Snowing and cold where you are? It’s sunny and 75 degrees in Key West!

It is snowing in Chicago, rainy and cold in Denver and New York City, but sunny and 75 degrees in Key West! Come join us this week and next for our small-town Holiday Parade down Duval Street and the Lighted Boat Parade in the Key West Harbor. Our ‘Sebago Sunset Sail’ and ‘Stay Longer – Get More’ Packages are still in effect thru December 23rd, 2010. We’ll see you soon.

Key West Holiday Parade — December 4th

Our annual Holiday Parade is small-town charm at it’s best. Come enjoy our high school marching band, civic and social clubs, local politicians, veterans, and community volunteers as they show off their Key West pride and holiday spirit. The parade route follows Truman Avenue past  Key Lime Inn and Chelsea House and then makes the turn down Duval Street. The best viewing is from the sidewalk along Truman Avenue in front of our inns. We will be serving spiced cider at Chelsea House during the parade. The public is invited and it’s all free.

Key West Lighted Boat Parade – December 11th

Deck the hulls with festively decorated boats as they cruise through Key West Harbor and the Historic Seaport. This magical movement of color through the waters is a wonderful tribute to Key West’s maritime history, and its a lot of fun too. There is good parade viewing all along the waterfront at the Seaport, Simonton Street beach, and Mallory Square.  You can walk to good viewing from all of the Historic Key West Inns. This is a free event.

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Six Weeks Of Hotel Deals Before Christmas!

End Of Season Specials Before Christmas

It may be getting colder where you are, but it’s still summertime weather here in Key West. Historic Key West Inns is offering great locations and low rates through December 23rd, plus two vacation specials, to help you enjoy the last few weeks of 2010.  You will also find a fun holiday vacation idea listed below. There is no time like today to plan your next getaway to our island paradise.

Special Vacation Packages – Now Thru December 23rd

3 Nights and Sunset Sail  $329

Sebago Sunset Sail Package- Available at Albury Court Hotel and Lighthouse Court Hotel. Package includes 3 nights hotel stay in a Queen Guestroom, daily continental breakfast and a beautiful sunset sail for two aboard a Sebago catamaran. Price is per room, per stay, based on double occupancy, not including sales taxes. Reservations are based on availability and must be booked directly with the hotels. Available for arrivals before December 20, 2010. Please call 800.549.4430 and request the “Sebago Sunset” package.

‘Stay Longer – Get More’ Package- All five of the hotels in the Historic Key West Inns collection have extended these special rates thru December 23rd.

Stay 2 Nights: Receive 2 FREE Margaritas; Lighthouse Court pool bar
Stay 3 Nights: Add 2 FREE attraction passes
Stay 4 Nights
: Add 2 FREE gelato desserts
Stay 5 Nights:
Add 2 more attraction passes
Stay 7 Nights: Get it all and your 7th night is FREE

You choose the attraction passes you want:  Hemingway House, Key West Lighthouse, Mel Fisher Museum, Butterfly Conservatory, or Customs House Museum. Reservations are based on availability and must be booked directly with the hotels. Call 800.549.4430 and request the “Stay Longer, Get More” package. Stay must be concluded before Dec 23rd, 2010.

Start A New Key West Holiday Tradition

Ride Your Bicycle To Thanksgiving Dinner

Start a new family tradition for Thanksgiving by riding your bicycle or walking to dinner, just like the locals in Key West do! Sit outside under palm trees, warm breezes on your shoulders, the suntanned, smiling faces of our your family and friends around the table. All of our hotels are within a short walking distance of Duval Street, and the many local Key West restaurants serve both traditional and island Thanksgiving meals, sure to satify your appetite. For something romantic, you can head to the beach with your bike basket full of gourmet treats, fresh fruit, and a bottle of wine, all secured with bungee cords. Be creative, let your imagination create the fun for your new tradition. Make your reservations online or contact us directly 800.549.4430.

Make Historic Key West Inns your place to stay in Key West. We’ll see you soon!

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Powerboat Championships, Key West 2010, Boats Are Airborne & Roaring

Momentarily airborne at 100mph, then landing with a resounding thump, you can hear and feel the excitement of the drivers and spectators watching as the powerboats fly by! More than 50 boats participated in Wednesday’s World Championship event. The action continues today and Sunday, Nov. 14th, with leading American and International teams competing in the high-speed races.

A portion of the challenging 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can reach speeds above 140 mph.  Fans can watch from grandstand areas on Key West’s Truman Waterfront; sitting so close you can practically feel the salt spray as the boats roar by.

Varying water conditions along the course allow race teams the chance to test both equipment endurance and hull and propulsion design during the season-ending championship series. Boats compete in 14 classes including the favorite  ‘Superboat Unlimited’ class.

The weather is perfect and we’re heading down to the harbor, a few blocks away from   Albury Court, in about an hour. If you can’t join us, you can watch live, streaming video here.

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Parrotheads Enjoying Tunes At Key Lime Inn & Lighthouse Court Hotel.

It’s truly a beautiful, breezy and relaxing day here at Key Lime Inn where guests have gathered around the pool for an afternoon concert organized by one of the Parrothead clubs staying with us for MOTM.

Kelly McGuire is also playing his guitar over at Lighthouse Court Hotel around the pool area where the bar is serving cool drinks and everyone is dancing to the groove. Come on over and join in the fun!

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The Red Queen’s & Mad Hatter’s Are Ready To Help You Go Insane

Vicki & Aneta at Key Lime Inn

Guests have been checking in for the weekend and have been greeted by our Red Queen’s and Mad Hatter’s.  This is such a fun time! Some of our guests are out between the buildings at Chelsea House having their body or face painted by Amanda while others are recovering at the pools from last night. The D.J.’s are going to start spinning tunes for our Masquerade March parties at 5:00. Come join us to get painted and get some of our Gaga Lava rum drinks!

The Queen's at Chelsea House

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On The Beach During Fantasy Fest

The most perfect thing to do after a night out on the town this week during Fantasy Fest is to chill on the beach!

Key West is buzzing with all kinds of Fantasy Fest events. Here are just a few. Come join us at Historic Key West Inns and go insane!!

Tuesday, October 26th

28TH ANNUAL HEADDRESS BALL:DIAGNOSIS  PSYCHOSIS- AN ASSEMBLY AT THE ASYLUM

CAPT. TONY’S PARTY IN PLAID

Wednesday, October 27th

PET MASQUERADE & PARADE

GUY HARVEY’S WHITE LACE BLACK LIGHT EVENT

Thursday,October 28th

MONSTER’S BALL

PRETENDERS IN PARADISE

Friday, October 29th

MASQUERADE MARCH

RUM BARREL’S 4TH ANNUAL PIRATE BASH

Saturday, October 30th

CAPTAIN MORGAN FANTASY FEST PARADE

Sunday, October 31st

“THE FAT LADY SINGS” TEA DANCE

Whew!!! Fun, fun fun…. that’s why we’ll be relaxing on the water, soaking up some rays during the day!

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Eco Week, Key West, Is Coming November 1st – 7th

Eco Week Is Coming November 1st – 7th

Promoting eco-tourism and celebrating environmental preservation, EcoWeek 2010 showcases events, outdoor trips and healthful practices for body and mind, through activities planned from Key Largo to Key West.

Our post today was written by Vicki, our resident eco-environmentalist, who also works the front desk at Key Lime Inn. Here she tells us about her Eco-Tour trip aboard Java Cat Charters.  Sounds tranquil!

“Key West’s surrounding waters offer locals and visitors respite from the August heat, a chance to relax, and a few moments to be in touch with nature, especially its wild side! The Eco-Tour offered by Java Cat Charters invites you to explore the National Wildlife Refuge established by former U.S. President, Teddy Roosevelt, in 1908.

It is summertime in the Florida Keys, so the blue spreading before us was laid out flat as glass. The Captain reminded us to keep an eye out for dolphins playing as we skirted out of the mouth of the Historic Seaport at Key West Harbor. Although we didn’t spot any dolphins on that particular day, the Captain noted that they do encounter dolphins in the wild in that area on about fifty percent of their trips.

The Java Cat is a small catamaran built in and for the Florida Keys. She was designed to enter into these shallow areas and has the ability to either motor or sail through the waters of the Keys. By differentiating the shades of blue green water one from another, the first-mate, George Robert, was able to assist his Dad in navigating the entrance to the Refuge and sailing us into the region known by local mariners as the “the Lakes”. Words to remember here, “Brown, brown run aground . . .”

As we made our way out to Mule Key, our first mate offered some insights into the birding and aviary life in the area. He let us know that Ospreys and Eagles go to battle over space and meals, sharing his guide book he identified some of the varieties of Herons which we would encounter, and the Captain hinted that we should keep an eye out for the ever elusive sea-horse. We dropped anchor about 50 yards from a large mangrove island. The Captain provided the basic instructions for paddling, set everyone up in their single or tandem boat complete with life vests, and away we went.

Leaving the Java Cat on anchor in the mucky bottom, we paddled toward the large mangrove island known as Mule Key. The captain explained some the science of mangrove formation and the differences between the two prominent types, the black and the red. Under Captain George’s guidance we met up with a small nurse shark, about 3 feet long, which put on a little show by swimming in a figure eight shape to exhibit to each paddler its magnificence. We paddled around the island at an easy pace and came upon an osprey nesting regally a high perch. We entered a sort of alcove in the mangroves by paddling up a small channel and pulling ourselves along the narrower portions by using the mangrove branches like hand rails. Inside, we had entered another realm; cool and green, with bits of light glittering off of the water and the trunks and branches of the trees. Perched among the branches was a beautifully peaceful Blue Heron passing the day in the coolness of this place. Overhead an American Bald Eagle glided by while adjusting his seating for the afternoon. An all white Great White Heron, known as a Morph and specific to South Florida, was also taking in the protection of this oasis in the Gulf.

After leaving Mule Key we paddled back to the Java Cat and refreshed ourselves, while the Captain and crew brought the Java Cat up into the wind and sailed us to our snorkel spot. Large formations, the size and shape of giant bean bag chairs and looking as though they had survived the fall of the dinosaurs, were ancient sponges that are a haven for Florida Lobsters. Gliding on the ocean floor, a baby sting ray came into view. A variety of tropical fish from Blue Tang to Yellow Snapper darted in and out of the sea fans, growing coral heads, and giant sponges. According to the Captain, this area houses many of the youngsters that are not yet ready to live out on the reef. They grow up in the backcountry and make their way to open water as adults.

As we headed back into the Historic Seaport it was as though we had come not only from another place, but another time; a time when life was simple and lemonade on the front porch was an event.”

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Poker Run Chopper’s Coming To Stay & Play in Key West

Woohoo, we love it when Key West starts to rumble with beautiful, custom choppers!!  Here are some shots of the bikes already lining up at Chelsea House and there is a couple from Tamarac, FL, that are staying at Key Lime Inn. Our fun Welcome Happy Hour at Lighthouse Court pool bar starts at 4:00 tonight & is open tomorrow. See you there!

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New Decor For The Historic Cottages At Key Lime Inn

Key Lime Inn, Cottage One

The Key Lime Inn is a collection of 12 cottages and a historic mansion all on one property connected on an acre of tropical landscaping. We are one of the few historic hotels in Key West that has a center parking area near the cottages for guests, but it was not always that way.? Here is some of our history.

The Maloney House, which is part of this historic Inn, is one of the oldest houses in Key West, built in 1854 by Walter Maloney. He was a Mayor of Key West and he, his family and descendants lived here on the property until they sold it to a former circus performer named Joe Zorsky, who built some cottages on the property in the 1930?s and 40?s, making it into a place for guest accommodations for the first time. Joe called it the Cactus Terrace Motor Court and it was innovative because you could pull your car right up next to your cottage. Below is a postcard from the 1960’s that show’s his wonderful motel.

In the early 1970?s he added a “pool cabana”, which later was converted to 12 guestrooms. In 1998 we bought the property, named it Key Lime Inn, and made extensive upgrades and renovations, making sure that the property remained structurally the same since the 1930?s.

This past month we have given each of the 37 rooms at KeyLime Inn a fresh, new look, including cottages one, two and three that you seen in the right side of the postcard above. These adorable cottages house a queen bed, flat screen tv, private bath with shower and a mini-fridge to keep your drinks chilled. French doors lead out to a private side porch where you can view the tin roof, board and batten siding, and plantation shutters.

The exteriors of these cute cottages on the property are painted in tropical yellows, blues and whites and are comfortably nestled among royal palms, whispering birds, and tropical flowers. Their location two blocks from Duval offers a serene escape during the day and a close walk or bike ride at night to all the things you want to do.

Come and ‘be a local’ with us soon!

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Come Join Us For These Upcoming Key West Events

So many fun events are happening in the next few months. Here are just a few of our favorites to get your creative imagination jumping. We still have rooms available and our rates are terrific!

Poker Run, September 16th to September 19th

The 38th Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run is not to be missed if you ride, or just want to soak up some biker culture. Usually over 10,000 motorcyclists, and enthusiasts, come out to enjoy the Run, the people, and the beautiful Florida Keys. Along the ride there are multiple stops to draw your hands, enjoy contests, bikini bike washes, food, drinks, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this incredible ride!

We will have a welcome happy hour at Lighthouse Court from 4-7on Friday the 17th and provide complimentary rags to keep your chrome dust free and looking sharp. When you stay with us you’ll be able sleep close to your bike and be near all the action on Duval.

Fantasy Fest, October 22nd to October 31st

Our biggest party of the year in Key West is Fantasy Fest where this year’s theme is “Habitat For Insanity” and it’s definitely going to be fun! The event takes place over 10 days from October 22 through October 31, 2010. We have many repeat guests that come every year for this event, and we hope to meet some new visitors this year too. Key Lime Inn, Chelsea House and Lighthouse Court require a minimum 4 night stay for any reservations that include Parade Night. Albury Court requires a 3 night stay for any reservation that includes Parade Night. Merlin Guesthouse is already sold out for the event.

We still have availability for the early event dates that start with Goombay Festival the weekend of Oct 22 and go thru Wednesday of Fantasy Fest week. We have special rates for this week and no minimums apply.

One of our favorite events is the Masquerade March on Friday night, Oct 29th. The March is a walking parade for anyone who wants to join, either in costume or not. The parade starts at the cemetery and takes two different routes to Duval Street. Luckily, we have hotels on both routes! The southern route goes past Chelsea House and the northern one goes past the Merlin Guesthouse. At both hotels we set up a bar that serves our fabulous rum punch. At Merlin Guesthouse, Cindy is going to make hers with a southern twist and at Chelsea House, Abby will make hers with Jamaican spices. We will have a D.J to get everyone dancing and body artist, Amanda, will have her ‘paint shop’ set up at Chelsea House on Friday from 12-3 and at Lighthouse Court on Saturday from 12-3 before the FantasyFest Parade. Guests interested in setting up an appointment can call the hotel for more information. All of the Historic Key West Inns are located within walking distance of the Fantasy Zone.

20th Annual Parrot Heads – Meeting of the Minds, November 4th to 7th

Fans of Jimmy Buffett come to Margaritaville for their annual “Meeting of the Minds” convention.

Join us for our free (and unofficial) Parrothead Event at Lighthouse Court when we will have our 5th Annual Daily Jam with Kelly McGuire & Friends every afternoon from 2 to 5pm for happy hour and barbeque specials. This event is open to all guests of Historic Key West Inns so come relax around the pool, sip on a Key Lime Margarita, sing along with Kelly and get your latitude adjustment on!

Hotel Availability for MOTM

Rooms are filling up for the main dates of MOTM. We have a few rooms available at Albury Court Hotel, where rates start at only $146 per night. Rooms at Key Lime Inn, Chelsea House and Lighthouse Court start at $159 and at Merlin Guesthouse they are $139 per night. We occasionally have some cancellations too, so don’t hesitate to call the hotels to check on availability.


Powerboat Racing in Key West – November 7th to 14th

The 30th Annual Key West World Championship Race takes place in Key West in November. If you haven’t seen powerboat racing before, you will not believe the excitement from the roar of these boats racing through the harbor. The viewing stands are right in front of the action. The Key West race is the culmination of a year of racing for the teams. You will see the biggest, the fastest, and the best.

Race Village, with the Wet Pits, Dry Pits, and race viewing, is at the Truman Waterfront on the western shore of Key West. All of the Historic Key West Inns are located within walking distance of Race Village. Race week begins with a parade of Superboats down Duval Street on Sunday, Nov 7. Race days are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, Nov 10, 12, and 14.

Albury Court and Lighthouse Court offer a 5 Night Superboat Race Package that covers all the race days. The package includes lodging (Wednesday thru Sunday), entry to Race Village for the 5 days, daily continental breakfast, and 2 complimentary “Wet Pit” cocktails from the Lighthouse Court pool bar (a short stroll from Race Village).

5 Night Superboat Race Package: Lighthouse Court $875 Albury Court $795

Lodging is available at all of the Historic Key West Inns for Powerboat Racing. Key Lime Inn and Lighthouse Court require a minimum 4 night stay during the event. Albury Court, Chelsea House and Merlin Guesthouse require a 3 night stay during the event. Please call the hotel directly to make your reservations for the Race Package. All other bookings can be made online, by phone or email to the hotel, or with your travel agent.

Call 800.403.2866 or visit our Reservations page

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