The Weekender: Key West
Sunshine, fish tacos and even more fish await at the southernmost point of the US. Here’s what to pack for a long weekend in quirky Key West.
Modern Seaside Living at the Gates Hotel
Roll your streamlined Rimowa suitcase into this hip, new, boutique hotel just off Highway 1, where the only things that top the suites’ sweet minimalist design are the chic poolside cabanas. While there’s no restaurant on-site, the Gates’ resident Blind Pig food truck serves up small bites of “Conch fusion” cuisine to soak up those poolside mojitos or rum runners.
Make a Pilgrimage to Hemingway’s House
See what inspired Papa in his natural environment — the pool, his typewriter and the 6-toed cats — at the Ernest Hemingway Home. From the moment you step inside 907 Whitehead St., the furnishings, the taxidermy trophies and even his personal book collection look frozen in time — just like your souvenir Polaroids.
Spend a Full Day Sailing
One can’t fully appreciate Key West without exploring the world beneath its beautiful turquoise waters. Experience Key West as the rum runners and pirates once did with Danger Charters, snorkeling through a live reef in your wet suit, kayaking among the mangroves and stopping for a private island picnic.
Ride Along Duval Street
Rent a bike and tool along Duval Street, Key West’s mile-long downtown hub, home to such mainstays as Hemingway’s favorite bar, Sloppy Joe’s. Tucked 1 block off the main drag is Garbo’s Grill, a husband-and-wife-owned food truck that serves renowned mahi-mahi tacos, Korean BBQ and umami burgers.