Are you guys ready for a post with more photos than I think I’ve ever posted before? Going through our vacation photos and thinking about the best places to share was hard. So, I am going with the “everything but the kitchen sink” post. Previously I shared photos of our hotel and a few other spots, so today is all about food, shopping and fun!
First up is the southernmost point in the continental United States. We just had to get a photo of this iconic tourist spot and finding a time without a long line and no rain wasn’t easy, but was well worth it. I love this photo of Jake staring out into the distance.
The manatee mailboxes were also a big hit with the boys.
You can’t get much further south than the southernmost, southernmost house right? Also, check out my neck muscles. I’m looking a little hulk like, eek!
So, you know how I mentioned it rained? It rained a lot. Like enough that people were wading in the water throughout the streets. We tried our best not to let it hold us back though, and still got out and about. It just meant melted make-up and crazy hair. Oh, well.
As for food, one of our first and favorite stops was Sarabeth’s. This is one of my favorite spots in NYC, so when I realized there was a location in Key West I was squealing like a kid on Christmas morning. I’m happy to report that the lemon ricotta pancakes once again did not disappoint. Plus, how cute is this southern house?!
Later on we needed an ice cream/key lime pie break and local shop Mattheessens was just perfect.
One of our favorite Key West lunch spots was Lobo’s Mixed Grill. One of us, ahem, might have slept through it. Otherwise it was a great little out of the way spot to get great wraps.
Of course with all that rain, we also had to find ways to occupy Jake. It wasn’t easy. Key West is definitely an outdoor town so we headed to the local Aquarium. It was pretty small, but a good place to beat the rain with a toddler. And come on with that crazy shark! Gotta love it!
Sadly Jake seemed most interested in chasing the chickens that roam the island than he did the sea life. He loved playing with them!
Hands down, my favorite casual eatery was Garbo’s Grill Food Truck. With cool laid back music pumping, waiting for delicious fish tacos to be grilled fresh was no sweat. Weeks later they still have me drooling!
On our last night we just had to hit up Blue Heaven and dined al fresco. A chill restaurant with live music, yes please!
Plus, the food was amazing. Check out that tuna!
And this sweaty toddler may have been chasing more chickens AND feeding them when Mom wasn’t looking. Hmmm….
Traveling with a toddler means I had less shopping time than I used to on vacation. One place I spied that I made ample time for was Jean-Pierre Klifa. Talk about a shop just full of everything you want to buy. It was hard to only leave with a few tokens and not cram as much as humanly possible into my suitcase. Also, this historic building was a charming location on Simonton Street!
My patient men busying themselves while I shop.
Clearly, we had a great time on our short vacation to Key West, Florida. I did learn that it is important to look up times and days of the week for restaurants since many are closed early in the week. I also learned that with a little digging the restaurants are amazing, the shopping and fun spots great, and everything always has a laid back vibe.