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Key West's Free (mostly) Songwriters Festival

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Attractions, Activities, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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 Celebrating its 22nd year, the Key West Songwriters festival is the world’s LARGEST event of its kind. The five day country music mania begins on Wednesday, May 10th having free shows daily as well as some performances requiring reservations.  This is THE must do for music junkies! Some of Nashville’s greatest talents made their debuts in Key West, at the song writers festival! 

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Free Key West Martello Tower & Gardens Tour

Apr 21, 2017 10:54:23 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront

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The Key West Gardent Club is located at the West Martello Tower, a National Historic site.  The site was originally built as a protector to Fort Taylor, also on Key West but was rendered obsolete before it was completed. Plans for the site were originally drawn up in 1836, but construction never actually started until 1863.  Since the site was never actually used as a fort; it was occasionally used for target practice by the US military, quartering troops, storage and a military radio station.  Over the years the fort had come into severe disrepair and was almost demolished. But, in 1949 the Key West city commissioners stopped the demolition and came to an agreement with Monroe County and the Key West Garden Club to maintain it.  In the mid 1970’s the grounds and fort was declared a National Historic Site and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The photos here and on their website don’t do justice and you truly must see this for yourself.  This is one of the island's last remaining free tourist attractions.

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Smoke on the Water - Free Family Fun

Apr 14, 2017 2:55:21 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Outdoor, BBQ, Fort Myers

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 Land originally a Native American Calusa settlement hundreds of years ago, became home to the original fort of Fort Myers housing soldiers in the mid-1800s.  In 2003, after a long history the past was blended with the future by restoring the building to its original magnificence, while creating a modern arts facility.  Today, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers continuously strives to provide world-class arts programming and events to the community and is host to a broad rangeof events that include film, fashion, music and art.

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Let Your Pride Show in Key West

Apr 7, 2017 4:13:53 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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Summers in Key West get really HOT!!

3 of the best parties for those looking to spice things up!

Sail down to Key West and celebrate your PRIDE for 5 fantastic days and nights.  Beginning June 7th and running until the 11th, come and bask in Key West's famous laid back style and flair.  Party with friends, family or make new acquaintences and discover Key West's unique philosophy of One Human Family!  

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Diners, Drive-In and Dives - Does Key West

Apr 5, 2017 4:02:10 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Bar & Grill, American Cuisine, Seafood

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Roadside diners, vintage drive-ins and out-of-the-way "dives" are enjoying a come-back of hipness. Host Guy Fieri travels the country in search of the best greasy spoons. The restaurants he visits are well-known among locals and visitors looking for authentic area food joints and mom and pop kitchen’s. While at the locations, Guy interacts with customers and staff as well as the chef’s. The first episode aired on April 23, 2007 and the show has grown continuously in popularity.

Who doesn’t love a diner, drive in or dive. Steeped in tradition, aged with consistency and slathered in warm nostalgic sentiment these are a binding ingredient in communities across the nation.

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Dixie Roadhouse - Cape Coral's Hottest Country Music Club

Apr 3, 2017 3:22:08 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Bar, Attractions, Casual, Bar & Grill, Cape Coral, Night Life

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Dixie Roadhouse is a fantasic place to go with friends or to make new ones!

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AQUA - Key West - Where the Entertainment's a DRAG!!!

Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Bar, Attractions, Casual, Upscale Casual, Drag Show, Night Life

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AQUA Bar and Nightclub, Key West

A visit to Key West is incomplete without taking in a Drag Show!

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Jet Blue Park at Fenway South - Here Come the Boston Red Sox

Mar 15, 2017 5:06:15 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Attractions, Sports, Fort Myers

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SW Florida's Rum - Wicked Dolphin

Mar 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Insider, Attractions, Casual, Rum, Cape Coral, Distillery

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Florida, America’s sugar cane capital. Has been home to Cape Coral's own “Wicked Dolphin” Rums since 2012. 100% Florida sugar and local ingredients are used when handcrafting rum in small batches in an American Copper Pot Still (the largest in Florida). Wicked Dolphin Rum is aged in American White Oak Barrels which previously were used for premium Kentucky Bourbon, for anywhere from 3 to 14 years.

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Quick Tips for Seminole Casino - Immokalee

Mar 9, 2017 12:26:21 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Bar, Attractions, Casual, Pool, Resort, Bar & Grill, Upscale Casual

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Indulge in some of Southwest Florida’s Exciting Gaming, Entertainment, Luxurious Accommodations, and Decadent Dining at one of the area’s top vacation holiday destinations - Seminole Casino.

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