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“I wasn’t born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could.”

-Anonymous

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.

Jill Paris
Eclectic Tours of Charleston

The Carolina Anole: Crickets and Spiders and Flies, Oh My!

One of my favorite sightings while conducting a walking tour in Charleston, SC, is the bright appearance of what many think to be the chameleon due to its vibrant green or brown hue or even another reptile similar in size, the gekko, but it’s really just a harmless lizard known

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Shem Creek Shines in the Netflix series Outer Banks

By now, the word’s out that the stunning backdrop for the Netflix series Outer Banks is indeed, well…not actually filmed in the real Outer Banks of North Carolina. The hit show is filmed in and around Charleston, South Carolina. OK. Whatevs. One of the most identifiable locations is one of

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The Glorious Wentworth Mansion

One of the best perks of being a member of the Charleston Tour Association is that once a month, all members get to attend a lecture/event at either a restaurant, historic house, museum, hotel, etc. to help further our tour guide education. There’s always something new to learn and I

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The College of Charleston’s Most Recognizable Building

One of the prettiest buildings in Charleston, in my opinion, is located uptown surrounded by gigantic trees and shrouded in historical beauty. The recognizable Randolph Hall that sits proudly upon the charming campus of College of Charleston, exudes so much stately elegance, you have to see it up close to

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Ladies Benevolent Society of Charleston

Whenever I’m conducting one of my unique walking tours in downtown Charleston, there is a word that I share with my guests that is one of those words that when you hear it, you think you know its meaning, but you’re not quite sure. (At least that’s what happens to

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New Reopening Guidelines for the City of Charleston Tours

I am happy to announce that Eclectic Tours of Charleston will be in operation as of Saturday, May 23, 2020. The following precautions are the new set of guidelines approved by the Governor of South Carolina and the Mayor of Charleston. These new precautions are imperative for the safety of

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