In neighboring Quechee, celebrated pottery and glassware maker Simon Pearce has a retail store and a restaurant. The Mill at Quechee overlooks a waterfall and mixes New England fare like cod with Irish specialties like salmon smoked on the premises. The plates and stemware are Simon Pearce, of course.
Point your car west on Route 4, Woodstock's main street, and drive ten to fifteen minutes to Blanche & Bill's Pancake House (586 Rte. 4, Bridgewater Corners, Vt.; 802-422-3816), a blink-and-you'll-miss-it roadside dive on the left. Blanche's secret is a sourdough-like starter for the pancakes and waffles.
The married chef-owners of Osteria Pane E Salute honed their trade in Tuscany before opening this 22-seat, dinner-only gem; a lengthy list of bargain Tuscans rounds out the appeal.
Mountain Creamery (33 Central St.; 802-457-1715) on Route 4 is one of the few places left to find a New England dessert delicacy: homemade apple pie topped with sliced cheddar cheese. Better than it sounds.