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The weekend is fast-approaching, and you’re looking for a short drive that will pay off with a long weekend. Don’t worry too much about making precise plans; there’s plenty to do throughout Butte County that you’ll find something last-minute and fun!



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.


It’s time to see the county by bike. Butte County’s many quiet road, and the majestic valley oaks that line these two-lane treasures, make road biking a peaceful endeavor. Pick from the Durham Loop , which offers up a flat ride through the valley, or ride the Honey Run Road Loop , which climbs back up to Paradise for a more intensive athletic challenge.


Perhaps you’d prefer to tour by foot. If so, head out to Table Mountain. The beautiful mesa serves up a jaw-dropping spring wildflower bloom, breathtaking waterfalls, and a chance to hike through a truly unique natural area just outside of Oroville. Formed by ancient lava flows, the underlying basalt rock holds water, resulting in stunning vernal pools and dramatic waterfalls like Phantom Falls, which flows after winter rains. Make sure to bring a camera!


After your adventure, enjoy a breather at Almendra Winery and Distillery in Durham. The family-run winery and distillery dedicated to innovative spirits and hand-crafted wines has a stunning tasting room that opens for public tastings and events. Enjoy hand-crafted wines and spirits as well as some small plates or pizza to share.


Downtown Chico and the Chico Paper Company

For those interested in less sweat and more shopping, explore Downtown Chico, which has dozens of shops to explore, like the gallery and custom framing shop Chico Paper Company . Stroll through the variety of shops or take a self-guided tour of public murals found throughout Downtown.


Museum of Northern California Art

Spend a few hours at Museum of Northern California Art (monca), which houses a collection of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and photography from nearly 100 artists in Northern California. See the best of Northern California artists in one place!


Dine downtown at Christian Michaels Ristorante , where you can enjoy a fusion of contemporary California cuisine with vibrant flavors and styles from around the world. Choose from small plates or entrees, like the Wild Mushroom Risotto or Cioppino.

Butte County Lodging

Oroville’s centrally located Holiday Inn Express and Suites has an indoor pool and hot tubs, complimentary breakfast — perfect for families or couples. Other options include affordable rooms at America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, Days Inn and variety of other locations. Visit the lodging page for a full list of Oroville lodging options.