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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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  • Outstanding getaway

    "Thank you for sharing your home with us. It was perfect, so cozy, and well equipped. Lacked for nothing. We found the coconuts quit interesting and tasty. Thanks again for sharing your piece of paradise. Will definitely consider returning in the future. Roll Tide! Sent from my iPhone"
    Guest: deborah h. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 22, 2014
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  • A vacation that tops all!

    "My husband,sister, friends, and myself really enjoyed the tastefullly decorated accomodations, the location, and the amenities of the complex"
    Guest: Gimpy Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 18, 2014
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  • attitude key west

    "condo is fresh, very clean & spotless,nicely decorated. Has everything you need, which made you feel right at home. The owners were a pleasure because they were so nice and helpful when we booked. Condo is in a perfect location, just steps to Ft Zachary Beach, & Duval St. Property is beautifully landscaped also. The back porch is a nice added bonus! Everything about the condo was perfect. We highly recommend this condo. We sure will return again."
    Guest: d v. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 25, 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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