to the
Blue Paddle Bistro

Established 2005

The Paddle is a special little bistro nestled in the
beautiful Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont.
Experience delicious, unpretentious food
and a unique getaway in South Hero!

Only 20 minutes from Burlington - we're closer than you think!

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Bienvenue au Blue Paddle Bistro!

Créé en 2005

Le Paddle est un petit bistrot spécial niché dans le belles îles du lac Champlain du Vermont. Découvrez une cuisine délicieuse et sans prétention et une escapade unique à South Hero! À seulement 90 minutes de Montréal - nous sommes plus près que vous ne le pensez! 

La frontière est maintenant ouverte; à cet  été! 

- Mandy et la chef Phoebe


until Friday, November 25th!

Hi, Paddle Friends!

Every year, we always close at one point during the winter months for our annual respite.

Since Chef Phoebe got diagnosed with COVID two days ago, we are opting to take our leave effective immediately. We will plan to reopen on Friday, November 25th - the day after Thanksgiving.

During this time, we'll remain active behind the scenes:

We'll be repainting throughout the restaurant.

We'll be redecorating with changes to our artwork, as well as adding window linens.

We'll launch a big holiday gift card promotion.

We'll be filling our gift area with long-awaited Paddle gear, including hats, balsam candles, baby bibs and safety orange dog vests - and more!

And, of course, we'll be decorating for the holidays. 

If you wish to make a reservation starting November 25th, please call us and I will confirm your reservation request within 24 hours.

All the best, ... and hugs,

Mandy Hotchkiss

Please call to make a reservation: 

17th Annual Holiday Gift Card Promotion


Our promotion begins today, Saturday, 11/19th & runs through Black Friday Weekend, Sunday, 11/27th ... or until 75 Gift Card Packages have been sold!

What's the Deal? Buy $100 Gift Card or choose 4 Gift Cards in any increments totaling $100 and receive a complimentary $25 Gift Card for you or to give away!

There's NO expiration!

*** Extra Special Deal *** Purchase $300 Worth of Gift Cards and get an extra $25 Gift card - totally a $100 Free Cards! We always sell out fast. Limited to the first 75 callers! So, there's no time like the "present" so click on the button below!

Gift Certificates make perfect Stocking Stuffers ... and ~ awesome Secret Santa presents, Hanukkah gifts, ... little thank you's for the dinner invites!

The details: This special sale runs from Saturday, 11/19th - Sunday, 11/25th or until 75 Gift Card packages have been sold! Purchase $100 worth of Gift Cards (in any increments) and receive a FREE $25 Gift Card to use any way you wish! Oh, yes, you may purchase more than one deal. All gift cards will be mailed the very next day! (Or, you may choose to pick up at The Paddle.) Should you purchase the $300 worth of Gift Cards, we'll send you a free $100 Free Gift Card! What you get: Beautiful full-color foldable cards of the Paddle in the springtime with our lilacs, individual envelopes and, obviously, your gift cards!

Holidays & Ho, Ho, Ho from Chef Phoebe, Mandy, The awesome Paddle Crew &, of course, The Paddle Pups Facebook

Please call: 802-372-4814 I answer the Paddle phone daily beginning at 7:00 am! Serving Dinner Wednesday - Saturday from 5:00- 8:00ish ! Reopening Friday, November 25th!

Hope to hear from you soon, Mandy

Call for Gift Cards!
To get the raw file (for free), contact me at thefrenchbokeh@gmail.com

New Scent!


🔥 Our new Fireplace scent candle has arrived and it features the three original Paddle Pups, aka The Ws, on the label! This project took over three years until I found the perfect scent to match my GWPs and their love of the outdoors. I took the photo down at Markover Pheasant Preserve in Connecticut.

$20 Will ship. Just call me at 802-372-4814
any day before 5:00pm!

Oh, by the way, pair this candle with our famous Balsam Candle and your home will smell just like an inviting Adirondack cabin!

Hugs, Mandy

P.S. It’s dedicated to Watson’s awesome bird dog trainer, Joe Carito, of Markover Kennels! RIP, my dear boy … you are missed.

Phoebe Bright
"Best Chef" in Vermont

The 2022 Daysie "Best of Vermont" Awards were just announced and our own Chef Phoebe just won this coveted category!
Voted by the public-at-large.  

Thank you to all our loyal friends who nominated
and voted for The Paddle.

We're both honored and humbled.

In addition to this award, we won "Best Restaurant" (OCC) and "Best Breakfast/Brunch" (OCC), as well. OCC = Outside Chittenden County

Winners were announced on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Read more

Check out our
dinner menu!

Updated daily.

Dine-in & take-out.


Order Take-Out!

Now that our busy summer is over, we'll be able to meet all the demands for "take-out" orders! You may place your orders as early as 9am daily (yes, I answer the phone even earlier) ... up to 7:00pm nightly! The week's menu will be posted every Tuesday morning so you can plan ahead! Chef Phoebe and her Paddle Crew takes every care to produce the most yummy, and consistent, cuisine for both indoor Paddle dining as well as take home.
Hugs, Mandy

Call for take-out!

Fall is in
the air at
The Paddle!

And, so our hours change;
we are now open
Wednesdays - Saturdays starting at 4:45pm.

The next date for our
award-winning monthly Sunday Brunch will be announced soon. 
Please check back.

October's Balsam Candle Winner - Julia Russell

We received dozens and dozens of comment cards over the past month. Thank you for your input.  Julia ~ next time you visit, there will be a candle waiting for you!
Congrats! Mandy

Our all-time #1 seller, our balsam candles are on sale at The Paddle.  It's especially a perfect gift for the holidays season - makes a great stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift or "thank you" for the dinner invite.  Then again, give yourself a present!

Customize your own
eGift Card!
No extra charge. 

How many other businesses offer this special service? We actually don't know but we do! 

It's easy!
1. Choose your own photo.
2. Write a short title and
3. Write a description.
4. And, submit to me using the blue button below and I will customize your very own gift card that you can electronically send! Please give me 24 hours.

Check out our E Gift Card page here!

Please include your best phone number in case I have a question. I'll let you know when it's uploaded so you can purchase it. Thanks, Mandy 

Order an eGift card here!

Thank you for
17 years of support, friendship
& thousands of hugs!

March 14, 2022 

Send us a greeting!

       17 Years 


toast bread with blueberry on black plate

We appreciate
folks sharing
their time with us!

March 14, 2023 will mark our 18th anniversary – our longevity is because of all our wonderful Paddle friends who have shown us loyalty and kindness over the years.

Because of them - old and new friends alike - we are here going strong in South Hero.  

Continued hugs,

Chef Phoebe Bright & Mandy Hotchkiss

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fruit salad on gray bowls

The Paddle Pups!

AKA "The Ws", these German Wirehaired Pointers are our official mascots!
Please meet Wyeth, Wilbur, Willoughby, Watson* & WyNott.

*RIP, dear Watson (January 2022)

Too cute! I want to see more!


316 US 2
South Hero, VT



Our hours change
with the season - trading Sunday evenings for Wednesdays!
To make a reservation,  call us directly at 
New Hours:

We answer the phone daily at 8:00am, 
       and return messages very quickly.

  • Monday - Tuesday


  • Wednesday

    04:45am – 08:30pm

  • Thursday - Saturday

    04:45pm – 08:30pm

  • Sunday


All-Time Favorite Snaps Gallery

Well, at least some chosen ones ... 

I've had the pleasure of taking literally tens of thousands of photos over the past 17 years.  From time to time, I will delve into my archives and post some of my faves.  Please let me know if you wish to have a photo taken when you visit - I always have some sort of a camera!
Hugs, Mandy

What an awesome Fourth of July!

Chef Phoebe's yummy food, Bettenroos' fun music and wonderful Paddle friends!

Until our next celebration, ... be well, happy and kind.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've got a question for Mandy!

Email me your question here.  Thank you.

Are you dog-friendly?

We love dogs at The Paddle!  Dogs are welcomed with open arms to dine with you at one of our outdoor tables during the warmer months. You bring the leash.  We have the water bowls and treats!

What do you specialize in?

Well, we're what you may call a "New American Restaurant."  That being said, Chefs Phoebe & Brandy make a little of everything.  What you can count on is consistent delicious, unpretentious food!

Do you cook with gluten-free pasta?

Sorry. No, we don't at this point. Stay tuned. 

Do you have a bar or may we bring our own wine?

Yes, we have a full bar;  therefore, Vermont state law dictates you can not bring your own alcohol of any kind.

What's your dress code?

Be comfortable & dress the way that makes you happy.  Of course, the standard "shoes and shirt" requirement is in effect.

Do you have entertainment?

Yes.  During the winter, we offer music on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  During the summer, live music every Wednesday & Sunday.  We call this our "Haymeadow Music" because it's located in our Back Forty where you can view some of the best sunsets in the Islands!

How often do you serve a Sunday brunch?

We try and offer a monthly brunch during the off-season.  

Csn my kids play with one of the Paddle Pups?

You bet!  WyNott usually hangs out on the front porch during the summer with her frisbee ready to play.  Durin g the colder months, you'll find her in our office waiting for some fun.


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Recognition by others!

We're proud, and humbled, by all the press and media we've received over the years.  Here's a sampling ...


Award-winning anchorman, Anthony Edwards, from Boston highlighted us!

CLICK HERE for the story!Great piece about two
of our "neighbors, as well ... (July 26, 2021)


2022 Best Restaurants with the Best Food in Vermont Area


Fox 44 TV

44's Finest

Voted "Take Out Superstar" (co-winner)

CLICK HERE for story!

Voted "Best Brunch"
CLICK HERE for story!

Voted "Best Eggs Benedict"
CLICK HERE for story!

Vermont Lottery

The Paddle Pups were featured on a Vermont lottery scratch ticket for over a year:  "It's a Dogs Life."  

Lufthansa Magazin

Talk about sky high!

Worth a Dam

CLICK HERE for the story!  It's funny, too. 
Phoebe, Tamara and I tried to save our local beavers on the causeway.

The New York Times

Wonderful, unexpected mention ...

Yankee Magazine

Multiple stories; made us blush. Still does ...

7 Nights

Chosen for the annual Dining Guide cover story.  

Burlington Free Press

Multiple stories over the years; great coverage for all our good deeds and just being The Paddle 

CLICK HERE for one story ...


Multiple stories

CLICK HERE for one story!

Seven Daysie Awards

"Daysie Awards" (won or runner-up) ...
Best Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Eggs Benedict, Best Breakfast/Brunch, Best Steak, Best Restaurant Service,


Karl Lagerfeld in Vermont. The Paddle catered the photo shoot. We would would go on to cater a second shoot for him a year later at Shelburne Farms.


Vermont Magazine

Awesome read about us ...

Trip Advisor

Multiple years ... 


Remembering Hurricane Katrina
community fundraiser
CLICK HERE for story ...

Only in Your State

15 Restaurants In Vermont That Belong On Your Dining Bucket List


Money Inc

The 20 Best Restaurants in All of Vermont


UVM Medical Center

$100,000 Pledge

Vermont Woman

Local chefs serve up exceptional cuisine.  CLICK HERE.

A lovely video ...

Music:  "I Love My Dog"
Cat Stevens

This 2012 lovely video montage was a gift from a customer of our restaurant, the Blue Paddle Bistro. It really captures the essence of our little bistro and the warmth and enthusiasm of all the folks who visit us. Of course, the underlying theme is the love Chef Phoebe and I share for my German Wirehaired Pointers, Wyeth and Watson. I hope you enjoy.  

- Mandy

Click on the button below for a short YouTube review of The Paddle;  please submit your YouTube Review of us and you'll receive a $25 Gift Card!

Love many,
trust a few,
but always paddle your own canoe.

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