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Wolcott Yacht Club, Wolcott, American

Sarah Dixon
Vail CO, Colorado
EAT Wolcott Market 1 DT 6-25-07
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Wolcott Yacht Club

27190 Highway 6

Wolcott, Colorado



(970) 926-3444



Built in 1926 and named for the boathouse that once stood on the banks of the river across the street, the Wolcott Yacht club has long been a local institution. Serving excellent food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Yacht Club has capitalized on a great menu, friendly service, a beautiful courtyard and arguably the best FAC in the Valley.



The Place

Tucked away from highway 6 in Wolcott, the historic building and beautiful garden patio of the Yacht Club add to its character and charm.

Recently remodeled , the interior now features a renovated dining room and opulent, mermaid-inspired bar. The garden, wrapping around 2 sides of the building, might be the best outdoor dining spot in the Valley.

Live music several days a week and plenty of shaded tables offer a unique venue to kick back and enjoy the summer. To top it all off, the Yacht Club also offers a variety of sandwiches, pasta salads, cheeses and desserts to take on the fly – a perfect pit stop before a hike or river float.

The Drinks

Known for their jam-packed see-and-be-seen Friday Afternoon Club, the Wolcott Yacht Club has carved out a niche for itself in the social scene of the Vail Valley. But even more enticing is the opportunity to enjoy a few quiet cocktails in the garden on a lazy summer evening. Their Bloody Marys may be the best in the Valley – ask for the spice rub on the rim. A wide selection of refreshing beer, acclaimed margaritas and a full wine list also grace the menu.

The Food

Under the direction of executive chef Dan Anderson, who joined the team this spring, the Yacht Club plans to move their dinner menu in a new direction. The same timeless lunch menu and classic dinner items will be served, but they’ll be enhanced with an upgraded selection of entrees including a braised beef short rib served with an inventive fried avocado, truffle mashed potatoes and a delectable reduction gravy.

“It’ll be mostly meat and potatoes kind of stuff – nothing you’ve never seen before, just done really well,” said Anderson. They’ll also be expanding their FAC menu, as

Anderson plans to begin rolling out new items for the weekly event including a raw bar, steamed oysters and clams, soft shell crab and even sushi rolls. But this is not call for long-time Wolcott patrons to panic. They’ll still offer signature dishes like the fish tacos, mahi mahi club and outstanding burgers. They’ll also still offer their hearty morning menu – a breakfast burrito that’ll stick to your bones and a heaping plate of huevos rancheros are among the highlights.


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