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Happy 85th Anniversary, Sloppy Joe’s!

It’s revered as legendary author Ernest Hemingway’s 1930s hangout. Known as the 1981 birthplace of the internationally renowned Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. Famed as must-see stop for visitors to Key West. And on May 5, 2022, Sloppy Joe’s Bar marks 85 years at its iconic home at the corner of Duval and Greene streets.

By |2022-05-04T15:49:36-04:00May 4, 2022|

Florida Keys’ Conch Republic Celebrates Landmark 40th ‘Birthday’

In April 1982, the Florida Keys symbolically “seceded” from the United States and were reborn as the independent Conch Republic. Today the republic is internationally acclaimed as the Keys’ irreverent alter ego — and this month, the 40th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the historic action with a roster of rollicking events.

By |2022-04-20T17:14:34-04:00April 20, 2022|

‘Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!’ Spotlights Two Trumans at Key West’s Little White House

History lovers can experience Presidents' Day Weekend events in Key West at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, Florida’s only presidential museum, including a theatrical production on Truman starring the 33rd president’s oldest grandson. “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!” is scheduled Feb. 18-19, followed by a Feb. 21 picnic on the museum grounds.

By |2022-02-09T14:24:03-05:00February 9, 2022|

Birthday Celebration Honors Tennessee Williams in Key West

Each spring, the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration honors the openly gay playwright who lived and wrote in Key West from 1949 to 1983. The 2022 commemoration includes showings of films adapted from Williams’ plays, curator-led tours of Key West's Tennessee Williams Museum, writing competitions, theatrical presentations and a birthday reception (complete with cake).

By |2022-02-10T19:17:03-05:00February 9, 2022|

Reopened ‘Old Seven’ is Gateway to Fascinating Pigeon Key

Surrounded by turquoise water beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon, the tiny island of Pigeon Key looms large in the history of the Florida Keys. And now, following the restoration and reopening of a 2.2-mile section of the bridge nicknamed “Old Seven,” the five-acre Keys landmark is more accessible than ever.

By |2022-01-23T19:53:17-05:00January 19, 2022|

‘Home at the End of the World’ Captures Key West’s Wayward Days

In the 1970s and early 80s, Key West was a freewheeling seaport town whose residents included fishing guides, hobbyist pot smugglers, treasure hunters seeking 17th-century shipwrecks and some of America’s leading renegade writers. That fascinating era is memorialized in “Home at the End of the World,” a book lovingly curated by Rita Troxel.

By |2021-11-11T15:21:08-05:00November 10, 2021|

What’s In a Name? In the Middle Keys, Plenty!

A popular Florida Keys boating and family destination, Marathon and the Middle Keys consist of small islands with names as colorful as their nightly sunsets. They include Boot, Knights, Hog, Vaca, Stirrup, Crawl and Little Crawl keys — plus Pigeon Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Deer, Fat Deer, Long Pine and Grassy keys.

By |2021-10-20T12:29:51-04:00October 20, 2021|

New Book Celebrates ‘Buffett Backstories’ and Key West Connection

Many of Jimmy Buffett’s classic songs, inspired by his years in Key West, invite fans to share his love for the island’s offbeat characters, laid-back lifestyle and cheerfully outlaw vibe. Now, 50 years after Jimmy first discovered Key West, Scott Atwell has unveiled a fascinating book titled “Buffett Backstories: Fifty Years, Fifty Songs.”

By |2021-10-06T13:00:23-04:00October 6, 2021|

Delightfully Spooky Experiences Abound in Key West

Key West is known as one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Visitors can experience several year-round ghost tours that are delightfully unnerving, including an award-winning trolley tour with a “ghost host” and the exploration of a haunted Civil War–era fort where they encounter the eerie Robert the Doll.

By |2021-10-06T16:09:33-04:00October 6, 2021|
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