If you live in Boston, or anywhere in New England, than you know one thing for sure. Winter is coming. The dreaded time of year when being cold is a given, darkness comes earlier and you get buried in snow, snow, and more snow. For some New Englanders, this is a wonderful time of year, for skiing and other outdoor winter activities. For others, like me, suffering from mild to severe forms of seasonal depression, it’s a time of year to hibernate inside while waiting until the thaw of Spring, which seems to take forever by the time March comes around.
Winter is hard. This seemingly, neverending season, gives people the desire to fly to warm and sunny destinations, just to break -up these long and cold months. The easiest place New Englanders usually choose is Florida. Just a quick 3 hour flight and your toes are in the sand. Most even have free accommodations, since many of our parents/grandparents moved down after retirement because they could no longer deal with the brutal northern winters. In any case, traveling from Boston to Florida for a quick escape, is usually cheap, easy and attainable to most.
I went to Florida last November during Thankgiving, to not only escape the cold, but to celebrate my 4th year wedding anniversary. We booked a flight to Ft. Lauderdale with plans to spend a few days there and then rent a car and drive to Key West for a couple of days.
We enjoyed the beach on Thanksgiving and had dinner at an outdoor beach cafe. It was not your typical Thanksgiving for sure, but nonetheless, it was great! I just loved being outside, dining while the sun beat on my back. Ahhh, to be away from home for just a few days will surely subside my winter blues.
That Friday, we went to the big galleria mall in Ft. Lauderdale to check out the Black Friday sales. We were shocked to see the mall completely empty. It was crazy! It felt liked an apocolypse. Where the hell were all the shoppers? If we would have known this, maybe we would have done our Christmas shoppping down here.
The next day we left Ft. Lauderdale en route to the Keys. We booked the Westin in Mallory Square. The ride was quite longer than expected, over four hours, but the view of the ocean all along the Overseas Highway, US 1, kept us entertained the whole way. In the next few days we did many things, but what I wanted to point out the things you shouldn’t miss.
The top 10 reasons why you should check out Key West
- Mallory Square
- Duval St.
- Renting a bike
- Cuban food
- The Museums
- The Festivals
- The Diversity
- The Key Lime Pie