Happy Tuesday everyone! I am so excited to share my adventure at Huntington Beach State Park with you and I hope it inspires you to visit this gorgeous place! There are so many places to go in the Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Murrells Inlet area that this one is out of the ordinary and great for all ages! We had a blast and the scenery is just beautiful so if you're a photographer or aspiring artist you should definitely check this place out!
The heart of this beautiful state park is National Historic Landmark, the Atalaya. This Moorish-style castle was bought in 1930 and the winter home of renowned 20th-century sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, philanthropist and Spanish scholar, Archer Huntington. Just the outside alone had so much detail. You can tell the park has kept the spirit of the castle alive with the updated turquoise paint on the window detailing. It brightened the now worn brick walls and my husband and I loved the intricate features of the original metal window encasing! It really made me think about using this color in our future home... maybe just one room?.. Maybe some flower boxes?... OOO SHUTTERS?! CUTE!! Oh well, we shall see when that day comes and I will keep you posted on that! Here are some snap shots of the outside of the Atalaya.
We find it so interesting to read about and explore historical landmarks. Both my husband and I constantly talk about the fact that we were born way too late. His time period fantasy is much earlier than mine. His being the 1860s as he wishes to meet Sherlock Holmes, and mine being the 1970s because I am the queen of flower power. We both agree we would've liked to have been able to experience the turn of the 20th century while in our teens or early 20s. Still leaving enough ripe life for the Roaring 20's (Gatsby era!).
As we walked the edges of the Atalaya we couldn't help but notice the natural beauty of greenery surrounding all edges of the castle. It really is an amazing landmark to see and explore!
Since this was a castle on the beach I felt it appropriate to dress a little regal in what I like to call my "Belle" skirt. Getting a good, flowy (not actually a word, I know) maxi skirt is essential for spring and summer wardrobe, especially if you're shaped like me. It can me very flattering for small waist and wider hips! Once you snag your perfect maxi get bold and pair it with a cute crochet top or even bolder, a crop top! This top would be absolutely PERFECT with the right maxi skirt, and it's on my list to get soon!
Lastly, I wanted to keep the look beachy so I added one of my favorite double layered stone necklaces from Francesca's. I also would suggest something like this as well, because I love that look too! It just helps tie the looks together so it's not so plain. I added a couple of random braids throughout my mangled, humidified head because I like surprises, don't you? Finally, grab a cute pair of flat sandals and you're ready to see some sites while looking super fashionable! It's usually the littlest things that people point out that they like when they comment on my outfits, but this skirt will not be ignored. "Belle" gets complimented where ever she goes :).
I hope you've enjoyed the outside of the castle. It truly is a beauty sight to behold and you HAVE to see it for yourself! It is only $5 for adults, $3 for 6-15 years old, and 5 and under are free! To visit inside the castle is an additional $2 a person for ages 6 and up. It was absolutely worth it because the history and layout of the castle was seriously breath taking, I can't wait for you to see! Check it out on my last addition of our visit to Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell's Inlet, SC on the next post!