It was the summer of 1957 when the White Cottage opened on Route 4 at the edge of the pretty Vermont town of Woodstock; and the menu is still a vivid expression of mid-century drive-in tastes. Residents and visitors come to these breezy tables for excellent made-to-order hamburgers, hot dogs and foot-longs served Yankee-style in grilled rolls, and fried clams, available whole-bellied or as strips.
On the side of such delightful summer-vacation meals, you can drink a soda, a 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.
"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."
"Beautiful footlongs; crisp, hand-cut fries; tasty coleslaw. Caught in the sunshine on luscious Kodachrome."
"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."
"In and around the White Cottage you will find a variety of seating options."
"Every summer since Elvis joined the Army, the White Cottage has been a destination diner for the people of Woodstock and towns beyond."