Just Take Highway 1 Until It Ends…

 

As the crow flies...

As the crow flies…

Every now and then my husband and I pick up and go see a different area of Florida.  The mindset is that we might as well explore these beautiful places while they’re all within driving distance because…who knows?  The drives aren’t always the most scenic (I’m looking at you, Alligator Alley), but the destination always is.  And, sometimes, you’re lucky enough for both the drive and the destination to take your breath away.

Ahoy!

Ahoy!

Key West can make you feel like a beach bum, a history buff, and a wannabe pirate all in the same day.  It’s an incredible place with stunning views, friendly people, wild parties, and a near-obsession with relaxation.

Fort Zachary

Fort Zachary

How you can cram that many activities into a 2 mile x 4 mile island, I’m still not sure.  But, even though we came home anything but rested, it didn’t feel like we even scratched the surface.

View from the rooftop of our hotel, La Concha.

View from the rooftop of our hotel, La Concha.

While summer may be wrapping up where you are, it was in full, blistering force in Key West.  The weather set the perfect scene for fresh, delicious seafood and dreamy island cocktails enjoyed beside the water.  (I’d show you pictures of the fare but they’re, sadly, stored on the phone I dropped in the water yesterday…oops).  There were duck confit deviled eggs and way too many conch fritters.  And, I came home inspired to make some Key West-influenced dishes.  Stay tuned!

Sunsets: Better while boating...

Sunsets: Better while boating…

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