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Writing Portfolio // Alina Walentowicz



"Escape the everyday."



It’s “the most wonderful time of year” - but it can also be the busiest. Still, it wouldn’t be the same without the urge we all share to shop till we drop! As you shuffle responsibilities and create time to appreciate loved ones, we’ve got suggestions to help narrow down your gift search. READ MORE >>


Our winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year as they seek out opportunities to explore our stunning region and participate in some of their favorite activities - which aren’t difficult to “track” down, particularly during our winter months! When temperatures “drop it like it’s cold” (so to speak), the Adirondack Coast’s thousands of miles of groomed and natural trails welcome adventure from all angles and elevations. READ MORE >>


4 Beginner #ADKCoast Day Hikes + What to Know Before Hitting the Trails


Empowering you to exercise, re-charge, de-stress and socialize, all while enjoying nature, there are plenty of benefits that come along with hiking. As one of the Adirondack Coast’s most popular outdoor activities, it makes sense why visitors continue to dedicate hard-earned vacation time to this natural mode of exploration! Maybe, like me, you’re someone who’s super into the idea of hiking, but is a little intimidated when it comes to the logistics of actually hitting the trails. READ MORE >>


If you’re looking for a little extra kick with your relaxation, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, New York State has the second-highest number of active craft distillers in the U.S.,according to the American Craft Spirits Association. That’s right. Beer and wine, watch out - there’s another adult beverage in town! READ MORE >>


Keepin’ It Reel: Fishing (For Fun) On New York’s #adkcoast


The Adirondacks boast thousands of lakes, rivers and streams, with Lake Champlain alone home to nearly 100 different fish species, including (as you’ve probably heard) some monstrous large and small mouth bass...oh, and Champ, too. Widely regarded as one of the northeast’s best fisheries, hundreds of fishermen and women hit up the Adirondack Coast’s shores for action-packed pro tournaments on Lake Champlain each summer. We’re talking big trucks, big boats and big fish. READ MORE >>


#ADKCoast Beginner Golf Guide


From championship courses to par-72s, golfers along the Adirondack Coast have been driving, chipping, and putting their way across our cedar-lined fairways each spring for more than a century. The area’s legacy as a golf destination goes back to the glory days of the country’s first golf resorts, one of which opened right here, along Lake Champlain’s eastern shores during the late 19th century. READ MORE >>


Thawing temperatures signal the Adirondack Coast’s “liquid gold” rush each spring—sugar rush, that is! As snow melts, the season’s sweetest treat begins to flow from the surrounding maple trees uniquely thriving in the Northeastern part of the U.S. In fact, the Sugar Maple is New York State’s official tree. You may have even noticed webs of piping running through wooded areas during your travels. These are sure signs the Adirondack Coast’s maple season is in full swing! READ MORE >>


Go for a scenic drive along Route 9 or Route 22B and you’ll realize corn fields are pretty much everywhere amidst the Adirondack Coast’s rolling hills. But these aren’t just any ordinary corn fields – they’re mazes! Our agritourism sites like to get creative with their stalks, adding a dash of history, adventure and just plain creepy for any age to enjoy! Whether you’re after a family-friendly adventure, a date-night fright or an out-of-the-box way to experience the area’s diverse history and agriculture, you’re in for a treat – so keep reading! READ MORE >>


Something that’s so great about the Adirondack Coast is its ability to provide fun outdoor adventures for all ages no matter the season – and fall is no exception! While summer showcases our diverse water recreation opportunities, like paddlingfishing and windsurfing (and, trust me, Lake Champlain provides challenging opportunities for all three!), it’s the autumn months that truly allow our agriculture experiences to shine. READ MORE >>


Summers on Lake Champlain provide plenty of opportunites for outdoor recreation activities, like paddlingwindsurfing, boating, and jet-skiing -- it's a water-lover's paradise. 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! READ MORE >>


You're bound to work up an appetite exploring all the Adirondack Coast's exciting history, outdoor recreation and agritourism experiences. But the adventure doesn't have to end when you leave the farm or park your bike. The very best of our agriculture can be experienced through local dishes -- without breaking the bank. Keep reading to learn about some of the best #ADKCoastEats under $15. READ MORE >>


On the Adirondack Coast, we believe love is an adventure. When it comes to celebrating your special someone, it helps to have a plan. That’s where we come in! The events and date-night ideas below are sure to keep your romance alive and thriving on the Adirondack Coast this February. READ MORE >>


If Gossip Girl taught us anything, it’s that no matter high school, college, or “the real world”, rumors never die. And they especially don’t die when they’re about ghosts. Different students come and go through SUNY Plattsburgh’s oldest residence hall each year, but the spirits residing here are much less likely to pack up and move on when commencement rolls around – or so we’ve heard. READ MORE >>


They say when the weather outside is frightful, it's the fire that's so delightful. Don’t get me wrong – an evening spent warming up by contained flames during winter months is a great way to pass the time, indoors or outdoors; however, any situation can truly only be made more delightful when embraced with a glass of wine in hand. READ MORE >>


In one quick Google search you’ll realize that Plattsburgh’s Old Airforce Base and surrounding U.S. Oval Historic District are commonly thought to house lingering spirits. Though many nearby buildings and structures are worth exploring (the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society even visited the City Rec Dept. back in 2008), it’s the Old Post Cemetery and its hauntingly tragic grounds on the outskirts of the encompassing area that continually evoke chills among passersby – and not just because this is northern New York and the weather is getting cold! READ MORE >>


In one quick Google search you’ll realize that Plattsburgh’s Old Airforce Base and surrounding U.S. Oval Historic District are commonly thought to house lingering spirits. Though many nearby buildings and structures are worth exploring (the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society even visited the City Rec Dept. back in 2008), it’s the Old Post Cemetery and its hauntingly tragic grounds on the outskirts of the encompassing area that continually evoke chills among passersby – and not just because this is northern New York and the weather is getting cold! READ MORE >>


On New York’s Adirondack Coast, autumn is characterized by crisp golden leaves, abundant apple orchards, sugar-dusted cider doughnuts, and at least one or two basic pics snapped while frolicking in a pumpkin patch (#guilty). But not everything about this season is as cutesy-wootsy as it might appear upon first glance. No, beneath fall’s frothy, pumpkin-spiced surface lurks something more sinister – and I’m not talking about the spoiled milk in your latte! READ MORE >>


Maybe it’s a family vacation. Maybe it’s a wedding. Maybe it’s your kid’s first move-in weekend at a nearby college.

Whatever it is that brought you here, you’ve got 24 hours on the Adirondack Coast – don’t let them go to waste! READ MORE >>


When you visit the Adirondack Coast, you realize just how important the Battle of Plattsburgh is to the area. There’s even an entire four-day-long commemoration for it each September, downtown and on the waters of Lake Champlain. Amidst reenactments, parades, and visits to the Israel Green Tavern at Trinity Church (hosted by Conroy’s Organics this year!), you’ll hear stories about the Kent-Delord House and the three generations of Delords that lived there symbolizing what most consider to be the American Dream in the North Country. Here’s what I’ve heard around town. READ MORE >>


People visit the Adirondack Coast for tons of reasons. The views are great, especially when they involve New York’s Adirondack Mountain backdrop or Lake Champlain’s glistening waters beneath a brilliant sunset. (Hey, do it for the Insta. Better yet, do it with #nofilter.) Not to mention, there are tons of attractions providing adventurous daytrips, particularly for outdoor lovers! Whether that means hitting the trails for a hike or getting out on the lake for a paddling or boating excursion, excitement is never too far off. But then there are those of us who, although we appreciate nature, prefer to do it from a distance. A good, healthy distance, probably with a glass of wine in hand. My friends, I am here to tell you, there is enjoyment on the Adirondack Coast, even for us “indoorsy” types. READ MORE >>


So, you know about Proctor’s in Schenectady and the Palace in Albany. In Burlington, there’s the Flynn. But here on the Adirondack Coast, between New York’s Capital Region and Vermont’s Queen City, we’ve got the Strand. Some call it the “crown jewel” of downtown Plattsburgh, because it’s the town’s premier venue for hosting talent. It’s also pretty nice to look at. The Strand Center Theatre, nestled in the heart of the city, has been a symbol of the region’s arts and culture movement since it was originally built back in 1924 toward the end of the vaudeville era. READ MORE >>


So, let’s go golfing. Obviously, we have to get the important stuff on the check-list out of the way first. Polo shirt? I can do that. Plaid? I don’t want to, but I will. Golf clubs? Wait – clubs? As in, plural? I need more than one? Shoot, those things are heavy. I’m not trying to carry all those. Like, are they weapons or sporting equipment? With me on the range, it’s safe to call it a toss-up – literally. Oh, look. Here’s me showing off my skills among Buzzfeed’s “22 Most Painfully Awkward Things That Happened in 2015”. Just kidding. Kind of. READ MORE >>


Some people like Easter because they think bunnies are cute. Other people like Easter because it means they get to wear fancy hats and brightly colored dresses (confession: that’s why I like Easter – I guess I can’t speak for the rest of you). Whatever the reasoning behind your enthusiasm for the holiday, chances are you and your family want to (or have to, depending on how you feel about it) spend the day together.  What’s the best way to accomplish this while keeping everyone as pleasant as possible? Well, Sunday brunch, of course! READ MORE >>


As it turns out, maple syrup and wine are pretty similar. And, by that, I mean they attract similarly dedicated enthusiasts who appreciate them as art forms. If you don’t feel confident classifying yourself as a wine or syrup enthusiast, you’re probably an average Jane, like myself, who takes one look at those uniquely shaped bottles and thinks, “Wow, how fancy.” Then, after sampling what’s inside the bottles, you exclaim, “How is this sweet, sweet nectar of the gods manufactured!?” READ MORE >>


Politicians and public figures of old demonstrated passion and deep thought when it came to leadership and... their favorite beverages? It was Martin Luther, father of the Reformation, who first observed, "Beer is made by men, wine by God." Benjamin Franklin retorted (indirectly, and several centuries later, but retorted nonetheless), "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Eventually, Lincoln nobly and democratically reclaimed beer solely on behalf of the masses, saying, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts -- and beer." Oh, and Sam Adams? Well, that one just did his own thing. READ MORE >>

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