For my 25th birthday in June, my then-boyfriend arranged for us to go on a trip to Boston. If you have read my previous post, we have not broken up– we got engaged. It was a wonderful birthday gift and he did an incredible job planning the whole thing. He asked my manager if I could have time off, booked our plane tickets and hotel reservations, and got Red Sox and Katy Perry concert tickets, all behind my back!
On Friday, we went to work like normal, but left a tad early in order to get to the airport and get our trip started. We got to Boston around 11pm and went straight to the hotel. If you travel a fair amount, or even if it is just occasionally, I cannot stress the importance of joining a hotel loyalty program. We are Hilton HHonors members and the benefits are fantastic.
We stayed at the Hilton Boston Back Bay, a beautiful and centrally located hotel. We were on the HHonors floor, which was the 22nd floor, so we had a nice view. Annnd, they had a diamond lounge, so we had 24 hour a day complimentary food and drinks, which is more where my interest lies.
We woke up fairly early the next morning and ate breakfast and headed over to the Sam Adams Brewery for a tour. Talk about fun. The first tour starts at 9:45 am on Saturday and they run every 15 minutes after that. We didn’t quite get in the first run because there was a line to get in, so we went in with the 10 am tour. It was very fun and informative annnd there was free beer.
After the tour and some commemorative shopping in the Sam Adams gift shop, we rode the Party Trolley to Doyle’s, which is the first place to ever sell Sam Adams beer. This turned out to be one of our better choices on the trip. The party trolley was free, and ridiculously fun. Our driver, Jason, was a blast.
He told us he also did “drinking historical tours” on Saturdays. He dropped us off at Doyle’s and we ate lunch and had a few more beers, and then the trolley came back to pick us up. We went to our hotel and got ready for the Katy Perry concert, went back to Doyle’s and boarded the trolley for the drinking historical tour. First stop? Liquor store.
(koozie from KMSS)
Jason did a great job at the historical tour as well, he was very laid back and fun, but obviously knew a ton about Boston and was eager to share that with everyone. He made special stops to let people off wherever they wanted to go, so he dropped us off at the TD Garden for the concert. We had some time to kill before it started, so we went to a bar across the street and drank for a little while longer.
I don’t know how or where to start with the concert. Ferras was the first act to come out, then Capital Cities. Finally, the Queen. Katy Perry puts on an incredible show. It is as much theatrical as it is musical, and complete sensory overload. She came out and opened with “Roar,” which really lit the crowd up. Some highlights were:
- Juicy J appearing on screen during “Dark Horse” and his face/head (rapping and wearing a pharaoh mask) being about 40 feet tall
- Katy and all her dancers dressing like cats and even playing with cat toys and scratching posts
- During “Birthday,” thousands of balloons fell from the rafters and Katy herself flew around the arena with balloons
Even my better half thought it was one of the best shows we’ve been to. She is a true entertainer.
We left the show and it was pretty late so we headed back to the hotel. While walking past the beautiful Church of Christ, Scientist church and reflecting pool, he proposed. That story is told in another post 🙂 what a day.
The next day was slow. We slept in a little, told our families we were engaged, went to Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer (my choice) and Fogo de Chao (his choice) before heading over to Fenway to watch the Sox unfortunately get defeated by the Yankees.
We flew to DC the next morning and spent a day with Mr’s grandmother, who is 92 and precious and too excited about our engagement. It was a pretty day to sit at the Chart House in Alexandria and have a few drinks and tell her all about our trip.
In reflecting back on this trip, I cannot believe how perfect it was. I know I missed a ton of stuff, but it is too overwhelming to try to cover all of it. And I came back a Mrs. In Training!
Thank you honey, for making my dreams come true every day ♥