35 things we’re thankful for in Charlotte

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Happy Thanksgiving! The Charlotte community has given us so much, and we wanted to share 35 things the CharlotteFive staff is thankful for this year.

All of the free things we can do outside this season.

The many new bars and restaurants opening in the Queen City in 2018 (and 2019).

Being one with nature on beautiful fall hikes within driving distance of the city.

Dogs (and all the places we can bring them).

All of the new spots that have opened in the thriving Optimist Park, Belmont and Villa Heights neighborhoods so far this year (and those still to come).

Traveling to nearby cities for weekend trips, like Asheville for Christmas at the Biltmore.

The men who are making an impact on Charlotte for the better.

Delicious, local fall beers and ciders to sip this season.

The powerful women who have inspired us to be bold and make big moves in the coming year.

So many fun winter dates to go on, from hockey games to holiday markets.

The gorgeous fall views all around us.

Showing off our city to friends and family when they come to visit.

The Carolina Apple Cider cocktail at Dot Dot Dot, and these other cold-weather cocktails.

The exciting new businesses like Siggy’s Good Food and the future Optimist Hall that are coming to neighborhoods like Optimist Park and Belmont.

The amount of day trips we can take from Charlotte, from Davidson to Belmont and more.

All of the comfort foods we’ve been eating since the temperatures have dropped.

The original art we can actually afford. I guess we can accept that we’re finally adults.

So many unique ways to get active around Charlotte, from trampolining to rock climbing.

All of our partners we’ve worked with over the past year.

Shake Shack opening in the Park City Shopping Center and the Blakeney Shopping Center. Forever thankful for their crinkle-cut fries.

The Gold District coming alive with eateries like YUME, Bardo and Max & Lola Bodega.

Our friends at Carolina Bride, offering everything you need to know about the biggest day of your life.

The opening of South End hotspots like Superica, Sabor, Two Scoops Creamery and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

The ability to relax in our very own city at staycation spots like Treehouse Vineyards and the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel.

The endless amount of activities and places to explores in neighborhoods like Dilworth, Montford and Plaza Midwood.

Our favorite fried chicken spots like Price’s Chicken Coop and the Shell Gas Station.

The number of cooking tips we’ve learned this year from people like Chef Alyssa.

Treating ourselves to mani/pedis and blowouts.

Bulking up on everything from wings to chili to nachos.

Sipping on kombucha all year long.

Discovering our inner artist at places like Hot Glass Alley and Crowned Sparrow Co.

Having the power to vote and have our voice be heard with midterm elections held in early November.

The beauty of the city skyline, especially when it’s lit up for special occasions.

The opportunities we have to give back to our community, even for the busiest person.

All of the wonderful, weird friends we’ve made in Charlotte.

What are you thankful for in Charlotte? Let us know in the comments!

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