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“Charleston Coming Alive” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Charleston Tea Party Tours

Charleston Tea Party Tours
Ranked #6 of 25 Food & Drink in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Many thanks to all my guests who have launched me onto Trip Advisor. My tour is Monday through Friday starting at 9 am with breakfast on the Battery, going through the gates and front doors and into my friends' historic Charleston houses and gardens. You are invited in for a refreshing and hospitable tea party at my home overlooking the Ashley River at noon at the end of the morning tour. The goal is to be faithful to the Southern history and to give you the passion of a Charlestonian as you are treated like a guest, not a tourist.
Chicago
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Charleston Coming Alive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

The previous review gives an excellent commentary on many of the things we saw and did while recently in Laura's company. (No need to recount all of that.) But, it's Laura herself that made Charleston and its history and that of the South come alive for us. Laura is both a person deeply ingrained into the City's culture today (witness her numerous friends that we met along the way during our approximate 4 hour walking tour and some of their historic houses that we visited) and a highly impressive student of its history that she relates with instant recollection from her years' of readings and study and boundless energy. Our time with Laura culminated in a light lunch that she hosted in her home. We were a group of 12 friends coming together in Charleston for a reunion, and to a person, our time with Laura was our most special activity. We all experienced a highly unique adventure that we will long remember. Not to be missed.

Visited June 2014
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Visalia, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We Lived the Life of Charleston As It Was and Is”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

This was a very unique experience for a couple from California who wanted to know more about life in Charleston as it once was and still is today. We were warmly welcomed by Laura when we arrived at her home. We were introduced to her 7 other guests. Then we began our 4 hour adventure with a hearty breakfast in another home nearby . We walked about the part of the downtown peninsula where the antebellum homes, mansions and gardens are. Laura guided us along telling us about the lives and times of some of the people who had built and lived in these beautiful period homes. There were some surprises such as the glimpse into the little neighborhood named "Catfish Row"; and later Laura, sang from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at the tea in her home that followed our walk. All 9 of the guests enjoyed the the lively conversation that followed. Laura seems to know about everything regarding the people who live and have lived here in Charleston. We learned about life before and during the American Revolution. We came to understand the damage and suffering that happened to them at the time of the very hard War Between the States. We heard many fascinating stories about the men and women who made and preserved this "Holy City" over the past 340 years. This couple had a great time on this tour; we were received as guests, we were well informed, and we do recommend this experience to anyone who really wants to get into the spirit of this remarkable city of Charleston.

Visited May 2014
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Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A delightful, informative, historical tour guided by a true Charleston lady who knows and loves her city.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

The tour was beyond expectations. A must do in order to get an historical vibrant feel for a wonderful city. It's charm and character hidden behind walls and gates came into view and it was breathtaking! Ended with a delicious tea party. Charming from start to finish! JKTimmons

Visited April 2014
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Houston, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best of the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

Wow! This tour totally exceeded my expectations!
Laura's knowledge of history and the area made for an incredible day.
Her selection of homes and gardens are perfect.

No one going to Charleston should miss this tour!

Visited May 2014
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1000 oaks, ca
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“So much history, so little time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

Laura is a font of knowledge about Charleston and it's history. She leads a tour through the historic area (peninsula) that is bar none the most detailed and well researched tour that I have ever taken. To be able to visit private gardens and homes that belong to friends of Laura's were a special treat. And the food, oh my, there's a full breakfast down on the battery at a friends house/bed and breakfast as well as tea back at Laura's at the end. She is delightful and full of wonderful stories that will enhance any trip to Charleston.

Visited April 2014
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