Rest and Relaxation

COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS <br>Johnson’s Country Inn, set in the scenic outskirts of Chico, offers all of the comforts of a fine rural bed &amp; breakfast.

Johnson’s Country Inn, set in the scenic outskirts of Chico, offers all of the comforts of a fine rural bed & breakfast.

With all the recreation, entertainment and shopping options available to Chico visitors, getting a good night’s sleep is very important. If you’re a student, your friends can stay on your couch, but most parents prefer a clean and comfortable room. Fortunately, Chico has a wide array of options, ranging from the posh new Hotel Diamond in the heart of downtown to the rural Johnson’s Country Inn. Fit for any taste or budget, Chico’s lodging is as varied as the people who call the town home. There are affordable motels, familiar chains and charming bed and breakfasts, but they all have one thing in common—Chico hospitality!If you’re rolling into town without a place to stay, there are several motels and hotels visible and easily accessible from Highway 99. If you prefer being in the heart of Chico or close to the university, you can stay at one of the six downtown establishments. If more peaceful environs are what you seek, you might try one of the B&Bs tucked into quaint Chico neighborhoods or on the outskirts of town.

Reservations are highly recommended, especially for holidays and popular weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and, of course, university graduation. If you don’t already have reservations for graduation weekend, your kid’s couch might not sound too bad when compared to driving for half an hour or more to the next town. If your student is graduating in 2007, you may want to secure accommodations as much as a year in advance.

Hotels and Motels Downtown

There are six locations in the downtown area, all within easy walking distance of the university and shopping/dining/nightlife.

Vagabond Inn
630 Main St., 895-1323, www.vagabondinn.com

Thunderbird Lodge
715 Main St., 343-7911

Days Inn
740 Broadway, 343-3286, www.daysinn.com

Heritage Inn Express
725 Broadway, 343-4527, www.heritageinn-express.com

Budget Inn of Chico
1717 Park Ave., 342-9472, www.budgetinnofchico.com

Hotel Diamond
220 West 4th St., Toll Free: 866-993-3100 or call 530-893-3100, www.hoteldiamondchico.com

North Valley Plaza

(Cohasset Avenue exit, off Hwy 99)
All of these accommodations are a stone’s throw from the Highway 99 overpass.

Best Western Heritage Inn
25 Heritage Lane, 894-8600

Holiday Inn
685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491, www.holidayinn.com

Motel 6
665 Manzanita Court, 345-5500

Super 8
655 Manzanita Court, 345-2533

The North Esplanade

Heading up the tree-lined Esplanade, a visitor will find a welcoming strip of motels all ready and willing to rent a room for the night. They are all within a couple of miles from the college and downtown.

Holiday Inn offers courteous service, as well as a restaurant and cocktail lounge and comfortable rooms.

Town House Motel
2231 The Esplanade, 343-1621

Matador Motel
1934 The Esplanade, 342-7543

Safari Motel
2352 The Esplanade, 343-3201

Deluxe Inn
2507 The Esplanade, 342-8386, www.deluxeinnchico.com

Rio Lindo Motel
2324 The Esplanade, 342-7555

Super Chico Inn
2573 The Esplanade, 566-1000, www.superchicoinn.com

South Chico

The most commercial end of town, near the Chico Mall, offers …

Oxford Suites
2035 Business Lane, 899-9090

Residence Inn by Marriott
2485 Carmichael Dr., 894-5500

Courtyard by Marriott
2481 Carmichael Dr., 894-6699

Bed and Breakfasts

If a more leisurely stay is what you’re after, Chico offers several outstanding bed-and-breakfast establishments. Rooms are limited; call ahead.

Cory’s Country Inn
4673 Nord Hwy., 345-2955, www.coryscountryinn.com
Overnight horse lodging available.

Goodman House
1362 The Esplanade, 566-0256

The Grateful Bed
1462 Arcadian Ave., 342-2464, www.chico.com/grateful

Johnson’s Country Inn
3935 Morehead Ave., 345-7829, www.chico.com/johnsonsinn

L’Abri Bed and Breakfast
14350 Hwy. 99E, 893-0824, now2000.com/labri

Music Express Inn
1091 El Monte, 891-9833, www.now2000.com/musicexpress

Rain Tree Cottage
22 Rain Tree Lane (off Keefer Road), 879-0858. A one-bedroom cottage with a kitchen.