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Cyclin' in Chico

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An April 2002 trip to Chico by food&fun

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Quote: There is little reason to go to Chico as a vacation destination unless you have some other purpose in mind. We went for the Annual Wildflower Century bicycle ride, rated one of the top 10 by Bicycling magazine.

Cyclin' in Chico

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Overview

Azalias Photo, Chico, California
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Wander around downtown, window shopping in the unique stores. Chico is a university town, which lends an air of diversity to an otherwise small-town atmosphere. As you cruise around downtown, check out the many murals, including the portrait of the Bidwells at 2nd and Broadway. The Bidwells owned the historic Bidwell Mansion, which is open for visitors daily. Visit the National Yo-Yo Museum at Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway and see the world's largest yo-yo. Chico is home to California State University at Chico. Visit the univeristy bookstore, always a good bet for something interesting. The Saturday Farmer's Market at Second and Wall downtown offers a chane to buy some local produce ...Read More

Paradise Best Inn

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Hotel

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Everything in Chico was booked up, so we stayed in nearby Paradise, which turned out to be a great choice. We paid about $60/night for the room. I really didn't expect much, but was more than pleasantly surprised. This seems to be a brand new motel, everything fresh and bright, and the bed firm. Our room had a sink, mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker. It was also supplied with coffee, decaf, tea and instant cocoa. The room rate included a free breakfast, with cold cereal, pretty bad packaged sweet rolls and bagels, and very good coffee. However, at $60/night, I can't really complain about the quality of the pastries! The desk staff was friendly and helpful, and no one seemed to mind all th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2002

Paradise Best Inn
5475 Clark Road
Chico, California
(530) 876-0191

Smokin Mo's Bar-B-Que

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Restaurant | "Smokin' Mo's Barbecue"

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Many years ago, some friends and I thought it would be a good idea for someone to open a barbecue restaurant that featured a simple menu with good, southern-style BBQ and offered an array of different types of sauces. This is that place! It is a storefront with some rustic wooden tables. You go up to the order window and order from the menu painted on the wall, help yourself to a beverage from the dispenser, then wait for your food. In my case, the food arrived at the table just seconds after I plopped down my iced tea. Near the beverage dispenser is a table with a variety of interesting BBQ sauces including a mustard and vinegar based sauce (typical of the Carolinas), a peppery-hot Texas s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2002

Smokin Mo's Bar-B-Que
131 Broadway
Chico, California 95928
(530) 891-6677

Chada Thai Cuisine

Restaurant

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We knew immediately that was is a family-run restaurant when the little 7 year old daughter showed us to our seats and gave us menus. (Later, she taught another customer how to count to 5 in Thai.) The tiny restaurant filled up quickly soon after we were seated (about 6pm on a Sat night), but the servers and kitchen were able to keep up with the orders and service. The Thai beef salad was very good, with a spicy edge to the lime and fish sauce dressing. We really liked the prik king, a coconut milk and Thai curry with green beans and a choice of pork, chicken or beef (we ordered pork). It was a little soupier than we've had at other places, but that was not a bad thing. The pad thai with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2002

Chada Thai Cuisine
117 W 2nd Street
Chico, California 95928
(530) 342-7121

Wildflower Century Ride

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Blazing Yellow Photo, Chico, California
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The Wildflower Century Ride, sponsored by the Chico Velo Cycling Club, started in 1981. There are some people who have ridden every ride since then. The ride offers a full century (100 miles), with an elevation gain of 4300 ft. If you're not up to riding a full 100 miles in a day, there are other possibilities; the Mildflower (65 miles), the Flatflower (35 and 65 mile alternatives with no hills) and the Childflower (15 miles on bike paths, especially for families). More than 3000 riders participate in the ride. The registration was very well-organized, and efficient with lots staff available, all with computerized participant lists. Unfortunately, the ride itself was not as well-run. The...Read More