College Connection

Revisit Chico State, Ride a Mechanical Bull at the Crazy Horse Saloon, Shop for Chico Memorabilia at Made in Chico

You’re not a college kid anymore, but there is nothing wrong with re-living those days for a weekend and reminiscing about that formative time in your life. Chico State is one of the state’s most iconic colleges. The college, alongside its connection to downtown Chico, serves up a unique and vibrant college experience. Chico grads who return for a couple of days will find plenty of activities to engage in as they remember the town where they began their adult lives.

Day 1


You are an adult now, so you do brunch, and B Street Public House has Beignets and open-faced sandwiches with Hollandaise sauce, and a covered patio that’s perfect for outdoor brunching.

Walking Path

One of the things you loved about Chico State was the direct access from the campus to 3,670-acre Bidwell Park. Stroll through the lower park’s trails, then walk to One Mile Recreation Area and Sycamore Pool.

Walking Path

Head back to Chico State campus and stroll through the beautiful campus.


Dinner has to be at one of your favorite college hangouts, and Madison Bear Garden , with its tasty burgers, wild decorations and outdoor patio, is the perfect spot. Grab a burger and tell some old college stories over a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This mainstay of the Chico college scene offers a hopping bar, a historic carriage hanging from the ceiling, and a burger slathered in peanut butter.


Later at night, it’s time to end the evening right with a ride on the Crazy Horse Saloon ’s mechanical bull (just to remind yourself you are not as young as you once were) and a few dance moves on the Crazy Horse’s notorious dancefloor.

Butte County Lodging

Retire to a Chico hotel.

Day 2


Work out any sore muscles from last night’s mechanical bull ride and dance party with Sin of Cortez famous French toast or pancakes and coffee. They take debit or cash only, reminiscent of your college days, but you can visit the on-site ATM that shouldn’t be a problem with an ATM on-site.


Then, put that fuel to good use by renting bikes at Campus Bicycles, Chico’s longest continually-operated bike shop at over 50 years in business, and ride through downtown and up into Bidwell Park.


Spend the rest of the day shopping for unique local crafts and souvenirs at stores like Made in Chico .

Lunch and Wine Tasting

Celestino’s, Woodstock Pizza and Unwined at 980

Grab pizza for lunch at Celestino’s or Woodstock Pizza, just like the old college days, and then do something more mature — sample some local wines at Unwined at 980 .