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Recent Key West Area reviews

  • Perfect honeymoon!!!!!!

    "When planning a destination wedding, its hard to imagine how things will be without seeing it for yourself. Our landlord Chris made it all so simple! She was amazing!!! She helped getting us all set up for our trip! One less thing to worry about! I feel like I have a new friend! When I emailed her, she responded. I never felt like I was in the dark! The condo was so cute and so clean!! Perfect for our honeymoon!!!!!! When Chris says pack light, she means pack light. She had everything there we needed! We will definatly be staying there again! We are going to make it our once/ maybe twice a year vacation!!! Love, love, love it!!!!!"
    Guest: Shelley C. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 9, 2014
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  • 40th anniversary trip

    "We stayed at this condo for a week to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. The condo is beautiful and comfortable and is very close to all the activities in Key West. Our favorite day was going on a Danger Sunset Wine Cruise! Such FUN with great people. We ate breakfast on the deck and usually ended the night on the deck. Beautiful scenery!"
    Guest: Susan C. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 4, 2014
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  • A Dream Come True

    "Words can not express how fabulous and wonderful my home away from home was. Staying at Jeff's townhouse was truly staying in Paradise. The house is magnificent. It is beautifully furnished, so welcoming, equipped with every amenity imaginable, down to Q tips if you forgot yours. It is perfect in every way, spacious, immaculate, cozy, elegant, fun and it feels as if you are staying in your own home. We rented a car and it is a short drive to the town etc. The best part is that Jeff provides you with all of the info you need to have an amazing stay. All of his restaurant picks were phenomenal. Do not miss Lattitudes for dinner if you want an unforgettable dining experience. Breakfast at Blue Heaven was outrageous. Key West is a superb destination; laid back, fun, beautiful and lots to do. My husband and I can't wait to go back. Jeff is a perfect concierge in every way. If I could give my stay 10 stars I would. ********** I just did. You will be so happy if you stay at Jeff's. An unforgettable experience. You don't have to look any further for the perfect place to stay. The photos do not even do it justice. You will be so happy, I promise!! Hoping you enjoy your stay as much as we did."
    Guest: Franny Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 29, 2014
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  • Key West getaway

    "The house was great, everything was clean. The beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of room for 6. The seats on the bikes could use a little attention but it included the bikes! It was about a mile away from a kayak rental place and taxis downtown were only $5 per person. I would definitely recommend this property and stay here again given the chance!"
    Guest: Ken Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 26, 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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