Chico: Getting there, staying there
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.