Michael Hamar

Key West: Escape to Paradise

Filed By Michael Hamar | January 18, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: children of gay parents, Key West, sadness

As regular Bilerico readers and readers of my personal blog knowKey-West.JPG, it has been a rough week and a half to two weeks for me with the loss of my mother. What has helped me go on emotionally and psychologically more than anything else is the boyfriend, my youngest daughter and my "extended gay family," including readers of my blog who have been wonderfully supportive. Would that some of my siblings were as supportive.

I have very much needed a get away and the annual pilgrimage if you will to Key West has been a life saver. As is the norm, there are a number of "the usual suspects" from Hampton on the trip and we have connected with friends who likewise each year during this same week and likewise stay at the Oasis on Fleming Street abut four blocks off of Duval Street.

Sunday was a lazy day that included hanging out by the pool at the Oasis - see the bottom photo below. Then we went to "tea dance' at La Te Da's - where gays, straight retirees, and others have a great time - where we saw Christian Slater hanging out and listening to the dance music.

After tea dance, we went to a new restaurant just off of Duval called Fin where we experienced a beautiful decor, wonderful food and a great (and great looking) wait staff (see the photo above). For anyone planning a visit to Key West, I recommend trying out Fin. And for those who have never visited this wonderful island paradise, I cannot recommend it enough.

If any readers of Bilerico or my personal blog are in Key West, please drop me an e-mail so that we can have a meet up at Bourbon Street or some other venue. We will be here for the next week.

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I'm so jealous! Take me next time! :)

Rick Sutton | January 18, 2011 1:23 PM

The Conch Republic is one of our favorite getaways, too. The drive down from Miami is one of the most relaxing jaunts I know of...you can feel yourself unwind as you go, and the sites are spectacular. It has a strange mystique about it. I think there may be some folks hiding out from the law. And a few spies.

It's like a whole different country. Hemmingway's crazy cats and all. I doubt the ocean is warm enough yet.

Enjoy! Warm?

Cool I'll just hang out in 24 degree Wisconsin

It's 78+ degrees and with a cloudless sky today. Just got back from lunch on Sunset Key at Lattitudes. We'll have a few drinks in honor of you all later!

What are you doing online? Go back to having fun!

Hi, Michael. I'm from just down the road from you in Virginia and I love Key West. I'd love to join you for a drink if I were there now; I'll be there in March. I'm so sorry about the loss of your mom. I hope you're able to relax there a bit and emotionally reconstruct after one of life more difficult transitions. I'm glad you have the emotional support you need and you are in a conducive environment with those you love.