ernest hemingway locations

Posted on July 16, 2013 by peter bell

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park, IL on July 21, 1899.  The son of a physician (Clarence Edmonds Hemingway) and a musician (Grace Hall-Hemingway), Ernest spent the summers of his youth in northern Michigan where he learned to hunt and fish, as he began to develop a habit for writing stories.  Later in life, Hemingway’s journalistic endeavors gave way to a prominent literary career.

Hemingway’s sparse and direct prose become more pronounced when compared to the writer’s larger-than-life public persona.  His writings often reflected his adventures, experiences that spanned several continents.  Here is a list of locations associated with the iconic American writer, Ernest Hemingway.


  • Ernest Hemingway Birthplace- This Oak Park home of the Hemingway’s has been refurbished to fit the era of Hemingway’s birth and is open to the public for tours.
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum (Oak Park)- The first floor of the Oak Park Arts Center has had a permanent Ernest Hemingway museum since 1991.  The Center displays several photos, videos, kiosks and artifacts from the writer’s life.


  • Red Fox Inn– The restaurant near the Hemingway family cabin that now features a bookstore that specializes in Hemingway writings.
  • Horton Bay General Store– The general store near the Hemingway’s cabin that served as a model for several Hemingway stories.
  • Windemere, the Hemingway family cabin- Ernest Hemingway spent every summer at this cabin in NW Michigan until he was 22 years old.  His father built the cabin by hand and taught a young Ernest how to hunt and fish.  The cottage is currently on the National Historic Register, but is located on private property.


  • The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum (Piggott, AR)- Hemingway met Pauline Pfeiffer in Paris in 1927.  She was a graduate student in journalism, and they were married from 1927-1940. Hemingway wrote much of  A Farewell to Arms in the barn studio of this residence, and today it is a museum and educational center.


  • The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (Key West, FL)- Purchased by his uncle-in-law for Ernest and Pauline, this home is filled with Hemingway’s African safari trophies and various mementos, as well as the occasional polydactyl cat.


  • Alpine Club (former)- Now called Whiskey Jacques, this bar used to be a casino where Hemingway would come to drink and gamble with Mary Hemingway.
  • Sun Valley Lodge– In 1939, Hemingway was invited to stay at the Sun Valley Lodge in Ketchum, ID.  The hotelier thought it would be good for business, and Hemingway grew to love the landscape and people.
  • Ernest Hemingway Elementary School-  An elementary school named after the writer near his Idaho retreat.
  • Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage & Ski Museum- This local historical center features Hemingway memorabilia and exhibits.
  • Ketchum Hemingway House– Currently owned by The Nature Conservancy, this was the last home of Ernest Hemingway (and where he ended his life).
  • Hemingway Memorial- Off Trail Creek Road, this memorial was erected to overlook Trail Creek and honor the writer.
  • Hemingway’s Grave- Located in Ketchum Cemetery, Hemingway was laid to rest here after his suicide in 1961.


  • Hotel Ambos Mundos– This Havana hotel is where Hemingway stayed while working on For Whom the Bell Tolls.  His room of choice (#511) has been converted to a Hemingway museum.
  • Finca Vigía/Museo Ernest Hemingway (Cuba)- Hemingway made his occasional home at Finca Vigía (English translation- Lookout Farm) from 1939 to 1960.  He wrote seven novels here.


  • Hemingway Bar, Ritz Hotel (Paris)- While serving as a journalist in WWII, Hemingway invented his own mission to liberate the bar at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, and succeeded.


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