on May 14, 2002
The William Russell house, built circa 1898, is a Victorian Mansion lavish in all the slendor of yesterday and today. The open mahogany doors circulate breezes and a friendly atosphere. The extinct white pine walls were exposed, with intermittant displays of vibrant Key West artworks. My room was on the first floor, looking out onto the veranda and street. The fifteen foot ceilings and ceiling fans ensured cool comfort with a delightful colonial feel. A brightly colored painting of a young woman on the beach took up about 7x10 feet of the wall behind my bed. It was wonderfully unique. The private bath was small yet fully accomodating. The entire house was a visual adventure; each turn brought a surprise of taste and appointment. Everything was spotless. The fresh fruits, pastries, and cafe con leche leave me now dreaming of a return to placate my senses. Return, I will.
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