Antiquing This town has more than 20 well-priced antiques shops, most of them on the main drag. Some are in old historical houses sporting pampered resident cats and atmospheric old-time music. One of the most extensive inventories is in the Skyway Antique Mall, where 25 dealers display their finds. 6118 Skyway.
Gold Nugget Museum 502 Pearson Rd. Free. Visitors here can walk through a replica mine and view a reproduction of the largest gold nugget ever discovered in North America--a 54-pound monster found here in 1859. A miniature covered bridge and a one-room schoolhouse are found on the shady grounds outside, and a blacksmith shop and gold-panning sluices operate on summer weekends.
Days of Living History occurs each year in September and includes crafts demonstrations, hands-on activities, and food booths.
Honey Run Covered Bridge If you are in a four-wheel drive, you can take the downhill road directly across street from Skyway Antique Mall. Otherwise, access it via Centreville Road at the bottom of Skyway. Built across Butte Creek in 1894, this is the only covered bridge in the U.S. with three different roof levels. Though closed to traffic, it provides a lovely stroll. (A horse and buggy scene was shot here for the 1955 film Friendly Persuasion.) From here, it’s 5 miles back to Chico on a road that passes through 1,000-foot-deep Butte Creek Canyon gorge--called “Little Grand Canyon” by locals.
An annual fund-raising Pancake Breakfast in June raises money for a local school and museum and permits the opportunity to dine on the bridge. Arts and crafts projects and live music are part of the down-home atmosphere.
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Joy Lyn’s Candies This Belgium-style shop has been here since 1969. Only fresh sweet cream butter, roasted nuts, and premium chocolate are used in the hand-crafted chocolates and beer brittle, and visitors can often see chocolates and other candies being made through the store's kitchen viewing window.