Thanksgiving leftovers are gone; the rush of Black Friday deals have passed so that means the official start of the holiday season is here! Christmas lights are aglow, store windows are trimmed with fake snow and the rhythmic sound of the salvation army bells fill the air. But why go through the same hustle and bustle making a list and checking it twice this shopping season as you have in years past? This year do something a bit different. Leave the malls and the hunt for a parking space behind and take a stroll downtown Detroit where I’m sure you’ll find something divine.
Here I’ll show you in 4 simple steps how to explore downtown Detroit for the holiday in just 4 blocks! Yes, in just 4 short city blocks you can find shopping, dining and a whole lot of fun!
Step one: Parking. It’s easy as 1-2-3. You can find plenty of parking at the Compuware parking ramp just off of Woodward Ave behind the Compuware/Hard Rock Café building. It’s safe and secure and it’s only a $10 parking fee for the entire day.
Step two: Before you begin your trek into the brisk Detroit air, I suggest you take a stroll around Campus Martius park and find the Detroit Roasting Plant (http://roastingplant.com/). Here you can grab a tall cup of hot chocolate and a scone to keep you going. Or try the bean of the month in one of their many coffee choices.
From the map it looks to be a bit of a walk but trust me, it’s not that bad. Plus you’ll get a chance to see the beautiful ice-skating rink in the center of Campus Martius Park and this year’s enormous Christmas tree!
Step three: Now that you’ve got your coffee and you’re warm and toasty on the inside, let’s go shopping! You don’t have to leave all of the mall shopping experience behind because Somerset Collection Mall in Troy, MI has set up shop downtown Detroit with some of your favorite stores! Stoll over one block to the First National Building to experience Somerset Collection CityLoft. The Detroit News reported the following retailers for this season; “New retailers include Bachrach, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Coach, Crate and Barrel, Eileen Fisher, Henri Bendel, L’occitane, Louis Vuitton, Soma Intimates, True Religion and Vera Bradley, with many favorites returning such as Aveda, Bare Minerals, The Buckle, Claire’s, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Icing, Lego, Paradise Pen, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Swarovski, Very Bradley, Sur La Table, The Detroit Shoppe, Thomas Pink and Williams-Sonoma.”
Step four: Now that you’ve shopped ‘til your heart is content, you’ve most likely worked up an appetite. So let’s eat! Just a few steps way is a brand new restaurant to the downtown area called Townhouse Detroit (http://eatattownhouse.com/). Here you can dine one of Detroit’s best burgers under the open-air heated patio.
Now that’s a GREAT way to spend a weekend enjoying the holiday season downtown Detroit. But before you make your way back to the parking ramp there’s a bonus! You can’t leave downtown Detroit during the holiday season without taking a spin around the ice-skating rink in Campus Martius Park (http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/). For just about $11 you can enjoy a lap or two…or three around the rink, grab another hot chocolate or sit around a fire pit taking in the festive vibe in the city.
Now these are four blocks I wouldn’t mind exploring again! Have a happy Holiday Season!
www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2015/11/24/somerset-retailers-pop-downtown-detroit/76330808/, “Somerset Retailers Pop Up Downtown”, November 24, 2015.