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Recent Key West Area reviews
"This house is just GREAT. We were 3 young people from France (Paris) , 1 couple and a friend and we absolutely loved our stay at Stefanie's home. The location is great, in the middle of the town, near Duval St. Near all restaurants, bars etc... What we preferred was the pool, very large for Key West, we stayed a LOT of time near/in the pool. The atmosphere of this home is great, with lush vegetation all around, we felt very relaxed during our stay. The home itself is very comfortable, kitchen is huge, and the rooms are spacious. Communication with Stefanie was great before and during our stay. I would highly recommend this house and we will be back for sure!"Guest: DEREK B. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: September 13, 2014View listing
"My family and I came down for summer vacation. This place is awesome. We had a ton of fun. Location is perfect, condo is perfect, it is a perfect vacation. I highly recommended it here."Guest: Jamie Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 17, 2014View listing
"My husband and I rented Sea Biscuit with two other couples to celebrate my 40th birthday. The owner really does a great job maintaining this property. The kitchen was well appointed, beds were comfortable (something you don't always see in a rental house), and everything was nice and tastefully decorated. The welcome basket at arrival was also a nice touch! The location was great! Close to everything so no need for a car (although we did have one the first day just for the first big grocery trip, but you are close enough to other markets and the CVS to pick up odds and ends through the week). Yes, the backyard is very shaded but it's a nice break from the sun and makes the back area feel secluded and tranquil. The guest cottage is a nice bonus, as we kept the night owls in the main house while the early birds could have some privacy. This place was great for couples as everyone was able to have their own bedroom and bathroom. It is true that there is not a spot for dining in the main house, but the weather is so great most days we enjoyed grilling out and dining in the back yard. The only "issue" (I can't say complaint because we had none) is that the living area is not great for lounging just due to the size, but the owner does a great job using the space and making sure everyone has a spot to sit and converse. The owner was great to deal with; very prompt to respond, sent a nice welcome letter so you knew what to expect, and returned our deposit check within a week. There was some noise from the bar across the street, but not every night and what you might expect being in a great location. We loved Camille's for breakfast and El Siboney is a nice easy walk for some Cuban food. Also, be sure to get a burrito at Cayo Mexican cantina (food truck on Duval street)....they are awesome and a recommendation of the guy servicing the pool. All in all, a good choice for traveling to Key West. We would definitely stay here again!"Guest: Stacy1126 Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 6, 2014View listing
"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, 2014View listing
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.