As many of you may already know and probably have already experienced, the holiday season can get a little bit crazy, to say the least! This time last year I was not living in Plattsburgh, but in a much larger city, so picture your craziest mall shopping experience times 10…carts flying, people pushing, babies crying…just plain insanity! Sure the street décor was beautiful and there were Santa’s on every corner, but it just wasn’t home and it certainly wasn’t the quaint small town I was used to.
With views of the Saranac River and Lake Champlain, Downtown Plattsburgh is undeniably gorgeous in the spring, summer and fall. However, when a blanket of fresh white snow has covered the ground and the holiday décor goes up, Downtown Plattsburgh has that ideal small town holiday feel; you know? Like the kind you see in those Hallmark and Lifetime Holiday movies!
Lamp posts with holiday inspired wreaths haloing the bulbs guide you along the historic streets of Downtown Plattsburgh and lead you to quaint shops, local restaurants and even a winery! The 40 foot tree in front of The Strand Center for the Arts that is ceremoniously lit every December in collaboration with First Weekends is standing tall and shining bright, with just a hint of snow on its branches. If you get too cold walking about, you can grab a warm beverage from the local coffee shop, do a little wine sampling from The Champlain Wine Co. and/or pop in and out of great local shops like A Beautiful Mess to find exceptional holiday gifts.
If you want to extend this holiday evening in downtown Plattsburgh, my suggestion would be to make some reservations at one of the cute local restaurants and check out the schedule at The Strand Theatre; another historic landmark that puts on some great concerts, movies and other forms of entertainment for your pleasure!
Sometimes the importance of the holiday season is lost amongst the growing gift lists and buying deadlines so it is great to take a moment to just enjoy the scenery, decorations and holiday spirit of a quaint place like downtown Plattsburgh.