Ask the Expert: Seaport Hotel Concierge on Top Boston Sites

By land and sea, visitors to historic Boston will find plenty to do and enjoy.

Betty Salemme, Concierge, Seaport Hotel, World Trade Center, recommends visitors explore Boston's historic sites—on land and sea.

Q: What stops should be on every visitor’s “bucket list” when coming here?

A: Number 1 would be the Freedom Trail. It’s a two-and-a-half-mile walking tour with 16 historical sites. I love strolling through the different parts of the city. From the Boston Common through the financial district, to the North End and then over to Charlestown, it’s a beautiful walk.

Q: Best under-the-radar sites or off-the-beaten track things to do?

A: No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is part of the Boston National Historical Park. I recommend taking the MBTA boat from Long Wharf to Charlestown. It’s fast, easy and inexpensive. Arrive at the dock and stroll to the visitors center. From there, you may join a guided tour of the USS Cassin Young or enjoy a video of the Charlestown Navy Yard or the USS Mason. Step back in time with a tour of the museum. Two of my favorite programs are “Making Old Ironside New” and “A Sailor’s Life in 1812.”

Q: Favorite local restaurant(s) for a special meal? 

A: My special meal is a warm lobster roll with fresh, drawn butter and fries from the Chart House. I also love sitting at a window seat in the Barking Crab, watching the boats go by while enjoying their Traditional New England Clambake with lobster, clams, corn on the cob and potato salad. Another favorite is a Boston institution—the No Name Restaurant. This is where the locals go. If I had to pick one item, it would be the Fried Seafood Plate with oysters, scallops, shrimp and scrod. You can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants.

Expert tip: Take a selfie at The Plaza level of the World Trade Center, while cruising on a ferry, or at the foot of the Bunker Hill Monument.