Key West is where Ernest Hemingway completed his writing of A Farewell to Arms, which you can find online at archive.org or at any public library. After writing A Farewell to Arms, the author continued to visit Key West regularly for the rest of his life.
When you visit, do not miss the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum, where the author lived during the 1930s. Designated as a national historic landmark in 1968, it still stands strong today, even as a survivor to Hurricane Irma, according to the Los Angeles Times (9/11/17). Along with its large tribe of cats, it withstood one of the worst natural disasters in US history. Ask a tour guide about “the penny” and see if you can find it.
The creative community of Key West has long been the home of the Key West Literary Seminar for aspiring and professional writers alike. You can read about it at www.kwls.org.
The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum is the tenth stop on Florida Trail #2!
An experience you don’t want to miss to help you keep cool is a slice of key lime pie. This homegrown delicacy has had some controversy through the years because many restaurants and bakeries in other parts of the country disagree about its look, taste, and consistency. Locals will tell you that authentic key lime pie filling should be light yellow, not mint green, have a pudding consistency, not a gel, and should never have meringue on top. (“Meringue is for sissies,” you may hear.*)
We once had a key lime tree that delivered that small sweet and tart fruit in abundance. Being able to pick directly from the tree and immediately use the juice provides the freshest taste to the pie.
*In fairness, a reader has commented that Manny and Isa’s Key Lime Pie has meringue and is a formidable foe to the tastes of die-hard key lime pie purists everywhere.