January 22 – 26 Key West Food & Wine Festival
Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food, wine and beer lovers alike. Attendees can participate in a slow of food-related adventures during the savory celebration, such as wine around “neighborhood strolls,” kick off your flip-flops beach party, a hefty hops head-to head brewing competitions and many more events. Visit website for a complete listing of festival happenings.
Key West Food & Wine Festival
/ January 25 – 26
Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in historic Old Town. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of pottery, fabric, glass, wood, jewelry and other colorful handmade works by more than 100 selected artists. The show is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Enjoy an exciting week in Key West watching large sailing yachts race for the win for the 27th consecutive year.
Quantum Key West 2014 is gearing up for its trademark full week of racing on the aqua-colored waters off the coast of the Conch Republic. From the professional-laden 52 Class to top tier club-oriented programs in the PHRF classes, this midwinter classic offers something for everyone.
Spectators on the water will be thrilled by the sheer size and speed of the racing machines.For those who can’t be out on the race course, there will be plenty of ways to follow the racing action and shore side activities. Last year was a first for “Key West Live” coverage (#QKeyWest) and there will be more real time bloggers and video coverage to keep everyone connected this year.
Action figures to be intense in the 52 Class, which features an international fleet of six boats loaded with the world’s top professionals. Key West is the kickoff event for the 52 Super Series, which was won last year by Quantum Racing. Doug DeVos will skipper the Quantum entry in Key West with America’s Cup veteran Terry Hutchinson aboard as tactician.
You are sure to see yachting teams out and about around town this week after a long day of racing
For more information check out: http://www.premiere-racing.com/ for more information and a schedule of events.
“The Dark Side”
Each year the Key West Literary Seminar explores a unique literary theme. Readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the readings, discussions, lectures, and parties that make up today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering. The 32nd annual Seminar will explore the mystery, crime, and thriller genres, led by selected authors. For more information please visit KWLS
Photo courtesy of kwls.com
At Home in Key West would like to wish you a Safe and Happy New Year!!
There is no better place than Key West to bring the New Year in!!
New Year’s Eve Madness @ Schooner Wharf Bar–Rated the 2nd most fun thing to do by AOL after Times Square, Start the New Year at “A Last Little Piece of Old Key West”. Join your friends and make new ones at the Schooner Wharf Bar New Year’s Eve Celebration, where the past meets the future and the present is a whole lot of fun. Join everyone on the harbor walk for a musical line-up guaranteed to take you dancing into the New Year. At the Join in on the countdown as a “Pirate Wench” is lowered from the mast of the Schooner Liberty Clipper. For more information visit schoonerwharf.com
New Year’s Eve World Famous Shoe Drop–The island starts to tilt a bit with the amount of people who gather in front of the Bourbon St. Pub & the New Orleans House on Duval Street. To ring in the New Year the world famous drag queen Sushi is lowered in a huge red high heel shoe from the top of the New Orleans House to the ground. For more information visit bourbonstpub.com.
Sloppy Joe’s 20th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell–Sloppy Joe’s will host its 20th Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell. The crowd starts to gather on the street around 10:00pm as Sloppy Joe’s rooftop host entertains the crowd. Everyone will be dancing and catching beads. When midnight strikes the Conch Shell will be lowered as confetti, streamers and lights fill the sky. For more information visit sloppyjoes.com.
This smile-inducing event provides an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year’s Eve revelry. Dachshunds, their human companions and fans are scheduled to gather at the corner of Whitehead and Fleming streets to begin the canine celebration. Many dogs typically wear offbeat costumes or accessories. The walking route was deliberately kept brief to cater to the dachshunds’ short legs. Spectators can watch the pooch parade and meet the participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval St. The walk starts at Noon! For more information visit Key West Dachshund Walk on Facebook
Brighten your holiday season this year with a tour of holiday light displays. These beautiful walks and tours are the perfect way to spend time with friends and family and get into the holiday spirit. Maybe you’ll even discover a new tradition.
Key West Bight Before Christmas Holiday Lights on display until Dec. 31st
Key West “Bight’ Before Christmas” Holiday Celebration has live holiday music, games for the kids, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa. Stroll along the historic harbor walk and enjoy lights linking colorful seaport restaurants, bars and businesses. For more information please visit Key West Christmas
Old Town Trolley Tour runs until December 24th
Celebrate the season aboard Old Town Trolley Tours on their Holly Jolly Holiday Lights Trolley. There won’t be a white Christmas in the Southernmost City, but that doesn’t stop the island from decking the halls with lights and decorations! Tours depart from Mallory Square. The elves at the Old Town Trolley have scouted the island for the best lights that will put you in the holiday spirit. As if the island wasn’t dazzling enough, you will get special holiday light glasses! We get the show started with some holiday cheer with cider and cookies and before you set off on your 60 minute tour of the island. For more information please visit Old Town Trolley.
Conch Tour Train displays until December 22nd
It won’t get cold and it will not snow, but the festive lights have the city aglow.
Join the Conch Tour Train for their annual holiday lights tour of the island. To get things started we will serve up some holiday cheer with cider and cookies. Then it is all aboard for an hour tour that takes you to all of the island’s most elaborately decorated houses, buildings and neighborhoods and caroling. Tour includes special holiday lights glasses! For more information please visit Conch Tour Train.
The 2013 magical holiday “must see” nautical event, the 23rd Annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 p.m. The Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band kicks off the festivities at 6 p.m. singing holiday favorites. Spectators can view the dozens of participating vessels from resorts, bars and restaurants in and around the Historic Seaport. For more information please visit Schooner Wharf
Your home away from home, Bogey’s Retreat, is located in the exclusive community of the Golf Club. You’ll be steps away from all that the community has to offer at this relaxing little retreat. The Golf Club has your choice of two spa-themed private pools, access to a 24-hour gym with a refundable security deposit, and you’ll literally be steps away from the only golf course within 50 miles. Bogey’s Retreat is truly that- a retreat. This two bedroom townhome was recently updated from top to bottom with all the ‘bells and whistles’. Some of the features include new stainless steel appliances, flat screen Tvs, a blu-ray player, and Bose sound system. The larger-than-usual backyard offers grilling and a back porch that overlooks the 1st hole of the 18-hole golf course. For availability or to book online please click the picture. For more information please call us toll free at 888-465-6124.
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