Originally posted November 29, 2018.
Top Gun 2 is expected to be released in the Summer of 2020. Kelly McGillis—Top Gun flight instructor Charlie—after the original Top Gun, opened a restaurant in Key West in the old Pan Am building. And as Dick Young has told me, she was there from the beginning working hard while pregnant overseeing its opening. Always a popular spot, it has since been sold, and, although the Top Gun memorabilia (her leather jacket) may be gone, it’s still a neat spot to have a beer.
You have two winters, until the release of Top Gun 2, to Escape to Margaritaville—from the wind, snow, sleet and rain—and soak up some sun and fun in Key West. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum on Whitehead Street and later review the tour over a beer at Kelly’s old stomping grounds as you talk about Hemingway’s pool—at the time, the most expensive pool in America. And you have plenty of options from there. Take the excellent tour of the Truman Little White House which is an easy walk or continue on to Hemingway’s favorite watering hole Sloppy Joe’s on Duval. And don’t forget to take a look at the live music calendar at The Green Parrot and catch the 5:30 sound check before dinner. Have fun planning your trip—best done during a Nor’Easter or a blizzard—and hit the ground running (strolling) by visiting Key West’s foremost travel directory, The Key West Insider Guide, and Key West at Richardcyoung.com.
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