Key West 2017 {Days One & Two}

June 21, 2017  •  2 Comments

My husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage earlier this month. For several years now, we have been planning a trip to Key West for a romantic getaway and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Our cousin Jenn lives in Key West and it was so nice having a local resident to show us around the island.

We flew directly into Key West and arrived on Saturday afternoon. After a quick ride through town, we unloaded our luggage at our home for the week. We can not say enough nice things about the house where we stayed -- The Fleming-O. It is located on one-way Fleming Street in a quite neighborhood in the Heart of Old Town. The location is perfect because it is only a few blocks from restaurants, art galleries, shopping and nightlife on Duval Street and also near the Historic Seaport area with more authentic restaurants with gorgeous water views, marinas, and Mallory Square. We loved being able to walk everywhere we wanted to go! I highly recommend the Fleming-O to anyone interested in visiting Key West! It truly is a "little pink house in Paradise"!!

{for more pictures and booking info click on any of the photos below}

Our cousin surprised us with roses, champagne and a gorgeous and equally delicious cake to kick off our anniversary celebration! (SO SWEET!!)

After we got settled in at the Fleming-o, we walked to Caroline's for supper. It is on Caroline Street and it was busy on that Saturday night. We sat and talked for hours because we hadn't seen each other in six months and I enjoyed people watching since we were sitting directly off the street.

On our second day in Key West, Andy and I took an early morning stroll down Duval Street. 

The town is so quiet in the morning, nothing like nighttime when the streets are crowded with people.

We met up with Jenn and walked to Six Toed Cat for a late breakfast. We made a quick stop for a photo-op at the Mile Marker 0.

While we were at Mile Marker 0, my husband noticed the fire hydrant was made in the town where we live, also known as "the fire hydrant capital of the world -- 800+ miles away! We thought that was very cool so of course we had to get a picture with it.

Our next stop was breakfast at Six Toed Cat. I loved the atmosphere there. It was so peaceful sitting under the Royal Poinciana trees. They provided great shade from the hot sun and the color was gorgeous. Occasionally a flower would fall and "garnish" our plate!

I had the best omlette I've ever had in my life -- seriously it was wonderful! I chose pepperjack cheese, mushrooms and ham with a side of hashbrowns, yuumm. Everything on their menu looked delicious!

Andy had french toast with bacon and it was great too.

After breakfast, we walked half a block to Hemingway House. I didn't expect much from this tour but it was very interesting and I am glad we did it. I learned things I never knew about Ernest Hemingway and our tour guide was very good at keeping my attention.

I especially loved the six toed cats. There are about 50 cats on the property and they have free reign to go anywhere they please.

A little fun fact about the swimming pool -- the final cost of construction in 1938 dollars was $20,000.

Spoiler alert -- nobody is allowed to swim in the pool now even though it is the largest pool in Key West.

Ernest Hemingway's writing room above the carriage house.

Since the lighthouse is across the street from the Hemingway House, we decided it would be a good time to check it out. We stopped on our way across the street and got a coconut. It was our first time to drink coconut milk, and I was not a fan! *yuck* It wasn't cold like I expected and wasn't sweet. But it did make for a cute photo op! ;)


Key West Lighthouse

This lighthouse opened in 1848 with a woman as its keeper. That was very rare in the 19th century. The lighthouse has been decommissioned since 1969.

We climbed the 88 steps up the narrow, spiral staircase to the top. It was worth it.

It took us about an hour and a half to tour the lighthouse and browse the gift shop. It was way past lunch time and we were beat from the heat, so we decided to find a place with A/C and have a drink to cool off. Captain Tony's was the perfect place to do just that.

 

We had been watching live webcams of Key West occasionally and knew we wanted to stop by the one at the famous Sloppy Joe's Bar. I pulled up the webcam while we were there and took a screenshot of us on the street, haha!! Fun times! :)

We found the end of the rainbow!!

After we cooled off, we decided it was time to find something to eat for dinner. Our first choice was DJ's Clam Shack so we walked out of our way to go there. The moment we picked up a menu, the entire corner block had a power surge and lost all electricity so they had to stop serving food. Just our luck!!

We passed by Gas Monkey Grill on our way to DJ's Clam Shack and decided we would go back there to eat since Andy is a fan of the TV show Fast N Loud. They were really busy, so we decided to find someplace else to eat.

 

Jennifer suggested Fogarty's instead. It was a great idea even if it was our third choice! Fish tacos are my love language. They were delicious!

 

 

Stay tuned to read more about our fun adventures in Key West!

 

To read more about our other days in Key West, follow the links below:

{Days One & Two}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-days-one-and-two

 

{Day Three}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-three

 

{Day Four}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-four

 

{Day Five}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-five

 

{Day Six}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-six

 

{Day Seven}   http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-day-seven

 

{Days Eight & Nine}    http://www.heatherreeder.com/blog/2017/6/key-west-2017-days-eight-and-nine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Dee(non-registered)
Heather. Is there nothing you cannot do.? You are so talented in everything you try ! I really enjoyed reading this. Love you!
YOUR CUZion!!!!!!!!!(non-registered)
Moma and I just looked at the 3 days of blogs you did on here....You are sooooo AMAZING Heather...and Andy! Y'all really are the dynamic duo and had so much fun being such a part of an amazing celebration for you both! It's exquisite to see the pictures and the journal entries each day..... I love you stated that the 3.5 water tour got "derailed!!!!!" Ha, good ole cuz Jenn was the cause of that!!! Lord! Any who, can't wait to see the rest! Y'all are both so talented with your photographs and words! Love you Lonnnnng time!
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