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Recent Key West reviews

  • Perfect location for fishing and relaxing!

    "We loved relaxing and fishing right on the canal! We also went charter fishing with the neighbor a block away and that was awesome to be so close! It was a great location to be away from it all, but yet a short drive away from the action of Key West. Geiger Key is a great place and we enjoyed our time there! We used the kayak several times to explore around Geiger Key and that was a lot of fun! The owners were very easy to work with and super helpful! This was not an issue for us, but others may need to know that the rental is on the second story of the property, so if stairs are a problem you might need to look somewhere else."
    Guest: Kate E. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: February 20, 2014
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  • Perfect house walking distance from Duval

    "The Mermaid house was ideal for me, my husband and our 2 teenage boys. It is on a quiet street and the tall fence offers plenty of privacy. The outdoor shower is a clever idea and there is plenty of room for relaxing in the back yard. There were bikes on the property with locks to use for getting around but you won't need them to get to Duval. It's one block away. I really didn't want to leave. Looks like I'll be coming back again. Thank you Barbara and thank you Dave."
    Guest: Laurie L. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 6, 2014
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  • Great condo!

    "Hi Jim, Julie and I really enjoyed your condo for the week before our wedding. We had a great time and felt close enough to everything but secluded enough to be able to relax. We got stone crab next door at Key West Lobster company, walked to Hog Fish Café to have lunch, enjoyed walks along the docks to check out the boats and relaxed by the pool. We were pleasantly surprised that is was only $5 a person for 4 people to cab into town to get into trouble. The building seemed empty, it was so quiet the whole time. It was a pleasure to rent from you and you can bet the Julie and I will be back with some friends. P.S. One thing that the pictures don't capture is just how big the deck is. We had friends over one night and 10 people sat out there comfortably enjoyed the ocean breeze."
    Guest: Steven C. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: June 5, 2014
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  • Best Vacation Ever!

    "This property has everything that you look for in a vacation home. From the fully stocked kitchen, the comfortable and quiet living areas and the outside deck and pool area, this house has it all. Close enough to all that Duval Street has to offer yet quiet and off the beaten path. Everything is just a short bike ride away. The owner and caretaker were both extremely easy to deal with. We are definitely going to come back to Key West and can't wait to stay at "Brass Palm Villa""
    Guest: Steve, Peggy & Emmy Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 10, 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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