Hotel at a Glance: Duval House
A few blocks from Ernest Hemingway’s former home, the Duval House sits behind towering palm trees and a white picket fence. Inside, you’ll find bold, exotic colors alongside period furniture. Out back, there’s a banyan tree, scores of tropical blooms, and a hammock tucked between the foliage. It all makes for a picturesque setting that helped the hotel earn TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013.
- Heated outdoor pool surrounded by a fence for added privacy
- Kick back Key West style in the courtyard, where lounge chairs are clustered around a fountain and lush tropical foliage lit by strings of twinkling lights.
- Cabana and deluxe rooms are decorated with white wicker furniture, paintings of tropical flowers, and selfies of Ernest Hemingway.
- Breakfast bites include pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, and Belgian waffles.
- Complimentary parking is included with this deal. Space in the lot is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
Key West, Florida: Dazzling Sunsets, Six-Toed Cats, and Cuban Culture
Located just off Florida’s southernmost tip, the island of Key West is undoubtedly the most famous of the Florida Keys [Frommer’s calls it “the land of the eternal vacation.” Most tourists come to Key West’s gulf-side beaches to snorkel, surf, or fish—you can catch sailfish and barracuda near Garrison Bight Marina.
At nighttime, locals and visitors alike converge on the Mallory Square Dock to watch the sun dip below the horizon, casting swaths of deep orange and pink across the gulf. The spectacle is so breathtaking that it inspires a sunset celebration each night. The dock comes to life with traveling psychics, one-man bands, and food vendors serving freshly squeezed lemonade and conch fritters.
The island’s proximity to Cuba is reflected in many of the restaurants, where you can enjoy authentic Caribbean fare such as coconut shrimp and plantain chips. And no trip to Key West is complete without a visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, where the author lived, worked, and kept his six-toed cats. More than 50 descendants of those famous felines still prowl the grounds to this day.