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Monday, February 18, 2008

Key West

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

The Gardens Hotel sits on a full acre of land on Key West. They claim it is the largest single lot on the island. The property has only seventeen rooms and lies almost hidden amid a lush tropical garden. Orchids dangle near the pool and a series of trails leads through fountains and metal sculptures.

Everyone sitting in the garden loves the setting:

We also took the tour of the Hemingway home. Ernest Hemingway produced about half of his published work here in the nine years that he lived in Key West. He kept his boat nearby, visited Sloppy Joe's Bar for conversation and inspiration (and for his third wife Mary while second wife, Pauline, waited at home) and adopted the six-toed cats that still inhabit the home.

We finished the our day on the key with a trip to the Southernmost point in the continental United States and with a quick look at the nearby Southernmost House and Southernmost Hotel. Following that, we began the trip back up U.S. 1 starting at mile marker zero.

This time, we broke up the arduous journey through the keys with a late lunch at Castaway in the town of Marathon. They sell t-shirts that say "Hard to Find - but worth it" and that's a great description of the place. They are located at the South end of 15th street in Marathon. Try the ginger dressing!

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