Key West Like a Local

Author: , May 24th, 2014

Key West - Apple MapsChat with a local in the Florida Keys and you’ll likely hear a similar story often repeated. The storyteller talks of traveling here for a vacation and never going home, of calling time on their corporate life back home in New York (or Chicago, or Cincinnati…) and moving down to the Keys for a simpler, slower, and sunnier life.

Even if you’re not quite ready to make the move yourself, let the locals (both born-and-bred, and transplanted) guide your trip. Here, we introduce you to a few of them, and how to experience their Keys:

Home to dozens of souvenir stores, tour providers, and rowdy bars, mile-long Duval Street is the only part of Key West many visitors see. Rather than crawling between touristy Margaritaville and Sloppy Joe’s, head to the Green Parrot on Whitehead Street. The building housing this local favorite has stood since 1890 and was, for a period of time, a submariners’ bar. The distinct sense of Key West kitsch that you’ll find across the island is on proud display here, too, with a haphazard collection of clutter adorning the walls and a sign over the bar that says “no sniveling.”

By Karen Gardiner Dion – Shermans Travel | Key West Gay Travel Resources

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Travel Tips From the Locals

Author: , May 30th, 2012

Washington DC Gay TravelSix former Atlantans offer travel tips to their new cities

The GA Voice caught up with five six gay former Atlantans who now live in other cities to find out what they are up to now and to get their tips for visitors to their new cities.

Happy traveling.

Jon Arge, artist, Asheville, N.C.

When did you move to Asheville and what goals/dreams are you now pursuing while living there?

I relocated here in October of last year completely by accident. I came up for a few days to visit one of my oldest friends, and earliest collectors, who had bought a house here a few years ago. He was then leaving for the rest of the year on business so he asked if I might stay on and house sit.

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