State Historic Park, 525 The Esplanade, Chico,
Chico, California —
Chico, a progressive Northern California city is the perfect destination for
those seeking organic produce and simply good meals for healthy living. Five
artisan-styled bakeries, four certified farmers’ markets per week with local
olives and sausages, plus fresh Central Valley farm-to-table vegetables and
fruits are a special treat enjoyed in local restaurants and homes.
world's largest Yo-yo can be seen at Chico's
National Yo-Yo Museum.
It includes a collection of vintage Terminators, Silver Bullets, SuperYO,
the world's largest wooden yo-yo and Samurais. The world's largest yo-yo
weighs 256 pounds. Called Big-Yo, the wooden yo-yo actually works! It was
designed by Tom Kuhn.
Downtown eateries such as Cory's Sweet
Treats and Gallery offers hearty plates of eggs and waffles, while the Upper
Crust Bakery serves up scones. Vegetarians can dine on Chada Thai Cuisine,
while not far away the carnivore gets to pick four types of sauces to
smother hickory-smoked meats at Smokin' Mo's. At upscale Christian Michael's
Ristorante, the menu has pumpkin ravioli, coq au vin, and terrific crab
cakes. And these choices are just the start of great dining.
Another asset of this charming city is
its educational opportunities available to the public through a variety of
museums. From an historic mansion to a Carnegie building, from the
examination of flight to the fine art of yo-yos, there are museums serving a
variety of interests in Chico.
One such museum is a
landmark that represents the roots of Chico. The pink Victorian Bidwell
Mansion Museum was once owned by early founder John Bidwell. Located
near the campus of California State University-Chico and Bidwell Park, the
gem of Chico was seen in Warner Bros. Studios "The Adventures of Robin
Hood", starring Errol Flynn in 1937. The Mansion is located at
525 The Esplanade, Chico, California. www.parks.ca.gov
Another of Bidwell's many legacies comes
in the form of his namesake park. Bidwell Park is one of the largest parks in the United
States seen in the photo above. It is located in Chico. Bidwell Park includes
3670 acres of land with many trails and activities for locals and visitors
to enjoy. Home to Bidwell Classic, a marathon enjoyed for approximately 30
years, other events include kids fishing derbies, Earth Day celebrations and
hundreds of activities and special events throughout the seasons.
Chico Museum includes a permanent
collection of the Chinese Taoist Temple. The objects and altars seen in this
Chinese Temple or Joss House come from Chico's "new Chinatown" which was in
existence from 1890-1939. The Temple consists of a main altar enclosed by
three elaborately carved, gold covered wooden arches, one behind the other,
two secondary altars, a Wu Kung (a 5 piece ceremonial set of pewter), and
many other original furnishings. Founded in 1986, The Chico Museum is housed
in a 1904 Carnegie Library building. Chico Museum, 141 Salem Street, Chico,
CA 95928. Phone: (530) 892-4336. www.chicomuseum.com
Chico Air Museum includes exhibits from Chico's first pilot, Thaddeus
Kerns, Chico Army Airfield during WWII, Aerial Fire Fighters and Aircraft
today. The Chico Air Museum is located at the Chico Municipal Airport.
Phone: (530) 345-6468.
Coleman Historical Museum includes
Navtive American, Chinese and local pioneer artifacts are items. Location:
15348 Centerville Road, Chico. Phone: (530) 893-9667.
Stansbury Home offers a guided
tour of an 1883 Victorian home filled with local history and stories about
the Stansbury Family. The Stansbury Home, 307 W. 5th Street, Chico, CA.
Phone: (530) 895-3848
Chico Art Center includes
exhibitions of various media and a wonderful gift shop. Location: 450 Orange
Street, Suite 6, Chico, CA. Phone: (530) 895-8726.
sports? Chico residents and visitors love the drama of a great ball game or
car race. Silver Dollar Speedway- Auto Racing has been a tradition of
great auto racing for over 30 years. Phone: (530) 891-6535.
Chico Force - Professional Basketball is a professional basketball
league featuring two rules that reduce dead time: 1) one timeout per quarter
2) an immediate inbound. Phone: 866 IBL-GAME. chicoforce.net.
Chico Outlaws – Professional Baseball features an exciting
professional baseball season filled with action and energy. Phone: (530)
Chico is event-driven,
due to its university-town status. There's always something going on
in Chico. From lectures to concerts, you'll never find a shortage of things
to do. Annual events include the National Yo-Yo Contest and many more
eclectic and fun events.