July 17 to 22, 2012
Key West, FL
Are you a big fan of the acclaimed novelist Ernest Hemingway? If so, you must plan a trip to see Key West, a destination he called home and that inspired his writings. While it is possible to visit Key West and explore through the eyes of Hemingway all year long, there is one annual event that would make a trip particularly special. Key West Hemingway Days is an annual event for the month of July , where visitors can take place in a number of activities celebrating the famous writer.
Hemingway Look-Alike ContestOne of the highlights of the Key West Hemingway Days Festival is a look-alike contest. Every year, this contest attracts white-bearded men who resemble Hemingway hoping to take home the annual prize. The concentration of so many look-alikes in one place is a very interesting sight to see!
You might plan a trip for the look-alike contest, but you will also discover the destination that inspired the work of Hemingway. Here you can visit his studio on Whitehead Street or head on a fishing boat in the local waters. Following in the footsteps of Hemingway is especially possible during this annual celebration.
More Festivities for Hemingway FansThere are many activities scheduled as part of Key West Hemingway Days. Apart from the look-alike contest, there are also readings and book-signings by famous authors and the awards ceremony of a literary competition run by Hemingway's granddaughter, Lorian. The festival also celebrates the birthday of Ernest Hemingway, which is on Jul 21. This year, he would have been 113 years old.
Beyond these staple events, there are more offerings for true Hemingway fans. The festival also hosted a one-man play that explores Hemingway's inspirations and life. There was also a museum exhibit of rare items and even a marlin fishing tournament that recalls Hemingway's love of the sport. Every year, fans travel from across the country to take part in this celebration. If you love Hemingway, make 2012 the year you discover his beloved Key West.
Key West Rentals for Hemingway DaysHemingway didn't stay in a hotel and neither should you. When planning your trip to the next Key West Hemingway Days Festival, a vacation rental is the way to go for accommodations. Not only will you get the true Hemingway Key West experience, but you will also have all the comforts and conveniences you need to really relax during a Florida Keys vacation.
Don't wait to book your rental. This popular event is known to attract literature buffs from across the country who knows that rentals are the way to go. This is also a great event to attend with teenagers. Show your kids that literature can be exciting with one of the best annual events celebrating literature in the country.
Traveling to Key WestMany literary fans are looking forward to attend Key West Hemingway Days but don't know how to get there. One way to reach the island at the tip of the Florida Keys is to rent a car at the Miami Airport and drive the 3 hours south. This drive, often involves cruising over bridges that are miles in length and considered as one of the most beautiful in the country. On the other hand, some visitors rather choose to connect in Miami to the small airport in Key West.
Get reading that old, battered copy of "The Sun Also Rises" in preparation for one of the best literary events in the country.
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