Cedar Key’s Island Hotel was originally built as a general store in 1859, but it has been operating as a hotel since 1915. A bar was added in the mid-1940s, and in 1948 the owners engaged artist Helen Tooker to create several interior murals in exchange for room and board. Some of Ms. Tooker’s work survives, most notably the King Neptune painting which gives the bar its name.
Among the hotel’s guests have been actor Richard Boone, actress Myrna Loy, author John D. McDonald, and singer Jimmy Buffett. We spent a very pleasant night in Richard Boone’s old room, which features a “Have Gun, Will Travel” – era 8×10 glossy of the actor. I would have preferred a photo of Myrna Loy. (Photos taken 7/14/12)