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!
Breakfast at Beatniks
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.
Shop the Saturday Farmers Market
Every Saturday, rain or shine, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the abundance of Butte County farm-fresh produce, locally made goods, and more at the Saturday Chico Certified Farmers Market. It’s your one-stop spot for the freshest regional goods!
Explore Downtown Chico
Just a few blocks from Beatniks is Downtown Chico. A hotspot of shopping, dining, and fun times with a friendly, down-to-Earth college vibe, this is the epicenter of activity in town. You’ll definitely want to explore for a while.
Get Cultured at monca
A mile from Downtown on the Esplanade, the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) 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!
Stroll Through One-Mile Recreation Area
If you prefer to discover Chico’s natural beauty, head to nearby One-Mile Recreation Area, the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon walk or picnic. Enjoy barbecues. Softball, horseshoes, and more. During warm weather, you can also enjoy a unique swimming experience in Sycamore Pool, a concrete pool built around Big Chico Creek.
Sip at Almendra Winery & Distillery
Once you’re finished exploring, enjoy dinner and drinks at Almendra Winery & Distillery in Durham. The family run winery and distillery is dedicated to innovative spirits and hand-crafted wines, which you can try in their tasting room. You can also enjoy a meal from their full-service restaurant on site, which specializes in small plates and pizzas to share.
Rest Your Head in Oroville
Head out to your hotel in Oroville to get ready for tomorrow’s adventures. The 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 Americas Best Value Inn and Suites, Days Inn and a variety of other locations. Visit the lodging page for a full list of Oroville lodging options.
Breakfast at Early Bird Donuts
Splurge on fresh donuts from this second-generation, family run business before you start your adventures for the day. The donuts are made fresh daily, so come in for a delicious pick-me-up--coffee optional.
Hike Table Mountain and Phantom Falls
Fueled for the morning, explore Oroville by foot out on 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!
Explore Downtown Oroville
After your hike, enjoy an afternoon in Downtown Oroville, which is home to a variety of antique stores and locally run restaurants and bars. For an added twist to your tour, discover the public art throughout Downtown.
Sip at Purple Line Urban Winery
Less than a mile from the heart of Downtown, you’ll find Purple Line Urban Winery. With convenient access to the 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.
Head Upstream to the Lake Oroville Visitor Center
If you’re more interested in waterways than wineries, drive upstream toward Lake Oroville for a stop at the Visitor Center. The center features a museum, exhibits, and videos about the dam and the surrounding areas. You can also walk to the top of its 47-foot tower, where you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Lake Oroville, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Sutter Buttes mountain range.