See Historic Boston Like a Local

Get an expert's take on Boston bucket lists, selfie sites, great food and more

Evan Martin, chief concierge at Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston-Cambridge, shares tips on getting the most out of a stay in historic, beautiful Boston.

What stops should be on every visitor's "bucket list" when coming to Boston? 

There’s so much history here. Although history is scattered around, The Freedom Trail is a great place to start. Also, in or around the summer months, our hotel rooftop lounge, Over the Charles, is spectacular.

Mapparium (Courtesy Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston)

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

I love the Mapparium and “house of quotes” at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. It’s so peaceful there. Certainly one of our city’s hidden gems.

What's your top tip for visiting the town like a local?

If you want visit like a local, you have to spend some time with the locals—North End, South Boston, Charlestown, reenactment sites. We concierges can guide you.

The view of Boston from Piers Park (©Paul Gelsobello)

Some good spots to capture a great selfie?

One of my favorite selfie spots is from Piers Park on the water in East Boston. Growing up here, I always felt the view shows the skyline as it was meant to be.

(©Barcelona Wine Bar)

Favorite local restaurant(s) for a special meal?

Frank, the owner of Ristorante Saraceno in the North End, was the first to treat me and my guests like family, so I will always recommend his restaurant. Also Guy Neil, currently with the Barcelona Group, is such an amazing person and restaurant manager. I will send my guests to him no matter where he is.

Where do you like to go/what do you like to do on your day off?

I love to ride my bike or walk over the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue) into the city from the Cambridge side.