Bask in Boulder's funkier side

Get a load of the town's oddball charm by playing tourist for the day

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EAT

Village Coffee Shop The smallest, most convivial greasy-spoon hole-in-the-wall in town, impossible to find on any tourist map. If you're a first-timer, your server may call you out with the Village Virgin cheer. INFO: $; 1605 Folsom St.; 303/442-9689.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant The old standby has a new rooftop deck with spectacular mountain views. INFO: $; 1101 Walnut St.; 303/444-3690.

SIP

Redstone Meadery One of the country's largest craft mead producers is in east Boulder. Taste free samples of honey wine in the tasting room. INFO: Call for tour and tasting schedules; 4700 Pearl St. (between the Boulder Creek and Goose Creek Bike Paths); 720/406-1215.

HOP ON A BIKE

Do as the locals do: Ditch the car for a bike. Rent one at Full Cycle (rentals from $15 for four hours; 1795 Pearl St.; 303/440-1002). Coast down the Boulder Creek Path ( gobikeboulder.net for directions) to breakfast on Folsom St. Work your way downtown to the Rio Grande before heading to Hotel Boulderado to catch Banjo Billy's bus. From the Boulderado, it's a 15-minute ride east to the meadery.

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