Wow! When I received reservations from Travel and Leisure readers telling me my tour is in their November 2012 edition, I did not realize my tour was listed as one of 101 best things to do IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD! Oh my word! How did this happen? The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour is listed as THE only recommendation for Charleston. Do not tell my friendly competitors or they might not be so friendly to me. On Friday’s tour at lunch we toasted Travel and Leisure with our tiny liqueur glasses of my private stock of Loquat Liqueur made from Charleston grown loquats or Japanese plums as we also call them. Tonight I went to Barnes and Noble and bought my own copy of this month’s issue. Seeing is believing, and yet I still cannot believe it. I am in debt to Travel and Leisure for having the faith in my product to put my tour on this select list. I am humbled to be chosen. I will endeavor to serve your readers and travelers to out fair city as personally as I can what is the essence of Charleston. I look forward to trying some of the other recommendations myself, a list to keep hold of for future travel!
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The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour would like to thank Patricia Cleveland Peck for the lovely and informative article in the Financial Times of London. Please see full article here.
Our day together in Charleston is one of my favorite memories as well.
1. Charleston Tea Party Private Tour
This tour is for the discerning visitor who wishes to experience Old Charleston as a guest, not a tourist. Laura Wichmann Hipp and June McKnight are your knowledgeable and charming guides. Natives who love and know well their city, Laura and June take visitors to their friends’ private homes and gardens, in fact cater each tour to the special interests of their visitors. This is the ultimate insider experience and a rare chance for a visitor to see the “real Charleston.” Both ladies are Licensed City Guides of Charleston who have taken the written and oral exam.
Call June at 843-276-9644 for reservations.
Tours are weekdays at 9:00 AM. The private tour is in and out of a car that seats four guests, or a van that seats six, and goes into private homes and gardens.
2. Charleston Tea Party Walking Tour
This on your feet tour is for the discriminating visitor who wants to be off the beaten track. This new tour is for those who love to walk and also want to visit private historic gardens. Two are designed by noted Charlestonian, Dr. Eugene Gaillard Johnson. Another boxwood and rose garden with a dovecote overlooks the glistening waters of the recent 2016 multi-million dollar restoration of Colonial Lake. We also peak into the garden and piazza of Dubose Heyward, who lived in this classic Charleston Single House as a boy and grew up to write the novel, Porgy. Dubose Heyward and George Gershwin collaborated to compose Porgy and Bess, the first American opera, set in Charleston.
Charleston Tea Party Walking Tour starts at 9 a.m. week days for a two hour tour. You will see Laura’s front flower garden and “citrus grove,” and back garden fruiting trees and raised vegetable beds, from which her family and friends enjoy her homemade Calamondin Marmalade. The Silver Tea Service is used at the end of The Walking Tour for four to twelve people.
Call Laura at 843-708-2228 for reservations.
Charleston: Gershwin, Gullah and Tea
The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour sounds about as genteel as it gets. The brochure features a photo of guide Laura Wichmann Hipp (“married to G. Preston Hipp of Charleston”) in a broad-brimmed hat, looking ready to snatch Rhett Butler away from an unsuspecting Scarlett O’Hara. It promises to emphasize architecture and preservation in the city’s historic district, with a grand finale of tea served in the guide’s private home.
-The Washington Post