Moving into my Downtown Detroit luxury loft just before Thanksgiving was the ultimate ‘kickoff’ to the holiday season—and nearly a decade of being thankful every day for my wonderful neighbors, the incredible city I live in, and all the wonderful things to do just outside my door!
It’s well known that the Thanksgiving holiday officially kicks off the night before with the biggest bar night of the year, which is no problem with so many popular watering holes within walking distance of my Downtown Detroit loft!
I’ll be sure to head to the Detroit Beer Company, where I know I’ll run into friends who are like family— since we’re all Mug Club Members. Being a Mug Club Member has its perks: you get a special mug, you get early- and member-only-access to their special brews, and throughout the year they have days where they lay out a feast for Mug Club Members where all you have to do is show up and eat and drink to your heart’s content (it’s like a Grandma Pop-Up, but with special hops too!). And Wednesdays, every Wednesday, are Detroit Beer Co.’s Weekly Mug Club Night, so I get Happy Hour Pricing on my pints all night long and 10% off all their delicious dishes—this year, I think I’ll kick off the night before Thanksgiving with their First Down Lager!
Despite a ‘hydration ritual’ that is as key to the holiday as basting the turkey, there’s no doubt that I’ll be up early on Thanksgiving morning as the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hosted by The Parade Company is staged outside my front door! This means that before the parade officially kicks off, I get a sneak peak of the performers, dance routines, and marching bands running through a final rehearsal of their sets that will be aired by WDIV-TV, Local 4 (reaching a potential 65 million TV sets!), News/Talk 760 WJR, and WOMC – 104.3! (Little Dog, who turned 11 this year, thinks it’s simply par for the course that celebrities serenade her morning outing—and she also appreciates that Art Van sponsors the parade, because, well, Little Dog is VERY thankful for her couch….)
Fortunately for me, since my morning ritual requires caffeine and not kibble, The Hudson Café will be open at 6 a.m. so I can get a specialty coffee or a hot chocolate and a pastry at their outdoor café or fuel up for the festivities with their signature Red Velvet Pancakes or one of their oversized Omelets—like their Thanksgiving Omelet, with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, Cranberries, and Swiss!
Then it’s Parade time inside and outside my Downtown Detroit loft! I don’t have to bake, cook, or roast a thing as friends from my lofts, neighborhood, and suburbs come over to watch the parade balloons sail past my windows at eye-level!
Yep. I walk.
For all my life before moving to a Downtown Detroit loft, I watched the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day Games on TVs in kitchens or from dining room tables—now, I get to watch the action from my seat in the very same stadium I see every morning out my loft windows!
And don’t even get me started on Black Friday. Mostly because I don’t have to get started on it. I don’t have to get up early. I don’t have to camp out. I can walk outside my front door and hit up sales at the national chains and local businesses that are right on my block!
Basically, with all the great neighbors, excellent eateries, and incredible events, every day is “Winner Winner” for me in my Downtown Detroit luxury loft.
And I am very thankful for that.
Not just Thursday.
When you live in a Downtown Detroit loft, it’s not just a hashtag. It’s a way of life.