“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

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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10 Film Locations from Outer Banks You Need to Visit

 Fans of the hit Netflix series Outer Banks have probably been wondering where some of those dreamy scenes between lead characters John B (played by Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron (played by Madelyn Cline) were filmed. Although the show is set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it was

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Charleston Library Society Saves You From Sinking Into Savagery

Visitors to Charleston, SC may not realize when they stroll past the lovely Charleston Library Society building at 164 King Street in the historic downtown district that it’s the third building intended for residents/guests to keep up with the scientific and philosophical issues of the day. So, what does that mean?

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You’ll Want To Ride A Bike Here, Charles Towne Landing

One of the things I have purchased during this pandemic is a bicycle soon to arrive any day now. It’s a cute little beach cruiser that I intend to pedal all around my neighborhood in Mount Pleasant to hopefully get some much-needed exercise. Not being able to give my daily

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