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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 Piercing Beauty of St. Philip’s Church

 Visitors to Charleston naturally gravitate toward the majestic steeple of St. Philip’s Church, located at 146 Church Street, that seems to pierce the sky with its (leaning) point upward, making it one of the most recognizable sights in the Holy City.  St. Philip’s Church was organized in 1680 as Charleston’s oldest

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The Surreal Beauty of Cypress Gardens, SC

The other day, one of the guests on my High Society II walking tour asked me for a “hidden gem” recommendation near Charleston. Lucky for her, I’d recently been to the newly reopened Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, SC, a 25-minute drive from historic downtown Charleston. (Fans of the dreamy film The

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Haint No Rest For The Wicked

  One of the most unusual sights guests will see on my Charleston walking tours is the simple pale blue color choice splashed upon one’s piazza (porch) ceiling. And, amazingly, once you start searching for it, you’ll find it everywhere! Originally, this color known as “haint blue” was invented by the Gullah people

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Is the French Huguenot Church the Prettiest in Charleston?

   Guests of my unique Charleston walking tours are always enchanted when they set eyes on what may be one of the prettiest churches in Charleston – the French Huguenot Church, located at 136 Church Street. There’s just nothing else like it in town, or maybe even the whole, wide

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The Heavenly Ceiling of the Unitarian Church of Charleston

One of my favorite things to see in Charleston is simply made of plaster and lath. It is considered one of the finest of its kind in the nation and a defining aspect of this National Historic Landmark – the awe-inspiring vaulted ceiling of the Unitarian Church of Charleston. The church

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The Mesmerizing Gardens of Middleton Place

I have this little thing I do before experiencing something new. I try not view too many photos beforehand in an attempt to preserve the element of surprise. And, living in Charleston for almost two years and being a tour guide, it wasn’t easy “saving” a visit to Middleton Place

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