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Recent Key West reviews

  • Excellent!

    "Couldn't have had a better time. I have been to Key West more times than I can remember but this was by far the best. The convenience of being right on Duval was just incredible. Everything needed is in walking distance. This is an absolutely beautiful home and Mark was a pleasure to deal with. This will always be my first choice when returning to Key West."
    Guest: John A. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
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  • Perfect Fit

    "We are repeat renters because of the many positives this property offers. Ferntree is a charming , comfortable Old Town cottage, ideally located within walking distance of all Key West has to offer - from the convenience of just 3 short blocks to a local grocery to just a few blocks to Duval Street. Ferntree is also just a 3 block walk to great places to eat from casual to formal - Sandy's, El Siboney's, and Flaming Buoy. All this convenience, yet in a quiet, friendly residential neighborhood, with the added convenience of off-street parking. The property is also an absolute winner in terms of space, both indoors and out. There is a lovely vaulted great room with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides that bring the outdoors in. There is also ample storage space, ideal for a month-long rental property. But outdoors is where we spend almost all our time. A spacious covered deck is ideal for dining and just hanging out. The pool with waterfall is both refreshing and relaxing. And there is plenty of additional outdoor space for barbecuing, dining, and lounging to accommodate even a large group. If you are looking for a comfortable, livable 'home away from home' where you can relax and really feel like you're living the island life, this cottage is a great fit. Sent from Xfinity Connect Mobile App"
    Guest: Craig and Carol Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 4, 2015
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  • Beautiful Place inside and outside - Great Location - Great Time - Pleasure working with Howard

    "Emma House is the best location, beautiful place, walk to everything, love the pool, I will be back soon !!!"
    Guest: Mary M. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 29, 2015
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  • Perfect house and perfect location in Key West!

    "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, 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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