Ottauquechee River

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The Ottauquechee River winds its way through Woodstock Vermont. After visiting the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, we needed to find dog-friendly outdoor dining because a. coronavirus and b. Trudy and Lily are generally not welcome inside restaurants no matter how good they promise to be. We found the perfect lunch spot in the White Cottage, a cute burger and shake place established in 1957 on the outskirts of Woodstock.

While I ordered the food, my husband snagged a picnic table below the restaurant on the banks of the Ottauquechee River. The Ottauquechee River is a tributary of the Connecticut River, which eventually finds its way to the Long Island Sound.

In 2011, Hurricane Irene sent the Ottauquechee roiling far above its banks. She swept away homes, historic covered bridges and businesses. The White Cottage sits high above the river and was still completely gutted. Looking at the fairly low water levels as we ate, it was hard to imagine that. Fortunately, the owners were able to make repairs in time to open for the next summer season in 2012.

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Location: 863 W Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
Date of my visit: 7/30/2020