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  • Beautiful place to stay!

    "There were 6 of us on this lobster hunting week. The accomodations were just as described, if not nicer. This property was close to Key West and shopping without being in the middle of it all. Very quiet and serene place. On the one day we didn't take out boat out we fished off the dock and there were all kinds of fish there. After catching a bait fish we cast our line out towards the channel and caught a bonnet head shark. He was definitely fun to catch and I was relieved when I didn't have to bring him on the dock to remove the hook! We will definitely be back next year, only a bit earlier."
    Guest: Steve R. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
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  • Great home for friends and family!

    "Rating Details: I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was more than happy with the location. The vacation rental was very clean. The property manager was adequately helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Wonderful home! Pool, landscaping, setting, and location were superb! The home was wonderful, with plenty of space to gather, yet plenty of privacy! The art work was amazing! Great location!"
    Guest: Jan C. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 2, 2014
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  • Travel like a Local

    "I stayed at the Golden Heron for the first time and let me tell you this house is AMAZING!!!! It has everything you could possibly want and much, much more!!!! This house is so unique (even has an open living room space) and has been remodeled with many nice upgrades. It has the true Key West charm and for a handful of days, I actually felt like a local. Aside from never wanting to leave the house, the walk to Duval street is less than a mile and if you are looking for local restaurants, you don't have to stray too far. Local cuisines are about a block away. I would most definitely stay at the golden heron again. Do not pass up this opportunity to get a true Key West feel!"
    Guest: Francesca Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 1, 2014
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  • Hidden Paradise at Southard Street Queen Conch

    "Rating Details: I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was spotless. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The photographs of this beautiful and well-maintained home do not do it justice. From the moment we opened the front door, we were enthralled. The house is elegantly decorated, spacious and with a well-equipped kitchen. But the true gem is the lovely pool and the gorgeous landscaping which surrounds it. And, it is totally private and very quiet. We felt the stress of busy lives fade away as we relaxed in this hidden paradise. The configuration of rooms with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the main level and two separate apartments upstairs worked well for our family of eight. Everyone had plenty of space. The apartments upstairs were also beautifully decorated and equipped. The location is ideal for walking anywhere in the historic district. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to friends or relatives and would be delighted to rent it again ourselves."
    Guest: Thomas H. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 2, 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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