Winter, schminter! Not in Key West! The only thing we are salting here is our margaritas!

 Aren’t you tired of shoveling your driveway clear just to have to do it again the next week after another winter storm hits? Maybe it’s time to start planning your next getaway. A vacation with the family, getaway with that special someone, or a trip for friends to reconnect! Key West is a great place for any type of jaunt you want to plan!

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February and March are great times to plan a trip to Key West because the average temperature is in the mid to upper 70’s and the lows in the upper 60’s. Sunny warm weather all day long for you to lounge by the pool, grab a cocktail and just relax! At night, you won’t have to think about warming up your car before you head out to dinner.  All you will need to do is grab a bicycle and ride down the street to the many gourmet eateries or island restaurants that the island has to offer.  The only chill you might get is from the guitar solo you hear when listening to the live music at one of the many night-life establishments around Duval Street.

There aren’t any main events happening in Key West in February or March, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do. The watersports, museums, and cute shops will be open and ready to help you have the time of your lives!  There are also many local, smaller affairs going on that you shouldn’t miss such as the Annual Key West House & Garden Tour February 14th and 15th as well as March 14th and 15th. During this event you get to tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West. The 31st Annual Valentine’s Gala is happening on Valentine’s Day at the Curry Mansion. Tickets are on sale now via www.keystix.com.  If you enjoy art, the 49th Annual Old Island Days Art Festival is happening February 22nd and 23rd. You can stroll along Whitehead Street in downtown Key West and view oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures and more from artists around the United States.  And, for those who enjoy local flair, don’t miss out on attending the Key West monthly Artisan Market held the last Sunday of each month in the Restaurant Store parking lot. This event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local! Guests from near and far enjoy shopping local specialties and enjoy concessions, beer, wine and live entertainment.

So, what are you waiting for? Put your gloves and winter coat away for a long weekend and pack your swimsuit!  We want to see you before the next snowstorm! Call us at the Southernmost Hotel Collection today to book your home away from home!

 

What? Thanksgiving……it’s already next week?

Wow. Is it already a week until Thanksgiving? Again, the holidays have snuck up on us just like they do every year. Each year I am sure you are like me and have vowed to start your shopping early; getting your house organized for company and stocking your pantry with all of the items you will be needing to make your homemade cookie dough or Grandma’s famous stuffing. And, what happens?  Each year you find yourself scrambling to make it all work. Well, maybe this year is the year you decide to try something different. Instead of spending all the time in the kitchen prepping the turkey dinner, why not book a getaway and spend the weekend bonding with your family. Key West offers so much for the family to do over this long holiday weekend. And, The Southernmost Hotel Collection still has rooms available for each type of traveler and their specific needs. 

Thanksgiving on the island offers you many choices of family fun time. You can spend time on the water fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing or on a sunset sail. Art! Key West will be hosting many events starting on Wednesday, November 20th that include something for all ages to take part in.

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 Or, the Southernmost Hotel Collection has three pools, a private tanning beach and many on-site activities to keep you busy enough during your stay! 

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Also, many of Key West’s dining establishments offer your traditional turkey dinner with all of the fixings, and you won’t have to do their dishes! The Southernmost Beach Café is one of those great dining options that overlook the Atlantic and offer a three-course turkey dinner that will be served from 3pm – 10pm.

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It’s not too late! Book today and take a breather from the holiday rush!

November is here!

Where does the time go? A few weeks ago I was researching Halloween costume ideas for my toddler, and here it is already. The day of trick or treating, dressing up and carting home pounds of sugar. I can’t believe October has already come and gone. Where did that weekend go where I planned to stay home and make homemade applesauce or drink warm apple cider with my little ones? I haven’t even carved our pumpkins into jack o’lanterns yet! The only thing that the end of October means is that start of November.  The cold front that just went through this week has made me start searching for a getaway to the sun and warmth. Every night I plop down next to my husband on the sofa, and start searching, daydreaming of me lying in that hammock in the hotel’s photo on the beach with a frozen concoction in hand.  And, you guessed it; November is a great month to take a long weekend trip away. Where to you might ask? Well, the furthest south I can go in the continental United States is Key West and that sounds nice and warm to me. Plus, the little island town offers so much to do this month!

So many festivals to tell you about, I don’t know where to start. The Parrot Head club holds their annual “Meeting of the Minds” the first weekend of November. I am too late to get there for it, but I may have to keep it in mind for next year. There is nothing a little Jimmy Buffet and a margarita can’t cure! If I want to take a ride in the fast lane, then I should consider heading down November 6th for the weekend of off-shore Power Boat Racing. Sounds like a thrill to me! Watching power boats zoom by little old me standing on the shore – what more of a rush could you ask for? Or, if you enjoy movies, Key West Film Fest is happening November 14 – 17, a festival full of movies to watch indoors and out, in movie theater seats or with your toes in the sand. This could be a festival for the whole family to attend. And, finally, Art! Key West takes place on the last weekend of November which also overlaps with Thanksgiving weekend. If you don’t feel like doing the dishes and cooking a big meal this year, and you are an art buff, why not take the long weekend away and visit Key West where there will be lots of activities for young and old to participate in!

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There you have it. Four long weekend getaways in Key West where you can fly in on a Thursday and out on a Sunday and still enjoy local happenings, events and the SUN! You can even tote along the toddler because most of these events are family friendly!  I think we all need a weekend away before the craziness of Christmas shopping sets in! Wait, did I say Christmas? Yes, it will be here before you know it! Only eight more Fridays until Christmas morning is here. So what are you waiting for? Take that break now and book today!

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Goombay and Fantasy Fest: Key West’s most popular festivals

Yes, it’s mid-October. Football games every weekend. MLB playoff games have started. Pumpkin patches are popping up all over town. And, Halloween looms. You like to dress up, but you won’t be able to this year because you are too busy getting your children and pets costumes picked out and ready. And, your neighbor who used to have her annual party the weekend before decided not to this year. What are you and your husband going to do with your new Cat Woman and Batman costumes hanging in your closet?

 Well, not having the chance to wear your costume can be solved with a trip to Key West for the week of Fantasy Fest. Yes, it is called Fantasy Fest and if you come for the actual festival, you will even be home in time to trick or treat with your family on October 31st. It’s a week to let your inhibitions out, get creative, and HAVE FUN! It’s a party for all aged 21 – 91!

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 Key West has hosted this fun event for the past 35 years! It’s a 10 day festival kicking off on Friday, October 18th with a Bahamian Street Party Fair called Goombay. This leads into the week of elaborate costume contests, theme parties, dance parties, parades and more starting Monday, October 21. There are numerous parties to choose from to attend – something for everyone!  Even the Southernmost Hotel Collection will be hosting their annual costume party on property at the Southernmost on the Beach Friday, October 25th at 4pm which also leads into the final stop for the masquerade march through town.  (Two events you don’t want to miss on the schedule!)

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This year’s theme is Super Heroes, Villains and Beyond, and I’ll bet you will see many superheroes of all shapes, sizes and colors hanging around town on vacation from their crime fighting. Villains will be enjoying the super heroes’ company at local watering holes. And, Key West will become a safe haven for all sides good and evil for these 10 days in October.

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So, what are you waiting for? Break out the dusty costume boxes in the attic and let the fun and craziness begin! Southernmost Hotel Collection does still have a limited number of rooms available, but I will warn you, make sure you have your hotel reserved before coming to town. The island will sell out!  See you next week!

Stay this winter at the La Mer Hotel and Dewey House

Fall is in the air…..or at least it is in the northern states. Here in Key West we are still feeling 90 degree temperatures and the humidity is hit or miss. The sun has been shining and we have seen minimal rain the past few weeks. All and all, fall in Key West is more like late summer and there are still plenty of things to enjoy and take advantage of outdoors!  That means there is still plenty of time for you to come down and take a load off at the only 4-Diamond, oceanfront bed and breakfast in Key West – The La Mer Hotel and Dewey House. And, I can’t think of a better time to come than this winter! The La Mer Hotel has just opened back up with all new room décor in August and the Dewey House was refreshed last fall.

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Imagine walking in to a room full of pure luxurious comfort and lounging on a bed full of white soft linens only to wake up to the smell rising of a gourmet expanded continental breakfast. That is only a snippet of what you can expect.  The Dewey House kitchen is also being revamped and by mid-October will be serving up better breakfasts for you to start the day! Not only do you get complimentary breakfast each morning you stay, there is also a tea hour for all guests to enjoy, the use of 3 pools at the hotel collection’s sister properties, as well as 2 pool bars, an oceanfront bar and oceanfront dining at Southernmost Beach Café located right next door. If that isn’t enough, enjoy time relaxing at the petite spa, hanging in hammocks on the West Lawn looking out at the Atlantic Ocean or sun-tanning on the private oceanfront tanning pier. To make it even better, there are no resort fees! Receive complimentary parking, WIFI, use of beach chairs and use of beach towels on site. A little R & R I would say is definitely guaranteed with your stay.

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Have I talked you into it yet? Call today and speak to a reservationist at the Southernmost Hotel Collection. They will find you your perfect home away from home with a unique Key West twist!

 

 Are you a biker? Do you have a love for motorcycles? Does your heart start beating faster and you lose all control of what you were doing when you hear the sounds of engines revving? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions then Key West is the place you want to be this coming weekend. Phil Peterson’s 41st Poker Run from Miami to Key West is happening September 19th – 22nd.

ImageIf you didn’t get in on the registration, you can still come down and have fun checking out motorcycles of all shapes and colors on Duval Street Friday and Saturday nights. There are also lots of other fun activities going on all weekend long for bikers visiting in Key West over the next few days. Thursday night at 5pm kicks off the fun weekend with a pub crawl that starts at Southernmost Beach Café. Tickets are just $25 per person and you make your way down Duval Street stopping at some of the island’s most entertaining spots. On Friday, Vendor Village will be set up all day long with entertainment happening 11am – 11pm. This is the place to be if you want to get a glimpse at some of the hottest bikes that made their way down the keys for this fun weekend. Schooner Wharf Bar will host the “Hog Roast Welcome Party” starting at 5pm and will feature live entertainment from a variety of acts. Saturday, our very own hotel, the Southernmost Hotel in the USA will be hosting a Biker Babe Pool Party at the Pineapple Pool from 1pm – 4pm. Rusty Lemmon and friends will be around for your listening pleasure. There will also be prizes, giveaways and fun games played all afternoon. And, Sunday, finish up the weekend with a Bloody Mary Brunch at the Southernmost Beach Café. Can you say – YUM?! ? Now, if you haven’t made your reservation, you still have time. We still have some rooms left. But, if you can’t make it this year, make sure to mark it down on your Harley Davidson calendar and we will see you next year for sure!

A little getaway is all you need!

What does the end of Labor Day weekend mean to you exactly? Do you have to put away all of your white pants, skirts, dresses and shoes until Memorial Day hits again next May? Is it the start of making your homemade apple cider every Saturday for the kids over the next few fall months? Or, is it the start of football game Fridays? Whatever the end of Labor Day weekend means to you and your family, it doesn’t have to mean the end of warm weather and sunshine! Summer never ends in Key West and it’s time to start thinking of your next visit. Maybe that next visit is a getaway with your special someone or a friends trip. If it is, then Key West is definitely somewhere for you.

Key West is known for its nightlife, water activities, and laidback atmosphere. “Close to perfect. Far from normal” is the tag-line Key West uses to describe the relaxed lifestyle you will feel when you are visiting. The little island, 7.4 square miles, offers something for everyone to do when they are here. You can start your day relaxing by the pool (at the Southernmost Hotel Collection), reading a book in the hammock (along the West Lawn at Southernmost on the Beach), or getting pampered with a massage and manicure for the evening ahead (at the Petit Spa at Southernmost on the Beach). Or, you may want to do some shopping around Bahama Village at the little boutique stores and carry-on to Duval for more island souvenirs before you stop and enjoy lunch at one of countless great restaurants.  Happy hour is for everyone to enjoy at almost any bar or restaurant you stop in. The Southernmost Beach Café offers a great one Sunday – Thursday from 4pm – 6pm. You will find deals on appetizers and drinks as well as live music being played at most of the other popular island haunts.

If you are more active and want to get out on the crystal clear blue-green water there are many fun things to do. Snorkeling, fishing, jet-skiing, parasailing, or taking a sunset cruise are all some of the amazing ventures you can try out on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. And, how many times can you come home and tell your friends you visited two different bodies of water on the same day! You don’t want to less that opportunity pass you by!

And finally, nightlife. Didn’t you say you wanted to come down to unwind and let loose? Whether you are with your significant other or your crazy group of friends from college that you graduated with 15 years ago, you can enjoy a night out on Duval Street! Start the night off right by dining at one of the many gourmet eateries in Old Town and enjoy cocktails at a wine, jazz, or craft beer bar.  Then head to the 200 block of Duval and put your dancing shoes on. Sloppy Joes, Hogsbreath, Ricks, the Lazy Gecko and many more well-known island bars will have live music or a DJ for you to dance the night away to and let your inhibitions out!

You only live once and letting loose for a weekend never hurt anyone!  Choose that one best friend you haven’t seen in ages or get your husband off the couch from Sunday football and get your vacation planned! We will be waiting!

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