Plattsburgh, New York is one of the more concentrated population centers in Upstate New York. It is sited on the western coast of Lake Champlain. It is well connected to Montreal to the north, Albany to the south and Burlington, Vermont to the east.
Amtrak, Bridge and Dock Sts., 1-800-872-7245. Located on the banks of Lake Champlain and within 1/4 mile from the downtown, the Plattsburgh Amtrak station is served by two passenger trains daily operating on the Adirondack route, one northbound from New York City and one southbound from Montreal. Tickets are not available for pickup at the station -- after a reservation is made, the ticket should be picked up on the train. The station is equipped with a heated waiting area, essential during the winter months as trains are subject to delay at the Canadian border. While the station is located approximately 1/2 mile from the downtown, hotels are not within reasonable walking distance.
Greyhound, 19 Booth St, (America's Best Value Inn), 1-518-563-1480. Bus service is available through either Greyhound or Trailways to Albany, Montreal, New York City, and Potsdam, New York. Fares are slightly more expensive than those for the train.
Plattsburgh is a perfect hub for what is described as a "two state, two nation, do-it-all destination". Sitting on Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh itself offers several historical and art museums, a famous sandy beach, marinas, a downtown dining and entertainment district, shopping and more. The visitor can also easily go to Montreal, just one hour north; Lake Placid and the Adirondack Park, less than an hour away; and by ferry to Vermont across the lake.
Beaches, museums, shopping, golf courses, and easy access to Lake Champlain, the neighboring Adirondacks, Montreal (1 hour north) and Vermont. There is an extensive online community events calendar  for Plattsburgh.
Clinton County Historical Museum: 48 Court St
Kent-Delord House Museum: 17 Cumberland Ave
Champlain Valley Transportation Museum: Old Plattsburgh Air Force Base
Battle of Plattsbutgh Interpretive Center: 31 Washington Road
Plattsburgh Beach:Cumberland Head Rd.Route 9
Elfs Farm Winery and Cider Mill, 7411 State Route 9, ☎ 5185632750, . 11AM-6PM Tu-Su. Elfs Farm is a winery and cider mill that produces amazing grape and fruit wines. They also press fresh apple cider during the apple season. Stop in and check out their tasting room. They offer a three dollar wine tasting and you get to keep the glass when you leave. edit
Plattsburgh is a regional retail and shopping center, offering everything from small specialty stores to major shopping malls. Many Canadians travel to Plattsburgh for a single day shopping trip. In some instances, prices may be similar to those in Canada, but there are also many great deals to be found. There are a few stores that do not exist over the border in Canada. A convenient shopping destination is the Champlain Centre, which is a large mall that has many different stores, including Sears, JC Penneys and Best Buy.
Many Canadians also do their groceries in Plattsburgh. Some items such as milk and yogurt are cheaper, and are not taxed on re-entry to Canada. Price Choppers and Walmart are possible destinations for grocery shopping.
Michigan red hots are local favorite similar to a chili dog but seasoned differently. Recipes are prized and closely gaurded. It consists of a steamed hot dog on a steamed bun covered with a ground beef sauce. They may be served with or with out raw chopped onions ("Buried" onions served beneath the meat sauce is traditional.)
Claire and Carl's, 4727 State Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY, ☎ (518) 561-1163. This local chain has several branches and has been serving up Michigan Red Hots for decades.Inexpensive. edit
Gus Red Hots, 3 Cumberland Head Rd, Plattsburgh, NY, ☎ (518) 561-3711. Gus Red Hots has stood in the same locations for dozens and dozens of years. It famously serves Michigan Red Hots but also has a complete traditional American diner menu. Inexpenisve. edit
McSweeney's Red Hots, 535 N Margaret St, Plattsburgh, ☎ (518) 562-9309, . McSweeney's stands in stark contrast to many of Plattsburgh's storied, decades old hot dog stands. It has been in existence only a few years but has won a large following and local acceptance with its delicious dogs. A limited diner menu of burgers and wings is also available. Be sure to try the hand cut fries with gravy.Inexpensive. edit
Quiche et Crepe, 5139 Us Ave Plattsburgh, NY 12901-3888, ☎ (518) 561-4086. Quiches and Crepes are the specialty at this restaurant that is owned and operated by a local french couple. Fresh soups, salads and sandwiches are also available. The food is excellent.Inexpensive. edit
Price Chopper, 19 Centre Dr, Plattsburgh, NY, ☎ (518) 562-3560. Price Chopper is a local grocery store that has a large salad bar and hot prepared food section. Diners make there own plats and pay by weight. The salad bar is typically fresh and well tended. There is also a seafood counter that will steam or fry selections while you wait. edit
Bazzanos Pizza, 5041 S Catherine St Plattsburgh NY, ☎ 518-562-8586, . This local Pizzeria serves a very tasty pie. Service is quick and the place is very clean. Other menu items include pasta, wings and burgers. A large plain pizza is around $12.00Inexpensive. edit
Karma Indian Cuisine, 334 Cornelia St Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2329, ☎ (518) 561-8301. This restaurant is Plattsburgh's only Indian restaurant. It is nicely appointed and relaxing. The service was quite slow and somewhat inattentive at times however the food is very tasty and well done. Northern and southern Indian dishes are available as are several vegetarian selections. A buffet is available for lunch six days a week and all day Sunday. $10-15 per entree. edit