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Recent Key West reviews

  • a little bit of paradise

    "My husband and I just spent a month in the Tree House and loved every minute of it. The deck is a wonderful place to relax either lounging in the hammock, sitting in the lounge chairs or just sitting at the table eating your meal. We also enjoyed the generous hospitality of the owner who went out of his way to please. The location is also great for walking to "whatever is happening" on Duval Street or the Historic Seaport. We are going back!"
    Guest: Eva Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 14, 2014
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  • FABULOUS!!!

    "We LOVED this house! Nicely appointed and clean was the first thing we noticed. The location is perfect...a couple of blocks from Southernmost and plenty of places to eat. We suggest El Siboney for good Cuban food...and quite frankly, we liked Southernmost for breakfast as opposed to Camille's which was recommended by a friend. The Circle K is 2 blocks away if you need to run and get a few things. The pool was perfect for our group. We had 2 couples in the main house, and a friend in the pool house so everyone had their own space. The house is fully stocked - from toilet paper, to paper towels, bath and beach towels, you name it. As for the comment about the roosters...well, there are roosters and hens on every block of Key West! Sleep with ear plugs or ENJOY the charm of seeing these creatures on your walks! We rented bikes and that is a great way to get around. I would stay here again in an instant...and highly recommend it."
    Guest: Lin Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 7, 2014
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  • Great condo!

    "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, 2014
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  • Perfecto!!! Right where you want to be.....

    "What a lovely place!! The neighborhood is very quite but close enough to get into the "Duval Crawl". The place was exceptionally clean, well equipped, and the decor very well appointed. David, the Owner is very friendly and accessible. We had bicycles and went everywhere on them. Make sure you go to the Casa Marina and lay in the hammocks, or the Southernmost Beach and watch the entertainment!! I would reccommend this place and would love to stay again. Wish I was there right now...I LOVE Key West....Thanks David for making your place have such good "karma"."
    Guest: Denise O. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 9, 2014
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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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