Key West in Fall

///Key West in Fall

Key West in Fall

Happy Monday friends!

If you were following on Instagram last week, you might have seen that I snuck away to spend a few days in Florida including a few nights in Key West!  The Hubs had a business conference and his parents just happened to have a trip planned that overlapped for a few days.  So it was the perfect chance to enjoy some island time.

The Hubs had spent the week before on Anna Maria Island for another business related trip.  I could not go on that part of the trip, so I took a commercial flight down to meet him.  Thank goodness for crazy cheap flights through Alliegent Air.

From the Sarasota airport the Hubs and I flew ourselves in our plane to Key West.  This is the view as we left the Sarasota area. So pretty!

Flying to Key West - General Aviation

The flight to Key West was only an hour and a half, with less than thirty minutes over water.  So much shorter than driving.

Check out the cool clouds! <– I’m totally showing my inner weather nerd.

Flying to Key West - General Aviation

We landed at Key West by 10 AM and were ready to go for a day of fun!

Flying to Key West - General Aviation

The Hubs parents picked us up from the airport and we spent some time showing them around since we had made this trip a few years ago.

Key West Mallory Square

The highlight of the day was a sunset sail and wine tasting.  The Hubs and I did this the last time we were in town and loved it.

Key West Danger Sunset Sail

It is so nice to get out on the water to watch the end of the day show.

Key West Sunset

The sunset from the boat was very pretty with lots of colors.

Key West Sunset

I love the way the sun reflects off the clouds.

Key West Sunset

This shot with the birds is one of my favorites though.

Key West Sunset

We ended the day with a great dinner and an early bedtime!

The next day started bright and early, including a fruit ceviche breakfast with amazing views.  I think I might have been one of the first people awake in Key West πŸ™‚

Fruit Ceviche

I could eat breakfast with views like this everyday!

Key West Breakfast View

The Hubs was in meetings all day, so I met his parents and played tour guide.

We hit up all the Key West favorites!

Southernmost Point…

Key West Southernmost Point

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach…

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

I want one of these signs for my backyard!

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

DJ’s Clam Shack… (featured on Diners, Dives and Drive-ins)

Key West DJ's Clam Shack

The clams were just as good as I remembered!

Key West DJ's Clam Shack

The Butterfly Conservatory.  I could have spent hours here taking pictures.

Butterfly's in Key West

I’ll spare you the hundred pictures I took and share just two…

Butterfly's in Key West

The Hubs got out of meetings just in time to catch the sunset at Mallory Square.

Key West Sunset

Even from the dock, this sunset is spectacular!

Key West Sunset

Those boats are the ones we were on the night before.

Key West Sunse

The Hubs parents were leaving early the next day, so we said goodbye and went back to our hotel for dinner and a party associated with his conference.

My last day in Key West I was on my own, so I rented a bike and went exploring.  It felt great to get a nice breeze off the bike, get exercise and see a lot of the island in a short amount of time.  If you were ever in Key West I highly recommend getting a bike.  In my opinion it’s the best and most enjoyable way to get around.  I found this little hidden gem restaurant on the other side of the island.

Key West Lunch

I liked my clams so much the day before, that I ordered another dish of them.  This version was a little more refined with fresh tomatoes and white beans.  They were both delicious though.

Key West Clams

I finished the day talking with some of the other spouses from the conference at the pool.

The Hubs meeting finally ended just in time for a last Mallory Square sunset.  The last one might have been my favorite.  The colors were very vivid.

Key West Sunset

We had a late dinner on Sunset Island, which was really relaxing and tasty.

Key West Sunset

The next morning we got up early to leave Key West for Orlando.  The Hubs needed to get back to work, so he dropped me off to spend a few days with my Dad.  I caught another Alliegent Air flight back to Asheville a few days later.

I got back to 40 degrees and crazy mountain winds.  I’m kind of missing that Florida heat and sunshine right now, but as always there is no place like home.

Want to learn more about general aviation, what and why I fly?  Check out this post about the time the Hubs flew us to the Bahamas!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for a peanut butter twist on the breakfast favorite.  This time I’m using this amazing new crunchy, yet creamy peanut butter find.  Yummy!  

And of course, have a Marvelous Monday! Thanks for the linkup Katie.

I’m linking this post up for Travel Tuesday and Weekend Wanderlust.

Your turn!

Have you ever been to Key West?

Do you ever ride a bike to get around?


By | 2017-08-15T14:04:06-04:00 November 16th, 2015|Florida Travel, Travel|53 Comments


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  2. Kaitlyn August 15, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Looks like such a fun time! So cool you go with hubs for bus trips!! The pictures of the sunset look AMAZING!!

    -Katie |

  3. Jess @hellotofit November 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Love your romper! I’ve been to Key West once, and had a blast. Need to go back!

  4. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes November 18, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I have been to Key West but it was when I was a kid. I clearly need to go back, your photos are amazing!!

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

      It’s pretty cool! I only went once the entire time I grew up in Florida but have really enjoyed my recent visits.

  5. Pragati // Simple Medicine November 18, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I love Key West! It’s where I met my husband. I also love that you flew yourselves there! So awesome!!!

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Pragati! I’m sure it has great memories for you then!

  6. Krystal November 18, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I go to Key West almost yearly, but I have BAD sunset luck! There’s always clouds or something covering our view! Love your photos!

  7. [email protected] the Long Way Home November 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I’m a little jealous of your trip…and your husband’s! We go to Anna Maria every March. I’ll be down there next year, and I’m running the Sarasota Half. Want to meet me there?

    My sister and I are already planning for our sister trip, and Key West is on our list!

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Oh wow! The Hubs was at Anna Maria all week and loved it. I had never been there in all my years of living in Florida!
      Sarasota half?! Sounds like so much fun– when is it?
      And Key West– yes– you should go!

  8. Mandi Korn November 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    The first cloud photo is amazing…..were going back to FL in a week, hope its as pretty as your stay was.

  9. Marta November 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I would so love to visit Key West one day, it looks gorgeous! Great pictures and you look super cute in the romper!

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Thanks Marta! It’s a great trip and pretty easy from Florida.
      I love that romper… so thank you!

  10. Andrea November 17, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    I had the lobster roll at DJ’s and was very happy indeed. It is such a cool vibe everywhere in Key West. How were the clams?

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      I had a lobster roll too last time– sooooo good! The clams were pretty awesome. They had jalapenos– which makes me happy πŸ™‚

  11. Jessie November 17, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Wow! What a beautiful couple days you and your family had in Key West. I’m still amazed that your husband can fly a plane. I mean goodness gracious, what skill. I’d personally be terrified that I’d crash.

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Haha! He is one of the only people I would trust to fly a plane I was in! He is super organized and methodical.. not like me!! I am impressed with his skill too– I think I’ve just become used to flying!

  12. Leslie @ flora foodie November 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, GORGEOUS pictures, and you’re seriously making me crave some clams. I’ve never been to Key West, but I may have to add that to the list πŸ™‚ I do get to bike to get around here in Sac sometimes, so that’s lovely!

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Bikes are so much fun! It’s so hard to ride bikes in the mountains, that I don’t do it enough!

  13. Susanna @Zealous Mom November 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Are you kidding me? Oh my gosh, Julie. Every picture looks like a post card. It looks you guys had an amazing time. You both totally deserve it. πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder November 19, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Thanks Susanna! I appreciate that so much! Wish you could have come– we would have had a blast!

  14. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie November 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I love Key West! It’s so beautiful and the perfect spot for a quick vacation. I’m curious to hear more about your experience with Allegiant airlines! I’m tempted to try them for their pricing, but at the same time the old adage “you get what you pay for” runs threw my head too! haha

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      I’ve flown them for years and my Mom flew on them from Orlando to Chattanooga from their very beginning.
      I’ve had no issues! The are generally pretty timely, clean and just like any other flight.
      They fly into Sanford instead of Orlando, which is on the other side of town from Disney and where I grew up.
      They do charge extra for everything… but I only pay for my bag and don’t get the other extras.
      The only problem is they only have a few flights a week so sometime the times or days don’t work.

  15. Runaway Bridal Planner November 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photo’s!!! I have only been to Key West once, and it is beautiful there! We basically spent the day there, walked around everywhere, visited the southernmost tip and ate some great food. I was actually surprised at the lack of beaches, I think we came across one small one.
    We rushed to just see and do things, I think if I ever go back I’d like to take a more relaxing approach and enjoy it more, like you sound like you did! Looks like a great getaway!!!

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Yes, the lack of beaches is very surprising!
      Since this is the second time I’ve been recently, it was much easier to chill!

  16. Colan November 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Key West is a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. It’s too flat and hot. Julie you have taken some beautiful pictures and I always like to see them. Thanks for sharing

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      It is very flat! Thanks so much for the pictures compliment– I work very hard at them!

  17. Mary Beth Jackson November 16, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Key West makes for a great getaway any time! nice pictures! We had so much fun the last time we were there πŸ™‚

  18. Blane Sherer November 16, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures ( especially the sunset shots ).
    I always enjoy your travel blogs.

  19. Jenny November 16, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness! I want to GOOOO! My husband produced documentary in Key West years ago and lived there while he was working on it. BUT I haven’t been, and we keep talking about getting down there. Maybe in January!

    I hope you’re framing some of the photos you’ve been taking–they’re beautiful!

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      He needs to take you!!! It’s a lot of fun! Just a very different vibe. I love the sunsets and the views. Let me know if you go and need a hotel recommendation πŸ™‚ I need to get on top of the framing thing πŸ™‚

  20. Diane November 16, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    So much fun ! Let’s go back this week ‘n

  21. Lisa B November 16, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Key West is one of my and my hubby’s favorite places! Love the sunsets! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures; lots of memories there!

  22. [email protected] November 16, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    So many beautiful pictures! If you are a cloud nerd, you’re the coolest cloud nerd I know! I love the romper that you’re wearing on the beach so cute!

  23. Annmarie November 16, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I have never been to Key West (since I’m allergic to the sun) but it looks absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

  24. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood November 16, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Oh man, I just got SO jealous. We went to Key West for a week before we got married and I think it was both of our favorite vacations ever. So much fun to explore and enjoy such a beautiful setting!!

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      It is such a cool place. I’m a big fan! Good food, nice people and pretty views!

  25. Sam @ See Sam Run November 16, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

    All of your pictures are stunning! Especially the sunsets. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any quite like that, aside from atop a mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine. I went to Key West years ago on a cruise, but I would love to go back to spend more time there. And I must say I love the Lilly!

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      πŸ™‚ Glad you appreciate some Lilly πŸ™‚
      I’m such a fan of sunsets… I hope you get to see some good ones at some point!

  26. Jaime November 16, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Your photos are beautiful (and that fruit? YUM!) I’d take Florida over November in mountains almost any day. I’m just not a fan of November. πŸ˜‰

    • JulieWunder November 16, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      I know! I used to end up at home in October and miss the best of leaf season! I’m now all about going in November.

  27. Gretchen | Gretchruns November 16, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

    What a beautiful place! Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing and Happy Monday!

  28. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 16, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Simply stunning. I am so jealous that you guys are able to travel so freely! I know you earned it, though. I’ve been to Key West once, when I was in high school. We had a stop there during our Marine Biology trip. It was certainly an interesting place then–I like your version of it much better!

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