January 26, 2011

Key West Induced Winter Malaise

Mr. Man and I were in Key West last week. I KNOW! I didn't even tell you I was leaving. I spent the first five days back in a state of serious mourning, feeling like an ungrateful turd. I was just SO SAD to come back to winter. God, I hope I'm not a snow bird.

One week in a place hardly qualifies me to tell what to do, but I have recommendations to share. Please do yourself a favor and visit this place for breakfast EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. Get something with pears. Or apricots. Or get one of each because I am not one of those judge-y people.
(image courtesy Stan H on Picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/sjhejl)

We loved our hotel, El Patio, for it's kind staff and it's perfect location: two blocks from the beach, three blocks from strong cuban coffee, and a 5 minute walk to the main drag - Duval street. The rooms were clean and....retro-ish. Their website sucks, so trust me: this place is really great.
Rent a bike and ride it everywhere. We did. My bike had a charming bell which I might have overused (no one should give me a bell. Or a microphone.) It sounded like this: ding-DANG. ding-DANG. DING-DANG DINGDANG DINGIDNGDGDIGNGNDIID <-see?

In a weird Holyoke and Massachusetts connection, the architect of Holyoke's historic Train Station, HH Richardson, also designed Key West's Custom House.
According to a sign in the Custom House, Mr. Richardson brought Massachusetts masons specifically for the job. Let's see.....our row house was built in 1898, and the customs house was built in 1889....hmmmmm.......
More from Key West in our next post!


  1. I am incredibly jealous. Key West is a fabulous place!:)

  2. OMIGODWOW! I have a secret wish to run away to Key West and live like Hemingway. But SHHHHH don't tell anyone. Can't wait to read about and see more!

  3. P.S. will be living vicariously through your photos

  4. Glad you had a great time! That customs house looks beautiful

  5. Oh, haven't been to Key West in 20 years.... hmmm, maybe a long weekend getaway in February is due... Although with the snow falling today I am ready to leave now! Looking forward to more pics!

  6. How nice that you were able to escape!...But good for you. You got back just in time for the REAL winter to begin!! LOL Looking forward to seeing more of Key West too!

  7. Ooooh, so nice. I wanna go too. NOW. Did you snorkel? I love fishies.

  8. I hope you had a good time. I'm glad to hear you got out of the snow for awhile.

  9. Oh, wow. What I wouldn't give to be in Key West RIGHT NOW!


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