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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

Charleston Shutters: A Closer Look

Shutters are common on the many glorious homes you’ll find throughout the Charleston Historic District. Many of the guests on my walking tours enjoy spending time photographing the various window boxes and windows found at ground level. If you’re passing by in a horse drawn carriage or bus, you’ll miss

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Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple

 While most people who celebrate Halloween dress up in fun and scary costumes whilst attending parties or accompanying their children trick or treating, I celebrated All Hallows’ Eve in a very different way — atop the oldest church edifice in Charleston (as well as one of the best Georgian churches

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The Old Exchange Building

Last week, I had the pleasure of leading two walking tours around Charleston’s Historic District made up of German visitors aboard the Transcoma Cruise Ship. It’s always exciting for me to see Charleston through the eyes of first-time guests. And, though the language barrier was a tiny issue as most

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Charleston Voted #1…Again!

For Immediate Release October 7, 2019  CHARLESTON NAMED TOP CITY IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE U.K. AND NO. 1 SMALL CITY IN THE U.S. BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER  Charleston International Airport and Kiawah Island Receive National Accolades CHARLESTON, S.C. – For the ninth consecutive year, Charleston has been named the

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The Timeless Beauty of Philip Simmons

A few weeks ago, I was giving my Best of Historic Charleston walking tour to a group of visitors and noticed on Stoll’s Alley that one of my favorite wrought iron gates, created by famed iron worker Philip Simmons, had gotten a face lift of sorts. In a way, I

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The Hibernian Society

One of Historic Charleston’s most recognizable buildings is Hibernian Hall, a lovely white beauty that has endured years of historical change. Hibernian Hall is the only building designed by architect Thomas U. Walter of Philadelphia. Walter’s design included an Ionic pediment that collapsed in the great earthquake of 1886 and

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