chico’s newest accommodation and first boutique hotel, Hotel James is located on the north end of town, right next to the elegant Wine Time restaurant. With five suites—each named after a different wine—and a shared kitchen and common area, this hotel with a bed-andbreakfast feel is a true retreat.




Private Porches, Lush Gardens & Delicious Breakfast!

Hotels & motels America’s Best Value Inn

2280 Durham-Dayton Hwy | Durham, CA 95938 530.342.5900 |

740 Broadway, 343-3286

Events & Garden Gatherings | 5 mins. from downtown Chico

Best Western Heritage Inn 25 Heritage Lane, 894-8600

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Elegant, historic home in Downtown Chico • Wireless Internet • Walking distance to CSUC, Bidwell Mansion & Enloe Hospital • Gourmet Breakfast • Small meetings or office gatherings • Weekend Wine Social Hour • Recommended by Sunset Magazine

1362 Esplanade, at 4th Ave • 530-566-0256 •

Lodging • Garden Weddings • Special Events & Retreats

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Heritage Inn Express

Residence Inn by Marriott

725 Broadway, 343-4527

Holiday Inn 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491,

Hotel Diamond 220 W. Fourth St., 893-3100,

Matador Motel 1934 Esplanade, 342-7543

Motel 6 665 Manzanita Court, 345-5500

Oxford Suites 2035 Business Lane, 899-9090

Quality Inn (Near Chico State) 715 Main St., 343-7911

Residence Inn by Marriott

Vagabond Inn

Feather Falls Casino KOA

630 Main St., 895-1323,

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-9020

RV camping

Quail Trail Village RV Park

Almond Tree RV Park

Riffles RV Campgrounds

3124 Esplanade, 899-1271

2485 Carmichael Drive, 894-5500

Safari Inn 2352 Esplanade, 343-3201,

Super 8 655 Manzanita Court, 345-2533

Dingerville USA RV Resort

4488 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 534-5550

5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 533-9343,

River One RV Park

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

River Reflections RV Park and Campgrounds

917 Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, 538-2219

Town House Motel

5110 Pentz Road #2, Paradise, 877-6581,

2231 Esplanade, 343-1621

Chico Vacation Rentals Your home away from home!

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4360 Pacific Heights Road Oroville, 533-1995, www.river ●



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The population of the city of Chico—86,187 at the 2010 census— is a little misleading. That’s because there are pockets of unincorporated land scattered about. Residents of those areas use county services, can’t vote in city elections, and most likely are not hooked up to the city sewer system. The population of what’s known as the Chico Metropolitan Area is more than 200,000, and that includes the communities of Durham, Paradise, Magalia and Richvale.


Home, sweet home

Compared to 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 two-bedroom in reasonable shape. Typically, houses are at least $1,000 a month. According to the market analysis company, the median housing sale price in Chico is currently $264,900.



f you’re looking for a new place to call home, let this City of Trees welcome you! Chico may be approaching a medium city in size, but it still holds its small-town charm. Home to a major university, dozens of schools and hundreds of local businesses, there are plenty of educational and work opportunities for people of all ages. Check out our guide with all the crucial city stats to learn more. But if you really want to get to know Chico, just hop on a bike or take a stroll through town to see what all the fuss is about.

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


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 897-4911. The Chico State campus is also patrolled by its own law-enforcement entity, the University Police Department. The city of Chico Fire Department, besides doing the demanding job of fighting fires, also has specialized teams that perform technical rescues and respond to drowning accidents and hazardous-materials calls.


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.


Locally owned and family run since 1992!


The bus-transit systems for Chico, Oroville and Butte County is the Butte Regional Transit, or the “BLine.” Tickets cost $1.40 and $1.80 for in-town and regional services, respectively. Students ages 6 to 18 get a discounted fare. Children younger than 6 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 Chico Clipper (342-0221). Of course, there are numerous cab companies available to transport 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 is serviced by United’s SkyWest with about four flights to and from San Francisco each day. Unfortunately, those flights are scheduled to cease in December. 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.


Design & Manufacture log homes - log siding - parts - railing 3650 Morrow Way • Chico • 530.899.0680

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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 exhibit 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; each member serves a four-year term. Elections are staggered every two years—three seats in one cycle and four the next. Campaigners are often boisterous and bold, and candidates oftentimes raise $20,000 or more to gain a position that pays $600 a month. Council

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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 are also available. For more information and library hours, call 538-7198 or visit Visit the well-stocked Chico branch of the Butte County Library at 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762.


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 (almonds and rice, in particular). According to recent census information, the average per-capita income was $23,611, and the median household income was $41,632. 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 8.6 percent in April of 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Butte County Library

members are elected at large and thus do not represent separate geographical districts. The Chico City Council is a weakmayor system, meaning the mayor— currently Scott Gruendl—is not elected to that office by voters but rather is appointed by the elected City Council and possesses only figurative power. An appointed city manager—currently Mark Orme—administers the day-to-day functioning of city government. Along with the City Council, Chico is governed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors. Most of the county offices are in Oroville. Two of the five elected supervisors represent Chico because of its relatively large population. Like City Council meetings, the supervisors’ meetings can be heated affairs regarding what is best for the people who live here.

Chico Municipal Center The municipal center houses administrative offices for the city of Chico. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 411 Main St.,

City Council chambers The public is encouraged to attend City Council meetings, held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. 421 Main St., city clerk: 896-7250,


You may be aware of California’s reputation as perhaps the most

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Chico Immediate Care Medical Center

NVIH Children’s Health Center

376 Vallombrosa Ave., 891-1676

Convenient Care Health Center

Premiere Primary Care


670 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 300, 8997120,

Enloe Medical Center

Enloe Outpatient Center

1531 Esplanade, 332-7300,

888 Lakeside Village Commons Drive, 332-6400

Feather River Hospital

Enloe Prompt Care

277 Cohasset Road, 332-6000

888 Lakeside Village Commons, 809-0674

Shalom Free Clinic 1190 E. First Ave., 518-8300,

Skypark Walk-In Medical Center

560 Cohasset Road, 332-4111

974 Pentz Road, Paradise, 8779361,

Oroville Hospital 2767 Olive Highway, Oroville, 5338500,

2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 899-9500

Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) 845 W. East Ave, 896-9400,

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Orchard Hospital

Enloe Medical Center

240 Spruce St., Gridley, 846-5671,

CLINICS Ampla Health Medical and pediatrics: 680 Cohasset Road, 342-4395; dental: 236 W. East Avenue, Ste. H, 342-6065,

Butte County Public Health Clinic 695 Oleander Ave., 879-3665, clinic/clinc.html

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Full Range of Hair, Nail & Skincare Services Weaves • Up-Do’s • Creative Cuts • Color • Perms Manicures • Pedicures • Facials Waxing for Men & Women • Gift Certificates Most Affordable • Discounts for Students and Seniors

Open to the General Public Tuesday thru Saturday All work done by Students supervised by Licensed, Credentialed Instructors. Affilliate with Butte College. Financial Aid available to those who qualify through Butte College. Partnership in training with Dermalogica + OPI

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Tuition Free Public, Waldorf School

OTHER FACILITIES American Chi Center for Health 1290 Esplanade #1, 342-2895,

Chico Community Acupuncture 1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300,

Chico Surgery Center 615 W. East Ave., 895-1800,

Enloe Regional Cancer Center 265 Cohasset Road, 332-4700

Enloe Rehabilitation Center 340 W. East Ave., 332-6138

The Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project 740 Flume St., 345-5566,

Skyway Surgery Center 121 Raley Blvd., 230-2000


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3100 Cohasset Road, 342-8367

Women’s Health Specialists 1469 Humboldt Road, 891-1917

Women’s Resource Clinic W. East Ave.

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115 W. Second Ave., 897-6101; 24-hour hotline: 897-6100

PREGNANCY RESOURCES Better Babies 578 Rio Lindo Ave., 894-5585,


450 W. East Ave. • Chico 530.879.7483

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Enloe Mother & Baby Care Center 1531 Esplanade, 332-3970,

Enloe Mother & Baby Boutique 251 Cohasset Road, Ste. 120, 3323970,

SENIOR CARE Arcadia Home Care & Staffing 2057 Forest Ave., 566-9025,

Butte Home Health & Hospice 10 Constitution Drive, 895-0462,

Enloe Home Care & Hospice 1390 E. Lassen Ave., 332-6050 (home care), 332-6060 (hospice)

Passages Center 25 Main St., #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, www.butte

Crisis line: 800-334-6622 or 8912810; friendship line for older adults: 800-971-0016; Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386

Enloe Medical Center— Behavioral Health 560 Cohasset Road, 332-5250

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.


CHARTER SCHOOLS Blue Oak Charter School

EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Chico Unified School District Formed in 1964, the Chico Unified School District currently serves approximately 12,000 students. The 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 openstructure-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

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,

Forest Ranch Charter School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 15815 Cedar Creek Road, Forest Ranch, 891-3154, www.forestranch


Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Ninth-12th grade. Chico High School campus, 901 Esplanade, 891-3090,

Nord Country School Rosedale Elementary (CUSD)



Kindergarten-sixth grade. 5554 California St., 891-3138,

Pivot Charter School Sixth-12th grade. 2550 Lakewest Drive, Ste. 30, 877-544-1423 or 6364479,


Sherwood Montessori Kindergarten-eighth grade. 746 Moss Ave., 345-6600,

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2414 Cohasset Road, Ste. 3, 8921676,

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Chico Christian School



There’s no place like Home!

Adele Johnson



Kindergarten-eighth grade, plus preschool. 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., 879-8989,

King’s Christian School Kindergarten-sixth grade. 1137 Arbutus Ave., 345-1377,

Notre Dame School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 435 Hazel St., 342-2502,

Pleasant Valley Baptist School

5350 Skyway, Paradise

Kindergarten-12th grade. 13539 Garner Lane, 343-2949,

Progressive Schoolhouse Kindergarten-eighth grade. 2400 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-5665,

Rose Scott Open-Structure School

(530) 872-7653

Kindergarten-12th grade. 850 Palmetto Ave., 354-3101,


ADULT EDUCATION John Muir Charter School (California Conservation Corps) Ages 16-25. 2725 Highway 32, Ste. F, 961-9693

Oroville Adult Education 2750 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, 5385350,

Regional & Continuing Education (Chico State) Programs include Open University (for non-enrolled students), ElderCollege (for students 60 and older) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (for those 50 and older). 400 W. First St., 898-6105, ● 82 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2014/Winter 2015

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Paula Poundstone




Chico World Music Festival


The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China


Alice in Wonderland JR.


Alpin Hong, Piano


DECEMBER 12/4-7 12/11


Nutcracker The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Mariachi Sol de México


Mary Chapin Carpenter


The Hot Sardines


Zap Mama & Antibalas




Storm Large


Reyna Grande: The Distance Between Us

Whose Live Anyway?


Bill Bryson: Author


The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir


Allen Toussaint & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Broadway Boogie Joe Goode Performance Group Million Dollar Quartet




Spotlight Performances


The Hot Club of San Francisco

Branford Marsalis with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia






Dance in Film: All That Jazz

Tango Buenos Aires

Rosanne Cash

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery







The Lone Bellow


Garrison Keillor


Russian National Ballet Theatre


The Southern Troubadours in the Round Featuring: Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn

Mavis Staples




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The Pink Floyd Experience


Buddy Guy


Arturo O’Farrill Octet

MAY 5/6 5/31

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Peter Pan JR.

The Intergalactic Nemesis:

Live-Action Graphic Novel Target Earth


Cirque Mechanics:


Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México

Pedal Punk

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