Where to stay: The Hotel Telluride is famous for its rustic charm and sweet hospitality (we know it’s a hotel, but everyone say’s they’re like, real nice, OK?). Plus, it’s reasonably priced, less busy in the summer, and just a couple blocks from downtown, which saves multiple cabs.
Carpe Diem: Telluride is the perfect spot to see what’s up with SUP-boarding .The views on the Alta Lakes, or the Down Valley Park, are downright delightful, and gliding along the glassy water, upright and by paddle, is the way to savor the surrounding cliffs slowly, like some beer-sipping basilisks (the lizards that can run on water). Or, if you want mo’ ruckus, rent ATVs from Telluride Outfitters, by the half or full day, and tear up all that scenic earth on four wheels.
Carpe Noctem: Eat at Black Iron Kitchen & Bar, a mountainside eatery that’s big enough to accommodate your crew. At least one of you should try their specialty: steamed king salmon, quinoa, tempe, arame corn salad, and arugula frisée salad. Or head to Jerry Greene’s joint, Baked in Telluride (open since 1975), for pizza, plus local wine and beer. After, Main Street is packed with taverns, like the Last Dollar Saloon, fit for a well-lathered crawl.
Bonus group activity: Try not to break your neck/meet cool locals -- you can never have too many friends -- at the Telluride Town Park Skate Park.