Vermont A&W Drive In on Route 7 South of Middlebury

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Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury

The Vermont A&W Drive-In is the state’s last surviving carhop. Located on Route 7 south of Middlebury, this 1960s roadside spot is open only during the summer months.

Last weekend I stopped by the A&W and ordered a cheeseburger, fries and root beer float. I had been driving for a couple of hours and was tired of being in the car, so I opted to dine at one of the drive-in’s picnic tables instead.

Maybe a burger and fries don’t add up to be the healthiest meal, but the food was tasty and the view of the mountains was perfect.

**If you go: Map

Addison County, Food & Drink, Middlebury, Route 7, Summer, Travel Tips
  • Erin @ I Heart New England
    Posted at 21:23h, 06 August Reply

    So cute! I’ve always wanted to eat at a carhop!

  • Kerry
    Posted at 01:36h, 07 August Reply

    I love the car hop. I so miss visiting Vermont. My husband and I use to live in Magog, Quebec, Canada which is just north of Newport, Vermont. We use to spend a lot of time in Vermont as it was only a half an hour away. But sadly we have moved to Ontario and now it is a nine hour drive. The good news we are close to New York State. Last year we spent time in the Alleghany National State Park. It was great! But we still love Vermont!!

  • A New England Life
    Posted at 02:16h, 07 August Reply

    To cool!

    When I was a kid I went to one but it wasn’t a car hop. At least not that I recall. I still remember having a cheeseburger, onion rings, and a rootbeer. Surely it would never taste as good now as my mind remembers it.

  • Baydog
    Posted at 04:30h, 08 August Reply

    Stewart’s in New Jersey, Erica. And it’s a California burger, onion rings, and just plain root beer in a frosted mug. Pure heaven.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 01:33h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Erin — It’s quite fun! Next time I’ll have to try to actually sit in my car.

    Hi Kerry — I’m sorry you are far away from VT, but it’s nice that you are still close to NY State. You’ll have to come back and visit VT one of these days.

    Hi Sharon — It never is!

    Hi Baydog — Sounds good. Can’t beat the frosted mug.

  • a whole lotta love
    Posted at 23:38h, 09 August Reply

    Ooh. I want to go there sometime! Plus I love A & W Rootbeer… and just all rootbeer in general.

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I just passed the sunshine award on to you. You have a lovely blog! Congratulations 🙂

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