Chico Getaway Artist

Why I Love Chico

Pat Macias is Pres­i­dent of the Board for the Muse­um of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Art (mon­ca), Chico’s first art museum. 

How did you find your­self in Chico? What made you stay?

After retir­ing from the Bay Area, I moved to Chico with my hus­band Richard, find­ing a less stress­ful but still cul­tur­al place to plant our roots for the last time. It has a vibrant art scene and offers a very com­fort­able fam­i­ly-ori­ent­ed com­mu­ni­ty. It reminds us a lot of Ann Arbor with the uni­ver­si­ty, a great art scene, 12 muse­ums, and a farm­ers market.

Describe Chico to some­one who has nev­er been here

Chico is con­scious of healthy liv­ing for both mind and body…using the out­doors for exer­cise, grow­ing fresh foods, offer­ing a diver­si­ty of cul­tur­al events. We are GRUB CSA mem­bers and love receiv­ing the fresh­est pro­duce from such friend­ly farmers!


GRUB CSA Farm pro­vides nat­ur­al food direct­ly to the com­mu­ni­ty through mem­ber­ships & at Chico Farmer’s Markets.

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What is the best-kept secret in Chico? Why?

The best kept secret are the great restau­rants that cater to all cul­tures. Some of my cul­tur­al favorites are La Per­la Taque­ria for fresh, authen­tic Mex­i­can. Because I don’t eat red meat, I favor Ten­der Lov­ing Cof­fee for their Beyond Meat burg­er, and sushi from Big Tuna and their sis­ter loca­tion, Iza­kaya Ichiban, and Aoma­mi. Fine din­ing takes us to Red Tav­ern or Grana, where we can relax on their patios and see famil­iar faces.

What is your favorite sea­son in Chico? Why?

My favorite sea­son is summer/​fall because of the chance to spend so much time out­doors and tak­ing advan­tage of the long days as much as pos­si­ble. Tak­ing dai­ly walks, watch­ing the fall leaves turn and get­ting ready to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days are things that make me glad I am in Chico.

What are your favorite places in Chico to show out-of-town visitors?

My favorite place to show out of town vis­i­tors is of course mon­ca! The muse­um which is open Thurs­day-Sun­day from 11 – 5 fea­tures exhi­bi­tions of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia artists all the way to San Jose that change approx­i­mate­ly every two months. mon­ca engages the entire com­mu­ni­ty in street par­ties, a tra­di­tion­al New Year’s Eve par­ty, and events that accom­pa­ny each exhi­bi­tion. Along with that is all the pub­lic art as one walks around town. Com­ing upon murals, sculp­tures and art bench­es is always a surprise.

Exploring Public Art in Chico

Explore the pub­lic art in Chico, where you’ll find murals, sculp­tures & oth­er art instal­la­tions on park­ing garages, in alleys, on build­ings, in parks & more!

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If some­one only had one day to spend in Chico, what would you rec­om­mend they do?

One day to spend in Chico has to be vis­its to as many of the 12 muse­ums that exist to edu­cate, intrigue and enter­tain vis­i­tors. Although they seem spread out, they do pro­vide many dif­fer­ent ways to observe the world through art, sci­ence, history.