Chico is 60 miles southeast of Redding, at the juncture of State 32 and State 99. For information, contact the Chico Chamber of Commerce (300 Salem St.; 800/852-8570 or 530/891-5556).
The Goodman House Bed & Breakfast. Tastefully restored Craftsman house close to downtown, with five elegant, unfussy rooms, a full breakfast, and afternoon refreshments. From $95, including breakfast. 1362 Esplanade; www.goodmanhouse.net or 530/566-0256.
Hotel Diamond. Downtown's only full-service hotel is drawing rave reviews. 43 rooms from $139. 220 W. Fourth St.; www.hoteldiamondchico.com or 866/993-3100.