Archive for the ‘attractions’ Category

Fast Buck Fredddie’s
February 6, 2008


Historic Duval St. in Old Town Key West offers the best people watching, eating and drinking and, most importantly, the best shopping in South Florida. Everybody who comes to the island eventually gets around to cruising this street, where some of the most unusual and original shops offer something for everyone.

Anchored at one end by Mallory Square and at the other by the southernmost point in the United States, Duval Street’s boutiques and gift shops are as much of the local charm as the gorgeous sunsets.
Whatever you want to purchase is probably available somewhere on Duval & at almost any hour you want to do it. Though there are plenty of tacky tee shirt shops peddling items of questionable taste, there are dozens of fine stores selling the excellent work of local artists and craftspeople.

National chain stores such as Banana Republic, Coach and Express have moved in and satisfy some of the shopping needs in a town that does not boast even a single mall. More memorable, however, is Fast Buck Freddie’s – an amazing emporium of fine clothing, home decorations and gifts that townsfolk call the “Southernmost Bloomingdale’s” – with window displays that could compete with Tiffany’s.

Off Duval you will find Key West Hand Print Fabrics on Simonton Street with their colorful and locally produced clothing, and Key West Aloe on Front St. which has been making and marketing all-natural skin creams and cosmetics for over 25 years. One unique shopping destination on the waterfront is The Key Lime Shop which, as the name implies, makes and sells only items made from the legendary local citrus fruit. Caroline Street is another colorful Old Town street with eye-popping shops such as Local Color, Blue and Global Nomad.

If you are interested in original designs for your home, you must visit Glass Reunions on Duval Street. You’ll find the incredible work of noted stain glass artist Greg McDonald. Exquisite arts and crafts genre lamps found in few galleries worldwide.

Paradise Tattoos
January 17, 2008


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Key West, Florida

Fight Night in Key West
January 14, 2008


KEY WEST, Florida Keys – In the 1930s, when he wasn’t writing, fishing or indulging at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Ernest Hemingway often officiated boxing matches outside a small bordello near his Spanish colonial home on Whitehead Street.

That tradition is scheduled to return to Key West in a harborside series of bouts set for Friday, Jan. 18, at Mallory Square.

Dubbed “Fight Night in the Keys,” the seven-bout evening card is to feature a title fight and is slated for a live broadcast on ESPN 2’s “Friday Night Fights.”

“There is a very rich history of boxing in Key West,” said Si Stern, a Key West resident who manages several boxers. “When Hemingway lived here, there were a number of championship fights.”

Scheduled marquee events include Randall Bailey, a former two-time junior welterweight world champion, against Anthony Mora for the WBC Latin American Belt and Tarvis Simms versus a contender to be announced.

General admission tickets begin at $35 per person and cap at $165 per person for VIP seats that also includes parties and a pre-fight reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Key West Events in January
January 8, 2008

January 10 to January 20, in Key West
26th Annual Key West Literary Seminar
The 2008 topic is “New Voices: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?,” featuring workshops, panel discussions and receptions with nationally and internationally respected writers including Judy Blume, Edmund White, Billy Collins, and Junot Diaz.
Contact: (888) 293-9291
January 11 to January 12, in Key West
Key West Symphony Orchestra Presents “Love, Scandal and Intrigue”
This symphony performance features soprano Monica Abrego at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Contact: (305) 292-1774
January 13, in Key West
Impromptu Concerts Presents The Philadelphia Brass Quintet
The band known for its wide repertoire, superb musicality, and humorous program commentaries comes to St. Paul’s Church, Duval and Streets, at 4 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-1520 x1
January 14 to January 15, in Key West
“Defending the Caveman” at Tennessee Williams Theatre
The hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate comes to the theatre at 5901 College Road, Stock Island, at 8 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-1520
January 18, in Key West
Fight Night in the Keys
Professional boxing returns to Key West’s Mallory Square. Seven matches are scheduled beginning at 7 p.m., to be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights (broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET), including Randall Bailey versus Anthony Mora and Tarvis Simms versus Willie Gibbs. Tickets from $35 per person.
January 19, in Key West
3rd Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
This free, family-oriented event at Bayview Park is organized by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen and the University of Florida in partnership with Monroe County.
Contact: (305) 292-4501
January 20, in Key West
Impromptu Concerts Presents The Jupiter String Quartet with Clarinet
The award-winnng muscians, known for their outreach work in schools, are to perform at St. Paul’s Church, Duval and Eaton Streets, at 4 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-1520 x1
January 20 to April 19, in Key West
Sculpture Key West
This stunning, contemporary outdoor art exhibit opens at the West Martello Museums on January 20, and expands to historic Fort Zachary Taylor on February 24.
Contact: (305) 295-3800
January 21 to January 25, in Key West
Acura Key West 2008
Nearly 300 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international midwinter sailboat regatta.
Contact: (781) 639-9545
January 23 to February 09, in Key West
“Tuesdays with Morrie” at Waterfront Playhouse
The true story of how a sports writer reconnected with his aging mentor is to be presented at the playhouse at historic Mallory Square.
Contact: (305) 294-5015
January 24, in Key West
“Defying Gravity,” The Music of Stephen Schwartz
The “friends” from Stephen Schwartz & Friends are to perform works from the animated films Pocahantas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt, and from the musicals Godspell, Pippin, and others.
Contact: (305) 296-1520
January 25 to January 27, in Key West
Hog’s Breath King Mackerel Tournament
Anglers are to use fast boats to target the voracious king mackerel, also known as kingfish, for cash prizes.
Contact: (305) 797-1117
January 26, in Key West
Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction
More than 100 artists are to exhibit and auction their work to raise money for the fund that provides project-based grants to Keys artists. Choose from original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art, ceramics and more. Viewing begins at 6:30 p.m., auction at 8 p.m. Admission is $25 per person at the door, including an open bar and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Contact: (305) 295-8383
January 26 to January 27, in Key West
23rd Annual Key West Craft Show
Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town.
Contact: (305) 294-1241

Two Friends Patio Restaurant/Karaoke
January 3, 2008

birthday-jim_mindala-karaoke_jimfamily-800x600x256.jpgTWO FRIENDS PATIO RESTAURANT
512 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Just off Duval
(305) 296-3124

New Years in Key West
December 26, 2007


Once again the Key West New Year’s Eve celebration will be shown live on CNN.

No doubt about it…Key West love’s to party. And what’s a better excuse than New Year’s Eve?

Three different gathering spots offer their own unique version of the time honored tradition of lowering something special as the clock winds away the last seconds of the year.

Your choices are:

  1. to see a big conch shell lowered from atop Sloppy Joe’s Bar…a crowded and boistrous affair
  2. to see a Pirate Wench lowered from the mast of a schooner in the Historic Seaport
  3. or, (CNN’s favorite) to see Sushi, a local drag queen celeb, lowered from a Duval Street balcony, riding a huge high-heeled shoe.

Whatever your choice, we at Key West Travel Guide want to wish everyone a New Year filled with joy, coconuts, a nice tan, good health, laughter, and wonderment.

Oh…and peace on Earth (come on World…make believe you just booked a vacation to Key West)

Harbor Walk of Lights-Key West
December 15, 2007


November 22 to December 31, in Key West
Harbor Walk of Lights
The walkway along the Historic Seaport at Key West Bight is to be festively dressed for the holiday season to support the Just 4 Kids “Believe in Angels” charity drive.
Contact: (305) 292-4768

Red Barn Theater -Key West
December 13, 2007


DEC. 18, 2007 – JAN. 26, 2008

Music by David Troy Francis

Lyrics by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard & Robert Schrock

Book by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard Directed by Joy Hawkins

Musical Direction by David Troy Francis Choreography by Penny Leto

A howlingly funny musical taking the country by storm explores the lives of six dogs as they sing, dance and commiserate about all things canine. The score is a happy mixed breed of blues, salsa, country, and torch songs as each pooch recounts personal stories, filled with tenderness, aggression and humor of past and present owners and their desire to be loved and part of a family. A furry and fabulous tribute to human’s best friend, this show is on its way to NYC after Key West. David Troy Francis, creator of this sparkling new show, will join the Barn’s production as Musical Director and pianist. Don’t miss it, doggone it!

Key West New Years!!!
December 10, 2007


Kick off the shoes, take off the tie and lose yourself in Margaritaville.

Key West is a step back into time, in fact, into no time. It’s a place of slow pace, of changing attitudes, of free-flowing spirits and free spirited individuals.

The southernmost city in the United States, closer to Havana than Miami (90 miles to 150), Key West is a tiny spec of land, three miles wide by five miles long that was the home to Hemmingway, the beginnings of Buffett and the destination of weekend revelers from South Florida, Europeans on holiday and anyone else looking for a place in the sun or just to escape the grind of the everyday world.

Don’t be surprised if a planned three-day vacation turns into a mad scramble to catch the Last Flight Out. Or even lasts a lifetime. It’s called “Keys Disease” and it has stricken many a traveler to these parts.

For a full tour of what makes Key West so contagious, hop aboard the PARTY BUS by clicking on the navigation bar at the end of each page. Or, go directly to the action on our section pages:

• Settle into the laid-back mood of Key West in PreParty.
• Kick back then kick into high gear with The Bartender.
• Hear the best bands, enjoy the world’s best sunset, hang out with locals or follow the crowd in PubClubbing.
• Scuba diving, seaplane rides or just plain hangin’ are listed in PostParty.
• Learn all about conch fritters in PubGrub.
• Meet the colorful Characters of Key West.
• Enjoy the journey: take a guided tour through the Florida Keys.

Louie’s Backyard
December 9, 2007


Key West in the early 1900’s was a wealthy, rowdy town — where men lived close to the sea, where wrecking and sponging were major industries, and a brave man with a fast boat could easily make a fortune salvaging goods from ships wrecked by the whims of wind and wave.
Captain James Randall Adams was one such wrecker. Having made his fortune, he ordered the construction of a gracious Classic Revival Home on Waddell Street — the building that is now known as Louie’s Backyard. Captain Adams was fond of boasting that everything in his home, with it’s unusual two-story side porch and Doric columns was salvaged merchandise. The house stayed in the Adams family for years. It then changed owners several times before it was bought by Frances and Louie Signorelli, who opened the first Louie’s Backyard — a restaurant that seated twelve, had one lone waiter, and operated out of a cigar box.

The restaurant, growing quickly, soon became famous for it’s fine food and relaxed oceanfront ambiance — and for Ten Speed , the legendary mutt that sauntered up to the outdoor bar most afternoons for his customary cocktail of Kahlua and cream! Frequented by the likes of Jimmy Buffett and Tom McGuane , Louie’s Backyard received award after award for it’s superb cuisine.

Construction and renovation of the new Louie’s Backyard began in January, 1983 and it opened on December 27, 1983. The present owners, Phil Tenney and Pat Tenney, carry on the established tradition of dining excellence. The building has been lovingly renovated and enlarged, with special attention paid to maintaining it’s historical integrity. In fact, in June of 1984, Louie’s Backyard earned a place in the National Register of Historic Places . Open dining and cocktail decks leading down to the ocean let the diner at Louie’s experience the warm, heady atmosphere of Key West at it’s very best. It is this insistence on quality in service, as well as food, and an extensive wine list that has won so many friends for the new Louie’s Backyard.

Lunch regulars have told us “the Conch Fritters are the best in Key West. Dinner regulars praise the Conch Chowder and many fish dishes we serve.

Upstairs at Louie’s is a private dining room for groups of 20 to 40. This room is enclosed on two sides by french doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A theatre kitchen flanked by white columns and private bar complete this scene. This private dining room and theatre kitchen feature the same bill of fare as the main dining room.