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Recent Key West reviews
"We have just returned from spending a week at this fabulous house. This was our family's special treat for 2014 and everyone enjoyed it and didn't want to leave. The house and grounds are meticulous planned and kept for everyone to enjoy. The kitchen has everything and we all enjoyed the ice chest for frozen treats. The pool and hot tub were so much fun. This house is perfect for family and friends to get together to enjoy Key West. We can't wait to return."Guest: Susan M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 27, 2014View listing
"Celebrating our 30th anniversary, we wanted a quiet, private and romantic getaway. This studio was perfect. Enjoyed our coffee every morning with a beautiful view of the beach and palm trees. Close enough to the action that everything was easy to get to. Holly had great suggestions about where (and where not) to eat and things to do. Felt kind of special driving down our private sandy lane and so glad not to have to hassle with on-street parking. Suite had every kitchen convenience we could have wanted. Try the upstairs 'tapas' next door at Louie's Backyard.Be sure to get there right at 5:00 and you will be rewarded with a charming table for two in a window/balcony overlooking the water. Magical."Guest: Happy Traveler Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 11, 2014View listing
"Hi Jim, Julie and I really enjoyed your condo for the week before our wedding. We had a great time and felt close enough to everything but secluded enough to be able to relax. We got stone crab next door at Key West Lobster company, walked to Hog Fish Café to have lunch, enjoyed walks along the docks to check out the boats and relaxed by the pool. We were pleasantly surprised that is was only $5 a person for 4 people to cab into town to get into trouble. The building seemed empty, it was so quiet the whole time. It was a pleasure to rent from you and you can bet the Julie and I will be back with some friends. P.S. One thing that the pictures don't capture is just how big the deck is. We had friends over one night and 10 people sat out there comfortably enjoyed the ocean breeze."Guest: Steven C. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: June 5, 2014View listing
"The property was very clean and nicely appointed. We were close to many restaurants and attractions, without being in the mayhem of parts of Duval. For those of you who do not want to take out a second mortgage, but want to stay in a nice place in Key West.... this is the place. The neighbors were great and we got to meet a lot of locals just sitting on the front porch. This rental property is a gem for the money!"Guest: Kenneth W. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 13, 2014View 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.