From boating to hiking and farm-to-table tours to the birthplace of modern American craft brewing at Sierra Nevada Brewing and more, a trip to Butte County will surely check some boxes off your bucket list!
Start your trip off with coffee and a quick breakfast at Naked Lounge in downtown Chico (118 W 2nd St), a classic college coffee shop with local art and premium espresso drinks.
Feather Falls is one of Butte County’s most spectacular outdoor treasures. Best reached by a meandering hiking trail, this breathtaking 410-foot high waterfall is a Yosemite-style waterfall without crowds. As you reach the falls, prepare to be rewarded with the thunder of crashing water and dramatic views.
Once you’re fully caffeinated, head to Sierra Nevada Brewery for a tour of this pioneering national brewery. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is synonymous with the West Coast craft brewing scene. Book the tour ahead of time to make sure you have a spot on the behind-the-scenes walk-through of the brewery operations. The brewery offers a free tour, along with more in-depth paid tours that focus on brewing operations and sustainability. You can learn hands-on how Ken Grossman and his team not only pioneered new brewing methods, but also new sustainability measures.
For beer lovers’ significant others who are more interested in the grape than the grain, a whole host of wineries offer another option for tastings, including La Rocca Vineyard .
For dinner, head to Burgers and Brew , a restaurant specializing in an impressive range of rotating craft beer tap handles and juicy burgers. Their outdoor patio and fireplaces allow diners to watch the street life of downtown Chico pass by while dining and drinking.
Butte County Lodging
Stay in Chico at any number of local lodging properties, like Quality Inn near Chico State , which is within walking distance of downtown and Bidwell Park .
You’ll want to fuel up for all the activity of day 2. Choose to sit outside or in at Mom’s in Chico, right across the street from Chico State’s campus. Choose from some of Mom’s Favorites, like stuffed french toast, chilaquiles or chicken fried steak.
Butte County’s deep agricultural roots reach back to the earliest innovations in California farming. The intimate flavors of Butte County simply taste different, and you’ll see why when you experience any one of the farmers markets that speckle the region. Farmer’s Markets schedule.
For a day in the sun making waves, head to Lake Oroville and Bidwell Canyon Marina. Northern California’s largest state reservoir has miles of shoreline to explore by boat, hiking and even horseback riding. Lake Oroville is known as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country, so bring your poles and try to beat the 20-year record 14lb-15oz Bigmouth Bass catch.