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Recent Key West reviews

  • More than we imagined

    "We chose Island Dreams because of the rave reviews and quirkiness of the decor not to mention the ocean view, property amenities and ease in working with the owners. We were delighted with everything about the property. Plenty of linens, well-stocked kitchen, and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The bed was so comfortable and the unit very clean. Lots of lighting with dimmers to set the mood. The bikes were great! We did ride all the way to the end of Duvall and back. Much easier to find bike parking. The pool and grounds are well-maintained. We will definitely make this our first choice vacation home next year."
    Guest: Liz N. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 7, 2014
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  • Romantic Getaway

    "This home provided all the comforts of home. The photos provided do not provide or showcase the charm of this home. The side deck of the yard had a tropical flare that was amazing for evening barbecuing and gathering. This home provided all and more my sister could want for her 50th birthday she loved it, my sister-in-law and brother celebrating 20 years of marriage loved the master suite which was quite lovely. Finally, the location was perfect for being a tourist during the day and far enough away to have the comforts of a quiet neighborhood for evening relaxion. Another great feature of this home is it appears to be newly remodeled, beautifly decorated, family photo that brought warmth of the owner, and the cleanliness of the home was an extension of the owner's way of providing those who visit a sense and feel of a home away from home! Alma H."
    Guest: Alma H. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 29, 2014
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  • Girls get away

    "Went to the banyon for a girls get away in January, when our husbands went on a hunting trip. Perfect place to stay, very clean and safe. What a luxury. I have family that lives in key west and was able to entertain them for an evening of dinner and drinks. Great location....you can walk everywhere!"
    Guest: Carla M. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 2014
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  • Location Location Location

    "This is a charming place! Well decorated and has everything you need. It is right off Duval street but is very quite and peaceful. If you go to Key West you must stay here!"
    Guest: Randy Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 12, 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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