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Recent Key West reviews

  • What a great cottage in Key West!

    "Myself, my partner, and my sister-in-law arrived in Key West to celebrate birthdays and visit with family. We were very pleased with the well appointed cottage, its convenient location to everything on the island, including a drug store with everything we needed for breakfast and coffee at the cottage not to mention the incredibly convenient A&M Rentals next door where we rented our bikes for our stay. The Pool and courtyard were fabulous and the staff could not have been nicer! We will definitely be back again soon! Thank you Key West Hideaways and Orchid Cottage!"
    Guest: Heath Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 17, 2014
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  • Great stay in Keywest!

    "We had our first vacation in Keywest with little knowledge of the area. This unit was perfect. The kids shared the twin room and we had the other. It was clean and comfortably decorated and had everything we needed: linens, dishes, cookware and a great location! We brought our bikes and other than food shopping biked everywhere. 5 minutes to Zachary Taylor State Park, 10 to the movie theater and depending the area you want, 5-10 minutes to Duval St. If you walk, double those times but the sidewalks are great. The unit also had pool access. All in all a great rental and we would not hesitate to book it again!"
    Guest: Sanville Family Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 30, 2014
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  • Wonderful Condo!

    "Really enjoyed our stay at this lovely condo. (Family of 4) The Pool and Hot Tub and surrounding gardens are TOP NOTCH and the view of the water from the pool area is spectacular. The condo is spacious, clean, and just right for us. The Master bath is huge and really special - couldn't get the kids to use the other bathroom for showers, they liked it so much!!! Loved having our own sheltered car spot!"
    Guest: PJ Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 10, 2014
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  • Perfection

    "We thoroughly enjoyed out stay! The condo is beautiful and very well maintained. The 2 king sized beds were a huge plus! Also, the pool with a gorgeous view made our great afternoon relaxing very enjoyable. The location is perfect. We were able to walk to most of the places we want to visit. We would love to stay here again. Thank you Darla for helping us have an amazing trip!"
    Guest: Melanae A. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 4, 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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