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After putting it to a vote, my buddy and I decided there was no better way to enjoy a weekend of baseball and beers than to hit up Boston for a Red Sox game. Green Bay, Kauai—we’ll see you next time.
With my Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express in hand, I booked both flights (you can use Starpoints to purchase flights on over 150 airlines) and a hotel. Not just any hotel, though. I booked The Liberty Hotel, a Luxury Collection hotel by Starwood Hotels.
Some fun facts about the Liberty: once upon a time—and by that, I mean the nineteenth century—it was a jail. Following an ambitious reconstruction by some amazing architects, it’s now a world-class hotel.
We were welcomed to the hotel with a Bloody Mary each . . . well, one pitcher each. Complimented by an array of hot sauces!
You can’t visit Boston without getting some seafood, and for that, we hit up Atlantic Fish Co, recommendation courtesy of our hotel’s concierge. Also, reservation courtesy of our hotel’s concierge. Oh, and he arranged the cab ride there. And the one back. And he was very accommodating towards some fellas who’d had perhaps a bit too many beers. Seriously, say hey to the concierge and tip well when you visit a Luxury Collection hotel. Anyway, we demolished several lobsters.
Not that we had to leave the hotel for great food. The Liberty is home to Clink, a sweet little restaurant that celebrates the hotel’s heritage. If you’re there for dinner, try the rye noodles. If you’re there late—and if you get back after eleven at night—try their veal and ricotta sliders. Looking for something different? Well, the Liberty has six restaurant/bars, so you’ll find what you’re looking for, no matter your taste.
As for the main event, I’ll say this: eating a Fenway frank while watching the game is every bit as great as you’d expect it to be. The stadium is historic, the game is magical, and the crowd is into it in a way that just isn’t polite in Canada.
Naturally, I charged everything on the trip to my SPG Amex Card. Aside from the fact that I get one Starpoint for every buck I spend, and I’m well on my way to earning enough for another trip, you can also spend Starpoints on room service—alcohol included. I will say this: the Liberty makes a mean dirty martini.
Before we left, we visited Max Brenner. Who are they? Master chocolatiers. We’d left behind some lady-friends who needed placating. A lot of placating. Especially since we documented our trip in a Facebook album, and honestly, we’d be annoyed if we had to stay home too.
This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this article, however, are purely my own.