Feeling the love

The I Love Stock Island Festival 2018 gets underway

STOCK ISLAND, KEY WEST’S geographical next-door neighbor, is somehow simultaneously a bridge and an entire world away. But over the last few years, due in no small part to a fanatical cadre of Stock Island celebrants and to the opening of two new high-end hotels, The Perry Hotel and Ocean’s Edge, Stock Island seems to have come into its own […]

Island rolls out beloved holiday magic in ‘Nutcracker’

The Key West cosmos has a funny way of wangling to make magic happen. And when it comes to the “Key West Nutcracker,” the beloved ballet already so imbued with holiday enchantment, the island has outdone itself year after year (since 2005, in fact) in the face of natural disaster, human error and flat-out unfortunate events to ensure that the […]


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 you might […]


Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost Point  The corner of South and Whitehead streets www.southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train  303 Front St. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 www.conchtourtrain.com The iconic train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. […]

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 the Audubon House offers […]

Wayne Garcia at the Custom House Museum

On Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes local folk artist Wayne Garcia to the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, where he will discuss the techniques and inspiration for his colorful, bas-relief wood carvings that depict the vivid particulars and street scenes of the third generation Cuban-American’s childhood. The artist’s […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Paws Often Steal Hearts A benefit for the Florida Keys SPCADec. 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m.Audubon House and Gardens205 Whitehead St.Tickets available atwww.fkspca.ticketleap.com Gingerbread House Making Event Dec. 8, 11 a.m.Oldest House and Garden Museum322 Duval St. Key West Holiday Parade Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m.Truman Ave and Duval St. Christmas on the Farm Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m.Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal […]


Alonzo’s700 Front St.4-6:30 p.m.Half-price appetizerswww.alonzoysterbar.comAqua711 Duval St.2-6 p.m.$5 well drinks, $3.75 domestic beerswww.aquakeywest.comBagatelle115 Duval St.4-6 p.m.Half-price drinks$5 appetizerswww.Bagatellekeywest.comBlackfin918 Duval St.4:30-6:30 p.m.$7 menuwww.blackfinbistro.comBlue Macaw Island Eats and Bar804 Whitehead St.Every day with live music4-7 p.m.$3 well drinks, domestic beers andhouse wineswww.Bluemacawkeywest.comBoathouse Bar and Grill400 Greene St., #4084-6 p.m.Half-price well drinks and beerswww.Boathousebarandgrill.comBobby’s Monkey BarNoon-8 p.m.$3 well drinks$2.50 domestic beers$3 imports$2 Pringles […]

Key West Art & Historical Society presents ‘Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell’ exhibit

Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates the legacy of one of the island’s most clever visual artists with “Art & Puns: The Whimsy of Ferron Bell” and a special opening reception from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in the Bumpus Gallery of the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front St. The exhibit runs through Feb. 10 and spotlights […]

Everybody listens to Paula Poundstone

After a grueling year away from Key West, Paula Poundstone is back. When I ask her what she’s been up to since last December’s performance at the Key West Theaters, her response is deadpan: “Embarrassingly, the same stuff.” Clever and self-deprecating, Paula’s brand of humor spans the spectrum from improvisational audience-inspired dialogue to deeply thought-out commentary on the invasion of […]

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