Monthly Archives: February 2014
Key West is an excellent 2014 spring break destination for family vacations in March and April. Guests must be 25 to book a room at our resort, you can rest easy knowing that our Key West resort is not popular for college spring breaks. With so many family activities to enjoy across the island this spring break, we’ve highlighted 10 reasons why Parrot Key Resort is the perfect choice for a Key West family vacation.
Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.
10 Reasons to Choose Our Key West Family Resort This Spring Break:
Not only is Parrot Key one of the best Key West family resorts, but we also offer the largest hotel rooms on the island, plus spacious two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas that are ideal for families this spring break.
If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from one of four heated swimming pools and building sand castles on our white sand terraces. You won’t have to go far for breakfast and lunch with casual poolside dining at Cafe Blue, plus plenty of options for the kids. Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Key West sunset from the popular Sunset Pier at our hotel. We’ve also outlined several money-saving tips that your family will appreciate during spring break. View our family package
1. Spacious Family Suites and Villas
Enjoy plenty of wiggle room for the whole family in our spacious family suites which include a master king bedroom, a living room, dry bar, and a double twin room with two ensuite bathrooms. Or try a 3-bedroom villa for added space. The spacious living room features a 42″ flat screen TV, a dry bar area, mini-fridge, coffee maker and toaster. Both the master king and twin bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, their own 27″ flat screen TVs and DVD players and WiFi access property wide. View Our Suites and Villas
2. Four Sparkling Pools
Choose from four sparkling pools with plenty of options for the kids during the spring break holidays. You will be nestled in a tropical garden oasis and surrounded by fun art objects that the children will love. At arm’s reach is our poolside Cafe Blue for breakfast, lunch and island drinks for mom and dad. View all four pools
3. Waterfront Views and Sunset Pier
Enjoy a family sunset from your waterfront balcony or watch the sun go down from our sunset pier while the kids play on our white sand terraces. View our waterfront suites
4. White Sand Terraces
Build a sand castle or just enjoy the sand between your toes with our white sand sunbathing terraces. Mom and dad can enjoy ‘me time’ with waterfront views while the kids play in the sand. And don’t worry about safety–while we offer gorgeous waterfront views, there is no water access from our sandy terraces. Book a guestroom or villa
5. Exciting Onsite Watersports and Beach Shuttle
Relax and unwind with family fun on a WaveRunner tour around Key West this spring break. Book our watersports activities onsite for easy planning. We also offer complimentary beach shuttle service to Smathers Beach! Money Saver: Enjoy Super Discounts on Key West Activities
6. Casual Outdoor Poolside Dining
Enjoy casual island cuisine for the whole family from light bites, meals, island drinks, and sweet treats. Our poolside Cafe Blue offers everything from a breakfast fit for your little king or queen, to an island lunch that mom and dad won’t forget. View the Cafe Blue Menu
7. Fun and Colorful Art Objects
Discover an array of unique art objects throughout Parrot Key Resort that the kids will love. From colorful garden sculptures and more, the art at Parrot Key captures the vibrant energy of the island and fuses it with the tropical setting of our Key West hotel. View more artwork at Parrot Key
8. Stand Alone Units With No Hallways
Don’t worry about disrupting the neighbors. Each individual suite at Parrot Key Resort has its own entrance with no hallways so your little ones can run free this spring break. The units also offer ample privacy, with an at-home feel for you and your family. View our accommodations
9. Near Family Attractions But Off Duval Street
Key West is an amazing family destination, but many families prefer to be located away from the nightlife of Duval Street during spring break. Parrot Key Resort is located three miles from Old Town, nestled in a safe tropical oasis that your family will love. View nearby family activities
10. Budget Room Options for Families
If your budget is tight this spring break and you’re looking for a little less room than our family suites, you can also try a garden view double queen guest room. The garden view room is less expensive and still offers you the largest hotel room in Key West, with two queen beds, a garden porch and an en-suite bathroom. Enjoy an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. Watch the world go by from your private garden view porch. Money Saver: View the garden double queen guest room
Call 877-746-4701 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.
Key West Songwriter’s Festival in May 2014
Key West’s party spirit is set to soar this spring to the tune of the annual Songwriters’ Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, which will take over the island for five days from May 7th through 11th.
All images are compliments of the Key West Songwriter’s Festival
As you venture from one venue to another during your vacation, you’ll be greeted by a diverse line-up featuring over 100 songwriters all delivering unique “Key West-only” moments, including informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases. At the peak of the event will be the enticing, colorful street concert adding a Mardi Gras feel to the festival.
A Festival Line-up That Can’t be “Beat”
With some of the biggest names in the world of songwriting descending on Key West for the festival, we’re excited to see a phenomenal line-up of headliners including Kacey Musgraves, Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White and Dean Dillon.
For more details on the line-up and show schedule during the Songwriters’ Festival, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
10 Toe-Tapping Live Music Venues in Key West
If you can’t make this year’s May festival, Key West has an array of live music venues throughout the year to get you in a toe-tapping mood. The island is famed for many types of music, from techno, hip hop, jazz and raggae, to calypso, blues, country and western, so a night out will always feature a show that appeals to all musical tastes. Here are our top ten recommendations for live music venues in Key West:
Schooner Wharf Bar, 22 William Street. Laid-back, comfortable and oozing with character, this bar is just a few blocks away from Duval Street and overlooks the harbor. It’s popular for its live music, friendly service and rustic charm.
Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street. Renowned for being Key West’s finest blues lounge, the cosy Little Room Jazz Club is on the quieter side of Duval Street. It’s one of the top local spots for sipping beer whilst enjoying some of the island’s best jazz.
Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles Street. This popular venue is home base for the Songwriter Festival. Throughout the year it stages some of Key West’s hottest acts with a music schedule on offer every night alongside a tempting menu of fresh seafood.
Sloppy Joe’s, 201 Duval Street. Famed for being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, Sloppy Joe’s is one of the most iconic bars in Key West. Expect a lively party atmosphere with its regular live music schedule.
Willie T’s, 525 Duval Street. If it’s a cool mojito you fancy whilst checking out the latest quality live music acts, head to Willie T’s. The mojitos here are legendary and the walls are decorated with dollar bills from patrons past.
Island Dogs, 505 Front Street. One of Key West’s coolest hang-outs, you’ll find live music most nights at Island Dogs where the Key Lime Pie Martini is a must-try, along with the chargrilled oysters.
Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front Street. Locals and visitors have been coming to Hog’s Breath Saloon for around 25 years for its daily schedule of live music and friendly service.
Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Another Key West icon, Green Parrot Bar is loved by locals and welcomes visitors every night with its exciting line-up of live music which makes the venue fun and bursting with energy.
Turtle Kraals, 231 Margaret Street. Catch the latest live music from the harbor-based Turtle Kraals which not only offers the best views of the Key West Historic Seaport, but serves up a refreshing selection of drinks, including the delicious Key Lime Margarita.
Bull and Whistle Bar, 224 Duval Street. Here you’ll find two bars under one roof with live music showcased on the Bull stage. The party atmosphere entices large crowds most nights, making it one of Key West’s most popular venues for musical entertainment.
For more details on the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
Sculpture Key West is a unique (and free) Key West art exhibition that places selected artworks in the community for your enjoyment. Sculpture Key West believes that art isn’t something we should have to make plans to see, or buy a ticket to visit. Instead, they believe that art belongs in our everyday environment where we can bump into it, where it can unexpectedly alter our day and our world. Artists from eight states are represented in the exhibition and their works are showcased in a wide variety of traditional and experimental media. Some sculptures were constructed on site, while some incorporate native materials such as local plant life. The exhibit is available for viewing through March 23, 2014 at West Martello Tower and adjoining Higgs Beach in Key West.
Artist John Martini’s sculpture art can be seen around Parrot Key Resort and some of his works are also part of the Sculpture Key West exhibit. Scroll down to see some of Martini’s work, along with other amazing art sculptures. View the Sculpture Key West Facebook Page
Eric Troffkin, “Communications Vine,” 2013
Welded red and white steel tubing
40″ L x 3.5′ W
Sunil Garg, “Will They Too Soon Be Gone”
Wire mesh, nylon thread, air currents, programmed RGB lights
Adam Russell, “Watchmen,” 2013
3 ceramic sculptures approximately 85″ tall
Darryl Lauster, “Homage to Brancusi,” 2013
Welded steel and high fired porcelain
11′ 2″ tall, various dimensions
John Martini, “Big Rat,” 2013
85″ x 74″ x 38″
Bill Lorraine, “Man Looking Up,” 2013
Carved out of indigenous stone, Miami Oolite
15″ tall x 23″ x 12″
Pedestal 10′ tall x 24″ x 15″
James Racchi, “Untitled Column,” 2013
48″ high x 20″ W x 18″ D
Lorrie Fredette, “Evade Invasion,” 2013
Beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, nylon line
11′ H x 36″ W x 36″ D (approximate)
Gereon Krebber, “Conchie,” 2012
Cast concrete, variable dims
Joel Erland and Kate Kaman, “Conch Republic,” 2013
3 Forton glass fiber reinforced concrete
5′ max length in any direction
Ursula Clark, “Palm Goddess,” 2013
Palms, branches, shells, pods and stones as embellishments
10″ H x 6′ in diameter bottom of skirt
John Martini, “A Blakean Tale,” 2011
Simran Johnston, “Untitled: Semi Circle 1 and 2,” 2013
Sticks, plaster, paint polyurethane, nylon 6′ x 4.5′ and 2.5′ x 4″
Richard Brachman, “Tank” (Camouflaged), 2013
Wood, chick wire, vines, leaves, sticks, coconuts
6′ W x 10′ L
William Bennett, “Belly Scepter,” 1987 – 2013
Laminated stone, steel, bronze, plastic, gold leaf
86″ x 13″ x 13″
Liliana Crespi, “Shadows,” 2013
6 life size figures: wire crocheted
72″x 15″ x 8″ ea