Chico is a turn-of-the-century hot springs resort set amid 800 acres in the beautiful Paradise Valley. While not fancy, it is a refreshing and relaxing place to stay, and the architecture of the old building is full of quirky and historic charm. In winter, it's a treat to settle in by the fireplace in the lobby for a drink before dinner then enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot spring before bed. The resort's acclaimed restaurant has a great wine list, tasty local beers on draft, an innovative menu, and a welcoming atmosphere. Chico Hot Springs began as a modest boarding house that catered to fortune-seekers who mined gold claims in nearby Emigrant Gulch. It now has 60 rooms and two large geothermally heated pools, great spots for watching sunrise over the Absaroka Mountains or gazing at the brilliant night sky.