Jan
30

Wanderlust: Key West

As mentioned in my post about Miami, a serendipitous run-in with a Nashville friend while there led to one of the most fun New Year’s I’ve ever had! Two of my best friends (that you’ve probably seen mentioned a million times if you read this blog on the regular…) Taryn and Claire, had arrived in Palm Beach and we were trying desperately to figure out what we wanted to do for New Year’s Eve. We decided that Miami would probably be too crazy and Palm Beach would probably be too boring, but the girls weren’t up for driving to Key West. As we sat looking at this gorgeous view, we remained unable to decide:
IMG_2123That’s when James and Bobby called us from Key West offering up the following arguments:

  • The drive to Key West is one of the top 10 most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Key West is heaven and if you don’t like heaven, you don’t love God.

    Needless to say, that’s all the convincing we needed. Within an hour we were packed and headed to get the rental car, which proved to be difficult given the amount of luggage we had all brought on the trip.

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    This sweet rental car boy gave us a great deal on a car and fudged how much gas was in the tank to our advantage! Score #1 of the trip! Look how giddy this spontaneous adventure was making me – so excited!

    a

    In order for him to drive us from the hotel to the rental car offices we had to stuff every last corner of the car… literally.

    c

    Yep…

    Claire offered to drive first and we determined that whoever was driving had to wear the appropriate eye wear.
    IMG_2129IMG_2133We encountered a few minor mishaps on the way down like getting yelled at by 3 different grown men. (Um chivalry is dead in Florida.) It also rained the entire way down which kind of puts a damper on the beautiful views. We also waited in line for 30 minutes (at least) to gas up the car only to realize just as we thought we edged close enough that the pump wouldn’t reach our car.

    So annoyed. I JUST WANNA GET TO KEY WEST!

    So annoyed. I JUST WANNA GET TO KEY WEST!

    Luckily, we arrived in one piece before dark and lugged every single piece of luggage across the streets of Key West for all to see. #ummmwe’removingin
    IMG_2149James and Bobby took us on a walking tour of part of Key West, took us to get the most amazing Cuban food (but isn’t all of it?), and stopped at one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen, Casa Marina, to have a cocktail on the beach.

    Stunning! Photo courtesy of casamarinaresort.com

    The walk to the beach hammocks at night… breathtaking! Photo courtesy of www.casamarinaresort.com

    Photo courtesy of www.tripadvisor.com

    Paling around with my pals on the hammock.

    Paling around with my pals on the hammock.

    We decided that our New Year’s Eve primping routine was changing from sparkles and high heels to something much more casual. We didn’t hate it!
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    Headed to the show!

    Headed to the show!

    Key West ended up being the PERFECT way to spend New Year’s Eve this year. Low key and laid back with great friends and great music! IMG_2369 IMG_2167Before heading out of town to check into the Breakers we all had brunch at one of Key West’s most infamous breakfast joints, Blue Heaven.

    Um yeah. This is tomato and avocado eggs benedict with a key lime hollandaise sauce on top. Whoa. Somehow I dragged a piece of hair through some of the sauce and was smelling it the entire drive back. I didn't hate it.

    Um yeah. This is tomato and avocado eggs benedict with a key lime hollandaise sauce on top. Whoa. Somehow I dragged a piece of hair through some of the sauce and was smelling it the entire drive back. I didn’t hate it.

    We also were visited by one of Key West’s most infamous during breakfast…

    These things roam the streets of Key West like stray cats!

    These things roam the streets of Key West like stray cats!

    Wouldn't have wanted to spend New Years with anyone else!

    Wouldn’t have wanted to spend New Years with anyone else!

    The last stop before leaving town was getting a fresh coconut water – if you know me well, you know how much this excited me. One of my favorite things!
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    Although we were in Key West less than 24 hours (crazy!), it was totally worth the trip! I wouldn’t mind making that a yearly New Years tradition and this time the sun shined on us all the way back to Palm Beach!
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    What’s the craziest thing y’all have ever done for New Years (or in Key West)?!

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