“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 City of Charleston has now suspended all tours in the city due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.   If you have a walking tour scheduled with me in the coming weeks or months that you have not canceled, I love the hopeful thought that everything will be back to normal.

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The Captivating Calhoun Mansion

Whenever I’m touring guests on one of my Charleston walking tours, if the gates are open, I always take advantage of the accessibility to the gardens around the Calhoun Mansion as quietly and respectfully as possible. I can instantly hear the gasps when we ’round the back pathway and guests

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The Nathaniel Russell House Has Free Garden Beauty!

During one of my Charleston walking tours, if time allows, I’ll always guide my guests through the magnificent garden attached to the historic house museum, the Nathaniel Russell House. This stunner was constructed in 1808, altered in 1857, 1908, 1915; restored 1955, 1990s. It just so happens to have an

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Why You Need To Book Walk Away Stays

More and more, guests of my Charleston walking tours turn out to be several-times repeat visitors. It’s really fun for me to show these seasoned guests something fun and unique. And, it’s also touching to see people want to return again and again. I don’t blame them!   Just last

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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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