Monthly Archives: December 2012
January is shaping up to be a busy month here in Key West, with a number of exciting events that historically draw huge numbers of visitors from across the world!
We’re especially excited for these:
Jan. 4-5: Ragnar Relay Florida Keys Race. This 199-mile race takes runners throughout the Florida Keys to the southernmost island in the continental U.S. on a route beginning in Miami and ending in Key West. Visit www.ragnarrelay.com/race/floridakeys for more details. Many Ragner runners choose to stay at our Key West hotel after the race every year. We think our quiet resort is the perfect place to cool your heels after such a grueling run!
Jan. 19: Florida Keys Seafood Festival. This family-oriented feast features fresh local Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities and live music. The free-admission annual event is held at Bayview Park, just a short cab or bike ride away from Parrot Key! Visit www.fkcfa.org/Pages/SeafoodFestival.aspx or call 305-872-9026.
Jan. 20: Key West Half Marathon. In its 15th year, this run attracts more than 1,000 annual participants and has been recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season. The 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West passes Key West landmarks and includes the scenic waterfront. Visit www.keywesthalfmarathon.com or call 305-240-0727.
Jan. 20-25: Key West Race Week 2013. Key West. Elite racing yachts and crews from around the world compete for class championships in one of the most prestigious regattas on the international sailing circuit. Visit www.premiere-racing.com or call 781-639-9545.
Jan. 24-27: Key West Food and Wine Festival. Key West. Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Attendees also can participate in food-related adventures during the savory celebration. Visit www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com or call 800-474-4319.
As always, be sure to check out our specials page– we’ve got some great deals coming up that perfectly coincide with the above events.
Our Key West hotel isn’t the only one with decorations up for the holidays!
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the Key West Holiday House Tour is a wonderful way to see some of our little island’s best dressed holiday homes and learn about their various interiors and exteriors! With only two dates –December 27-28– you’ll want to grab your tickets to this event now.
The tour runs from 4-8 pm, with tickets ($30) available for purchase by calling 305-294-9501 or going online to www.oirf.org
Tickets also available at: Key West Oldest House, Capital Bank: Old Town, N. Roosevelt, Big Pine & Marathon, Audio Video in Paradise, and Royal Furniture (at Publix).
Wishing you joy, peace, and a year of perfect beach days on this Christmas morning! We can’t wait to see you in the new year.
…From all your friends at your favorite Key West Hotel, Parrot Key! Merry Christmas.
The tree is trimmed, the lights are twinkling and the eggnog is definitely flowing. But if you’re like us, there’s one last minute present you haven’t purchased yet. We can’t tell you what to buy, but we can encourage you to take advantage of the free metered parking and public transportation rides being offered all day today in Key West. An effort to encourage shoppers to support local businesses, this early Christmas present from the city is a great way to make sure you have plenty of places to park when you’re zooming around town cursing your tendency to procrastinate. (We feel your pain.)
Also, the annual appearance by Santa in Bahama Village will take place tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Coral City Elks Lodge No. 610, 1107 Whitehead St.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys are welcome. Have our front desk agents here at Parrot Key call you and your family a cab (or some rented bicycles) from our Key West hotel to the charming Bahama Village area and make sure Santa gets your wish list before tomorrow morning!
Here at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort, we have an announcement to make: we do not think that tonight is the end of the world. We know it’s an unpopular opinion to have, but we’re coming clean. There’s just too much fun stuff going on this season for the world to end. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good apocalypse party now and again.
So, join us at Cowboy Bill’s tonight for their End of the World Party, hosted by 104.9, The X Radio and WEYW 19, is definitely the place to be tonight– regardless of whether you believe it’s your last night on earth.
This Western-themed Key West bar features everything you’d want for your last night alive– because riding a mechanical bull before the apocalypse comes is definitely not negotiable. With live music, prizes, drink specials and dancing, you’d be silly to miss this celebratory bash. So head on over to Cowboy Bills, located at 618 Duval Street, and prepare to party.
Mayan costume optional, of course.
For those of you staying with us here at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort in Key West, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of holiday parties happening on island tonight– and you’re invited.
First up, Tom Oosterhoudt and Mary Ann Worth have invited the community to a Holiday Open House at Casa Antigua at their stunningly beautiful home on Simonton Street, “Casa Antigua.” This historic home features a storied history and a lush interior courtyard that is normally only open to paid tours. Tonight, from 8:00pm to 11:00pm, Casa Antigua is opening its doors to the public for free, with food & drinks, music, and general merriment promised to all. Head to 314 Simonton St (enter through the Pelican Poop Shoppe) and prepare to be dazzled!
Next up, The Green Parrot Bar is hosting its annual Christmas Party tonight at 9 p.m. With live music and a great, this iconic bar is the place to be tonight. Get into the spirit in true Conch style at this infamous batch!
Finally, the Key West Nutcracker has a performance tonight, and while online ticketing has closed you are still welcome to purchase tickets at the theatre before the show. A twist on the classic ballet, the Key West Nutcracker is an enchanting marine-themed wonder to behold. Children and adults will be charmed and mesmerized by the stunning costumes and performances at this beautiful show. The ballet begins at 7:00pm at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. For more information, visit www.keystix.com or www.nutcrackerkeywest.com
We know you’ve already booked your next trip to Parrot Key Hotel & Resort through the fabulous rates being offered with our Spring Fling special (if you haven’t yet, check out the great deal here: http://bit.ly/ZPlMbl).
Now that you’ve taken care of that, you’re going to want to check out this: The Key West Lighted Bike Parade (not to be confused with its marine counterpart, the Key West Lighted Boat Parade.)
The Lighted Bike Parade is a fun-filled charity event during which a parade of bicycles– decked out in their flashiest holiday lights– makes their way through the island, spreading holiday cheer as they go.
The parade begins at the gazebo in Bayview Park at 6:00pm. Participants are asked to ring an unwrapped toy for a toy drive event at the Key West Aquarium benefiting Samuels House and the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, to be presented enroute.
This is a great way to get your family in the holiday spirit while getting some exercise and giving to a good cause!
We’ll see you out there.
It’s only December 18th here in beautiful Key West, but already we found two events happening today that are celebrating New Year’s Eve and the End of the World, respectively.
First up, those wishing to escape from the sun and heat for a few hours this afternoon should swing by the Key West Public Library, whose Tuesday Movie Matinee series continues this afternoon with a 3:30pm screening of “New Year’s Eve,” an ensemble movie that follows the intertwined lives of couples & singles living in New York City. The KW Public Library is located at 700 Fleming Street.
Next up, Key West’s newest (and only) tequila bar, Agave 308, invites you to celebrate their opening with a “Drink to the End of the World Grand Opening Party,” happening tonight from 7:00pm until the wee hours of the morning (or until the world ends, we guess.) With $2 tequila shots, $3 agave wheat beers, $4 margaritas and a spread of free food, this is one bar opening you won’t want to miss! Agave 308 is located at 308 Front Street (street-level below the RoofTop Bar).
Both of the above events are just a quick cab or bicycle ride away from our gorgeous Key West Hotel, Parrot Key Hotel and Resort. Ask our front desk for directions!
If you’re planning your week here at our beautiful Key West hotel, throw some beach days on the calendar because the weather outside is forecasted to be delightful!
While our friends in the Midwest are getting out their sidewalk salt as winter storm Draco prepares to pummel them with snow and ice, the forecast here in Key West calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70′s to low 80′s throughout the week, with some scattered storms scheduled to show up Friday.
This is the perfect week to try out some exciting water sports (parasailing, anyone?), head out fishing, go for an invigorating bike ride along the ocean or simply laze around by one of our gorgeous pools.
Why not ask one of our friendly front desk agents to recommend a great brunch spot, or set you up with a sailing trip? Or maybe grab the kids and see how many fun-filled activities you can fit in at Key West’s many attractions? (We love the boutique-sized aquarium and the toy factory, personally.)
Don’t miss the live music at Key West’s famous bars like Schooner Warf, the Green Parrot and more. And be sure to head over to Mallory Square at least one evening this week to catch the famous Sunset Festival, happening nightly. There’s plenty to do here, and this week’s going to be the perfect time to head out and try it all!
It’s only a few hours away, which is why we’re already planning what we’re going to do this weekend.
We’ll definitely be checking out the “Fridays on Front” event tonight, where galleries and museums along the historic district of Key West’s Front Street will be lit up like christmas trees, with most offering free admission and special events between 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Special notice goes out to the Truman Little White House at 111 Front Street, which will be extending free admission to their current exhibit: “A Very Merry 1940’s Christmas.” You’ll also want to check out The Key West Art Center at 301 Front St, which will be exhibiting “The Inn Crowd,” a special show of paintings dedicated to the unique architecture of Key West’s inns and guesthouses, while their upstairs area will exhibit a show detailing the Key West Art Center’s storied past going back to the WPA era. And finally, be sure to stop in at the Custom House at 281 Front Street to see Stephen LaPierre’s new show, “My Plein Air Key West Novel,” which showcases his images of familiar Key West locales. There will even be live acoustic string band music playing on the front porch of the museum!
We’ll be going out tomorrow night as well to see the Key West Lighted Boat Parade, happening Saturday evening at 6:00pm on the Key West Bight. (Insider’s tip: Schooner Warf Bar has one of the best vantage points on the island.) This is probably our favorite holiday event here in Key West– free, family-friendly, and truly magical to see.