Escape the routine and plan an extraordinary weekend with your sweetheart in Butte County, home to majestic waterfalls with beautiful hiking and biking trails as well as specialty artisan shops.
Get an early start to your date getaway at Table Mountain, atop a mesa, where you’ll be greeted with a fireworks display of colorful wildflowers and if you plan right you might catch a glimpse of Phantom Falls, which only runs in spring.
Start the day by driving down beautiful Skyway Boulevard to Chico. Stop at the lookout over the scenic Butte Creek Canyon, often referred to as Butte County’s Little Grand Canyon, before pulling into Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint for coffee and breakfast. Grab the “Jack Kerouac” if you are feeling healthy (poached eggs on spinach, topped with sun-dried tomato relish, feta and onions) and wash it down with the “Beatnicks Blend” premium coffee.
For those interested in less sweat and more shopping, explore downtown Chico shops like Chico Paper Company , pop into the new Museum of Northern California Art or take a self-guided tour of public murals.
The artistry of the Butte County region is in its tastes and natural beauty, as well as its thriving arts culture. Commemorate your special weekend with a purchase from the artisans at Orient & Flume or Satava Art Glass Studio. Their ethereal designs will be a timeless reminder of a fantastic weekend in Butte County.
Dine downtown at Christian Michaels Ristorante where you can choose from small plates or entrees, like the Wild Mushroom Risotto or Cioppino.
With an average 4-Star rating on Trailforks.com, Upper Bidwell Park trails offer easy or risk-taking biking adventures. While on your ride, you’ll want to take a moment to snap a selfie with a majestic sunset flaring in the background.
Pair your excursions with some some romantic wine tasting from Almendra Winery & Distillery in Durham. The striking tasting room is decorated with locally sourced wood accents that offer a warm and elegant experience. Or venture to Purple Line Urban Winery, downtown Oroville’s first urban winery. With convenient access to Feather River, Purple Line is a smart destination to enjoy hand-crafted wine before or after a scenic excursion. Their “Warehouse Chic” locale includes a great outdoor gathering space with a fire pit and bocce ball.