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Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner

erc Platinum
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Half priced points and $25 per day food and beverage credit made this a deal I couldn't pass up, especially considering that IAD to BOS is one of the few affordable flights still around. I chose the $10 F & B credit since I was going to the Waterline restaurant to cash my credit, and on top of that I earned 1,000 points since they don't offer weekend breakfasts for elites    (which is worth 4,000 nights in badge currency) and guess what, I was leaving early on Saturday for a flight anyway. Whee doggies, the stars were aligned for a great time!
  
   I've been to Boston many times (including Long Wharf in the early eighties, my buddy was the F & B Director - talk about your elite benefits ), yet I never took the water taxi ($10 per person, Taxi about $35, Subway $2.65). We had the good fortune of having a retired Cape Cod boating executive as our captain and were the only ones on the boat. He provided an excellent tour (and a very leisurely one as well, pointing out several landmarks, even stopping awhile for photos).
  
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Great view of the city from the harbor - beautiful blue sky
  
  We checked in early (10:30 am) and the front desk was kind enough to provide us with two attractive options;
  A very nice corner suite that would be ready in a few hours or
  A standard room (with an excellent harbor/city view) ready now
  
  Wanting to set up and then head out, we chose the latter and were quite pleased with the accommodations.
  
  We walked straight down State St., caught the State St. Orange line station to the Stony Brook stop and yes, headed to the Sam Adams brewery tour.
  
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One of my (and America's) favorite craft beers Samuel Adams, a great patriot
  
  As you might imagine, I've been to scores of brewery tours for almost four decades now, and I must say, Samuel Adams was one of the best. A free tour (you can donate to worthy causes that Sam supports), lead by a talented guide who not only entertained us during the tour, but more impressively, really knew his stuff, teaching this beerhead several new things. The tour itself focused on tasting the various barley malts (ranging in taste from a yeasty bread type to grapenuts to expresso/bitter tasting roasted malt) and smelling the hops and a discussion of the brewing process. On top of that, they provided three generous sample tastings - their signature Lager, Oktoberfest, and an experimental beer (tasty) not yet distributed, New Zealand Wheat.
  
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   As an added benefit, I sat at the head of the table and the pitchers with extra beer returned to my position (use your imagination). Wow!
  
As you can see, good size samplers (note the pitchers)
  
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Most Insiders know the concierges, yours truly hangs with the beer guides; My main man Stu
  As Stu said, "well, it's noon on Thursday; you're either on vacation, retired, unemployed, or all of the above; let's toss back a few"
  
  
  Caught the subway back to the Marriott Custom House, where we just missed the Observation Deck tour, but the front desk associate kindly provided a key and up we went - if this was Vegas, we'd be up a couple of Franklins by now, given the good fortune we had already experienced.
  
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View of Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall from Custom House Observation Deck
  
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    Marriott Custom House at dusk
  
  We then took a nostalgic walk to the area known as the Seaport District (just south of Long Wharf, near the Renaissance). I say nostalgic because I had several meals, back in the day, at Anthony's Pier 4, Jimmy's (both closed) and the No Name Restaurant (still opened and highly regarded). Seaport is undergoing extensive upscale development and will look quite different in another year. We stopped in at Legal Seafood's flagship operation (their Corp HQ is just a few blocks away) Legal Harborside and enjoyed a nice harbor view watching the planes at Logan take off with some reasonably priced and tasty appetizers.
  
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A three story operation. First floor is a raw bar type atmosphere, second floor their top line seafood restaurant, and on the top floor their Roof Deck lounge.
  
  We wrapped up the evening with a nice meal across from our Marriott, at City Landing, and then a lovely 55 degree, clear night walk around the harbor (scouting good spots for people watching the next evening - Halloween). Our, luck continued as I passed on buying dessert at City Landing in hopes the Concierge Lounge would provide treats and they came through with good looking/tasting pastries, cookies, and mini-cupcakes and a great nighttime view of the harbor. As I finished my red velvet cupcake, I made a point to walk by the fitness center, man it looked like a nice one .  A fine ending to a top notch day.
  
  Friday - another excellent set up by the Concierge Lounge for breakfast (absent meats tho). The lounge opens at 6:30 am and was made even nicer by the fact that we were the only two folks in there from opening until 7 am. This is often the key to my travels, I go when Marriott offers deals, Marriott only offers deals when no one goes, thus, I'm there when few others are making me a happy camper. Yeah, yeah, I like people, but I dislike crowds.
  
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A lovely sunrise is another benefit of the CL at the end of the hotel facing due east.
  

  We headed out charged up by our breakfast and our read of the local papers (R.I.P. Mayor Menino) and off to The Freedom Trail. They have many tours lead by skilled tour guides (we heard several of them yesterday as we eavesdropped at several stops that crossed our path), but we opted to venture out on our own (see note above about crowds). The trail is easy to follow and is well marked with double file bricks with each historical spot marked with informative markers. The walk not only shares a lot of interesting historical tidbits, but also covers a lot of the city from Boston Common and the Public Gardens all the way to Bunker Hill.
  
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                      The Meeting Hall at Faneuil
  

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  Green Dragon Tavern - hot bed for revolutionaries (somewhat like Insiders). This is where the Patriots overheard British plans for capturing Sam Adams and John Hancock. The Patriots planned Paul Revere's ride in response.

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  Green Dragon - lobstah roll - dee licious

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  North Church - Oldest standing church, built in 1723. Lanterns were hung in the steeple to warn of the advancing 'King's Men or Red Coats' (since most all colonialists considered themselves British, Paul probably didn't yell, "The British are coming"

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  Lagoon at Public Gardens
  
  Enjoyed an excellent meal (again across from our Marriott) at Legal Seafoods and spent a couple of hours people watching on Halloween at the wharfs and downtown. An early Saturday, catching the T right out the hotel door (unlike our own DC Metro, it opens at 5:30 am on Sat./6 on Sun) arriving two stops later at Logan. Breakfast in the very nice/new United club in the new section of Terminal B, returning home in time for College Football Saturday - another great Marriott trip in the book.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    rinny54 Platinum 1 Reviews
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    Fantastic, erc!  You have a nice summary of my hometown or should I say "neck of the woods"!  Have a great time with all the Insiders in DC next weekend. Ris is waiting!

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    ne_traveling_man Platinum 8 Reviews
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    Thanks for sharing!! Only problem I have is now I'm wanting a lobster roll for lunch!!!!!

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    vaboywnder Alumni Steward Platinum 21 Reviews
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    Great Report erc!  Your right Boston is one of those cities that is cheap to fly to but expensive to stay in.  Glad to hear you were able to get a deal with Flash Perks. Sounds like you had a great time.

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    Superb reporting, ,erc, and I completely agree that the water taxi is one of the all-too-often-overlooked pleasures of flying into Logan, and it's particularly convenient and efficient if you're staying at the Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf in Charlestown (walking distance from the USS Constitution, which is a must-visit stop).

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    erc Platinum
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      Thanks gang. Yes, it was a lot of fun, terrific weather, and very few crowds, except for Halloween night, which added to the festive atmosphere. Boston really likes their witches, ghosts, and marble orchards for spooky tales.
      
      The property was like a throwback Marriott - very friendly staff, cookies and apples and oranges at the front desk daily, newspapers delivered to your room, the CL had NY Times, Journal, Globe, and USA Today, a newshound's (me) delight. The lobby had four computers with free internet and magazines and newspapers. A top notch fitness center with an impressive collection of both cardio and strength machines (along with free weights, medicine balls, and core balls). A nice indoor pool and a third floor deck/balcony which I bet is terrific in the spring (it was pleasant to sit out for a few minutes each day even in the 50 degree weather watching the boats - very peaceful).
      
      ssindc - you're dead on about the attractiveness of the Residence Inn on Tudor Wharf on the Charles, we used it as a pit stop before recrossing the Charlestown Bridge after seeing Old Ironsides and Bunker Hill. A nice looking property, with another fine fitness center, coffee in the lobby, and a nice deck out on the Charles where we read about their namesake, Frederic Tudor, The Ice King, who back in the early eighteen hundreds shipped ice from Walden Pond and other nearby fresh water sources to the Caribbean and India (wow).
      
      Learned a lot, ate a lot, drank a few beers and now I must pay the caloric price with some at home cardio, but it was worth it. Next up a Rocky Horror Picture Show theatrical performance (with Granny, which should be cause for half the fun) and then onto the Insiders Get Together.
      

     

      

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    jakeal Gold 15 Reviews
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    erc great write-up!  Would love me a lobstah roll right now.  I have not been to the Sam Adams Brewery before, but another one to add to your list in Boston is Harpoon. 

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    • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
      erc Platinum
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      Oh how right you are jakeal, Harpoon makes a fine brew (and some nice ciders as well). We were just down the street from their brewery when we were at Legal Harborside. Now, my girth helps me handle Sam Adams tour, lunch, two happy hours (Legal and Marriott Waterside) and dinner, but I would be testing fate should I drag the Mrs. to one more beer event, so discretion was the better part of valor that day and I didn't even ask (this way I'll get to go to others ).

       

      But I had a good run at sampling Harpoon's products at The Thirsty Moose up the road in Portsmouth NH.

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      I'll be the Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) of Insiders, highlight a brewery tour and I'll visit . Thanks for thinking of me.

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    Wow, looks like another erc fabbie vacay, and on the cheap too.  Good going and I love the water taxi!  I so wish I could've executed my Boston travel plans this year, but all things in their right time apparently... perhaps this can serve as a nice preview of things to come.

     

    We will be seeing you soon, oh yes and a little news flash for you'uns and bejacob and hopefully NathalieF, the elusive Mr. Pluto will be making one of his rare appearances this trip.  Not being a big city or crowds sort of guy (travel must include sunshine, a large body of water, etc. etc. etc.), this really is nothing short of epic and just 'shows to go ya', and old dog can be taught new tricks!

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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    ERC,

     

    Belated thanks for this information. Excellent ...or "top hole" as some of my ancestors might have said.

     

    I'm staying in Boston next May and relish the thought of following in your culinary and brewery footsteps: to say nothing visits to the historical sites.

     

    I am now agonizing over whether to stay at the Long Wharf, or perhaps one of the slightly less expensive alternatives..the Renaissance, for example. How difficult life can be!

     

    Again my thanks,

     

    A

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  • Re: Boston Marriott Long Wharf - FlashPerks - A Winner
    taxman193 Platinum 11 Reviews
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    Awesome report ERC !!! Loved the pictures and Sam Adams is my beer of choice so a little jealous !

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