Throw some cold brews back during events through Labor Day.

It’s warm out — hot, even, but just as you think it might be a little too hot, a salty ocean breeze happens to waft by your face. Through the tint of your enviably hip sunglasses you see waves rippling  to your right, in an ocean that looks suspiciously like the Atlantic. A dolphin laughs. Maybe you’re wearing a straw hat? That’s not important. […]

New products launched in Key West

You’d be forgiven for assuming that the only things made in Key West are memories, tan lines and questionable decisions, but in truth our tiny island is home to a significant number of creative local businesses, each of which has had to fight for success in arguably one of the most expensive tourist markets in the United States. We’re not […]

An insider’s look at Key West

The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead Streetsouthernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continentalUnited States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) 294-5717sloppyjoes.comThe […]


Drag queens call world’s wickedest bingo

Once upon a time almost 20 years ago, when I was a fairly impressionable new resident of paradise, friends took me upstairs to the Cabaret above the 801 Bar, where I’d already seen several very cool drag shows, for Drag Queen Bingo. I can honestly say I’ve never been quite the same. This isn’t your ordinary bingo in the church […]


SPECIAL EVENTS BrewfestSept. 1-5Southernmost Beach Resort508 South St.Tickets available at Brewfest Kickoff PartySept. 1, 5-7 p.m.The Waterfront Brewery201 William St. Boulevard Brewfest DinnerWith Chef Russ FerstleSept. 1, 7 p.m.Firefly Key West223 Petronia St. Key West Brewfest-After PartySept. 3, 8-11 p.m.The Porch429 Caroline St. MUSIC The Porch429 Caroline St.Check the schedule at Green Parrot Bar601 Whitehead St.Live music nightlyCheck […]

Good times in the Conch Republic

Here are three attractions for the whole family that capture Key West’s artistic inclinations, diverse history and whimsical beauty. Mallory Square The nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the best free show in town, a center of Key West commerce and performance art ( The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK Millionaire Gallery608 Duval StreetSeptember 2, 3 4 and 5 Meet the artist — Elliot PrescottKey West Art Center301 Front St.Ongoing“Poinciana” by Richard Peter Matson The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.Paintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoing 819-2487 Mixed media work by […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats

The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead Street. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]


Fine time for the surprising Ms. Lucille

The property was large, even for New Town, and enclosed by a tall concrete wall. Opening the gate, which revealed a huge patio and a large, free-form pool, was a very attractive and welcoming young man. It took a long split-minute to realize this was Kylie Jean Lucille. Kevin Odon, pronounced just like the Norse god Odin, (also known as […]

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