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Recent Key West reviews
"We stayed here 7 years ago for our honeymoon and plan to return in 3 years for our 10th Anniversary! It was just perfect. It was romantic, quiet, private and just perfect for our visit! I recommend this cottage so highly. Cant wait to return again!"Guest: Jen Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 10, 2014View listing
"We visit every two years and this was our first stay in downtown. We had a great time and the unit was all we expected with the older feeling. No air conditioning problems for us. We loved the pool and found the place clean. The only drawback is the parking. We brought our Expedition, as the whole family came all adults now, with the knowledge that a parking spot was included. However on arrival we found the spot, while well off the street, would not allow a full sized car such as ours in without blocking the whole lot. Thusly we were forced to park on the street and hunt for spots. All in all we loved our stay and would love to stay again though with a smaller car next time."Guest: Don Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 9, 2014View listing
"Super close to the beach and other amenities, this fantastic property has all you need for a perfect stay! Immaculate landscaping, awesome pool and outdoor dining/ lounge area, open concept kitchen/ living area, comfy beds, and a great location. The owner and caretaker are incredibly easy to deal with, answering all questions promptly. We came down for our wedding and could not have asked for a better property! We even brought our 2 dogs and even they were sad to go back home! Cannot wait to go back!"Guest: Darin B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: September 20, 2014View listing
"You won't find a better property to stay at in Key West, period. We stayed here with both sides of my family (my parents and my inlaws) on separate occasions, and I could not recommend this house more. It works well for a large group, and is perfectly situated,a in walking distance to everything. You won't need a car. The house is beautiful and clean, and it has an amazing porch with plenty of seating to enjoy those Key West mornings, afternoons and evenings. It even has a pool house! My wife's single cousin stayed there, and we saw him intermittently during the trip. Let's just say he took advantage of his island time. At our next family gathering at home, my three-year-old son said "HEY, that guy who lives in the pool house is here!" The owner is very easy to deal with and couldn't be more accommodating to us. If you are still looking, stop. You have found your paradise!"Guest: Boneman Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: January 20, 2015View 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.