Songwriter’s Festival – Kelly McGuire in Key West

Kelly McGuire is coming back to Key West! Join us during this year’s Songwriter’s Festival as we listen to Kelly and his friends jam their famous tunes poolside at our Lighthouse Court Hotel.  He will be playing his ‘Afternoon Jam’ on Wednesday April 27th – Friday the 29th from 2:00-5:00 pm. His ‘Garden Groove’ concert is on Saturday, April 30th and will start at 2pm and go until he’s worn out!

The concerts are free and all are welcome. Please do not bring any coolers. Drinks and special event sandwiches are available at our Lighthouse Court Café & Mojito Bar. Come connect, relax , enjoy your favorite cocktails and get into Kelly’s ‘King of the Island’ groove!

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Announcing Our New Lighthouse Court Café & Bar

The Lighthouse Court Café & Bar is located poolside in the Lighthouse Court Hotel next to the Lighthouse Museum and the Hemingway House in Key West. It is open throughout the year and provides the perfect solution for those who want to have a few drinks or a quick lunch without moving too far from the sunshine and their chaise lounges! Near the pool bar, you will also find a hammock under the shade of a majestic ficus tree for lazy reading or taking a nap.

Lighthouse Café selections include fresh salads, sandwiches & wraps, tropical fruit & yogurt swirls, Abby’s homemade key lime pie, and refreshing smoothies.

We have a full bar but also feature two Specialty Cocktails.

Green Flash

Our Green Flash Cocktail is inspired by the natural phenomenon you may get to see at a sunrise or sunset on our beautiful Key West island. The green flashes occur usually for no more than a second or two and if you get to see them you will agree that our green flash goes down as beautifully as the sunset.

Adalina’s Key Lime Margarita

There are many claims to the invention of the Margarita, but ours was created by Adalina de la Trini, her stage name, who was a frequent guest at Lighthouse Court in the mid 1970’s. Adalina wanted to add a twist to the classic recipe. Come taste ours and see if you know what she added.

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Civil War & Old Island Festivals ~ February 25th – 27th

Civil War Days in Key West is set for February 25th-27th this year. Fort Zachary Taylor was the guardian of the shipping lanes to ports on the Gulf of Mexico, which had been placed under a blockade by President Lincoln in 1861. Blockade runners captured by Union navy vessels were forced to anchor in front of the fort as captured “war prizes.”

The festival’s main event is to involve a re-created engagement between land forces and blockade runners attempting to escape. Plans call for re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate troops to board historic Key West schooners to do battle in Key West Harbor just offshore. During the fray, a blockade runner is to be captured, followed by the trial of the vessel’s captain based on an actual 1862 court case.  For participation information please call 305-292-6850.

The 46th Old Island Days Art Festival will be held February 26th & 27th. This highly acclaimed, juried, fine art  event takes place from 10 to 5 both days in Key West’s historic Old Town district. This year artists will feature oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by artists from around the United States.

Booths will line Whitehead Street, meander onto Caroline Street and lead through the historic Presidential Gates into the beautiful, tree lined community know as Truman Annex.  Admission to the two-day show is free. We have been going to the show for years and inevitably we buy several wonderful new pieces for both ourselves and the hotels! Come join us and take home some Key West flair for yourselves.

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Cheap Air Tran Flights From 37 Cities To Key West

NEWS FLASH ONE! AIR TRAN has announced a nationwide fare sale on round trip travel from 37 cities to Key West! Travel now or later in the year, but you must BOOK by Tuesday, Feb 8th. Make your plane reservation here.

NEWS FLASH TWO! Just heard that the state of Florida, and especially Key West, could be sunned-in for the next several weeks. Residents and visitors have been urged to hunker down at their nearest beach/pool and/or tiki bar for further instructions. Advise to use extreme caution when braving this blizzard of sunshine, preferably SPF40. We are asking our friends and relatives to the north to please keep us in their thoughts as we deal with 2 feet buried in the sand and a drink by our side!

This is your time to get away from the snow and cold and go back to work with a sunny tan and relaxed smile! We have some excellent package deals going on right now. You can make your hotel reservation here.

See you on the beach or by the pool ASAP!

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Key West Valentine’s Getaway Package: January 31st ~ February 17th

Join us for romance and relaxation with that special person for a Valentine’s Getaway. We’ve created a 3-Night package that can be used at any of the Historic Key West Inns between January 31st and February 17th, 2011. Book a 3-Night Stay by calling the hotels directly, 800.549.4430, and requesting the ‘Valentine’s Getaway’. Choose your room style and rate at any hotel & we will deliver a chilled bottle of champagne and red rose to your room upon your arrival. Unwind on one of our porches or sunbathe by the pool before heading out for your evening festivities in Old Town. At our hotels you will always find a true Key West experience at an excellent value!

  • Chilled Bottle Of Champagne & Rose Delivered To Room Upon Arrival
  • Complimentary Breakfast Poolside At All Hotels & Free Wifi
  • Great Location To Explore Our Island City
  • Concierge Services

Minimum 3 night stay required. Valid January 31st – February 17th, 2011. This offer is not available for online bookings and cannot be combined with any other discount or special. Based on availability. Reservations must be booked no later than 48 hours prior to arrival. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Key West Food & Wine Festival Special, Jan. 25th – 30th

It’s time for the Key West Food & Wine Festival again!  Events range from extravagant walk-around tastings during our famous sunset, to educational wine and food seminars led by our local talent, to local funky events you would only expect to experience in Key West.

Book your room at Albury Court, Chelsea House or Lighthouse Court for a 2-Night Stay between January 25th -30th and  receive two complimentary rum cocktails during your visit. You may also want to take advantage of our special concierge service which is offering tickets to the Key West Food and Wine Festival opening event “90 Miles from Havana Barefoot Beach Party” on Thursday, January 27, 2011 for $40 per person. Reservations must be booked prior to Jan. 25th. Please call the hotel directly to book your Reservations and Festival tickets 305.294.9588 or 877.294.9588.

Here is the amazing schedule that’s just jam-packed with great events to attend. Come celebrate the freshest local island seafood, gorgeous weather, unique local ingredients, delicious wine and fun atmosphere!

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Key West Streets Are Filling With Amazing Sailboats

International Sailing Regatta ~ January 17th – 21st

Sailboats and crews from around the world will compete in the regatta, this year presented by Nautica. The race features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. Courses are set over an 8-mile stretch of the Atlantic Ocean just off Key West’s south shore and inside the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. To view the action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships. And in the evening you can rub shoulders with the world’s best sailors all around Key West.

Our ‘Stay Longer – Get More Package’ is available for this event. You can walk or bike from any of our hotels to either Smather’s Beach or Fort Zachery Taylor Park for viewing. Race Village is located at the Truman Waterfront this year; an easy walk from any of our Historic Key West Inns.

We’ll be out on the  Adirondack III watching the race. Come join us!

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Fresh, Newly Updated Guestrooms at Albury Court Hotel

Due to popular demand, we have been busy adding more 2-Queen Guestrooms to our hotel. New decor makes for clean, fresh and welcoming rooms. All guestrooms now have flat screen TV’s and some have kitchenettes. A complimentary Continental breakfast is served poolside daily. Albury Court Hotel is located in a residential neighborhood at the corner of Eaton and Frances Streets in Old Town. Near the harbor, it is within walking distance of Key West’s Duval Street, the sunset pier, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and waterfront activities.

Here are a few recent comments sent to us by guests:

” The Albury Court was a lovely, well-priced hotel. It was close enough to walk to everything you’d want to see in Key West, but far enough that it was significantly quieter than most other areas and there was street parking. Cute room, nice staff, very clean, good breakfast.”

“This quaint little hotel was practically perfect! We liked that it wasn’t directly on Duval St.,but it was an easy walk or bike ride to Duval, and it had a cozy, home-y feel. It was a great stay at a great value”

“This was a great stay for the money in Key West. It’s a few blocks from the “action” on Duval Street, which was good. Duval was fun, but we wouldn’t have wanted to sleep there. We actually enjoyed our evening ritual of walking from the Albury down along the docks and over to Mallory Square or downtown for some dinner.”

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Thank You For An Amazing Year. Happy New Year Everyone!

Thank you all for choosing to stay with us this year and making Key Lime Inn, Chelsea House, Lighthouse Court, Albury Court and Merlin Guesthouse your place to stay in Key West! Happy New Year Everyone!

See you on Duval Street tonight. If you can’t be here to celebrate with us, check in with CNN and Anderson Cooper as they cover Sushi in her dramatic red-slipper drop at midnight. Hopefully we’ll make it on camera this year; we’ll be there waving.

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Christmas In Key West Style. Reserve Today!

Everyone is getting excited for Christmas week. This weekend is the Historic Lighted Inns Tour and next is the Lighted Bicycle Tour. The best prices on our ‘Sebago Sunset Sail’ and ‘Stay Longer – Get More’ Packages are still in effect thru December 23rd, 2010. Call now and save! 800.549.4430

Historic Lighted Inn Tours — December 17th & 18th

The innkeepers have decorated their properties, wine has been delivered and some of Key West’s top restaurants will be serving appetizers starting at 5:30. All of this is included in the $25 admission! The inns will open to the public from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and are within easy walking distance of each other.

Holiday Lighted Bicycle Tour — December 22nd

In a town where the preferred mode of transportation is by bike, it is a perfect place to show off the holiday’s tinsel and lights. From 6-8 p.m., the route takes participants past many of the showiest holiday displays on homes throughout the island. Participants are asked to gather at Bayview Park near the gazebo, equipped with water, light and a helmet. Children 16 and under are required to wear helmets. The tour ends at the Conch Republic Seafood Company with a raffle and prizes.

Christmas in Key West

Key West is absolutely charming at Christmas time, with tropical holiday decorations, Christmas concerts, and special menus at local restaurants. All of our hotels will serve a special continental breakfast on Christmas Day. You can even ride your bicycle or walk to one of the many local churches and parishes for services. Call now and save! 800.549.4430

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