What’s New in Key West by Dennis Hensley

8 11 2017

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld correspondent Dennis Hensley was recently in Key West, Florida. He had planned to post a collection of short interviews he did with the people he met. Then Hurricane Irma happened. He did manage to organize two interviews: One with an openly gay man who ran a small tour company. And another with a woman who’s been tirelessly working to promote Key West for years. Here’s Dennis’ report.

Cody White, Passionate Key West Resident

One of the people I met and interviewed while I was there was Cody White who until recently ran a small tour company with his husband RyanListen to the podcast here. In the wake of Irma, the pair decided to focus on other endeavors … but I spoke to Cody before the storm over blizzards at a Dairy Queen not far from the gay resort I was staying at, The Equator. We talked about how he ended up in Key West, what it’s like to have an Airstream trailer, Key West’s passion for costume parties, how tourists react when they learn he’s gay and why Key West is the place for him. Listen to the podcast here.

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineCarol Shaughnessy, Newman Public Relations, Key West

Met lots of awesome people on my trip to Key West, FL in August for Man About World magazine. One of them was local writer and publicist Carol Shaughnessy. Listen to the podcast here. Over breakfast with our small group of journalists, she regaled the table with the story of Mel Fisher, the legendary treasure hunter who spent 16 years combing the waters around Key West for treasure from a Spanish ship that sank in the 1600s.

It was such an amazing tale–complete with a $450 million ending–I asked Carol to tell it again on the podcast. We also talked about the giant rainbow flag that went from the Atlantic ocean to the Gulf of Mexico down Key West’s main boulevard and the spirit of Key West and how the community supports people in their dreams, no matter how out there they may be. I’ve heard from Carol since Irma and she said that Key West’s motto of “One Human Family” if in full display as everyone works together to get back to normal. Listen to the podcast here.

More from Dennis Hensley on ManAboutWorld here.

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Our Associate Editor Touches Down in Key West

20 05 2014

keywestIt’s almost officially summer time and our associate editor Kenny Porpora landed in Key West to explore this beautiful gay mecca just 130 miles from the Miami coast. For the next few days, he’ll be exploring the island’s old town, famous for its charming Bohemian houses that line the main drag of Duval Street, and the off-the-beaten-path knick-knack shops, cafes, and gay bars that weave in and out, to report back some of the island’s best kept secrets.

ManAboutWorld covered Key West extensively in January 2013 and now we’re circling back to see what’s new and to find out who has the best Key Lime pie, which bar hosts the best cock contest, and who charters the best boat for a day of snorkeling in crystal blue water.

Two informative sites we like: Gay Key West and Keys Voices.





Key West: Ed Salvato on Toronto’s Proud FM

20 01 2012

That's not Mike, but it could've been

The fabulous folks at Proud FM Toronto with Mike Chalut invited me on to talk about Key West following Mike Chalut’s recent trip there where he frolicked and luxuriated at the Island House Key West for a long weekend.

Click here to listen to the short (just over 4-minute) recording from Proud FM’s most recent “Travel Tuesday.”

 




Deal of the Week: $13 Night at Island House

3 08 2011

Island House Key West*, one of my personal favorite gay guesthouses in the world, is running a very cool sweepstakes on Facebook called “35 & Fabulous” to celebrate the 35th-anniversary of the guesthouse.

To mark the occasion, the Island House is offering all 39 rooms on the night of June 25, 2012 at the price in effect in 1976: $13. So  retro! They should also require guests to sport thick ‘staches, too, during their stay and put up posters of Mark Spitz. (Look him up!)

You just have to click on the contest here and follow the easy instructions.

*Full disclosure: I’m the managing director of OutThink Partners, an LA-based, independent communications and marketing agency, and Island House is one of my clients, but I also wear an editor/writer hat and I think this story is fun and compelling. Plus I get to run that hot pic above.





Deal of the Week: Island House, Key West

2 03 2011

Picture 3 Key West’s frisky and very popular Island House continues its popular winter special: Visitors who buy four nights this winter earn a free three-night stay next summer.(People: It was 20 degrees this morning in New York and 80 in Key West.)

Island House is a self-contained, tropical gay mini-resort with comfortable five-star quality rooms, a terrific restaurant, friendly bar and food/drink available 24/7.

Island House, which has won Best Gay Resort awards from parent site OutTraveler.com, is offering a “Buy Four Nights and Get Three Free” promotion. Visitors who buy four nights this winter earn a free three-night stay next summer. To qualify, stay four nights at Island House resort between now and June 30, 2011. The free stay is available on weeknights between July 13, 2011 and October 20, 2011 subject to availability.Note: A weeknight is considered to be Monday through Thursday and blackout dates apply over Labor Day from September 1 to 6. Your free room will be the same type as booked during your paid stay. You may upgrade your room at additional cost during your free stay. For more information on gay Key West, including events, click on GayKeyWestFl.com.

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com





Key West Was “Out Before it Was In”

12 02 2011

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Pretty awesome video by Key West — one of the only gay-specific videos created by a destination’s official tourism agency.

The picture about iv a (sexy) still from the video. Click play to see the short but very cool and reaffirming video. They like us in Key West, they really like us.





Deal of the Week: Buy Four, Get Three at Island House

1 12 2010
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You'll come back to the Island House

This winter, take a vacation that will automatically earn you another (for free!). Well, the lodging will be free anyway.

Key West’s frisky and very popular Island House, which has won Best Gay Resort awards from parent site OutTraveler.com, is offering a “Buy Four Nights and Get Three Free” promotion. Visitors who buy four nights this winter earn a free three-night stay next summer. To qualify, stay four nights at Island House resort between now and June 30, 2011. The free stay is available on weeknights between July 13, 2011 and October 20, 2011 subject to availability.

Note: A weeknight is considered to be Monday through Thursday and blackout dates apply over Labor Day from September 1 to 6. Your free room will be the same type as booked during your paid stay. You may upgrade your room at additional cost during your free stay. For more information on gay Key West, including events, click on GayKeyWestFl.com.

If you stop off in Miami on your way, check out our Out City Guide: Miami.

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com








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