But eventually, you're going to want to head back to land and relax. And why not relax with a glass of something fabulous in hand? From bars and breweries, to wineries and lakeside restaurants, we've got the #ADKCoastEats scoop on where to grab yourself a boozy beverage this summer!
1. Martinis from Irises, $7.50-8.75 each (+ tax)20-22 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Wednesday is "Martini Night" at Irises Café & Wine Bar in downtown Plattsburgh, so you better get in formation. From 4 p.m. to midnight, get a $1 off any option on their Martini Menu, with over 40 different concoctions.
This extensive list goes beyond classic lemon drops and cosmos. Here, you’ll find adventurous options like “Willy-Wonka Tini” and “Citrus Blast Energy”. Whether you’re out for a fancy dinner or just drinks, you’re bound to find the perfect pour here. The most popular martini is the Dirty Martini, pictured below.
2. Margaritas from The Pepper, $7.00-7.50 (+ tax)13 City Hall Pl, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Downtown Plattsburgh’s festive dine-in Mexican restaurant, The Pepper, boasts a margarita list with more than 13 unique flavors. Whether you’re craving something mellow like “Lavender” or something spicy and unexpected like “Jalapeno-Cucumber”, you’ll find the right marg here to colorfully celebrate any occasion!
Can't get enough these? You can purchase The Pepper's marg mix at the restaurant. Just add it to the tab!
3. ADK Hard Cider’s “Mac”, prices vary (available in 6-packs and on tap)7411 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
No matter where you are on the Adirondack Coast, you never have to travel far to get your hands on a glass, can, or growler of “Mac” -- it's ADK Hard Cider’s staple flavor.
Find it on tap at:
Grab a 6-pack from:
And, of course, you can always head to Elf’s Farm Winery, where ADK Hard Cider is produced, to try “Mac” (or any other flavor!) straight from the source. Fun fact: one of the Frey family's dogs is named Mac. Maybe you'll see him in person!
4. White Wine Sangria from Aleka's, $16.00 per pitcher (+ tax)103 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Aleka’s fruity White Wine Sangria is the perfect addition to any group’s happy hour – especially when paired with any of the Greek restaurant’s authentic starters. Order a pitcher for 4 full glasses of summery sweetness!
Located right in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, Aleka’s offers outdoor seating overlooking parks, local shops, pubs, and more – just a quick, scenic 15-minute walk from the Plattsburgh City Marinaand the Plattsburgh Boat Basin via Bridge Street.
5. Rulfs Hard Cider brewed by Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery, $25.50 for a growler ($19.50 for a refill); $7.00 per pint (+ tax)697 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru, NY 12972
Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery and Rulfs Orchard are both located on Bear Swamp Road in Peru, NY, less than a mile from each other. So, if you try (more than a few) of Rulfs’ hard ciders at the brewery and decide you just have to get your hands on some cider doughnuts too, worry not. You’re less than a 15-minute walk away.
6. Plucky Rooster Ale from Plattsburgh Brewing Company, $25.00 for a growler ($15.00 for a refill); $5.50 per pint (+ tax)411 NY-3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Plattsburgh Brewing Company's brewmaster Jay Stoyanoff combined some the Adirondack Coast’s most enticing history and agriculture with the Plucky Rooster Ale, having researched some of the Founding Fathers’ actual 1800s beer recipes in order to come up with an authentic, unfiltered burly pale ale.
But what’s up with the name? Where'd this rooster come from? And what makes him so plucky?
I'll set the scene: it’s 1814 and the Battle of Plattsburgh is happening right in the middle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.
This rooster is like, “I think I’ll just chill in my coop on the U.S. ship Saratoga right now, nbd”. (I don't entirely undertstand why no one spoke up and said, "Excuse you, Mr. Rooster, there’s an epic battleoccurring here – could you not?" but we'll roll with it.)
So, the British ship Linnet fires at the Saratoga, striking the coop (shocker). But to the American crew’s surprise, this feisty rooster jumps right up on a gun-slide and starts crowing like crazy – something they found both amusing and oddly inspirational. Right away, Commodore Macdonough fires another round of shots, one of which strikes the British ship Confiance, leading to an open fire and, ultimately, a British retreat and an American victory.
And now we have a tasty beer commemorating the battle.
So, long story short: if it’s liquid courage you’re after, PBCo.’s Plucky Rooster Ale has got your back.
7. Wine slushies from Vesco Ridge Vineyard, $5.00 (+ tax)167 Stratton Hill Rd, West Chazy, NY 12992
Vesco Ridge Vineyard's original wine slushy is made using their vino and John Miller Gourmet Vino Slush mix. Nancy and the Dan love experimenting with different combinations of their wines and fresh fruits to create layered delicacies and unique flavor combinations!
If you're looking to cool off while trying something new, take a trip to Vesco's and relax on their deck overlooking the vineyard. Go on a Saturday afternoon, and you can even catch live music!
8. Strawberry Lemonade Sangria from Butcher Block, $7.00 each (+ tax)15 Booth Dr, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
The Tavern at Butcher Block might be all-new, but that doesn’t mean tried-and-true bar favorites like their Strawbery Lemonade Sangria can’t still be found! Made with a moscato and lemonade base and topped with fresh lemons and strawberries, this drink is just the right amount of sweet for a sunny summer afternoon.
9. Rusty Anchor from Dana's Rusty Anchor, $7.50 (+ tax)
4016 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
The most popular drink at Dana’s Rusty Anchor overlooking Valcour Island and Lake Champlain shares its name with the restaurant: the "Rusty Anchor". Once you glimpse this view, you'll never want to drop your anchor anywhere else. Can you spot Bluff Point Lighthouse?
The drink itself is a cocktail concoction Dana came up with himself: coconut rum, crème de cocoa and pineapple juice. It's the boozy tropical escape your palate has been longing for.
Dana's is open from mid-May to New Year's throughout the year!
10. Champlain Lifesaver from Naked Turtle, $8.25 (+ tax)1 Dock Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
During summer months, the “Champlain Lifesaver” is the Naked Turtle’s go-to recommendation for boaters docked at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin and nearby Plattsburgh City Marina. It only takes some coconut, pineapple, and mango rum mixed with pineapple juice and a splash of OJ for visitors to realize going overboard might not be so bad.
Because our Twitter followers voted for the Naked Turtle as their fave summer happy hour hot spot, we decided to highlight not one but TWO drinks from this popular restaurant on Lake Champlain's western shores.
11:56 AM - Apr 27, 2017 · New York, USA0%Livingood's63%The Naked Turtle31%The Pepper6%Other (tell us where!)16 votes•Final results4See Adirondack Coast's other Tweets
Twitter Ads info and privacy
11. Turtlerita from Naked Turtle, $8.25 (+ tax)1 Dock Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
If the Champlain Lifesaver isn’t floating your boat, try the Turtlerita. It’s like a regular margarita, but – you know – more turtle-y.
Do you have your own favorite Adirondack Coast summer drinks? Tell us about them!
Shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com with an image and the name of your favorite drink from one of our area restaurants, or post it yourself on Instagram using the #ADKCoastEats hashtag. If your account is public, don't forget to tag @AdirondackCoast so we can see!
Cheers to you, Adirondack Coasters!
Today we can only imagine what the historic Fouquet House at 5 Macdonough Street, Plattsburgh, must have been in its heyday...
From the winter 1812 “Camp Saranac” (Pike’s Cantonment) to the fortifications built for the defense and protection of the village.
Welcome to the Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area, a hidden natural reserve nestled in the town of Chazy, NY.
The Flat Rock is a large area of discontinuous bare sandstone that stretches along the Champlain Valley into Quebec.
For one day each year people get to be part of a big family tradition that includes old-fashioned wheel games...
If you are planning a visit to Rouses Point, taking a walk down Lake Street will be the best way to explore this charming village
In the early days of the North Country, you could take a cart, go to a stream, fill it with salmon and drive away.
What really makes the Town of Clinton so special is the resilience and work ethic of its citizens.
The Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel is described by many as the most beautiful building on the Old Base.
Nestled in the hills of West Peru, called “the Patent,” with its small yet sturdy steeple, lies St. Patrick’s Church.
The late Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), a man of many talents and the most-celebrated artist of New York’s Adirondack region...
Our region's military legacy goes beyond battles in the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812 with national ramifications.
Lyon Mountain, a cross-point between Dannemora Village and Chateaugay, has always proudly embodied the “hard-knock life”...
Looking out on its waters, it’s easy to get swept away by Lake Champlain’s history and magic...
We are experiencing a time of particular gratitude and pride in our treasured outdoor spaces, providing a needed nearby escape...
Who doesn’t list “eating” among favorite activities? The greater Plattsburgh area is home to our largest collection of eateries.
Our winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year as they seek out opportunities to explore our stunning region...
What does an #adkcoast “winter enthusiast” look like? Well, it’s not so much a “look”, but a state of mind!
Hiking has many benefits, it empowers you to exercise, re-charge, de-stress, and socialize, all while enjoying nature...
The Adirondacks boast thousands of lakes, rivers and streams, with Lake Champlain alone home to nearly 100 different fish species.
Golfers along the Adirondack Coast have been driving, chipping, and putting their way across our cedar-lined fairways...
As snow melts, the season’s sweetest treat begins to flow from the maple trees uniquely thriving in the Northeastern part of...
Did you know that Ausable Chasm offers guided and unguided winter tours of "the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks"? It's true!
A jewel of the past that makes history come alive, Valcour features historic sites and recreational facilities like no other!
Every year, from mid-April to the end of May, hundreds of Salmon return to the many rivers that empty into Lake Champlain ...
Are you ready to bundle up for a winter adventure on the Adirondack Coast? Ausable Point State Park provides great opportunities..
No matter how you spend your New Year’s Eve, a delicious beverage should always be on the menu and we have come up with one...
Go for a scenic drive along Route 9 or Route 22B and you’ll realize cornfields are pretty much everywhere amidst the rolling hills
I introduce this season’s Adirondack Coast Kitchen... 🎶 insert introductory music here 🎶... apple galettes!
Welcome to apple country! It’s the autumn months that truly allow our agriculture experiences to shine...
We all have that one friend... you know the one I am talking about. That friend who pushes you outside of your comfort zone...
On the Adirondack Coast, we’re lucky to be surrounded by diverse agriculture resources. Each season has something special to offer
The Adirondack Coast boasts four incredible state parks, all offering a wide range of activities in both summer and winter.
If I had to choose, what would be my top 5 picks for celebrating Great Outdoors Month on the Adirondack Coast?
From bars and breweries, to wineries and lakeside restaurants, we've got the #ADKCoastEats scoop!
The very best of Adirondack Coast agriculture can be experienced through local dishes -- without breaking the bank.
In December, wine is usually mulled, making for a unique seasonal treat – one with a special Adirondack Coast twist!
Students come and go through SUNY Plattsburgh’s oldest residence hall each year, but it seems the spirits residing here remain!
The Old Post Cemetery and its hauntingly tragic grounds on the outskirts of the encompassing area continually evoke chills...
Beneath fall’s frothy, pumpkin-spiced surface lurks something more sinister...
I’ve been fortunate enough to qualify for, and fish in, some of the biggest events in the sport of competitive bass fishing.
Whatever it is that brought you here, you’ve got 24 hours on the Adirondack Coast – don’t let them go to waste!
When you visit the Adirondack Coast, you realize just how important the Battle of Plattsburgh is to the area...
Some call it the “crown jewel” of downtown Plattsburgh because it’s the town’s premier venue for hosting talent.
So, let’s go golfing. Obviously, we have to get the important stuff on the checklist out of the way first.
Now is the time to graduate from IHOP’s butter-pecan-flavored pancake sauce, because New York State’s Maple Weekends are...
Politicians and public figures of old demonstrated passion and deep thought when it came to leadership...
Combine the area's famous Adirondack hospitality with a generous amount of spirited cheer and you’ll know winter bliss!
Flaming reds, oranges, and golds – the Adirondack Coast’s signature colors of fall...
There is much to delight on the Adirondack Coast - and our food is no exception!
Stepping into the gallery is like entering a visual narrative of Kent’s life. It is clear that the...
Paddle clear of Lake Champlain's waves for a chance to discover breathtaking summer scenes off the beaten path.
This month’s VCB field trip was to Ausable Chasm’s Adventure Course…and the name definitely does not lie…!
The Adirondack Coast has one of the sweetest spring treats around, something we like to call “liquid gold”- yup, it's maple syrup!
Lakeside villages, charming hamlets and the historic city of Plattsburgh offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the...
Throughout the Adirondack Coast, you will find the sweetest animals that will make you say “awwwwww!”.
Golfers on the Adirondack Coast can enjoy beautiful mountain layouts, green, plush, cedar-lined fairways, and the Adirondack...
Quiet roads with wide shoulders stretch through some of the most gentle lakeside terrain and the steepest mountain climbs.
Living on the Adirondack Coast you learn to not simply just wait for winter but to welcome it!
The other week I was lucky enough to get a tour of Whiteface Mountain and everything they have to offer during the fall season.
There is no better time to visit an Adirondack Coast orchard than in the fall. Sun-baked days and cool, crisp nights...
Summer is in full swing on the Adirondack Coast, the days are longer, the weather is beautiful, the water’s inviting and...
The first day of summer is soon approaching, and everyone is anxious for fresh strawberries and for our U-Pick fields to open.
What is better than sunshine on your face and your toes in the sand? Nothing!
Bob remembers when they started growing flowers, over 30 years ago. At that time, we had two tiny wooden greenhouses...
Next March bring your family, friends, neighbors, or whoever to this great event on the Adirondack Coast!
With four distinct seasons, countless bodies of water and mountains galore, options for outdoor adventure are endless here!
Winter is our quiet time here at Rulfs Orchard when we can reflect on the previous season and start planning for the year ahead.
McKenzie stands 3,861 feet between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid New York making it #55 of the Adirondack 100...
Mother Nature graced us with two inches of fresh snow that clung to the branches of the trees creating that perfect Adirondack...
This weekend we chose to visit Cascade and Porter Mountains. Cascade and Porter Mountains rank #s 36 and #38 among the 46 peaks...
This weekend, under blue skies, my hiking partner and I decided to take on Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak...
Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York, making it the prime choice for a particularly rewarding birthday hike...
After living on the Adirondack Coast for nearly my entire life, one would think I knew about every adventure and hidden gem...