Butte County has miles of bike trails to enjoy. From biking near Lake Oroville or through the Oroville State Wildlife Area to challenging yourself on the rocky terrain of Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, there’s a path for everyone. If you’re looking to share your love of biking with more than just one person, check out the annual Velo Love Ride at the beginning of February. Over 40, 60, or 100 miles, you’ll enjoy a scenic and mostly flat ride past the Gray Lodge Wildlife Sanctuary, through blossoming orchards, and around the Sutter Buttes!
After a long bike ride, it’s time to refuel and relax, so head over to Copa de Oro in Oroville for good service, welcoming atmosphere, and a hearty meal. Also enjoy live music on Fridays with a good drink.
After lunch, take a stroll through the C.F. Lott Home Museum in Sank Park in Oroville. A Victorian revival style structure, the C.F. Lott Home was built in 1856 by “Judge” Lott, a gold-rush pioneer and State Senator who helped form California’s government and started the first Citrus Exchange in California. A tour of the house reveals stories of the Lott family and their importance to early California. It also retells the love story between Lott’s daughter, Cornelia, and Jesse Sank. Walk hand-in-hand as you read about the pair’s love as well as a collection that includes antique furnishings, paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, silver, and glassware from the period 1849-1910.
Treat yourself to some self-care at Oroville’s Pure Spa . Indulge in a massage, pedicure or facial for the ultimate experience in showing yourself the love you deserve. With customized treatments available, you’re going to walk away feeling like your best self. Check their website for specific services and pricing.
Sit down for a glass or two at the Butte County Wine Company in downtown Oroville. The wine bar and brew pub features local wines and microbrews from Butte County. Butte County Wine Co. is dedicated to creating an upscale experience where you can enjoy the best wine and beer from Butte County under one roof. So snuggle up on a couch and sip on a few glasses at the end of the day.
The trees are starting to come alive again, so now’s a time to enjoy the blossoms throughout Butte County. Explore miles of Bidwell Park on foot or one of the many other parks throughout the city. Wanting to explore more? Lace up your sneakers and head out to Durham for the annual Almond Blossom Run at the end of February. The 5K or 10K starts and finishes at the Durham rose garden, while the flat paved route follows along beautiful blooming almond orchards. A picture-perfect run for the fitness-focused couple.
The Chico favorite La Salles is a fresh destination for dining, drinking, and socializing! The American restaurant and pub offers daily happy hour, dinner service, and an extensive brunch menu on weekends. Make sure to take advantage of the front and back patios, full bar, and live music! Located in the heart of Downtown Chico, you can savor a meal (or two) at La Salles and then tour the rest of Downtown.
Looking for a more mellow outing? Or perhaps you still have some energy left at the race. Either way, head out to Chico with your sweetie and a smartphone to enjoy a public art scavenger hunt. There are dozens of murals painted on various walls, bridges, and hidden alleys, including the vibrant “Love” mural at the junction of Park Avenue and Main Street, as well as other sculptures and art installations. Take sweet selfies in front of them all and have fun as you explore the vibrant outdoor art scene in Chico–and see if you can find some not on our list!
Revive the lost art of letter writing with a visit to Wild Ink Press . The little letterpress studio designs and manufactures from start to finish witty and pretty greeting cards, stationery and other paper goods in its downtown shop renovated from an old soda bottling plant. Whether romantic or silly, pick up a few cards for your better half and surprise them with love notes on one-of-a-kind prints while you’re in town, or save a few for when you’re back home. Because anytime is a good time to tell someone how you feel.
For dinner, enjoy a few hours at Wine Time . The small plates restaurant specializes in seasonal dishes made with farm fresh local ingredients and offers an extensive wine list and weekly tastings. You’re encouraged to share plates, try new wine pairings, and relax, so enjoy!
Enjoy a romantic stay at the Goodman House Bed and Breakfast Inn , where the rooms are decorated in antique European furnishings, fine linens, and fresh flowers. Or, relax at the Hotel Diamond , a historic building featuring an elegant foyer, decorated with antique furniture, custom woodwork, and etched glass that reflects the historic charm of the original hotel. For more options, explore the lodging page.