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Recent Key West reviews
"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
"The home was actually as pictured. My family and I went down for the 4th of July weekend, and we were not disappointed. The location is perfect, about a half a block off Duval. The downstairs was spacious and comfortable. We loved the use of a full kitchen for quick meals. The upstairs rooms were super comfortable, and the perfect size for us. I would not hesitate to stay here again."Guest: Holly Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014View listing
"We had our first vacation in Keywest with little knowledge of the area. This unit was perfect. The kids shared the twin room and we had the other. It was clean and comfortably decorated and had everything we needed: linens, dishes, cookware and a great location! We brought our bikes and other than food shopping biked everywhere. 5 minutes to Zachary Taylor State Park, 10 to the movie theater and depending the area you want, 5-10 minutes to Duval St. If you walk, double those times but the sidewalks are great. The unit also had pool access. All in all a great rental and we would not hesitate to book it again!"Guest: Sanville Family Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 30, 2014View listing
"We stayed at this lovely cottage for a week. Our niece had a destination wedding in Key West, sunset on the beach, which was fabulous! The cottage was very cozy. My husband and I love the keys and have visited often over the years, however, we have never stayed in Key West. We've always stayed on one of the lower keys. The cottage is close to many things. Sandy's is a wonderful place to grab something to eat. They are open 24hrs! They have the BEST cuban sandwich. The patio was very nice and private. We found the bed to be very comfortable, and slept very well. Parking is an issue, so I would not recommend a rental car. Taxi service is fast and reasonable - especially compared to car rental costs. We hated to leave, but missed our 4 legged babies waiting for us at home. Marilyn's cottage is definitely a spot I would choose again for a vacation in Key West. Marilyn is very nice and easy to deal with. Great place!"Guest: Jennifer K. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: November 20, 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.