Easy, Breezy (affordable) Key West
Photo: Courtesy Eden House
Story by Nif Leder
As summer heats up into August, our minds here at Out Traveler begin wandering towards beach-y, breezy, blue shores. Recession woes, sadly, mean that those ten days in Mykonos or Tahiti might have to wait 'til greener times.
Still, that doesn't mean we have to stay stuck in a humid haze all summer. Key West, after all, is just a comparably affordable hop, skip and jump away.
With 35 years of experience behind them, the Eden House ($95-$440; 1015 Fleming Street; 800-533-5397) has gotten very good at serving that slice of paradise without having to leave the states. Between the ubiquitous hammocks, waterfalls flowing into ponds, and all the secret spots that make this house feel like home, the Eden House is great, private-feeling gay-friendly guesthouse for those who need to escape. They even have a library if you lose your book on the beach. (Eden House offers a mixed environment, with a predominantly straight clientele.)
That said, it is in the heart of Key West, so there's plenty nightlife for burning off poolside days. Five blocks away lands you in prime partying territory, Duval Street. The Eden House is also two blocks from the docks and a bunch of favorite local food stops, though you can have your own charcoal grill at the guesthouse or visit their restaurant, Azur.
May 1 -- Dec. 20
Stay three nights; get the fourth night half-off.
Stay six nights; get the seventh night free.
Sept., Oct., and Dec. 1 -- 20:
20% off Sunday -- Thursday