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Recent Key West reviews
"I was hesitant to visit KW with little children. It was our first flight with the kids and the only regret was we did not ride our bikes more. This cottage is fully equipped with everyting you need while visiting KW. Centrally and conviently located to everything you need to do but still yet very quiet and secluded for relaxation. Southard Comfort is very well maintained and decorated as described and we are counting the days until we are able to return. We made wonderful memories there and took home the vibe we felt while living in this house. Our children loved being so close to areas we rode our bikes everywhere and we loved our location. The pool and deck transforms you a feeling of paradise. Thank you again for helping us create life long memories of the butterfly museum, aquarium, riding bikes to the library and sunset celebration.. We loved the cuban sandwhiches from down the street at Five Brothers... until we can visit again."Guest: Anne Marie Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014View listing
"I normally do not write reviews on any site. After reading the one partially negative review, I felt this was important. We travel frequently and always rent houses from vrbo that are pet friendly and include amenities that we enjoy. We have rented this property every year for many years. I can not imagine renting another place in Key West or trying to stay in a hotel or guest house. Everything thing we could need or want in any rental is included. I am also selfish in the fact that this place is so unique in what it offers, I want it to be kept our secret, but the flip side is I want Sullins to make money year round:-) I am guessing based on the previous review, the owner, Sullins, took this all to heart. When we arrived this year, he had replaced all the appliances and made other improvements that I appreciate as a renter, but would have never stopped renting the place without. There are so many great restaurants within walking distance that we sometimes eat at 2 or more different restaurants every day without repetition. We have a parking space which is unheard of in Key West unless it is on the street and my mini van fits perfectly in the space. There is a spa around the corner we love for massages, and a great off leash dog park, about 1 mile walk from the house. I could continue my list, but I would run out of space. Thanks Sullins!"Guest: Susan Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 16, 2014View listing
"We really enjoyed out time at the Queen Palm Cottage. It is isolated but yet only two blocks from Duval. We brought our Miniature long haired Dachshund and even he had a great time. The cottage was very Key Westy with bright and alive colors. It is a very well maintained property. Working with Ted was also easy. The pool was very well maintained and the compound is lush and well landscaped. We will try and stay there next summer again but for a longer time."Guest: Bobbie and Steve Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014View listing
"This was our 6th stay in Key West and by far the best one yet. We always rent a private home and this was the most comfortable and best maintained home we have rented. The location is fantastic, situated on a private island which is located 5 minutes from Key West. (Via private ferry ride). The island has 70 private residences and the Westin Cottages, Spa and Latitude's restaurant and bar (Serves breakfast, lunch & dinner). This home shares a private pool with about 10 other homes. We rarely ran into anyone at the pool. There is also a very large pool and bar at the Westin that you have access to. There is access a white sand private beach. It is the best place to watch the gorgeous sunsets. The home is very well equipped. It has two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (Master has awesome custom shower), gourmet kitchen, great room, main level wrap around porch, 2nd floor porch with hammock, and covered roof top deck (perfect for watching the amazing sunrises and the action at the Port of Key West). The owner and property manager are extremely professional, organized and courteous. Communication was easy, with them. They arranged a cleaning person to come in half way through our stay, which I would recommend. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and plan to return."Guest: MplsMichelle Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 6, 2015View 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.