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    "I have stayed in the community for the last 5 years and truly enjoy the home. It is within easy walking distance to Duval St. and the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Everything you need to enjoy your time in Key West is included, and if there is a problem, the owners are quick to resolve it. The neighbors inside the compound always make us feel welcomed and over the years, we have developed a friendship with them. This is by far the best vrbo unit we have stayed in at any location. We are looking forward to returning Jan. / Feb. 2013 and for many years to come."
    Guest: key west wannabe Date of Stay: January 2012 Review Submitted: June 2, 2012
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  • Great Stay!

    "My boyfriend and I stayed in the Treetop Jasmine Suite for a week in April. We are dying to go back! The location of this property is AMAZING. And even better, AFFORDABLE! There are tons of places around the island to stay, but you get everything you need here for a great price. You can walk anywhere if you bring the right shoes! Up and down Duval to Sunset, to Fort Zachary (this was our favorite beach), and to tons of restaurants and bars. We flew into Miami Airport and drove down the length of the Keys to the cottage (about three hours). It's such a beautiful drive! When we arrived we realized we don't need a car so we returned it to the Key West Airport and rented bikes. Highly recommend renting a bike - it was an excellent way to explore the island and get around! Cabs are a quick phone call away to bring you elsewhere. Sidenote.. If you are doing the drive to/from Miami to Key West - definitely stop at Bahia Honda beach, it is truly beautiful (this was one of Dave the Inn Keeper's wonderful recommendations). There is a nice covered balcony/entryway to the cottage where you can sit at the end of the night and enjoy some drinks. There is also a kitchen with everything you need (though, why cook when there are TONS of wonderful places to go out and eat?). The sitting room was nice, and everything in the suite was well appointed in general. We experienced that nice "hotel" feel. We were also able to stock up on beach towels and other necessities like suntan lotion at the Inn. We loved it and can't wait to come back! Thanks Dave and Carolyn!"
    Guest: Katie N. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 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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  • A month in paradise

    "I stayed in this lovely little cottage the month of November, 2013. I loved every minute of it. The house seems much bigger than it is, thanks to two sets of French doors in the living areas. It is well kept and clean. The owner is extremely easy to work with. I was allowed to have my dog stay with me. The house is off the beaten path, yet convenient to everything. I was there for Thanksgiving, and had Fausto's cater the meal. I brought leftovers home with me. I've been to Key West many times before, but this was by far my best vacation ever. A lot of bang for your buck. Maybe I was lucky, but it only rained two days the entire month I was there. The last two weeks I was there, I had two friends staying with me. Everyone had their own room. This place is so much better than a hotel. Alright, there's no continental breakfast. Half the time I made breakfast, the other times went out to local coffee shops. If you plan to go to Key West and stay for at least two weeks (minimum rental period) I highly recommend this place."
    Guest: Dan Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 4, 2013
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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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