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Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach - Key West, FL
Perfect beach day
To sum up this post into 4 words: Key West is awesome. If you’ve been, you probably know this
already. If you haven’t, we’d highly recommend putting it on your short list of
places to travel.
Matt & Kristy
Key West offers a small airport to fly directly into, but
you can also fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and make the 3-4 hour drive with
a rented vehicle to Key West, which is what we did. We’ll go into this road
trip in more detail in a future post, but this is one of the few times we can
say we wished the drive was longer! If it’s in your travel budget, rent a
convertible. It’s only $20-$30 more per day than a small car and you won’t
After an adventure filled road trip we finally made it to
the southern most point of the continental US and decided we would look for a
great beach to enjoy the day. Our
research pointed us to Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach, which is located on the south
west perimeter of Key West. There was a small parking fee of $7 per car to
enter and this allowed us to park right next to beach. When we stepped outside,
it was the perfect Florida beach day, like something you’d see on a postcard—not a breeze or cloud in the sky and the ocean looked like crystal clear
blue-green glass. Even better, the beach
never got crowded all day as there was plenty of space for people to spread
Matt and friend Andrew geared up
One of the highlights of the day for us was the snorkeling.
For a fun activity to do at the beach, we’d highly recommend picking up a
snorkeling set. You can outfit yourself with fins, snorkel, and a mask for
under $50. Many of the places we’ve snorkeled haven’t been advertised for their
snorkeling, and it’s been amazing the amount of underwater life we’ve seen.
Just 10-20 yards off of Ft. Zachary Beach it was flourishing with underwater
life. We saw around 10 different species of fish including some 3 foot long
While Key West as a whole is a must-see for anyone who
enjoys traveling, Ft. Zachary Taylor beach is a must-do while you’re there. Whether
it’s lounging out on the beach, walking the miles of pristine coastline, having
a picnic lunch in the park, or snorkeling, this is a great place to spend a day
in Key West!
After a couple of ski trips we decided it would be great to do something a bit more relaxing. And what better way to enjoy the Spring-like weather than a trip to the Berkshires. Last week we made the trip to visit a number of exciting sites and attractions in the most beautiful region of Massachusetts.
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We partnered with Ski Vermont's Chloe Elliot, who planned the stops and and was an amazing guide, imparting us with all sorts of Vermont knowledge and culture throughout.
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We recently made a trip down south to visit the Music City- Nashville, Tennessee. We stayed at the Germantown Inn which was located just
a short walk away from the main strip of Broadway where most of the
bars and live music are located.
The Germantown Inn was constructed in one of the oldest
buildings in Nashville and transformed into a 6 suite luxury boutique inn. Our
guest room featured charming decor, high ceilings, a huge bathroom, and the most
comfortable bed you’ll ever sleep in. Aside from the room, what we enjoyed most
about our stay was the cocktail hour on the patio and the delicious breakfast
served every morning.
For activities, we would recommend taking a walk from the
hotel to Broadway. During the walk, you will pass by the BicentennialCapitol Mall State Park. In addition to great views, the park is filled with
monuments and history about Nashville and Tennessee. Further along your walk,
you will be able to capture great photos of the Capitol building.