“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.
Eclectic Tours of Charleston
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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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
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
As is the case with most of the structures standing in and around Charleston, they come with a long and detailed past. A past that usually means at least one or two structures has stood on (or close to) the existing location, undergoing architectural changes, but always remain remarkable in
I recently had a lively mother and daughter from Texas on my Famous & Infamous Ladies of Charleston walking tour and since this was a private tour, we had a lot more time to enter buildings (when possible) for a much more fun, behind-the-scenes glance of the alluring characters I