Safely in Key West

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    Feb 24, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Nice trip down, arrived a few hours ago, the Cypress House is very quaint, I think I could recommend it for those not wanting a gay-men only place. We received our stay here as a gift for volunteer work for HIV/AIDS, which I think is why they chose a mixed-gender place.

    Obviously they have Wi-Fi, I'm sitting poolside at the minute at a small table right outside our room. About to tell hubby that the happy hour gong was just rung (that's gong, not bong). We're not sure if we'll go out tonight, I suppose if we get hungry enough and not too drunk right now.

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    Feb 25, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    I didn't realize the value of the gift we were given. I saw the room rate notice on the wall near our door, posted per Florida law. Apparently near $500 a night, for a single queen room. Still, nice enough, in a ramshackle Key West sort of way. A genuine KW place will not be your modern, sterile Sheraton. Expect some "character."

    So poolside happy hour was very nice, and we got to know the owner. Seems we have a lot of mutual KW friends, and he wants us to invite them here for another happy hour as his guests with us before we leave, put a little party together. We'll try to arrange that tomorrow.

    And had a heavy enough buffet that we didn't need to go out to dinner. We want to reserve those to share with friends here, a number of our special places we want to hit. Nor will we require an outside breakfast tomorrow, these nicer KW guest houses almost all providing an adequate complimentary breakfast on site, that meets our light needs.

    So a good start to our 6 days here. We'll probably do the traditional sunset watching tomorrow night on the Gulf side. Every day is predicted to be about 80 F and totally sunny, not a hint of cloudiness or rain.
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    Feb 25, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    One of the things we got done this morning was make our reservations for next November's SMART Ride at New Orleans House, in our favorite loft suite overlooking Duval Street. The place that's right above the Bourbon Street Pub, and it's from the veranda outside our room that they do the New Year's Eve Sushi Drop.

    But we'll still recommend this Cypress House to our friends, especially female, who won't or can't use the exclusive gay men's lodging in Key West. We continue to be pleased by it.

    Complimentary breakfast this morning was incredible, no mere pastry buffet, but a full meal with everything. Provided in a large residential-style kitchen in the main historic house, with a supplementary buffet at the large poolside bar, where most of the guests took their meals at outdoor shaded tables, in this absolutely gorgeous weather. This is shaping up to be one of our better trips, especially since we aren't arriving exhausted following the 2-day, 165-mile SMART Ride, and in our case, including 4 days of prep & registration beforehand.

    BTW, now hubby has settled by the pool sunning, and gotten himself a drink. I suspect lunch will be late, though I hope we can still do the sunset watching over the Gulf waters tonight. But if not, then tomorrow, or the next night, or the next... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 25, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    When is the SMART Ride on November? I'll be there the week after Veterans Day.
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    Feb 25, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    I'm sure Art_ won't mind if I add a link to The Cypress House for those interested in staying there.

    http://www.cypresshousekeywest.com/
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    Feb 25, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    pics, please!!

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    Feb 26, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    rnch saidpics, please!!

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    There will be, when we get back home, and I have the better editing capabilities of my desktop Mac. I was just taking pics of this place today.
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said When is the SMART Ride on November? I'll be there the week after Veterans Day.

    The riders arrive in Key West Saturday afternoon, Nov 19. There will be a parade out to the White Street Pier, that will go down Duval Street around 2:30.

    My partner & I will be staying at the New Orleans House on Duval from Sat until Tues. We just made the reservations today.

    http://www.thesmartride.org/7/
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said I'm sure Art_ won't mind if I add a link to The Cypress House for those interested in staying there.

    http://www.cypresshousekeywest.com/

    Yah know, I hadn't seen this, since we got this stay as a gift. But I'm glad to see the room rates aren't as high as the notice in our room said. Makes it more attractive to our friends when I recommend it to them.

    BTW, if you take the virtual tour, we're in room 13, which has a lovely little sitting area outside the French doors. But small, as I indicated above. The shower is huge, though, you could get 4 guys in there at once.

    The guys in the video are still here. Dave presides over happy hour, and is a part owner. Dennis is also here. So it's a current and accurate picture of this place. Thanks for posting it!
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said The shower is huge, though, you could get 4 guys in there at once.


    Supposition? or First Hand Knowledge? LOL
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    Feb 26, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    Art_Deco said The shower is huge, though, you could get 4 guys in there at once.


    Supposition? or First Hand Knowledge? LOL

    Entirely supposition, at least with this shower, but I'm not without similar experiences elsewhere, to know what will fit in a shower. icon_wink.gif And not just fit -- at 4' x 6' in size 4 guys could comfortably all be taking an actual shower.

    But every shower I've ever encountered in a Key West guest house could handle at least 2 people, or often more, like this one. And as the virtual tour of the room shows, this one has a glass block wall, but no shower door. I've also encountered that design here before, again something you can do with a larger shower space.

    At the moment, though, we seem to be the only gay men here. There appears to be a lesbian trio at the pool all the time, I don't think they've seen anything of Key West itself, all the rest being straight couples. The co-owned guest house 2 doors down seems to cater to them, but they have use of the pool here, along with breakfast & happy hour.

    There were also 3 elderly ladies who departed today (elderly meaning our ages), and we befriended them during happy hour, when all the tables were taken, but some empty chairs at their table for 6. Defying my ordinary social shyness with strangers I asked if we could share their table, and they eagerly accepted.

    Turns out they're straight, friends from college days, now retired teachers living in all different parts of the US, one as far away as Alaska. Once a year they leave their husbands at home and get together for a shared trip. This was their first time in KW, and we were delighted to share what we know with them. We didn't specifically announce it but they quickly perceived we're a gay couple, which didn't seem to throw a damper on things. They must have seen the big rainbow flag flying outside this place.

    We had a final breakfast here with them this morning before their departure. What wonderful conversations we had! I hope my partner & I were good ambassadors for gay men. Sometimes actions PLUS friendly words speak louder than demonstrations & marches.

    We still like to be surrounded by other gay men, but like me, my partner will thrive wherever he is planted. We're here to have a good time -- why should we make ourselves miserable over issues of who's coming to happy hour?

    Speaking of a good time, we also confirmed today the schedule and our role for the auction and presentation tonight. That's why we arranged these dates for this gift stay here, to coincide with that event, and will now bring our HIV/AIDS bicycle back home. I just want to try to also do a nice restaurant first, since it'll be too late afterwards. But first a light lunch, as soon as hubby finishes his nap...
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    Feb 28, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    Sounds like you're having a great time there! I love the story of old ladies & you sharing a table.

    I've done that more than once when eating at Pepe's! It's always so busy there. it's silly to sit at a 4top with only 2 people eating, so we ask complete strangers if they care to join us! Never ever have had a rude couple, even when they know we are a gay couple.

    I think KW is the one place I've been to where most everyone either has no problem with mingling or they at least keep it to themselves! I mean, if you go to Rome, don't bitch because the place if full of Romans! LOLicon_wink.gif

    Enjoy the rest of your stay and have a safe trip back home.

    PS: on your drive back, if you're not too much in a hurry...stop at MM88.5 and eat at Island Grill http://www.keysislandgrill.com/ You won't regret it.