Built in 1851 in the Spanish colonial style, Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his greatest novels while living in this Key West home in the 1930’s and 40’s. Today, the Hemingway house is a Registered National Historic Landmark and still contains his study, furnishings and other items collected by Hemingway and his wife, Pauline, in their travels to Spain, Africa and Cuba. But the home is perhaps best known as the habitat to dozens of six-toed cats, the descendants of the author’s white six-toed cat given to him by a ship’s captain. More than 40 cats still roam the estate today and approximately half exhibit the six-toed trait, though all carry the gene in their DNA. Due to the estate’s large number of visitors, the cats are friendly and outgoing and likely to come right up and say hello when you arrive (as the one in this photo is doing to me!). A stop by the Hemingway home is a must for any visitor to Key West.