July 16, 2012 by Leave a Comment
When you think of Key West, what comes to mind? Some things that I think about are the Southernmost Point Bouie, the Mile Marker 0 sign, Key Lime pie, palm trees, Roosters and wonderful fishing and water sports.
Key West Conch Traders is a great place to find unique gifts and items which showcase the Florida Keys, Key West and our unique way of life. What better way to keep the Key’s feeling alive throughout the year than to make a meal from “Cookin in the Keys” and using some of the hot sauces and spice blends. Each is available at www.conchtraders.com.
I am partial to the glass holiday ornaments and I confess, I leave them up all year long. I also like to have some Keys art displayed at my desk and it always makes me feel a little closer to home when I visit family and friends up north and see that they have it as well.
If reading is your thing, they have a nice selection of books about Key West, our ghost and how to make the move to life in the Keys!
I encourage you to check them out online. Key West Conch Traders is owned and operated by a Ron and Charley Bell. They are a local couple who love Key West as much as I do and want to share it with our visitors.
Hope to see you soon.
Sun, Sand and Love from the Florida Keys!
June 16, 2012 by Leave a Comment
May 3, 2012 by 2 Comments
When visiting Key West there are many, many choices for accommodations. We have everything on this little island. Large resorts, mom and pop motels, some well known chain hotels and a wonderful and colorful selection of Bed and Breakfast’s (also known as guest houses or B&B’s).
The B&B is not like it used to be, there are very few shared bathrooms, and you won’t find the little old couple who owns the establishment knocking on your door late at night to make sure you are in the house before curfew.
Instead, they are very often quaint old Inns that have a trendy & modern feel to them, while at the same time offering an intimate setting with beautifully landscaped pools and spas, lush tropical foliage and extremely helpful staff. With a small staff, you get really personal service and often the guests and staff will recognize each other out and about town.
The Eden House on Fleming Street is one such place. When you see it from the front, the porch is inviting and calming. Step into the lobby and you’ll know just what I mean about intimate and trendy. The grounds are beautiful and the pool area is beautifully maintained.
The staff is friendly and helpful, and will help you with whatever you need? They have bicycles to rent, they will be happy to book you on a fishing charter of dolphin watch or snorkeling trip. Need a cab?, no problem, they’ll call for you. They are quick with directions, or helpful local advice. They have even been known to find a wedding officiant on short notice!
I like the B&B experience on the island. It’s not for everyone, but everyone should at least look into it. Just be aware that not all B&B’s accept children under 15 or at all.
Sun, Sand and Love from the Florida Keys!
April 15, 2012 by Leave a Comment
Located on Whitehead Street, just steps from the Hemingway Home & Museum, it’s easy to spot. You can’t miss the towering white structure that was once a fully functioning lighthouse.
It’s no longer used to help ships navigate the reefs in the Lower Keys, and it has been placed on the National Register for Historic Places. Like the rest of Key West, it too has a colorful cast of characters associated with it.
If you have the wherewithal to climb the 88 steps in the spiral staircase to get to the top you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous treetop view Key West’s Old Town Historic District. Looking down you see the grounds and can imagine how wonderfully unique they are for a wedding.
Reciting your vows beneath the comforting shade of the old Banyan tree, or being daring enough to say “I Do” atop the 90 foot light house will be memorable for everyone who attends.
They have a wonderful little gift shop with items which are perfect for bridal parties, mother of the bride, etc. The Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters Museum is just one of so many things Key West has to offer visitors. We are a tropical island paradise, no passport required! Stop by and say hello, we’re waiting for you.
Sun, sand and love from the Florida Keys!
April 15, 2012 by 2 Comments
One of my favorite places in Key West is our Seaport. The views are colorful and gorgeous with tall masts against the backdrop of blue sky and the creaking sound of boats pulling at their mooring lines. It’s really like walking through a postcard.
The thing I love about it is that it’s still a working Seaport. It’s not just something our city officials decided would be pretty for visitors, but working boats still come and go from their slips every day. On any given day, you can stroll along the boards and yes, you’ll see catamarans and schooners leaving or arriving from their snorkel or dolphin watching sails. You’ll also see local fishermen bringing in their catch to sell to one of our local fish markets or restaurants. (Another thing to know and love about Key West – the “catch of the day” really is the catch of the day)
It’s the setting for numerous events throughout the year celebrating our local maritime heritage. Our annual Holiday Boat Parade begins and ends here, and our version of New Years Eve Time Square ball drop is the descent of a “Pirate Wench” down the mast of one of our sail boats.
The Key West Seaport is a must see and do on your itinerary. It’s a wonderful backdrop for honeymoon photos and the memories will last a lifetime. Come visit us, it’s worth the trip!