“I wasn’t born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could.”
I may have grown up on the west coast, but I’ve always felt sort of Southern by association. As a young girl, I’d listen to my mother with her friendly Texas drawl strike up conversation with everyone she encountered, so I guess it’s no surprise I inherited her gift of gab and became a writer and tour guide. Southern cooking and colorful storytelling went together at our house like my granny’s chicken and dumplings.
Maybe that’s why I picked Charleston to open up my walking tour business. I wanted a place with that special combination I cherished from childhood and the Holy City delivers with its fabulous food, hospitable people, and an undeniable sense of Southern pride. I’m proud to be an honorary Charlestonian, no matter how long it took me to get here, and whether it’s your first time visiting or your “umpteenth” as Mom would say, I hope you enjoy my musings on fun things to do in Charleston – where to eat, drink, shop, sleep, walk, gawk, repeat.
Eclectic Tours of Charleston
While most of us have probably heard of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) who was born in Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and went on to become the most famous cabinet-maker in London, designing furniture in the mid-Georgian, English Rococco, and Neoclassical style, I’ll bet over 99% of the
Whenever I’m touring guests on one of my Charleston walking tours, if the gates are open, I always take advantage of the accessibility to the gardens around the Calhoun Mansion as quietly and respectfully as possible. I can instantly hear the gasps when we ’round the back pathway and guests
During one of my Charleston walking tours, if time allows, I’ll always guide my guests through the magnificent garden attached to the historic house museum, the Nathaniel Russell House. This stunner was constructed in 1808, altered in 1857, 1908, 1915; restored 1955, 1990s. It just so happens to have an
More and more, guests of my Charleston walking tours turn out to be several-times repeat visitors. It’s really fun for me to show these seasoned guests something fun and unique. And, it’s also touching to see people want to return again and again. I don’t blame them! Just last week, I
One of the most frequently asked questions by guests of my Charleston walking tours is, “What is THAT called?” (As the person points to the massive green vine attached to many, many walls, stairs, columns, garages, etc. all over the city.) The answer is: Creeping Fig, Ficus pumila: “Tropical Ivy”