THOUGH HIS BEARDED, RUM-SOAKED COLLEAGUE Hemingway tends to get top billing among Key West’s most illustrious former residents, Tennessee Williams is never far behind on the list of great writers who have called our Southernmost town home. Excellence in the arts means people tend to want to dedicate things — plaques, cocktails, little signs proclaiming that so-and-so lived here for […]

‘It’s Only a Play’ premieres at Waterfront Playhouse

The Waterfront Playhouse opens its 2016/2017 season this week with “It’s Only a Play” by distinguished playwright Terrence McNally. It takes place during the opening night party for “The Golden Egg,” a new Broadway show. Peter, the playwright, eagerly awaits the reviews of the play with James, his best friend who secretly hopes the play bombs; Julia, the novice producer; […]

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 Streetwww.southernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687www.conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look

It’s midway through the tour of Key West’s stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon — famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum — never actually lived in the Audubon House. But don’t let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to […]


Larry Blackburn: Key West’s gentle giant

To say Larry Blackburn is an imposing figure would be an understatement. At 6-feet-5 and with twinkling hazel eyes, Larry is easy to spot in any room. Attach a camera to the front of his face and pop a backwards baseball cap on his head and that is the image of Larry many people in Key West know and love. […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Battle of the SongwritersLive Songwriting CompetitionDec. 15, 3 p.m.The Key West Theater-Back Room512 Eaton ‘Ending Anita’ BookLaunch PartyMarriage Equality in FloridaDec. 15, 6-7 p.m.Sidebar at Aqua Nightclub504 Angela St. Sail with SantaDec 16, 5-7 p.m.Fury Water Adventures2 Duval St.Tickets available at Native Plant SaleDec. 17, 10 a.m.-noonKey West Tropical Forest and BotanicalGarden5210 College Road Ugly SweaterHappy […]

Holiday Historic Inn Tours

On Friday, Dec. 16, locals and visitors can delight in exploring a festively decorated wonderland of some of Key West’s most charming inns, guest-houses and bed & breakfasts plus a butterfly wonderland during the Holiday Historic Inn Tours. From 6-8 p.m., revelers can explore the unique architecture and history of the Avalon Bed & Breakfast, the Westwinds Inn, Island City […]


Lance Taylor, Key West’s Bob Dylan

After a nomadic life as a child, Lance Taylor has found his home. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, about as far away from Key West as you can be and still be in the same country, but he was only there for a short 18 months before his family moved stateside, to Norfolk, Virginia. His father was in the […]

Little White House holds wealth of history

Step inside the Harry S. Truman Little White House, and you’ll be forgiven for feeling the sudden urge to solve domestic policy issues while on vacation. It’s here, inside this spectacular circa 1890 home, that some of the nation’s most influential leaders have retreated from the public eye to rest, recuperate and bring new meaning to the term “working vacation.” […]

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