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A July 2004 trip to Key West by DanCinOC

Blu Q Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: Wonderful trip, despite the humidity. No car needed as we walked or took tours/transportation. Great history, friendly people.

Island House

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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This is a larger gay complex with high sexual energy (a 24-hour video room). This place is clothing optional, with a weight room, two hot tubs (one indoor, one outdoor), a steam room, a sauna, and Internet access. There is also on on-site restaurant, although we did not use it. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and given a tour of the facilities. Our first night was in one room, but the rest of the stay was in a smaller room. Our rooms had private baths, but there were some with shared baths. John was really great about recommending places to eat that night. We ended up taking his recommendation for a local, not touristy, grill. While there, they were apparently filmi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

Island House
1129 Fleming Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-6284

Blu Q

Attraction

Blu Q Photo, Key West, Florida
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Key West is known for its beautiful sunsets. Most will view it from Mallory Square in the every evening. For a better way to experience the sunset, Blu Q is a great way to go. Captain Steve and first mate John greeted us upon arrival. After removing and storing our shoes (which are not allowed on board), we were provided with soft drinks and wine. On this particular night (a Tuesday), it was an all-male cruise at a special rate of $35. We had a small group of 10 onboard. The time aboard was very comfortable. We were able to meet people from around the country and share our experiences so far in the city. Captain Steve and John were the perfect hosts, exuding true Southern hospit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

Blu Q
201 William Street - Dock E
Key West, Florida

Ghost Tours of Key West

Attraction | "Key West Ghost Tours"

Ghost Tours of Key West Photo, Key West, Florida
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We met at the beginning of the tour at the La Conche Hotel. It was quite overwhelming to see the amount of people that had signed up for that evening's tour. I was relieved that there would be two different groups, but it still seemed to be a larger group (around 40 or so people) than what I was used to. (London Tours was closer to 15 people per tour.) It was interesting to make stops at places we walked past several times during our stay. One stop was even at a guesthouse that we considered staying in. The final stop was at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was a former home of one of the city's historical figures. It was always fun, but it was also informative, as we got a better sense o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

Ghost Tours of Key West
430 Duval St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 294 9255

Key West Winery

Attraction

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Located off the beaten track near Mallory Square you will find the Key West Winery. This is not a winery, where you tour a facility to view how wines are made. This is more of a wine shop. But don't let that stop you from going. While they do have a variety of merchandise, ranging from glasses and cocktail napkins to cookbooks and bamboo designer bowls, the highlight was truly the wine tasting itself. These are not the typical wines that you would see in the Napa Valley. These are more unique in their flavors. They carry blueberry, and blackberry wines. Their "40 Karats" wine is made from carrots. Visitors must try their "Cocoa Beach" chocolate flavored wine, just for the experien...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

Key West Winery
103 Simonton St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 292 1717

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

Attraction | "Butterfly and Nature Conservatory"

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory Photo, Key West, Florida
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Picture a huge greenhouse filled with a stream and lush foliage. Now picture that with thousands of butterflies of different species landing on your shoulder, viewing them up close on plants. There were also birds in a breeding program.

Not only was it awesome to walk on the path through the conservatory, it was also an educational experience. At the end of the path was a place to read more about the program there, with information about the butterflies.

This was a wonderful find. The staff was especially friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this to anyone going to Key West.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2005

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-2988

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Attraction | "Hemingway House"

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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You can tag along with a guide or just wander by yourself. Learn about Hemingway and some of his quirkiness. Look for the penny by the pool. Of course, there are all those cats! I recommend taking the guided tour. It doesn't cost any more, and you can wander the grounds after the tour is over.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

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