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Salida, Colo., itinerary

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June 28, 2006

Friday

6 p.m. Check in

The Thomas House Bed and Breakfast 307 East First St. 719-539-7104; 888-228-1410 www.thomashouse.com Soak up history at this former 1888 rooming house. Doubles $65-$135.

7 p.m. A smile on your face

Laughing Ladies Restaurant 128 West First St. 719-539-6209 Try the creamy polenta starter and seafood specials at the best restaurant in town. Starters $4.25-$8.50, entrees $15.25-$21.

Saturday

9 a.m. Bike it

Absolute Bikes 330 West Sackett Ave. 719-539-9295; 888-539-9295 www.absolutebikes.com Rent a mountain bike, town cruiser, or road bike. Half day $10-$40, full day $10-$50.

1 p.m. Carb kick

Downtown Bakery and Deli 124 F St. 719-539-4248 Pick one of the many gourmet salads or a sandwich on fresh-baked bread. Sandwiches $6.25; salads $5.50 a pound.

3 p.m. Watch it

Arkansas River Whitewater Park Where F Street meets the river Hang in the bleachers or join those crazy kayakers.

4 p.m. Walk it

Stroll historic downtown (order walking tours from the Chamber of Commerce at 877-772-5432 , www.coloradoheadwaters.com ). Gallery maps are at www.salidaartists.com and in shops. Gallery receptions are every second Saturday of the month, 5-7 p.m.

7 p.m. Dress-down dinner

Bongo Billy's Salida Cafe 300 West Sackett Ave. 719-539-4261 www.salidacafe.com Friendly locals, live music, and good grub, with a patio overlooking the river. Sandwiches and burgers $5.75-$7.25; salads $6.95-$7.25.

Sunday

9 a.m. Pick your paddle

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center 228 North F St. 800-255-5784 www.rmoc.com This is the place to go if you need instruction or guides. Day rates $99-$250.

American Adventure Expeditions Highway 24/285 Johnson Village/Buena Vista 719-395-2409; 800-288-0675 www.americanadventure.com This Arkansas River rafting outfitter is among the best. Trips $43-$99 per person.

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