It has been a few harrowing weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Through the kindness of friends, strangers, neighbors, first responders & utility workers, everyone has united to make Key West whole again. On October 1st, Key West officially reopened to welcome all to this island paradise.
Sitting centralized to the Mallory Square area and the Key West harbor is the newly rebranded Opal Key Resort and Marina (formerly the Margaritaville Resort). Is only a block away from the action on Duval Street.
The Key West Garden 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.
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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!
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.
January 25-January 29, 2023
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. 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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Celebrate your romance with Seashells, Sunshine & Sand. Some people dream of this day forever and should be one of the most memorable moments of your life. 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, America's Caribbean Island Paradise offering year round weather, breathtaking water views and an abundant array of options will make your special day exactly as you imagine. 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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You can even forgo the traditional wedding and broadcast your nuptials digitally, as some have taken to social media to live-stream their wedding, for those that are far and away and could not attend personally. Not only can you invite and and everyone, you want, but you'll also have virtual remembrance as well.
Closer to Havana than Miami, Key West has a long history of trade with Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean. Everything from sponges to seafood and ivory was brought into Key West. Arguably the most famous import was tobacco. Along with this tobacco came the elusive Cuban Cigar.
Not sure what you want for lunch, dinner or in-between? WineDine Key West is a month long event between mid September and the middle of October celebrating fine dining at an affordable price. If you're looking for a great Key West excursion, in the cooler months, but aren't quite ready for Fantasy Fest. Well, this just may be for you.