The White Cottage opened in the summer of 1957 on Route 4 at the edge of the pretty Vermont town of Woodstock. Residents and visitors come to its breezy tables for such vacation food as made-to-order hamburgers, char-grilled hot dogs and foot-longs served Yankee-style in butter-grilled split-top rolls, and fried clams, available whole-bellied or as strips. Hand-cut French fries are good and the fresh, crisp cole slaw is terrific. Accommodations are right for carefree eating: outdoor picnic tables with a view of the Ottauquechee River .
To drink, there is soda, lemonade, a milk shake, or a frappe. Ever curious about the obscure taxonomy of New England soda fountain beverages, we asked the person behind the order window to explain the difference between a milk shake and a frappe. Here, a frappe is made with hard ice cream, a milk shake with soft ice cream.
You expect good ice cream in a place like this. It is Gifford’s brand, available in several dozen flavors, in cones and cups, in floats and freezes, and in amazing banana splits made with three ice cream flavors and three toppings, plus whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. The menu promises ripe bananas that are imported from South America.