Share the Conch!

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.

Often, our visitors want to bring home a little piece of Key West to remember their trip or to present to family or friends as a way to share the memories and happy times.

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!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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(No) Vacancy!

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!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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The Key West Lighthouse

I love living on an island.  Key West has such an incredibly rich island culture, and one of the very cool things you can do is visit the Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters Museum.

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!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Historic Seaport

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)

Key West Seaport, weddings, honeymoonIt’s a lively and active place from early in the morning to well into the night.  There are wonderful restaurants and bars with live music, the views are stunning and the locals are friendly.

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!

 

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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The Oldest House in Key West

Tucked quietly away in the 300 block of Duval Street in Key West is the Oldest House Museum.  It’s so much more than a museum though, and you wouldn’t know it if you aren’t from Key West or an avid traveler and seeker of local culture.Oldest House in Key West

The street side of the house is unassuming and usually overlooked by the “I’m on my way to the next bar” crowd.  But if you take a chance and push through the white picket gate, your greeted by an old brick walkway, shaded by lush old foliage which enters into a beautiful courtyard with a number of fabulous options for a Key West wedding or even the opportunity to quietly and specially ask your love to spend the Oldest House in Key Westrest of your life together joined in marriage.

This gem of Key West history is manned by docents who happily give tours of the house and grounds, pointing out the original furnishings and reciting fascinating history about original location of the house and its narrow escape from the wrecking ball.  Or you can just get away from it all and quietly read a book in the garden.  I promise, you won’t even hear the hustle and bustle of world famous Duval St.  I often spend time in these peaceful surroundings when I need to clear my head.

Come in and sit down on one of the benches in the courtyard and imagine how beautiful your Key West garden wedding will be.  Imagine getting dressed in the bridal parlor and the vintage photos you’ll have of the preparation.  The grounds are also available for your reception.    It’s a public exhibit, but don’t worry, if you book it for your wedding, they will close it during your event!

Sun, Sand & Love from the Florida Keys!

 

Oldest House in Key West Florida

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Spring has officially sprung and the waters are warm again.  This is about the time I ramp up my visits to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.  Key West has its share of beaches, but Fort Zach is a favorite among locals and return visitors.  Not only is it a lovely beach and picnic area, it’s also one of three military forts that were used during the civil war.

The water is clear and if you go early in the morning, when things are still calm, you can see a variety of marine life while snorkeling from the shore.

This time of year also brings out children running through the sand toward the water with a bucket and shovel for just the right amount of water for a sand castle.  The smell of sun screen and the sound of Pandora Radio are heavy in the air.  It’s the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon.

Fort Zachary State ParkIf you walk around the edge of the beach, you’ll stumble upon some of the most beautiful views on the island.  There are spots which can be reserved for private events and weddings and spots which you can use impromptu.   Key West is the American Caribbean and a wedding at the park, with steel drums as accompaniment and the point where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean in the background is an unforgettable affair.

It’s the place where the Pirates first arrived in Key West and if you book passage on a schooner and see it from the sea, it’s easy to see why some people come back time after time.  It’s no wonder we have such a rich history and cast of characters.  It’s a unique and treasured State park.  Come check it out.

Sun, Sand and Love from the Florida Keys!

Fort Zachary State Park, Key West

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Southernmost Weddings of the Keys is a true labor of love for me.  I am so grateful to be able to live and work in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the United States.  I love the community here and the laid back way of life.  I have been able to park my car and use my bicycle for transportation, and by and large get out of the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland.

Key West has something for everyone.  Wonderful water sports, scenic views, museums, galleries, and world class restaurants.  All accessible in fins and flop flops.  Sunscreen advised!   Our history includes pirates and poets, presidents and songwriters.  We have festivals and celebrations every month.  Street fairs showcasing art, seafood, and cultural heritage.  Our community is proud to celebrate our diversity and history. Greetings from Key West

One of the many things to love about Key West is our diversity.  On any given day, you might see a guy in a spider man suit sitting on a Duval St. sidewalk playing his Sitar or you may be lucky enough to watch one of our world class artists painting a mural on the side of a building.  Head down to the beach and watch resident kite boarders sailing through the surf and gliding through the air.  They make it look so easy and always have a story to tell.  Sit down at one of our famous watering holes and you never know who will be sitting next to you.  We’re a favorite spot for celebrities who want to go unnoticed.

Come visit us, we love our visitors, and we get every kind.  Young, old, families, couples, folks who dream of the island life, environmentalists and evil developers.  I love getting the question, “where do the locals go?”  I smile and answer “We’re a very small island, and there is no place we can go that you can’t find us!”   Besides, everyone here is on vacation and happy to be here.  I love that energy.

Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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