Friday, July 5, 2019

Key West Birthday Weekend




This past Sunday was my 60th birthday and I have a lot to say about that, but will save it for another post.  This post is about all things Key West and if you have not been there, go.  If you think you have been to other parts of Florida and seen all Florida has to offer, a trip to Key West will change your mind.  The best way I can describe it is that it’s part coastal Florida and part New Orleans, with a real island vibe as well.  There is a lot to do, you will walk from one end to the other and there are no shortage of places to stop for a drink.  I made it my birthday mission to drink as many margaritas as possible :-)

Sunsets are big in Key West and my favorite spot was Sunset Pier.  It had live music and a great laid back atmosphere. We also took a sunset sail, rented a scooter to drive around the island and all the pretty neighborhoods, took the Conch Train tour, toured The Hemingway House and Truman’s Little White House, went to mass at a historical basilica and shopped, ate and drank our way up and down Duval Street.

We stayed in a bed and breakfast right on Duval Street and were in a great location.  It had a beautiful, lush courtyard with a pool, where breakfast was served in the morning.  It was a little loud at night, since you are right in the action, but it’s all part of the Key West experience.

My favorite restaurant for both the atmosphere and the food, was Blue Heaven for brunch.  It was recommended by many and it (and the Bloody Mary’s) didn’t disappoint.  If you like pancakes, get the ones with fresh pineapple.  And, the roosters running around are just part of the charm.

It’s a six hour drive for us and we stopped on Islamorada for lunch, so not a bad weekend trip.  We are already talking about the next time.

Have a wonderful weekend!
































8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a memorable 60th birthday!! We have only gone to Key West once in our 30 years here. It is about 9 hours from Lakeland. We enjoyed fresh seafood at Islamorada a couple of times since that is where we stayed. Happy birthday, belated!! Wishing you a great year ahead!

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  2. Happy birthday! Looks like it was a great one!

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  3. Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Your birthday looks just as amazing as you do!!! Glad you had a wonderful time!!!

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  4. You make 60 look spectacular. Happy Birthday and so glad you got to go to Key West. I have never been and I have lived here 30 years. I went to Marathon Key years ago but that is as far south as I got.

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    1. We are trying to explore when it’s not season. I love summer when it’s not so busy :-)

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  5. I've never been to Key West but it sounds amazing! Glad you had a great time! Happy Birthday!

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  6. A very happy (belated) birthday! It looks and sounds like a wonderful day!

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  7. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a great way to celebrate! We love the Keys and have made several trips that way. Nobody's in a hurry there : )

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