"Welcome! Eclectic Tours of Charleston offers the best and most unique Charleston walking tours in the city. My idea was to create historical walking tours with a twist – an eclectic mix of stories and subject matter – that complement the city’s allure in a most beguiling way. I’ve thoughtfully selected my favorite accounts of intriguing characters to share with you, reminiscent of the days spent recording beloved music intended to impress that someone special. Remember anguishing over which songs would make the cut? In a way, my tours are like a 'mixed tape' for Charleston.
I hold a Masters of Arts degree from SFSU in Humanities (or, as I like to call it: the study of all things beautiful) and have taught at the university level. I also hold a Master of Professional Writing degree from USC and am the author of Life is Like a Walking Safari, a collection of travel essays previously published in travel anthologies, magazines and travel websites. My work has appeared in The Best Travel Writing 2009, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 9, Leave the Lipstick Take the Iguana, Wake Up and Smell the Shit and many others.
As a registered licensed tour guide, I combine my storytelling expertise, fondness for travel and love of the inexplicable human connection, leaving my guests with an unforgettable trip through downtown Charleston’s most cherished points of interest."
Ladies of Charleston: "This exclusive walking tour highlights many trailblazing women worth remembering. While strolling down the charming streets and hidden alleys of the French Quarter and South of Broad, you'll be privy to the secrets of local characters and learn about the southern culture through heartfelt tales, not lectures. you can almost hear the desperate plea of captured lady-pirate Anne Bonny pleading for her life; lady politicians crashing through glass ceilings; badass women abolitionists, writers, entertainers and artists breaking down barriers; a young girl-spy's quick-thinking cool under pressure; a pioneering preservationist; a female ghost's sad story sure to make you weep; and an African-American leader worthy of her own national holiday. Let's face it. Girls rule."
Love Stories of Charleston: "Unlock the romantic truths behind Charleston’s most notorious lovers. Historic downtown resembles a living Valentine’s Day card with its lovely architecture, fragrant flowers, and canopied trees draped in Spanish moss – an ideal setting to hear about everlasting unions (or love affairs gone wrong). Tread carefully inside the overgrown graveyard said to be haunted by the subject of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem Annabel Lee. Stand precisely where devoted serial killers John and Lavinia Fisher met their grisly demise. Glimpse the house once owned by beloved madame, Grace Peixotto. Touch the towering wall that a fifteen-year-old student at an elite girls’ boarding school scaled during the night to run off and marry her lover. Oh, the scandals you’ll hear."
High Society: "You’re cordially invited to attend a walking tour like no other featuring the lavish lifestyles of Charleston’s wealthiest historic residents. After meandering down the tree-lined district where landowners spared no expense learning of their wild and decadent tastes, we’re granted special access inside one of the city’s most important Adamesque buildings – South Carolina Society Hall – where the hallkeeper conducts a private tour of the interior. Next, we’ll adjourn to the upstairs ballroom for refreshments of sweet tea and treats while listening to an intimate portrayal of the extraordinary life and letters of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Charleston’s grandest lady. Hoop skirts not required."
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