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New Orleans to The Keys
We welcomed in the New Year in New Orleans. What a crazy idea! The city was jammed. Hotels and restaurants overbooked. Streets closed. Taxis impossible. No one cared. The party was on! Dinner on the Eve took us to Chef Paul Prudhomme's K-Paul Louisana Kitchen Restaurant in the French Quarter http://.chefpaul.com/ …
I spent one more day than planned at Montego Bay, partly because it was a nice place but also because the Customs office hours at Key West airport had changed and they were now closed on Sundays (hours are now 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday), so I delayed until Monday. I had been through Customs at Key West many years ago when returning from the Cayman Islands and it went pretty smoothly. I was looking for a similar experience this ...
... am dying to see an aquarium for some reason. Yesterday my camera battery died within fifteen minutes of starting the trolley tour so I charged both of them today and I'm determined to take a metric assload of pictures. My number one goal is to get back into the Hemingway House so I can get something from the giftshop, but I doubt they'll let me in again without paying and I don't want to spend another $25 on a five-minute trip. I honestly might end up ...
... the boat because the weather was too bad. Everyone was glad we hadn't rented it for the whole week since it was impossible to use now. We went to No Name Pub (in the middle of nowhere) for lunch and it was out of this world. Scott had an incredible shrimp pizza. I ended up with the Cuban sandwich and silver dollar fries and was happy to take home leftovers. Tony and I drove a little farther into the middle of nowhere to take pictures of this cool ...
... sausage, bacon, and eggs. We went on a drive to Marathon Key to see some of the island iguanas but it rained on the way and they were nowhere to be found. Instead, we pulled into the Island Fish Co. for lunch. The adults were disappointed to find out that they were remodeling and many of their menu items weren't available - including the deep fried key lime pie. I got a great ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Parmer's Resort Little Torch Key
I must argue with the previous reviewer from Indiana. Please, if you are considering Parmer's, pay heed only to the positive reviews, because this resort is lovely!
Loved Parmer's Resort
Arrived late after a hard day of riding a motorcycle in the rain. Was welcomed wonderfully. Slept late and had a good bed. Loved seeing the Parrots and other birds. Liked the little cabins. They were clean if not huge. Pool nice and warm, view of the water beautiful. The owners went out of their way to help us. It was quiet and peaceful. Eating our continental breakfast out on the patio in the sunshine was wonderful. Had a really nice time there. Already planning on staying four days next year.
We know lodging is expensive during the season in Florida; however, Parmers Resort is not worth the money. The beds were uncomfortable, the ammenities nearly non existant (we did get soap), the furnishings were out of date and cheaply done, and the noise level was way above "comfortable". The owner must enjoy caging birds and parrots and having them on display; plus having them react when people walk by the cages. Only problem is that when someone wants to come and relax in a peaceful setting (such as the Keys) - this is NOT the place. And if it's not the squawking of the parrots, it's the water aerobics instructor and her music!
We spent 8 nights at Parmers with our 14 & 11 year old girls and loved it! The staff was helpful and welcoming, the continental breakfast was fresh each morning, seaside yoga at sunrise was a treat and the pool was very clean and warm. Most memorable, however, were the exotic birds (especially Amber). I would highly recommend this resort and hope to return on my next visit to the Keys (Key West is amazing on New Year's Eve!). Thanks Parmers!
Gail & Wayne
Surprising and Wonderful!!
Beautiful and secluded, with a caribbean feel. I loved that many of the rooms were in seperate bungalows. It was so quite and relaxing. A definite plus was the collection of beautiful tropical birds. I would return again in a heartbeat, and recommend Parmers' to anyone.
This is one resort we definitely plan on visiting again. We had a nice view of the water and we were also right infront of the pool. The staff was fabulous and took us for a short tour of the property. They had exotic birds all over the place and they also help rescue a lot of the unwanted birds from the island. The continental breakfast was ok but since we had a kitchen in our suite, it helped augment the eggs and Canadian bacon that we bought from the store. I also noticed that if there was enough of an interest, the local diving business would actually come down to the resort and teach you at the pool. I was also told that if you want to kayak, the locals will bring down the kayaks to the marina. Everyday, we ate breakfast infront of our suite, we had a covered porch area with a nice view of the water. The rooms are all non-smoking and everything was clean. The one thing I wished they had, and I'm probably pushing this, is another TV in the bedroom. Its hard to fight with an 11 year old who wants to watch cartoon network.
Book early at this quirky motel to get the room of your choice. We got the last room even after booking nearly a month ahead. We ended up in a building across the road (not busy) from the main area. This room was not ideal as it was on the small side and faced the road rather than the water. However, it was clean and did have a private deck at the back that faced on a canal. We believe that we could have rated Parmer's as above average if we had one of their more typical rooms.The location was ideal - 28 miles from Key West, close to other attractions, easy to find - and the prices were not as high as in Key West. The restaurant that was a short walk down the road was reasonable (food and wine quite okay but not first class) and the service was excellent.The main grounds border on the Gulf and have hammocks and deck chairs scattered throughout. We did not use the small pool. The hum-drum continental breakfast was very crowded at opening (7:30 AM). Parmer's has an incredible assortment of caged birds. The parrots are phenomenal. Parmer's has their own web site.
Quite, serene and tropical!
We just returned... and thanks to tripadvisor reviews...we chose Parmer's... and we will be back! It was clean, lovely and our kids were thrilled with the outside caged birds, the pool, the proximity to snorkeling off charter, kayaking in back country, dinner in Key West, and swimming with the dolphins.... all in 3 nights and 4 days..... need to come back for a week to fit in sailing and fishing. the staff was great and we loved the breakfast room and patio...just perfect for us.
We have been staying at Parmer's Place for years. The houses, cabanas, and hotel rooms are always extremely well maintained, and spotless. They have a boat ramp and dockage for your boat while staying there (Looe Key Marine Sanctuary is very close). The staff is top-notch. Free breakfast buffet served in the courtyard among a nice collection of tropical birds and flowering plants, steps to the water front. Best restaurant in the area is Mangrove Mama's, hands down! Head south, restaurant is on the right, Summerland Key.
A Great place to stay!
Lush tropical landscaping, cool breezes off the water and the sounds of exotic birds await your visit to Parmer's Resort. It's a magical place. Try it. You won't be sorry.