A Foodie’s Guide to Woodstock, Vermont

View of the river and Simon Pearce restaurant
salmon entree at Simon Pearce
butternut squash mac and cheese at Simon Pearce

A fall getaway means a mission to consume as many fall flavors as possible.  I love all things pumpkin, squash, and cider.  Hello to warm, gooey, and sweet!  The restaurants in Woodstock are armed and ready to serve and satisfy that flavor profile at this time of year.  Here’s where I went, and also some places I will make time for on a future visit: 

  • Mont Vert Cafe:  This is the go-to-spot in town for breakfast and lunch.  The line becomes impressively long by 9:30am, so the “early bird catches the worm” mentality is the best way to ensure you have a table to sit and enjoy your breakfast burrito and challah french toast. The cafe has a “mom and pop” meets “Ithaca, NY” feel, with fresh pastries and baked goods made everyday. 


  • Worthy Kitchen:  You can count on Worthy kitchen to deliver comfort pub-fare, but with a modern, fresh twist.  Rest assured that classic favorites like burgers, fries, and Vermont cheddar mac and cheese are stars on the menu; however, if you’re in the mood for something equally delicious, but less fried, they have poke bowls and rice bowl options too.  It’s a local favorite spot that will satisfy your craving for gooey and warm comfort food, but also introduces Asian dishes and flavors that somehow fit in perfectly with the pub scene.  For any vegetarian guests, make sure to order the black bean veggie burger.  And lastly, this spot has my husband's stamp of approval for a good IPA selection!


  • Simon Pearce Restaurant:  For some creative fall flavor twists, snag a reservation at this beautiful restaurant (pictured above).  Request a seat on the terrace with views overlooking the Ottauquechee River, and a stunning wood covered bridge.  I loved the zucchini and squash fritters with tomato chutney, Vermont Cheddar cheese soup, butternut squash mac and cheese, and salmon served over a polenta cake and mustard maple marinade (I was hungry, and technically eating for 2!).


  • Richardson’s Tavern:  With a cozy fireplace, and comfortable booth style seating, this restaurant has that quintessential Vermont lodge feel.  Although I found the service to be a bit slow, the wait was worth it in the end for the Vermont Maple cake dessert.  


  • Next time, I don’t want to miss The Prince and The Pauper and Cloudland Farms.  The first is a favorite spot downtown that offers up elegant Vermont classics, while the latter is a farm-to-table restaurant where you eat what the chef decides to make that day.
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