Knowledgeable guides give colorful, anecdote-rich tours through the life and loves of famed novelist Ernest Hemingway, who first came to Key West in 1928 and had this home, built by wrecker and secessionist Asa Tift in 1851, given to he and his wife as a gift in 1931.
The Hemingways made numerous improvements, including the first in-ground swimming pool on the island.
Until 1940, this was Hemingway’s primary residence. Many of his novels were written here, including “To Have and Have Not,” set in Key West.
One acre of cultivated tropical gardens surround this National Historic Landmark. Tropical palms and a weeping fig tree shade the brick walkways that wind through the gardens, which include numerous cathouses – small homes for the many polydactyl (six-toed) cats, part of the family’s legacy.
Tour tickets are strictly cash, but well worth the investment.