But recently, soaring real estate prices and the popularity of events like Fantasy Fest -- an annual bacchanal of of parades, masquerade balls and celebrity look-alike contests that began as an AIDS fundraiser in and has since evolved into a drunken open-air party that would be right at home on fraternity row -- have begun to attract a more heterogenous crowd, one that can at times make Key West look like any other tourist town getting ready for Spring Break. You can feel the change at the Lighthouse Court, a popular -- some would say notorious -- gay-only Whitehead Street guesthouse that recently went "all welcome," the local euphemism for accepting heterosexual guests as well as gays. And it's obvious clear across Old Town at the Heron House Court, formerly known as the Fleur de Key and long one of the premier gay-only guesthouses on the island.
Our lush tropical island has fascinating architecture, friendly people, a rich history, and plenty of activities to keep you engaged or help relax. Filled with a funky charm, Key West is a sophisticated place with amazing restaurants, diverse entertainment, eclectic art, professional theatre, and live music that includes salsa, show tunes, disco, country, opera, and classical. Our gay and lesbian guest houses are legendary, and our mainstream hotels and inns are always All Welcome.
By Florida Weekly Staff on June 02, Allen in a telephone interview. Our goal was to bring it up to the other gay male guest houses. That conversation led to a stroll down memory lane, trying to recall the more than a dozen exclusively gay male or lesbian lodgings in town back then.
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T he islands of the Florida Keys salute diversity and the subtropical island of Key West is internationally known as a top gay and lesbian vacation spot, celebrating openness and pride. Couples can pledge to love and honor each other in a variety of settings a lush rainforest garden surrounded by whispering palms and fragrant orchids; the sandy beach at Fort Zachary Taylor, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico; or the serene, secluded courtyard of a lovely guesthouse. Complete coordination and photography packages also are available.
By Florida Weekly Staff on June 06, Nyou visit, Key West is a perennial explosion of color. From the pastel-hued conch houses lining the narrow one-way streets to the neon green iguanas perched in the banyan trees to the drag darlings glittering outside Aqua and Bourbon every night of the week, the island is a shining prism year-round.