Just 90 miles north of Sacramento, Chico is the cultural and economic hub of Northern Sacramento Valley. Chico offers the breathtaking beauty and charm of a small town with amenities that can rival its larger neighbors', from upscale meeting hotels to one-of-a-kind Chico event venues. And it holds something for every type of group, whether it's stressed-out executives in need of some R&R, a family reunion needing child-friendly activities or a training group looking for some inspiring ideas.
Chico Municipal Airport is an easy one-hour flight via United Express from San Francisco International; while the city's Amtrak station serves passengers on the Coast Starlight route, running from Seattle to Los Angeles.
Among the largest meeting venues in Chico is the Chico Event Center. Located on the top floor of the Brickworks Building in downtown, the center can accommodate 200 guests seated or nearly 400 standing. The center also offers full on-site catering services featuring menus of organic and local dishes. (Security and on-site event coordination are included in the rental.)
The Chico Holiday Inn & Conference Center is also among the largest meeting venues in Chico. In addition to clean, comfortable accommodations, the hotel has more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Specializing in Chico business meetings, reunions, training classes and weddings of 15 to 300 people, the Holiday Inn has eight meeting rooms, ranging from the intimate Paradise Room for 14 people to the Butte Convention Center for up to 300 people. Other Chico meeting hotels include the Courtyard Chico, which has a 750-square-foot meeting room and 87 rooms. The historic Hotel Diamond has an upscale ambiance, well-appointed rooms and an on-site restaurant with two distinct banquet rooms. Aside from being the only all-suite hotel in Chico, Oxford Suites has more than 1,700 square feet of facility space spread across three meeting rooms as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast.
Special event venues in Chico include the Sierra Nevada Brewery: one of the top craft breweries in the country, it offers free tours and tastings–the perfect group activity following a day in the boardroom. The brewery also has full-service catering and a 350-seat venue, The Big Room, that is available for seminars, presentations, and receptions. For a family-friendly venue, book the Patrick Ranch Museum, a living museum that explores the agricultural and social history of the region. Guests can also enjoy the California sunshine at Bidwell Park, one of the nation's 25 largest municipal parks. This 3,600-acre outdoor haven spanning Big Chico Creek Canyon has a variety of spaces for rent, including several picnic/barbecue areas and the Bidwell Bowl Amphitheater.