A Midwinter Cultural Getaway to Key West
January 4–8, 2015
Continental America's southernmost city has seen mighty highs and lows through its fascinating history. Our tour provides fresh looks at the amazing houses, people, and buildings that give Key West its one-of-a-kind character. Enter lovely private homes and gardens, meet leading artists in their studios, and stroll the charming streets of Key West with local preservationists and longtime National Trust study leader and historian John Meffert. Dine at great outdoor restaurants, stay at a five-star waterfront resort, and escape the winter doldrums while discovering the city's surprising cultural wonders.
Study Leader Information
Longtime National Trust study leader and historian John Meffert
Independent arrivals at the gorgeous Pier House. The tour begins with an insightful lecture by favorite study leader John Meffert, introducing the history, ecology, and personalities of the Sunshine State. Tonight, meet fellow travelers over a delicious dinner at one of Duval Street’s best restaurants.
Spend the morning learning about the very earliest days of Key West with visits to two magical historic properties. Meet the director of the Key West Art and History Society's impressive Custom House Museum before viewing the museum’s excellent exhibitions. Nearby, tour the beautiful Audubon House. A delightful lunch on a shaded restaurant terrace offers a welcome midday break. Gather for a special sunset cruise, a great way to relax and see Key West as all early visitors did – from the water.
The town of Key West is one of the country's hot spots for preservation. Take a first-hand look during a leisurely morning walking tour with a local expert who will point out historic theaters, charming gingerbread houses, hidden gardens, and rare tropical plants and flowers that thrive in Key West. A morning highlight will be a visit to a lovely historic private home. After stopping for lunch in a delightful restaurant, a favorite among locals, spend the afternoon exploring Key West’s art scene. Meet with a prominent sculptor and owner of one of Key West’s best contemporary art galleries.
Enjoy a special walk through Mallory Square with John Meffert before a director-led tour of Harry Truman's “Little White House” and Annex. Enjoy exclusive entrée into a charming private home in one of Key West’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Tonight, celebrate your Key West adventure with an elegant farewell dinner at a beautiful, award-winning restaurant.
Independent transfers to Key West airport for return flights home.
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