The great Ernest Hemingway, is arguably one of the best American novelists in history, and is held in the same regard as other literary titans, such as Herman Melville, Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald. While this spectacular author spent time in cities all over the world during his lifetime, but the island of Key West was often considered one of his favorite residences. He would spend summers here on the island during the 1930s and developed a fascination for deep-sea fishing and sailing while on this tropical cay. Today, Hemingway's personal residence is open to the public, and it remains largely undisturbed from when the author was actually living there. One thing guests will notice almost immediately upon entering is the incredible number of 6-toed cats who've made the estate their home. These are the offspring of "Snowball," Hemingway's 6-toed feline friend, which he received from a fishing captain during his time on the island. Guests will have the opportunity to take a guided tour through the grounds and learn about the eccentric and wild behavior of this incredible author during his time here. If you're a fan of Hemingway's iconic literary style, learn about the events and practices that inspired his countless works here at this Key West landmark. Also, don't forget to make a stop into the on-site bookstore, which sells the novels written by this esteemed author, as well as books written by his contemporaries and literary inspirations.
The estate is located at 907 Whitehead Street on the opposite end of the island from the two attractions listed above. No reservations are required and walk-ins are welcome. Find out more about the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on their website.