During my weekend in Northern California one of my closest friends and I decided to take a day trip! This is a great way to see a new city without having to fork out expensive hotel costs. Jessie and I decided to drive up to Chico. Here is a recap of our adventure! Enjoy!
Jessie and I met in the morning at one of our favorite coffee shops in Roseville, CA. It is called Shady Tree. I discovered Shady Tree on Yelp about a year ago and Jessie and I have been going together ever since. They have great coffee and teas and a small selection of sandwiches and baked goods (but those tend to run out at night so get there earlier if you are hungry!). I ordered a toasted turkey bagel and Jessie got an avocado bagel and an iced chai tea! We ate in the outside patio and then took of for Chico, CA!
An hour and a half later we were in Chico! We went straight to the Sierra Nevada Brewery and signed up for a tour. For future reference, call a few days in advance and make a reservation for the tour. Jessie called earlier in the week for us, but they were all booked up for Saturday. The brewery tour always fills up early in the week as it is a free tour! On the flipside, that also means there are lots of no-shows and cancellations since there is no tour fee! Lucky for us, there was room on the 3:30pm tour.
As it was only 11am, Jessie and I decided to stop at the Chico Certified Farmers Market, which happens every Saturday in Downtown Chico. It was a pretty small little farmers’ market, but provided an array of things from fresh fruit and tacos to handmade soaps and perfumes. Jessie and I split a chocolate almond milk (so good!) and she purchased a lavender hand lotion bar shaped like a heart and we were on our merry way!
We walked through downtown Chico a little until we made our way onto California State University, Chico. The campus is beautiful, very Harvard-esque with all of its red brick buildings. It was a beautiful fall day out and the changing color of the leaves in the quads and courtyards looked like a perfect place to have a picnic and study.
After walking through the campus, Jessie and I headed back to the brewery to have some lunch at the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant. We shared a flight of beer and the Beer Cheese and Pretzel ($8, Crystal malt pretzels with Torpedo beer cheese). The pretzel is to die for. Jessie got the Harvest Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($10, Orland Farmstead Creamery Fromage Blanc, New York Cheddar cheese and apple-cranberry compote with roasted butternut squash on cracked malt sourdough) and I ordered the Gnocchi Bolognese ($18, Braised Sierra Nevada beef with San Marzano tomatoes, ricotta gnocchi and parmesan). Jessie liked her meal and mine was all right. I would probably go with a burger next time.
After lunch, we joined our tour group! The tour is an hour-long walk through the brewery and then thirty minutes in the taproom tasting 8 of their brews! Can I mention again that it is all free?! You learn a lot of great things about Sierra Nevada Brewery while on the tour, like how sustainable they are and all they do to give back to the Chico community! I highly recommend it!
After the tour, Jessie and I headed back to Sacramento! It was a perfect place for a day trip and being on a college campus again got me pumped for grad school! Definitely visit Chico if you can!
Where was your favorite place to visit for a day trip? Let me know.