Monday, October 15, 2012

Places To Go In Key West

This past weekend we took a long weekend off and headed down to Key West with some of our dearest friends for some sun and relaxation.  We took this trip earlier in the year and it was so much fun, we just had to go back.  If you've never been to Key West you must plan a trip there at some point in the near future and see what I'm about to share with you in person.  It really is an amazingly fun trip.

Here's a picture I took the morning we were leaving of the Casa Marina resort.  This place not only has a fabulous beach, something that is not so easy to find in Key West, but they also have two beautiful pools with full service bars and wait staff.  We've stayed here twice and we will definitely be back. 

A picture of one of two pools.

Dress- Deja Vu, Bag- Hobo, Wedges-similar here
 This post would not be complete without an outfit picture of a dress from my favorite Key West boutique, Deja Vu.  Now, if you've been a reader of mine for anytime at all, you have probably seen me feature several pieces from this trendy, yet affordable Duvall Street boutique.  The thing I love most is that they have a complete on line store where you can have your favorite pieces shipped right to your door.  Shop Deja Vu here.

Our absolute favorite breakfast place has to be My Blue Heaven.  This eclectic Key West staple serves up some of the best lobster omelets and bloody Mary's around.  If you go there, be warned, they have live roosters running around outside while you eat.  They definitely add to the island vibe and quirkiness!

Fabulous restaurants are everywhere on this island, but one of our must stops is Louie's Backyard.  The outside deck is prime viewing area to see the notorious Key West sunsets while dining on mouth watering island fare.  The wait staff is a little rude, but after cocktails and fabulous food, we were willing to overlook it. 

Of course I always find time to shop while on vacation and this time I found this cute little store on Duvall called Abstracta.  I added a few of these amazing lanterns to my purchase that will look fabulous while we're outdoor entertaining. 

Mallory Square is not to be missed while in Key West if you want to view the picture perfect sunsets and the true island characters.  You will see all sorts of crazy things at the sunset celebration happening every night one hour before sunset.  

Shopping in Mallory Square.

If you're not able to visit in person, then bring a little Key West to your house with this Casa Marina special, the Blueberry/ Tarragon Tonic cocktail.  We sipped several of these at the beach and pool and they are delish.  Take this recipe, make them for yourself, and sit back and imagine ocean breezes and sunshine on your face.   Hope you enjoy!

Blueberry/Tarragon/Tonic Cocktail
2 oz Hendrick's Gin 
10 Blueberries
 10 Tarragon 
¾ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
Splash Tonic Water
1. Muddle blueberries and tarragon. Add liquids.
2. Add ice, shake and double strain. Serve over ice with blueberry and tarragon sprig garnish.

Which of These Would be Your Key West Must Stop?


  1. We took a trip to Key West several years ago and we were not disappointed! It was so fun and we definitely plan on coming back. It's gorgeous there!

  2. Omg! It looks awesome. We have been to Key West but didn't stay at a resort. I do want to go back now since seeing these pictures! We just left Destin!

  3. It looks like you had so much fun! I definitely want to take a trip there one day. Thanks for the drink recipe! ;)

  4. Looks like a fabulous trip!! I've always wanted to go to Key West! That resort looks beautiful and so do you!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  5. Looks great. You can't go wrong with a Waldorf Astoria.



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