1000 Guests at Erehwon Retreat

1000 guests are right

Sophie Tucker’s record ‘Fifty-million Frenchmen can’t be wrong’ alludes to the  free-and-easy attitude to drinking in France seven years into Prohibition in the U.S.A. A historian friend mentioned Tucker’s hit, after Erehwon Retreat’s 1000th guest checked out.  1000 guests are right because 2020 marks our tenth season. We’ve enjoyed a decade of:

  • welcoming vacationers,
  • practicing the skills of hospitality,
  • offering a relaxing, inspirational home base from which to explore Tampa and the wider central Florida region.

A thousand vacations … what makes Erehwon Retreat so special?

It’s been a decade of hard work to make Erehwon Retreat unique. Florida is full of places to vacation, so it’s been our mission to combine the t charm of a vacation home rental with superb features. We offer more space, safety, security plus white glove cleaning /disinfection, alongside a personal welcome and on-site concierge.

Wilcox Nursery and I planned to build a Florida native plant garden, to show visitors native plants and wildlife. Now they can spot them on local hikes. I hope that those in Executive Transfer while looking for a Florida home learn to help the environment and support wildlife. My dream has become a reality, delivering dozens of different native birds and butterflies to Erehwon Retreat’s doorstep.

Awards for Erehwon Retreat

This year the garden was designated a Wildlife Habitat by the National and Florida Wildlife Federation. It’s a huge honor, but more importantly,  vacationers who stay with us experience the best of Florida on their doorstep. My Grandmother said, “planting a garden is to believe in tomorrows.” Our garden is the tomorrow of our vacation rental.

The universal language of hospitality

I’ve always worked in the performing arts – so I have know music and dance are ways to communicate across boundaries. Since developing Erehwon Retreat, I’ve learned that hospitality is a universal language too. When Erehwon opened, it was aimed at Americans; today 12% of our guests are from overseas. Their expectations are different. Whether they come from America or Asia, it’s important to know their particular likes and dislikes – it makes for fascinating new discoveries.

Online hospitality for 1000 guests

Offering an experience of the 1920s to people from around the world is a joy. As part of our 10th anniversary, I developed a stronger guest experience, which is why, since December 8 we’ve made Erehwon Retreat  available in 25 different languages. I chose them through having hosted at least one guest from each language. For example, Erehwon Retreat hosted two guests from Argentina, and one each from Spain, Paraguay, Mexico and the Dominican Republic – hence our Spanish language site is  very popular! Looking back it’s hard to believe we’ve welcomed guests from so many countries.

The Erehwon Retreat perspective

From period decorative details to wildlife-watching opportunities over breakfast on the deck, I’ve designed my holiday house to be truly special and unique. Luxury one meant three-piece-suits and starched shirts, but that’s changing and our guests want a  genuine approach to service rather than formalities. Many people agree that I’ve achieved my aim.

This year, Erehwon Retreat won the Tampa Award for Vacation Rental Agency. What makes my vacation home unique is my commitment to service. Just as AirBnB is moving to AirBnB Plus to offer guests a more valuable, unique rental experience, I know every future visitor will discover just what makes 1000 guests right. Erehwon Retreat is special, and whatever language you speak,  we’ll share the language of hospitality.

Give it up for Sophie Tucker …

Scooters Rentals Tampa – and bike hire too

Scooter rentals in Tampa are easy, actually we have three different motorized scooter options to cruise around downtown:

Bird |1 (866) 205-2442

Lime 1 (888)-LIME-345

Spin 1 (888) 249-9698

They’re part of a pilot program to offer low-cost transportation and reduce traffic downtown. While I don’t want to play favourites,  at Erehwon Retreat we recommend Lime because they have the most Florida towns covered. Lime is available in:

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami
  • Key Biscayne
  • Miami Lakes
  • North Bay Village
  • Miami Shores
  • North Miami
  • Miami Springs.

Once you find your scooter of choice, you can scan the QR code through the Uber app to unlock it. Finding a Lime scooter is simple: open the Uber or Lime app, and tap Ride at the top of your screen. Then select Bike & Scooter (Uber app only). In both cases, you’ll automatically be taken to a screen showing all available scooters near you.

Scooter rentals in Tampa – the practicalities

If you’re sixteen or over, with a valid drivers license, you’re all set.  Just kick off the ground three times to get the scooter going. With a top speed of  up to 15 mph, they are great for sightseeing. The brake on the left handlebar slows you down, or use the rear brake for a quicker stop.

The app shows riders how charged the scooter is and how far it can travel before recharging. On average, they cover 15 to 20 miles on a single charge.

The current boundaries are:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on the North
Davis and Harbor Islands on the South
Armenia Avenue on the West
40th Street on the East.

Scooters aren’t allowed in the following locations:

  • Tampa Riverwalk
  • Bayshore Boulevard
  • 7th Avenue.

While it’s easy to lock the scooter so others cannot ride it, remember you’re being charged by the minute and continue to be charged. Florida is pretty flat, but remember not to ride your scooter down steep hills, because high speeds can overpower the electric brake. Always use the rear foot brake to control speed, and get off and walk down hills.

Prefer pedal power? No problem,  for bike rentals there is – Coast – available in Miami, Orlando, St Petersburg and Tampa.