The Conch Connection

Food Trucks - There & Back Again

Aug 15, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Casual, Outdoor, Breakfast, American Cuisine, Seafood, BBQ, Events

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UNIMAGINABLE CUISINE AND KOOKY CULINARY CREATIONS 

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5 Best Places for Breakfast on Fort Myers Beach

Jul 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Restaurants, Fort Myers Beach, Casual, Breakfast, American Cuisine

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Our Best Picks for that Most Important Meal of the Day! !

Breakfast is a treat most ordinarily many do not have time to savor in our busy day to day lives.  As you awake with a cup of coffee in hand and a leisurely walk along the sand at the waters edge of  Fort Myers Beach, which yummy option best starts your day is a tough decision. 

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On Tap at the Key West BrewFest

Jul 14, 2017 5:46:36 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Bar & Grill, Events

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8th Annual Key West BrewFest

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Monday, September 04, 2017


The last 7 Key West BrewFest events have been so much fun and an amazing success for the local charities, the committee is teaming up to bring it to you again! Between 150 and 200 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic.

Scheduled Thursday, August 31st  through Monday, September 4th, 2017 the festival is to feature nearly 200 beers and ales including unique microbrews. They are showcased at beer dinners, brunches, happy hours, pool parties, late-night after parties, and of course, the oceanfront  Signature Tasting Event.

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Spectacular Places to Watch a Florida Sunset

Jul 11, 2017 2:15:59 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Casual

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Like snowflakes, no two sunsets are ever alike. There is no shortage of places around the world to watch our favorite star sink beyond the horizon, igniting the sky with radiant hues that cast magic over the surrounding scenery. However, whether you are overlooking the ocean from beach, pier or boat….Florida offers some of the most spectacular places to view the vibrant range of colors that infuse the sky and shimmering sea – perhaps with a green flash, if you’re lucky.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Key Lime Festival

May 31, 2017 4:28:52 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town

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Key Limes best known for being the “key” (pun intended) element in world famous key lime pie are celebrated each year at festivals throughout Florida and Key West's is one of the best!

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You Should Experience Irish Kevin's At Least Once In Your Lifetime!

May 17, 2017 12:37:14 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Bar, Walking Distance, Casual, Old-Town, Bar & Grill

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Located on Key West’s famous Duval Street, Irish Kevin’s is one of the most popular bars in all of Key West.

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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

May 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Luxury, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Key West Hotels, Pool, Resort, Bar & Grill, Upscale Casual

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Parrotheads of the world unite, it’s time to go Back to the Island!! The Westin Resort and Marina Key West has become the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. This 170+ room resort is the epitome of Key West and now with Jimmy Buffett lending his name to it, only backs up that claim.

This AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort is just steps from Mallory Square, home of the nightly Sunset Celebration. Hundreds come out every night to watch the sun slowly set into to the emerald waters off Key West. Street vendors and performers also gather to hawk their wares and put on a show that only Key West could pull together (you might even see Spiderman or Darth Vader). The resort is also just a block from the famous Duval Street. Lined with some of the best restaurants, waterholes, shopping and art galleries that you’ll find anywhere. The marina is also home to one of three cruise ports on the island, welcoming people from around the world.

For the gourmet in all of us, the resort is home to three fantastic restaurants. Bistro 245 is a casual, indoor dining experience, with gorgeous views of Key West’s One Particular Harbor. Castaways is the classic pool side bar, for all you Beautiful Swimmers, which features a minimalists, no nonsense menu. From appetizers, salads to burgers and other sandwiches, not to mention a cocktails to die for. Lastly, is the Sunset Deck. As the name proclaims, you will have a panoramic view of the harbor and of the Key West sunsets, as you’re sipping on that fresh Boat Drink.

If you want to try something a bit different and get some of that Island Fever, then hop on the island ferry that will take you to Sunset Key, just across the harbor. This private island has all the amenities that you could desire.

So, on your next escape, grab your Brown Eyed Girl or Lost Boy, not forgetting your shaker of salt, while making another Trip Around the Sun and head to the namesake, Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

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Sloppy Joe's - A Key West Tradition

May 8, 2017 1:52:57 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town, Bar & Grill, American Cuisine

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Sloppy Joes, originally located at 428 Greene Street relocated to their new location at 201 Duval Street 80 years ago, on May 5th, 1937!
The famous watering hole of Ernest Hemingway is a Key West tradition steeped in history. On May 5th, 1937 owner Joe Russell was told his rent would increase from $3.00 a week to $4.00 so he, along with bar patrons simply walked around the corner, drinks in hand and moved the furniture. The bar never closed for a moment!

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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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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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