“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.

Jill Paris
Eclectic Tours of Charleston

The Biggest Creep in Charleston

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”

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The Charming Symbolism of Charleston’s Pineapples

Guests of my Charleston Walking Tours may start to notice a recurring abundance of pineapples throughout the Historic District. Some are blatantly large — like the wonderful Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park, and others are more subtle, like carved art upon columns, door knockers, and other creative sculptures.Really? Pineapples? Yep. Believe

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Crazy About Camellias

During the winter months in Charleston, the tourist season slows down a bit, but those visitors who do come during January are in for a treat. The camellias start to bloom all over the city! I can’t tell you how many first-time visitors who encounter these exquisite floral gems during

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It’s Here! Charleston Restaurant Week 2020

Many of my walking tour guests are always inquiring about my picks for the best restaurants in Charleston. Well, it’s pretty hard for me to narrow my list down to a manageable number – especially if you’re only here for a few days, as there are so many wonderful eateries

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A Haunting Visit to the Aiken-Rhett House

  Located a little farther from Historic Downtown Charleston at 48 Elizabeth Street, sits the impressive Aiken-Rhett House, constructed in 1820, renovated with additions in 1833 and 1858; later conserved by the Historic Charleston Foundation in 1995. Elizabeth Street was named for Elizabeth Wragg (1736-1773), daughter of Joseph Wragg, and

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Summerville Skates!

Looking for something fun to do in Charleston? So was I! And, lucky for me, I found this cute little outdoor ice rink located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Charleston. What a wonderful way to pass the day — skimming along, atop the ice, surrounded by lights and trees.

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