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Centrally located in Tampa near I-275, you have easy access to the city attractions including museums and restaurants, as well as Central Florida tourist interests (10 minutes to Busch Gardens, 30 to Bok Tower Gardens, 60 to Sarasota, 90 to Disney or Winter Park). Our location is a convenient place to stay near Tampa Cruise Ship Terminal.

Relax under sprawling laurel oaks and 90-year-old camphor trees. Take a cool dip in the Gulf of Mexico or Sulphur Springs Pool. Pick up the pace a little and go canoeing on the Hillsborough River, take our historic house tour by bike, or enjoy a round of golf. Take off on a day trip to local attractions or annual events, such as the famous Plant City Strawberry Festival.

From coast to coast, this beautiful land unfolds in a spectacle of white beaches, rolling hills, citrus groves, and incredible fresh water springs and a variety of activities to enjoy—fishing, boating, hunting, camping, to name a few—along with a rich historical heritage dating back to 1513 when Ponce de León first explored Florida.

Sunset on North Beach at Fort De Soto Park by Christopher Bryan Hollis Hillsborough River by Marcus Quigmire

It’s a vacation where you can be at most of Central Florida’s tourist attractions within an hour. DisneyWorld is just an hour and half from your home away from home.

Python at Busch Gardens by ClaudiaTampa39Bok Tower Gardens by Neil Thompson

Whenever I travel, I love exploring the local flavors of the places I visit. It’s often the reason I travel in the first place. From fabulous little bistros to historically interesting sites to delicious regional wine and cuisine, there’s a world of possibilities out there.

Ybor City by Gordon TarpleyTampa Theatre by Gordon Tarpley







Tampa is one of the premier cruise port destinations in the South.

Erehwon Retreat is just 4.6 miles from the Port of Tampa Cruise ship Terminal; from December to April, we try to coordinate our two properties turn over day with same day arrival/departures:

  • Sundays – Holland America Line “Veendam” and Norwegian Cruise Line “Star”
  • Mondays – Royal Caribbean International “Brilliance” and Carnival Cruises “Paradise.

This allows cruise ship passengers to easily enjoy an evening show at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, visit Ybor city, the historic Cuban or Latin District of Tampa. Rest peacefully in Old Seminole Heights.  Our neighborhood at Tampa’s first suburb (1911) and has been designated as a National, State and local  Historic Landmark District.

See the map below for local dining options.

Red locations are all within one or two miles of the Retreat.

Orange markers indicate options elsewhere in Tampa.

Purple locations are in the neighboring city of St. Petersburg.


Check out our photos of the surrounding area on The Erehwon Retreat Facebook Page:

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