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“I wasn’t born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could.”

-Anonymous

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

Christmastime at the Joseph Manigault House

During the Christmas holiday in Charleston, there are many glorious sights to behold as the city tends to really step up their best decor, but one of the historic houses truly goes above and beyond to dazzle their guests – the Joseph Manigault House at 350 Meeting Street in Historic

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George Washington Slept Here

  It’s always a tough decision upon one’s first visit to Charleston on deciding which of the wonderful historic houses to explore. They’re all unique and worth a look, but if pressed for time, I recommend starting at the beginning, by seeing the Heyward-Washington House located at 87 Church Street,

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South Carolina Society Hall

 One of the most strikingly beautiful buildings in Charleston is the alabaster masterpiece located at 72 Meeting Street, South Carolina Society Hall, located just south of Broad Street. Built in 1804 and designed by the wonderful Gabriel Manigault ( a/k/a the gentleman architect) who also was a member of the

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Charleston Shutters: A Closer Look

Shutters are common on the many glorious homes you’ll find throughout the Charleston Historic District. Many of the guests on my walking tours enjoy spending time photographing the various window boxes and windows found at ground level. If you’re passing by in a horse drawn carriage or bus, you’ll miss

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Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple

 While most people who celebrate Halloween dress up in fun and scary costumes whilst attending parties or accompanying their children trick or treating, I celebrated All Hallows’ Eve in a very different way — atop the oldest church edifice in Charleston (as well as one of the best Georgian churches

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The Old Exchange Building

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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