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  • A HAVEN IN KEY WEST

    "I was looking for a vacation spot where I could take my college bound son and family for some relaxation and of course fishing!. The condo where we stayed at was extremely clean, spacious and above all comfortable.There is nothing more satisfying than coming home to an air conditioned apartment after spending a day out in the Florida sun!!! We took advantage even of the grills that are poolside for a small family BBQ.The pictures that are listed on the site are good but fall short of the true beauty of the apt and the scenic views. I strongly suggest sunset by the pool. Rich is extremely knowledgeable of the area and what it has to offer. Looking for a fantastic place to kick up your heels after a night of partying at Duvall St give Rich a call,you won't be disappointed."
    Guest: Guapo Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014
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  • Best water view in Key West

    "The reviewers before me are all accurate. In addition, the owner's daughter, who was my contact is truly helpful, flexible and great to work with. She was prompt and understanding. That is what makes a real difference in your whole vacation experience. We were sad to leave Key West and this condo. We spent a lot of time on the deck and made new friends from neighboring decks. Our favorite was the butterfly museum. Lots of great restaurants including square one, DJ's clam shack, firefly, banana cafe, and seven fish. We hope to return soon, and will get the same unit. We used the pool daily. What we enjoyed the most was that the unit is top notch with nice furniture, dishes, utensils, appliances, tastefully decorated, and well kept. If you are considering this condo, just book it, you will be happy with this condo. Bottom line: great water view, and conveniently located in the safest, gated community. Have a wonderful time."
    Guest: Smita K. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 11, 2014
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  • Best Christmas Holiday

    "Wonderful experience & holiday with friends. We have been to Key West before but for shorter visits. This was a spectacular vacation home. Beautiful decor, amenities, and pool area. Very well appointed. We enjoyed the location as we were a short walk or bike ride to the beach and Casa Marina and our favorite restaurant "Salute" and only a 12 minute bike ride to the Duval St. area. We can't wait to come back."
    Guest: donna f. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 9, 2014
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  • The real Key West

    "This is a wonderful condo in a residential neighborhood of Key West. You have a sense of what it is like to actually live here. The condo is comfortable and peaceful, and has a good sized pool with beautiful landscaping in a common area in back. You do not need a car, but a bike helps if you want to go to Mallory Square for sunset. The condo is located near White Street, which has restaurants, local cafe con leche, and Faustos market. The condo has a fenced front porch which is great if you are bringing a dog, and Bayview Park, where you can walk your dog, is two blocks away. I loved staying here."
    Guest: shiro Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 18, 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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