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Recent Key West reviews

  • We just had the best family vacation of our lives!

    "I agree with the "Bear" jaw-droppingly beautiful, impeccably clean, A++ location - literally in the middle of everything and all the fun that Key West has to offer & a great little grocery store across the street. Loved the giant hammock on the roof deck, almost couldn't get out. It really doesn't get better than this! We will be back! M"
    Guest: Mansoor Y. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: April 8, 2015
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  • Amazing Home in Key West - Definitely Rent It!

    "The listing for this Key West home was detailed and accurate. The amenities are better than listed on the screen. The home is fabulous. It is very clean and neat and well appointed. The homeowner had every detail covered, from having different types of glasses for different beverages to towels for the shower and towels for the pool. For those who want to stay connected to the outside world, the home has a nice desk area with wireless internet and a wireless printer. The home has been completely renovated and the kitchen is modern as well as all the bathrooms. Yet it is full of Key West charm including Dade Pine on the walls. The home is in Old Town but at a quiet end. It is a one mile bike ride to Duval Street where there is nightlife, bars and restaurants. We mostly rode bikes and left the car at the house. The house is also very convenient to New Town where there is more conventional shopping like Publix and Walgreens. It is about a 3 minute drive to those stores. Key West is magical. And this home made it so comfortable - we felt like we really lived there."
    Guest: Stephanie S. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: January 7, 2015
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  • Great location, great condo

    "Rich has a great unit. He has outfitted with great furniture and artwork. We had two teenage boys, loved all the TV's and music in all rooms. I loved the hammock chairs on the balcony. Spent every morning there having my coffee. The pool is great, however read the rules so you do not get talked to about floating on a non approved device.... opps. I will come back to this unit. Rich goes above and beyond. He provided a good insight into many activities and places to eat. Thanks for the great stay."
    Guest: Rick N. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 12, 2015
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  • Great value in Key West

    "My wife and i spent the month of January in this great Tree House. Great location, everything is just a short walk or bike ride away. Ken and Mary Gay were wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The unit was a good fit for the two of us, we cooked on the grill many times and enjoyed the deck very much. We already booked this unit for January 2016"
    Guest: Michael B. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 19, 2015
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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.

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