Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2023

55 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com feature my daughter laughed and attempted her versions. After we played on the beach for a while, we proceeded up the path to the only residential structure within miles, Atalaya Castle. The stone Moorish Revival structure was designed as a summer home by noted scholar Archer Huntington and his sculptor wife Anne. As we explored the castle, it seemed more like a fortress than a home, but it pulled us back into history and made us dream of owning a hideaway where we’d never be found. Atalaya means “watch tower,” which seemed a fitting appellation considering the architecture. The building felt like protection and mystery. It was worth seeing for all the feels…and just a little bit of the chills. It also perfectly wrapped up our Huntington Beach leg of the journey. If you want to spend even more time at the park, the nature center offers another venue to discover. THE DEAD DOG SALOON After so much fun, our bellies started to grumble, so we made our way into the inlet in search of some grub. We stopped at the Dead Dog Saloon for one reason only. I wanted to know what that name was about. The fact that it had stunning waterfront views was icing on the cake. When I walked in, the restaurant looked typical enough — except for hosts of fur babies in frames covering almost every wall. I