Chico used to be such a nice little town, up until around 15 years ago. It's always had a few problems with the local "College kids" getting drunk, stoned, and rowdy, but crime has now skyrocketed.We have huge problems with the army of homeless bums here. Heroin use is through the roof, and used needles and human feces can be found in pretty much every single park and homeless area. Meth use has quadrupled in just 2 years, and property theft and violence rose accordingly. Worst of all, marijuana growers and cartels have infested the surrounding foothills, and they are destroying our pristine environment at an alarming rate.The city is now a major hub for the most rabid of Liberals, and our once safe and clean streets have turned into a filthy, homeless-filled, graffitti-marked nightmare. Our Colleges have turned into Socialistic gulags bent on turning our kids into Marxists.I am currently in the process of moving out of Chico, California, and into the sane, clean, safe, affordable state of Nevada.
Prior to visiting Chico, California in May of 2009, for a wedding, I didn't have very high expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised upon visiting this California town, at what a quaint hidden gem it was. We stayed at the Diamond Hotel, for the wedding at it was one of the nicest establishments I have stayed at, truly a five-star resort experience. The hotel is located near the downtown area which is clean, and full of tons of little shops and restaurants, that are in no way touristy. If you're looking for a meal you won't soon forget, visit the Spice Creek Cafe, they provide interesting combinations of foods and unique takes on classic dishes, to serve up delectable meals you won't soon forget.
Another great thing about Chico is the amount of city parks and greenery in the area. Bidwell Park was our favorite. There are also a good amount of quality golf courses, that all of the men in our party really enjoyed. If you are a beer drinker, you must visit Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, it is a great overall experience and they have fantastic beers available to enjoy or sample. It is truly a must-see when in Chico!