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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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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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St. Patrick's Day - A Floridian's Twist

Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Bar, Activities, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Casual, Outdoor, Lunch

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The month of March brings some of the best weather of the year to South West Florida. While our northern friends are still shoveling snow, here in the Sunshine State we are slathering on the spf 30 and heading to the beach. In the midst of Spring Break and perfect weather falls St. Paddy’s Day, so put on some sunscreen, get your green on and watch a parade!

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Fort Myers Largest Festival of the Year!

Feb 2, 2017 1:33:17 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Museums, Attractions, Activities, Casual, Outdoor

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What does Thomas Edison, mid-February and a 2 week party all have in common? The Edison Festival of Light, of course. Each February the City of Ft Myers recognizes its most famous winter resident, Thomas Alva Edison. He built a sprawling home and laboratory along McGregor Boulevard in 1885. Over the years he also encouraged a number of his friends to make the move south. Henry Ford was his most famous friend who shared the property on McGregor Boulevard known as the Edison Ford Estate.

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4 Fantastic Things to do in Key West for New Years Eve

Dec 28, 2016 3:34:55 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Outdoor

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The party atmosphere is always present in Key West, the ultimate place to ring in the new year.  Key
 West is one of the few cities that is ALWAYS featured on the live national news feeds. There are certainly many reasons for its allure and popularity.  First off it’s WARM!!! Imagine welcoming in the new year wearing shorts and flip-flops….  You can’t get any better than that!

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Fort Zachary Taylor - Part of Key West's Long and Illustrious Civil War History

Dec 5, 2016 10:09:48 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Outdoor, Tours, BBQ

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What began as part of a 19th century plan to help protect the southeastern coast of the United States, became Ft Zachary Taylor or just "Fort Zach" for short.  During the Civil War, the Union actually seized control of the fort, to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Confederate Army.  Originally the fort was completly surrounded by water, with just a small walkway connecting it to the rest of Key West.  The fort was completed in the late 1860's, though the upper level was destroyed in 1889 to make way for newer weaponry.  The old cannons were then buried within the new outside wall, so that they could save on building materials.

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Holiday Voucher's are BACK!!

Nov 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Holiday, christmas, voucher

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You asked, We listened.

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Key West Food and Wine Fest

Oct 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Mexican, Activities, Restaurants, Casual, Tours, Italian, Seafood, Steaks

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January 25-29 2017

The annual Key West Food and Wine Festival has been recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the top 5 food and wine events that you must attend in 2017.  This series of wine and food themed venues showcases a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine, hosted by their passionate creators at iconic island locations.

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Island Wedding Destination...Key West

Oct 10, 2016 10:14:32 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Luxury, Activities, Waterfront, Casual, Formal, Outdoor, Tours, Resort, Fishing, Upscale Casual

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Fall in Love all Over Again!  Celebrate your romance with Seashells, Sunshine & Sand.   Whether your
dream wedding includes glistening tropical waters with sand between your toes, sophisticated sunset elegance at a five-star resort or anything in between that your imagination may create - Key West is the destination from frivolous to formal.   Key West boasts over 30 churches of every denomination as well as a multitude of historic landmarks,  beautiful white sandy beaches, sailing yachts and exotic gardens.  Make memories at  Smather’s beach, Higg’s beach, Fort Zachary Taylor historic state park or the gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at West Martello Tower & Gardens.  

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30th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship

Oct 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Attractions, Activities, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Outdoor

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November 18-27, 2016

Fort Myers Beach hosts the largest sand sculpting event in the state.  Considered a "Must See" event and one of the TOP TEN best sand sculpting competitions in the world by USA Today and CNN Travel.

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