California Cultural and Heritage Tourism Symposium – Meet Chico, CA

by Joanne Steele on January 28, 2010

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I’m blogging today from the California Cultural and Heritage Tourism Symposium.

By no means a small town, with a population of around 75,000, it has a small town feel. It sits in the middle of northern California’s agricultural lands, so it feels rural.

There are things we all can learn from this town.

John Vallani of 100 Best Art Towns in America has named Chico number 10 in his top 10 Art Towns in America. This town celebrates the arts like no other, with events, galleries, theaters, an inviting environment for artists, schools programs and more.

Be like Chico – celebrate your local arts.

Chico also celebrates its heritage. I’m staying at the local Quality Inn that carefully restored and kept the old kitchy Thunderbird sign. The downtown has a nice small town feel with tons of small locally owned stores that are supported by the locals!

The numbers of beautiful old, carefully restored homes is huge. And these are not just museums. A significant number of them are located near the local university, and are student housing!

Be like Chico – celebrate your heritage.

I just realized that I left my camera cord at the hotel, so pictures will be coming later – check back for some pictures of Chico!

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