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Recent Key West reviews

  • The perfect location

    "Perfect location and close to everything on Duval. Beautiful home that is perfectly appointed. Amazing kitchen and covered backyard."
    Guest: Kevin K. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 21, 2014
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  • Extended stay

    "My husband and I enjoy ourselves so much at Steve and Donnas place we extended our stay to two weeks. We love the location, close enough to Duval st.but is very quiet. Fort Zachary Taylor is just out the back gate. We'd walk to the beach each day.In the evening we would walk over to the pier and watch the cruise ships leave and the sunset.We love sitting out on the deck among the tropical plants, with a cocktail and a chat with friends.This doesn't feel like a rental property, everything is kept clean and updated and new. Thanks Donna and Steve for sharing your piece of paradise"
    Guest: Sue Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 28, 2015
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  • Thumbs Up for Key West Modern

    "This home is perfectly located for everything in Key West. My husband and I, along with another couple, rented this home for a mini vacation (4 nights). The home is very spacious and very clean. It features top of the line appliances, entertainment center, and fancy showers (like a carwash!) The yard is beautifully landscaped and we enjoyed lounging by the pool, relaxing in the hot tub and grilling on the green egg. Kim recommended renting bikes from We Cycle (they deliver) and we were so pleased with their service. We rode them everywhere, but if you like to walk, you will be close to everything. We will definitely rent this home again when we visit KW in the future! Thanks Kim!"
    Guest: Shanda Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 26, 2015
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  • Great charming place!

    "We really enjoyed staying in Ann's apartment. It was really nice with all the things you needed. Nice view from the balcony where you can see the harbour and ocean. Location is great! Close to everything, but still quiet. We really would like to stay here next time coming to KW."
    Guest: Drakulla H. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 18, 2015
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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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