While there are countless lovely and historic destinations to visit in the South, Charleston is certainly one of our brightest shining stars. The coastal South Carolina city blends enchanting cobblestone streets, a spectacular waterfront, and gorgeous antebellum homes with a momentous past. Laura Hipp, a celebrated Charleston guide and hostess, provides out-of-towners with an insider's look at the remarkable town. Born and raised in Charleston, this history enthusiast has been showing off her town for more than three decades, and her passion for the Holy City has only grown.
Because she knows and works with a number of Charleston preservationists, her knowledge of the Southern oasis runs deep. Hipp started her own business in her twenties, The Charleston Tea Party Walking Tour, in hopes of providing tourist with an experience as a true insider. She takes pleasure in knowing her tour includes authentic Charleston china, linens, furniture, and sights.
The tour truly immerses its participants in a welcoming Southern environment, and Laura believes it’s essential to never forget that a little hospitality goes a long way. Hipp continues to welcome any of her previous tour guide partakers as guests in her own home anytime they’re in town. Laura's tour starts with "breakfast on the Battery," and then takes visitors into "her friends' historic [properties]" and hidden gardens for a truly behind-the-scenes look at the magic of Charleston. She polishes off the tour with tea at her "home overlooking the Ashley River." The result of this uniquely fascinating tour guide experience – life-long friendships and memories made!