Supporting Pine Creek Cookhouse
I was saddened to see the scathing remarks against the Pine Creek Cookhouse in the Monday paper. More than that, I was saddened to see a local “going after” other locals who have spent their lives giving the people of this valley and the guests to this valley one of the most memorable experiences that a mountain town can offer.
I have grown up in the Roaring Fork Valley, and have had the opportunity to enjoy the Pine Creek Cookhouse and the wonderful staff that runs it, in many different ways. I have seen John and Juliet Wilcox go out of their way over and over to accommodate the guests who come to their restaurant. They have had snowmobiles and cats wait at the bottom of the road to bring up a single guest or two who may be running too late to ski or catch the sleigh. No one ever turns down a request from a guest for a sleigh ride at the end of the night, because it may be too much to ski back down after a wonderfully filling and delicious dinner.
They have always opened their arms to locals walking their dogs up the road in the daytime, and allowed us to enjoy the outdoor patio on a sunny day so that we can keep an eye on our dogs. The Wilcox’s tirelessly groom the trails around the 750-plus acres so that people can cross-country ski any day of the winter.
If there were one place that I would recommend my friend, family or guests to go, it would be up to the end of the Ashcroft Valley to enjoy the experience of the Pine Creek Cookhouse. John and Juliet are locals, and in working as hard as they do, they understand how hard we all work to live in and enjoy this valley.
We should not forget that they are also locals who have kids in the school system, and we are all a part of a community. John and Juliet put themselves out every day to give others the experience that they appreciate so much, and they go out of their way to give locals the benefits of and exposure to the Ashcroft Valley.
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