White Cottage

Clam Shack | Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop
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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.

What to Eat
White Cottage, Foot Long Hot Dog
Foot Long Hot Dog
Must-Try
Beautiful footlongs; crisp, hand-cut fries; tasty coleslaw. Caught in the sunshine on luscious Kodachrome.
White Cottage, Hamburger
Hamburger
The menu advises, 'All of our food is made fresh and cooked to order! It may take a few minutes extra, but it's well worth the wait.' We agree, and offer as evidence this lovely hamburger.
White Cottage, Whole Belly Clam Platter
Whole Belly Clam Platter
Even the whole-bellied clams here aren't all that gooey. But if those bellies make you squeamish, there are clam strips, too, every bit as good as the old HoJo's strips.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8:30pm
Monday11am - 8pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Summer
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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