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by Travel'in Gal
February 21, 2009
Barrington, Rhode Island
April 8, 2008
From journal A few days in Key West
by two cruisers
August 20, 2006
From journal Key West Kudos
October 4, 2005
I was never a big Hemingway fan (something about the womanizing, drunken rumors that always turned me off), but the tour guides completly played up these colorful parts of Hemingway's past and made them seem almost charming. From the tales of his ex-wive's taste in decorations and her penchant to drive Ernest crazy, to the reason why he selected this house (the lighthouse acrossed the street assured he'd find his way home from the bar). It changed my opinion of Hemingway quite a bit.
The tour guides here were very knowledgable and colorful, spinning tales and yarns about Hemingway as well as giving factual information about the premises. It was very entertaining.
Perhaps my favorite part of the tour was finding out that Hemingway, like myself, was a cat lover. Almost 70 cats inhabit the grounds today and are cared for by the caretakers. Some are descendents of Hemingway's lucky cats (they have 6 toes!) and they all have names after famous writers.
This was well worth the small price of the admission and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Key West!
From journal Key West, Florida
August 23, 2005
From journal A Week of Adventures in Weston
August 18, 2003
The building itself is very interesting because of the modern conveniences it boasts in a time and place where there were little. With working plumbing, via a cistern for rainwater on the roof, the Hemingway's enjoyed running water that the rest of the island did not. The pool on the grounds was built during 1937 and 1938, and was the first residential pool on the island. At the time, Ernest was serving in the Spanish Civil War. When he returned and learned that his wife had spent more building the pool than the entire house was worth at the time, he reportedly stuck a penny in the concrete and proclaimed "Well, you might as well take my last cent!". The penny is in the same spot today, preserved under glass.
Hemingway's studio is definitely a room to see on the tour. This is where he went to relax and write. Originally, he had a catwalk built into the studio directly from his bedroom so he could write immediately after he awoke. During a storm, the catwalk was destroyed. Today, stairs exist from the patio up so tourists can view the room much like it was when Ernest lived there. There are many other interesting facts that are explained during the tour.
One of the most interesting points are the six-toed cats that roam the property even today. These cats are direct descendants of Ernest's own pets. The original six-toed cat was given to him by a captain friend. There are about sixty cats present there today.
Overall, I would recommend the Hemingway House as something not to miss on a trip to Key West. The rich history is very worthwhile. The house itself is in a beautiful location, and is quite a relaxing retreat from the rest of downtown Key West. The tour guides were exceptional. Probably some of the most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever encountered. They answered many good questions throughout the tour.
From journal A quick weekend in Key West
Key West, Florida
January 1, 2012
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
July 26, 2011
From journal Family Friendly Attractions in Key West
July 19, 2006
From journal Exploring Key West
March 5, 2005
From journal Key West