I’ve been watching the Today Show for a really long time.
Bryant and Jane. Bryant and Deborah. Bryant and Katie. Katie and Matt. Matt and Meridith. And those are just the hosts I can name off the top of my head. Over the year’s, it’s become increasingly tabloidesque–sort of an early morning U.S. Weekly. But I still watch. It’s part of the rhythm of my morning.
I was glad to hear that part of today’s show would be from Key West–anywhere on the Keys is almost always a great place to be.
However, if you happened to see the Today Show this morning, THAT WAS NOT KEY WEST
Key West in NOT about staying in Westin mega-resorts. That’s not Key West. That’s Orlando. Key West is about staying here:
Little guest houses and small inns like this are all over Key West. No, they’re not elegant, but they’re unique.
Key West is not about shopping for Made in China crap at the souvenier shops. It’s about finding artists that call the island home…artists following in the same creative footsteps as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
It’s about six-toed cats, Faustos and conch fritters.
So if you go to Key West, by all means, see Mallory Square. But then take a walk through the Truman Annex and revel in the architecture and flora. Stay some place small. Eat somewhere that looks a tad scary. Buy something hand-made.
If all you knew of Key West was what you saw on the Today Show this morning, then you probably think it’s just one more tourist trap that’s been taken over by corporate America. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
Unless you stay at the Westin, that is.