Escape those cold winter nights and head to sunny Key West for your Vitamin D fix! Did you know sunlight provides us with Vitamin D and puts us in a better mood? Ambrosia Key West is just what the doctor ordered! On top of that we have a special offer for early December visitors:
Stay Two Nights and
Get the Third Night 50% Off!
Stay Any Two Nights From December 1 – December 19, 2013.
Minimum 3 Night Stay Required.
This offer is based on our published rates and based on availability of select rooms.
This offer does not apply to existing reservations and is not valid with any other offer or discount.
Come on down and join us!
Jaime and Shane Posluszny took advantage of a lucky day in Mid-November. On 11-12-13, they exchanged vows in Key West. Jaime and Shane live in Tampa; however they have family ties to our beloved Key West. Shane's grandmother Emma Carrero Cates owned our Historic Ambrosia House at 615 Fleming Street. Does the last name Cates sound familiar? Emma was a Key West Commissioner and a member of the Monroe County Beach Advisory board. One of Emma's sons is actually our current mayor. If you have been down to South Beach at the end of Duval Street, you probably have seen the memorial in Emma's honor. Mayor Craig Cates even married Jaime and Shane on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. All four of Emma's children; Scott, Cecile, Mayor Craig, and Kevin grew up at 615! As you may know the Ambrosia House a.k.a. "Ole Girl" houses 8 of our most popular themed suites. During Jaime and Shane's visit, we learned some of the original layout of this Historic Home. The kitchen was located in what is now the Jungle Room and the bathroom for the entire house was located in what is now the Ambrosia Suite! Congratulations to the happy couple, we wish you all the best in your new life together!
Meet our December pet of the month Schatzi! This nine year old purebred Weimaraner lives in Tampa with her newlywed parents Jaime and Shane Posluszny. Nine years ago, Jamie and Shane's old Weimaraner had a litter and Schatzi was one of the puppies. At that time, she was sold to a couple in the medical field. Eight months later, the couple decided to reach out to Shane to surrender her. Due to the couple's hectic work schedule, they were unable to give her 100% of their time. Shane jumped on the opportunity to have her back. Schatzi is very special. This little sweetheart has had her share of medical issues. Jaime and Shane almost lost her 2 years ago when she was diagnosed with Addison's disease. The disease is now managed by a monthly injection. Schatzi is very friendly, and incredibly loving. She loves affection and is Jaime's emotional support animal. She goes everywhere with Jaime and Shane from traveling to boating. When in Key West, Schatzi enjoys riding around OId Town in the golf cart. While at Ambrosia, Schatzi started each day with two hardboiled eggs and one apple from our hot breakfast buffet. Next she would enjoy wasting the day away on the front porch of the Captain's Quarters. She especially liked when the front door was wide open, which allowed her to watch people passing by. Per Schatzi's request a donation will be made to Lifeline Dog Rescue.
Key West “Bight' Before Christmas”
November 27 – December 31
Live holiday music, games for the kids, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event along the historic harbor walk linking colorful seaport restaurants, bars and businesses at the Key West Bight. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight. Details also at keywestholidayfest.com.
Key West Holiday Parade
The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. Featuring marching groups and motorized and nonmotorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Starting at Truman Avenue and White Street, it proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street.
Schooner Wharf Bar 23rd Annual
Lighted Boat Parade
Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West's Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport.
54th Annual Key West
House & Garden Tours
December 27 – 28
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation's museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.
New Year's Eve:
Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe's
The arrival of 2014 is to be heralded on the island's Duval Street with the "drop" of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock. At midnight, the shell descends and cheers erupt. Stellar Mojo Band is to perform on Sloppy Joe's indoor stage, rounding out the revelry. No reservations or tickets are taken, but a door charge is required to party inside the bar.
Mention this newsletter when you book in December and receive a $25 bar tab for the Green Parrot.