“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

Visit Colonial Lake

At the end of my walking tours in Charleston, I sometimes get asked the question, “Where’s your favorite neighborhood in the historic downtown district?”   Well, guests of my tours know I love the lower end of Church Street near White Point Garden to be sure, but their question usually

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The Unexpected Paradise of Pitt Street Bridge

Perhaps it was serendipity when I moved to Charleston almost three years ago and enjoyed a short-term rental situation in Mount Pleasant, SC that was in walking distance from one of the city’s most beloved hidden gems — Pitt Street Bridge Park. My wonderful realtor, Matthew Alderman, had kindly rented me

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Mrs. Whaley Entertains, Indeed

One of the most famous and colorful Charlestonians of all time has to be Emily Whaley. Her marvelous book “Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden” has been charming readers for decades. I am a particular fan of her second book “Mrs. Whaley Entertains.” I’ve attempted several of her heartfelt Southern

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The Pink House on Chalmers Street

There are so many reasons to love the Pink House at 17 Chalmers Street in the lovely French Quarter district of Charleston, SC. It’s by far one of my favorite things to see while I’m conducting my Best of Historic Charleston tour. How do I love thee? Let me count

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Thank Heavens For The Carolopolis Award

Whenever I’m sharing the story on my Amazing Ladies of Charleston walking tour of how Susan Pringle Frost founded the Society for the Preservation of Old Dwellings back in 1920, I can honestly say I never tire of singing her praises. To me, had it not been for her love

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The House With The Red Door: Kinloch Huger House

Guests who book my Love Stories of Charleston walking tour are always impressed with the house with the red door — the Kinloch Huger House, located at 8 Legare Street in the Historic District of Charleston, SC. Many say it reminds them of the Haunted House at Disneyland! Perhaps it’s

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