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Recent Key West reviews
"We absolutely loved our stay in this unit. Very spacious unit with nice amenities and all updated. The location was terrific and within walking distance to everything! Highly recommend fo your stay in Key West, you will love it!"Guest: Al Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 1, 2014View listing
"We enjoyed the house immensely. This was my first time reserving a home with this listing company and everything went smoothly. The pictures were accurate in showing the layout of the home, but did not do justice to everything inside. The home was very clean and inviting. We enjoyed the deck, spa and fishing in the canal. If possible, it would be helpful to have some kind of lighting on the deck stairs at night. We would definitely recommend this house to our friends."Guest: Beachgirl Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 15, 2014View listing
"My husband and I stayed in Harvey's Haven for three nights as a getaway when he returned from a deployment. Harvey's Haven was the perfect location and the room was exactly as shown and described online. Yolande and Chris were both incredibly nice and welcoming. The location was absolutely perfect, we parked our car on Friday when we arrived and didn't get back in it until we were leaving on Monday to go home. We rented bicycles from Eaton Bikes and rode them all over the island one day but we were also able to walk to everything we wanted to see or do. Harvey's Haven is within two blocks of Duval Street which makes it an easy walk yet it is far enough that when you are ready to kick back and relax by the small but awesome pool you can do so with virtually no traffic or noise going by. The room has a full kitchen, nice sitting area with a pullout futon and a super comfy queen size bed; absolutely perfect for a couple looking for a getaway. It had been ten years since my husband and I had been to Key West, hopefully it won't take us as long to get back down there but when we do, we will definitely look to book Harvey's Haven with Yolande and Chris again. We couldn't have been more pleased, as I said in the title, everything at Harvey's Haven was Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!! Thank you Yolande and Chris!"Guest: mlarson1999 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 17, 2014View listing
"Serenity was a perfect place to stay while visiting our daughter, (who is in the USCG), her husband and our grand-kids, in Key West. We were there for about 10 days the first week of Oct. The condo was perfect for my husband and I, and my parents. The pool and hot tub was a perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day. We bought our groceries the 1st day and cooked most of our meals at the condo. Everything we needed was there for us. That’s not to say we didn't eat out. There are a lot of awesome places to eat on the island. Highly recommend Caroline’s, Hog’s breath, Mr. Z’s, and Hogfish bar and grill, just to name a few. We used Fury for snorkeling, and para sailing, and Tortuga for fishing (twice). We visited the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory (fantastic), the light house, and numerous museums. All 4 generations of us had a fantastic time. We are already planning another trip down there. Thanks Bill for a perfect location"Guest: Bonnie and David Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: November 14, 2013View listing
Key West Travel Tips
Key West is a veritable hot spot for literary icons, both today and in the past. This small Florida island was loved by the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams, and poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Shel Silverstein.
Today, beloved children’s author Judy Blume keeps a home here, and every January for more than 30 years, writers and readers from around the country gather at the high-profile Key West Literary Seminar - spread over two weekends - for lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and parties. The event has featured the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz and Gore Vidal.
Key West should be high on the list of travel locations for any literary lover and creative soul because of its deep history in extraordinary American literature. Ernest Hemingway even kept a fabulous estate in Key West that today has been converted into a museum and bookstore. Visit the beautiful and historic Ernest Hemingway Home and then check out some of the writer's rumored favorite spots.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Hemingway’s stately, olive-shuttered two-story cottage at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West is no doubt a visitor favorite. If you’re a die-hard Hemingway fan, you’ll have to brave the crowds and come here.
The home was built in 1851 from limestone excavated from the exact land upon which it is built. Hemingway bought and lived in the estate from 1931 until 1940 with his wife and kids before he left for Cuba. This spectacular estate, which includes a rear guesthouse and is surrounded by elegant gardens and rustling palms, is still the largest residential property in Key West.
You might be surprised to see that the beds are made in full linens and the home looks recently lived in - it’s as if the family just stepped out for lunch and will be home shortly. Here are the highlights you should take note of inside and around Hemingway’s marvelous estate:
The Ritzy Pool
A pool this large - or any pool at all - in 1930s Key West was a luxury. To fill it, construction workers had to drill to the salt-water table deep in the ground and install a water pump. Hemingway’s wife - Pauline - had the costly pool built as a surprise for Hemingway while he was in Spain in 1938 working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.
The Happy Cats
Hemingway’s six-toed cats - or polydactyls - are legendary. Recently uncovered letters from Hemingway to a friend explain just how sad he was at the loss of one of his cats - Willie. The Hemingway Home and Museum curators maintain that each of the 40 to 50 cats on the grounds is a direct descendant of Hemingway’s first cat, a white polydactyl named Snowball (Though they don’t all have six toes on each paw, all are said to carry the gene for polydactyly). The cats living here are very friendly and many will actually pose for pictures. They’re all vetted and well-taken care of - not your average strays!
The Lush Gardens
The Hemingway House gardens are stunning, featuring a vibrant array of tropical flowers - shrimp plants, heliconia, bleeding hearts and the funky looking pelican flower - and banana, Barbados cherry, papaya and Spanish lime trees, among many others.
Other Literary Tour Stops
410 Caroline Street is Jessie Porter’s home - a fifth-generation Key Wester - who was good friends with Robert Frost. He spent several winters in the cottage in Porter’s backyard. The site used to be the Heritage House Museum, though it has been closed since 2010. If you want to see things the iconic Frost saw, at least take a stroll past the home!
Green Parrot Bar and Sloppy Joe’s Bar are rumored to be hangouts of Hemingway and his friends like Wallace Stevens.