Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Anniversary in Key West, FL

So this weekend was our one year anniversary {YAY} and the hubbs surprised me with a long weekend getaway to Key West! I've always wanted to go there especially to go swimming and snorkeling at the reef! His family has been at random times and loved it so I was excited when I found out where we were going! We left our house at like 3 am and started driving (we love road trips!) and we wanted to miss some of the holiday weekend traffic...

We stopped at Doc's Diner in Key Largo for an awesome breakfast (the pancakes were fantastic) and then kept driving south! Once we got to Key West we had some time to kill before we checked in so we just drove around and took in the sights! We stopped at Sandy's Cafe, a local favorite for some tasty sandwiches and then went back and hung out. 

Of course we had to get sushi (I love it), so we went to another local favorite, Ambrosia Sushi (delicious). The weather was so nice we walked over to Duval Street to see what all the hype was about. Key West, Duval Street in particular, to me is like a mix of New Orleans and Block Island with tons of bars, live bands, little shops and some {very} interesting people watching.

And of course our trip wouldn't be complete without having some Key Lime Pie!! So to local favorite #4 we went! Kermit's (key lime everything) was the best key lime pie ever. 

Local favorite #3 - Havana Key West for breakfast and then off to be a tourist! We drove around and found the Southernmost point buoy...

and then found Mile Marker 0...

which is especially neat to me since some of my family is from the way other end of Route 1, way up in Fort Kent Maine. 

Of course we had to stop at Margaritaville and then went back to the resort and hung out until we went to see the "must-see" sunset at Mallory Square. 

After we went to this awesome restaurant Hot Tin Roof and all I can say is... Best. Scallop. Ever. They had outdoor seating on their wrap around balcony/porch so you had a nice view of the water. 

I went on Pinterest before our trip and just searched "Key West" to get some ideas for things to do and found this picture of this awesome dock and it had bright painted tables, bar stools and bright umbrellas and I LOVED how it looked *cough* possible theme for back porch renovation? *cough* And when we were leaving the restaurant we stopped at an outdoor bar downstairs and I looked down the dock and I saw the same bright tables and barstools and umbrellas!!! I don't know why it was neat to see something on Pinterest with no label as to where it was and then randomly find the place!!

On our actual anniversary we went on a morning snorkel cruise! We stopped at Cuban Coffee Queen for a quick breakfast (bagel and cream cheese on a Cuban bread with honey! Soo good) and then waited to get on the boat. We went with Sunset Snorkeling company and I'm glad we did. We stopped at two different parts of the reef and snorkeled 30 minutes both places. It was awesome to see a live coral reef and a ton of fish (unfortunately no sharks) but it was cool to see everything. 

They had so many different key lime things it was awesome (yeah - that's some key lime fudge on the tiny spoons...) And after that we headed back home! 

1 comment:

  1. So many pretty pictures! Ryan's laptop background is actually the bright chairs, umbrellas that we were also drawn too :)