Papa Hemingway's House, Key West, Florida

Unless you have a sailboat, you must travel through Key West to get to Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West is home to U.S. Mile Marker 0 and formerly, to one of the greatest writers of all time (and Stef's personal favorite): Ernest Hemingway.

Hem lived in Key West while writing two of his most celebrated novels, A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls. The two-story house with wraparound decks isas it always has been protected by palm trees growing out from secret gardens and an army of curious cats. The feline ancestors roaming the grounds today are descendants of those who enchanted Papa Hem during his time in Florida's outpost just a stones throw from Duval Street. Hem made Key West famous, and without his residence there, it probably wouldn't matter that he was a just stone's throw from fabled Duval Street, but I remiss... 

Pet cemetery -- descendants of the many, many, many many cats whom once lived with Hem still live on the property today, Their ancestors are buried here.   

Pet cemetery -- descendants of the many, many, many many cats whom once lived with Hem still live on the property today, Their ancestors are buried here. 

 

Ernest’s friends known as “The Mob", famously fished in the Dry Tortugas for weeks at a time in pursuit of giant tuna and marlin associated with big game fishing. Everyone in the Mob had a nickname, Hemingway's was "Papa"—which would eventually stick with him throughout his life.

Visiting this house was very much like stepping back in time, particularly for those with active imaginations. Had we all day to wander those gardens crawling with cats just like it has always been, we would have stayed. But the Parks call!

The Ernest Hemingway Home

907 Whitehead Street  Key West, Florida 22040