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A June 2004 trip to Key West by Ishtar

El Rancho Motel Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: You'd think that having been to South Florida so many times, I'd be familiar with the Keys. Well, I had always wanted to go, but there was always a "but". This time, I was determined, and I had even printed out some information about Hemingway's house before the trip. Vamos!

El Rancho Motel

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El Rancho Motel Photo, Key West, Florida
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Considering that we literally dropped into this place, I would say the accommodations were heaven sent. Not having had the time to make any reservations or do proper research, we relied on a local newspaper with hotel listings. What turned out to be even more advantageous was the fact that we were within minutes of Duval Street. The exterior was quite lush with vegetation and a huge banana tree loomed over the pool, which looked like an overgrown jacuzzi. No matter - when you are sweltering, the size of the water hole matters not. The first room we were assigned was #10, and the thing you want to check before you even breathe is the A/C. We landed in room 9 shortly thereafter; then I had a look ar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2004

El Rancho Motel
830 TRUMAN AVE
Key West, Florida 33040
305-294-8700

El Meson de Pepe on Mallory Square

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Restaurant | "El Meson de Pepe"

El Meson de Pepe on Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida
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This restaurant sits right in front of Mallory Square, and has some history to it. We were lucky to get a table outside, where we could hear the live music, watch the passers-by, and enjoy the roosters scurrying around to get crumbs. We were also immediately across from the Memorial Sculpture Garden which commemorates people who had influenced the development of Key West or were just famous enough to be there. Lamentably, the heads of the statues serve as perches for the chickens and roosters who leave unsavory souvenirs behind. The service is a bit slow at Meson Pepe, but you can enjoy the music while you wait. Or, as I did, the back of the menu has the history of the building and it's worth the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

El Meson de Pepe on Mallory Square
410 Wall Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 295-2620

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Attraction | "Hemingway House"

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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The word "cat house" takes on new meaning with this visit. It is unthinkable to come to Key West and not see Hemingway's house. Even if you have not read his novels, it might entice you to do so after your tour. The tour is optional, and free if you want to be led around. We opted to do our own browsing, as I was anxious to see what lay ahead. We started in the living room, which is filled with pictures of Hemingway with fish (of course, there's furniture) and one particularly impressive oil portrait of him in his macho days. The next area is an anteroom where glassware was kept and opened to the kitchen. This was cordoned off, but you could see that it was large and had all the amenities for the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-1136

Duval Street

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Attraction | ""Doing" Duval Street"

Duval Street Photo, Key West, Florida
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Duval Street is synonymous with Key West in a way, since anything of major interest is either on it, or near it. As you head toward the water, the concentration of people per square foot swells. Proportionately, the aroma of food gets stronger! Upscale shops, bars galore, and restaurants of sufficient variety if you are staying a week or so, though the dominant theme is Cuban. Duval runs about 15 long city blocks; as soon as we turned the corner, I immediately knew it was going to be fabulous. My mind was conjuring up images of downtown Sausalito, the French Quarter in New Orleans, a bit of Old San Juan, and though I had never seen it, Cuba. Hordes of people were out and about, strolling, licking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2004

Duval Street

Key West, Florida

The Round Trip

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A crazed woman in the water Photo, Key West, Florida
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One of the most exciting parts of this trip was getting to Key West. If you’re going to try to find the shortest and most expeditious way of getting there, I think you’ll miss the fun and the stops. I love to stop along the way and discover something delightful. And there were plenty of delights. As I had indicated earlier, when we set out that morning, we were not thinking Key West. However, by the time you hit Key Largo, and stop at the Tourist Center and look at the incredible job they’ve done with information, brochures, and lodging and recreation ideas, you are going to push further. On the way down, we didn’t do much exploration at Key Largo aside from remembering Humphrey Bogart and Lauren...Read More