This post consists of three eastern counties in South Carolina. We actually visited Horry County about seven month ago, but I have yet to add it to a post, so it seemed fitting to add it to this post. Getting close to the finish with 11 counties left!
Atalaya Castle is located in the Huntington State Park. “Atalaya” which means watchtower in Spanish, was the winter residence to Anna and Archer Huntington, built in the 1930’s. The brick house is made up of 30 rooms with two large inner courtyards. Anna Huntington was a famous sculptor and kept live animals such as bears onsite to sculpt them. Her sculptors are featured in Brookgreen Gardens, located across the street from Huntington State Park. We toured the house, which was rather fascinating with all the different rooms and narrow hallways and large grassy courtyards for the girls to run through. It was a fun adventure for Avery and Leslie to be able to wind their way through the house and read the signs located in each room telling it’s purpose. After visiting the “castle”, we checked out the playground and the beach. Leslie and Hunter collected a couple shells and we headed back out towards the town of Georgetown. As we drove back out of the park, we circled around one of the camp sites and are beginning to make future plans to head back to camp at the state park.
Our next stop in Georgetown was to meet up with an old friend who was my roomate while in graduate school and a bridesmaid in our wedding. We had a quick visit with her and two of her children at the Old Georgetown Creamery. Downtown Georgetown was also one of our first stops when living on All In and we drove by the marina we stayed for a few nights.
Point of Interest: Old Santee Canal Park
We were lucky to find an event going on in Berkeley during the time we planned to visit, so we headed to Park After Dark at the Old Santee Canal Park. Old Santee Canal Park is home of the first true canal in the United States and construction site for the first semi-submersible torpedo boat, the CSS Little David. In addition to the food trucks, bouncy house, and marshmallow roasting, the large Interpretive Center housed numerous exhibits and activities for the kids. I was surprised how large this building actually was with room after room of exhibits, many of them being hands on, perfect for the kids! Also the entrance way to the Interpretative Center was so unique with water on either side, like a canal and water running down the brick walls on the sides. A large boardwalk was outback and multiple theaters throughout the building.
An added bonus to this stop was a visit with Uncle Chris and Aunt Rachel at the end of the night!
Point of Interest: The Grand Strand
We spent a week with family at a hotel on the beach in Horry County back in July, but I never had a chance to write about our experience. As most know, Horry County has miles and miles of beaches known as the Grand Strand. This is a major tourist and golfing destination. We stayed away from the typical tourist traps in this area and spent most the time enjoying the beach with family. We did venture out a couple times for a night at the an Escape Room and a day on the ropes course.