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Recent Key West reviews
"This trip to Key West was our first time renting a condo....and we were not dissapointed. What a really great place! The condo has everything that could possibly be needed and was extremely clean. We enjoyed the absolutely amazing view from the balcony. Brian is great to rent from :)"Guest: Mary Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 3, 2014View listing
"My husband and I stayed in the Queen Palm cottage and loved it! The cottage was just the right size for us and our two small dogs. We enjoyed the tropical decorations and bright, cheerful colors. The location is perfect, it's a short walk to Duval but the place has a private, secluded feel. We loved the back porch, so relaxing to have breakfast outdoors in the shade or curl up on one of the hammock chairs with a good book! The owner was very nice and assisted us to book our last-minute trip. I doubt we could have gotten a better deal on such short notice and with our two dogs in such a great location! The property manager Christina was wonderful, she met us there with our key and some cold beer, a fabulous way to begin our vacation! She was also quick to assist us with a minor mishap we had during our stay. We had a great time and would definitely return again! :)"Guest: Amanda E. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 15, 2014View listing
"My husband and I took the first two week vacation of our lives and didn't want to spend it anywhere else but the house on Catherine Street in Key West! Our kids and grandkids joined us the second week and everything was perfect. We fired up the grill on the deck to cook the catch the boys brought home. Floated ours days away in the pool and cruised Duval at night for fun and too much ice cream. Sandy's coffee in hand we walked to the end of the pier at Higgs Beach every morning. The weather was boring - 81 and sunny everyday. We come from chicago and after this Winter we REALLY never wanted to leave. Thanks again Ron! You do a fabulous job and the new deck in front and around the pool are beautiful! See you next year - if not sooner!"Guest: Suzy Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 29, 2014View listing
"This was our second stay in this great home. It is in a great location that means you can walk to all of the many attractions in Key West, which helps burn off the calories from all the good places to eat nearby. The owner, Larry, makes it easy to book here and well maintained. If your looking for a quiet retreat that you can easily stagger back to after a few margaritas on Duval Street, look no further."Guest: Steve D. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 16, 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.