Cleaning/Disinfection Policy

For a decade, Erehwon Retreat Cleaning procedure has always included disinfection of all door and cabinet knobs, light switches, light pull chains, TV remotes, charging station, bathroom and kitchen faucets, refrigerator handles, oven, microwave, stove top knobs, washing machine and dryer handles,  toilet and flat surfaces with every change over cleaning. All Housekeepers and Repairmen are issued Nitrile Exam Gloves whenever they enter our properties to keep everyone safe. This is but one of our policies that make Erehwon Retreat a Premiere Tampa Vacation Property.

COVID19 UPDATE 1/14/2020 INVENTORY CHANGE  Over New Years weekend I had an Instagram conversation with Taiwanese ballet dancer LiYen Chen.  I’ve known her since 2000 while consulting with the Boston Conservatory.  She mentioned that Taiwan had begun health inspections for all arriving flights from China on 12/31.  Without hesitation, I pulled ahead our annual April replacement of all towels and bed linen on January 12, 2020.  I also changed the bed linens from ivory to white thinking that we would need to add bleach to our plant based detergent.  We also added 65% Alcohol based hand sanitizer to our amenities list.

COVID19 UPDATE FLIGHTS and CAR RENTALS 3/12/2020

As we navigate the temporary uncertainty of COVID-19, we recommend that if you are arriving by air or train that you bring disinfectant wipes sufficient for your overhead cabin storage handles, arm rests, drop down tables, air vent, light switch and finally the window shade handle. And don’t forget with car rentals, wipe the steering wheel, gear shift, touch screen, door handles.  And during your visit shopping cart handles, ATM keypads, and when fueling, wipe the  fuel pump handle and credit card key pad.  We will supply you wipes for your return trip home.

COVID19 UPDATE 3/28/2020

COVID19 UPDATE GUEST TURNOVER SPACING  4/1/2020

We have made a change to our Cleaning/Disinfection policy by adding a 72 hour blackout between turn over of guest stays. When the time is right and your family is ready to travel again, we’ll be here to provide you with a space to reconnect with loved ones.

Rediscovering the Front Porch

Rediscovering the Front Porch

Rediscovering the Front Porch Florida Vacation Homes

A guest recently said, ” the Bungalow’s front porch is the perfect cure all to all the digital screens we look at daily. How we’ve become used to the increasing hum and fans of electronics in our lives. We so enjoyed the renewal that came with this holiday home’s Front Porch along with the ease of a chat face to face with passing neighbors. Oh that Southern Hospitality! ”
The image of the front porch remains “as one of the few semi-public outdoor spaces associated with community and neighborliness,” says Victor Deupi of the Institute of Classical Architecture. Porches link us to an idealized past—one before e-mail (or even the telephone), when face-to-face interaction formed the core of communities. Then there are the practical considerations that have long kept the porch in favor: “Porches add beauty to a streetscape,” Depui says, “and they also offer environmental advantages by providing shade and breeze in the summer, and, if oriented south, allowing low winter light to enter the house.”

In contrast to many other American architectural traditions, however, the roots of our porches don’t appear to be found in Europe, but rather in the architectural heritage of colonial trading partners. Traders en route from the Caribbean to the British, French and Spanish colonies were influenced by island architecture, rich with large open porches to accommodate the humid climate.

Bungalows, were th last major historic architectural style in the United States to incorporate the porch. Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes made great use of porches, which reach out from under his signature cantilevered roofs. Wright, however, had a tendency to reorient the porch from the front of the house to the side or back, wishing to maintain the privacy desired by the modern family while also preserving his belief in the importance of a connection to the outdoors.

This Old House writes, “Soon, streets filled with Model T’s and the twin indoor delights of television and air-conditioning, and a middle class focused more on work than leisure conspired to dethrone the porch from its prominent place in American culture. But the underlying love for porches and their associations with the American identity never waned, and recent decades have seen a revival of porch-building. The classic image of a front porch filled with family and friends on a hot summer evening has long been a symbol of traditional American values, and it’s one that still holds true today.”

1000 Guests

1000 Guests Are RIGHT

Sophie Tucker’s record ‘Fifty-million Frenchmen can’t be wrong’ alluded to the comparatively free and easy attitude to drinking in France seven years into Prohibition in the U.S. which began 100 years ago yesterday. I was reminded by a guest historian of her Tucker’s hit, after mentioning a number of weeks ago our 1000th guest vacation checked out. 2020 marks our tenth season … a decade of welcoming vacationers, practicing the skills of hospitality and 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?

I’ve worked hard over the past decade to make Erehwon Retreat something quite unique. Florida is full of places to vacation, it’s been my mission to combine the traditional charm of a vacation home rental with the best features of more space, safety and security and white glove cleaning and disinfection with personal welcome and on site concierge. When Wilcox Nursery and I started to plan to convert all turf to a Florida native plant garden, it was with the desire to show my visitors a range of native plants and wildlife that they would then be able to recognize in local hikes. And for those in Executive Transfer who would stay for a month while looking for a Florida home how to avoid landscaping that damages the environment and fails to support bird life and pollinators. My dream became a reality, delivering dozens of different varieties of native bird and butterfly life to Erehwon Retreat’s doorstep, and this year the garden was designated as a Wildlife Habitat by no less than the National and Florida Wild-life Federation. It’s a huge honor, but more importantly, it means that the vacationers who stay with us get to experience the very best of Florida, right on their doorstep. My Grandmother used to say planting a garden is to believe in tomorrows.

The universal language of hospitality

My life was spent working in the performing arts – so I have always known that music and dance were international languages, a way to communicate across boundaries. Since developing Erehwon Retreat, I’ve come to truly appreciate that hospitality is also a universal language. When Erehwon opened it was mainly aimed at American, but today 12% of our guests are from overseas. Their expectations are different. Whether they come from America or Asia, it’s important to know what their particular likes and dislikes are – that makes for so many fascinating new discoveries. Offering a shared experience of the 1920’s to people from all around the world has been a real joy to me. As part of our 10th Anniversary, I decided to develop a stronger guest experience, which is why, since December 8, www.erehwonretreat.com has been available in 25 languages in addition of English. I chose the languages based on having hosted at least one guest from each language represented. As an example, Erehwon Retreat has hosted two guests from Argentina, and one each from Spain, Paraguay, Mexico and the Dominican Republic – hence our Spanish language site is likely to be very popular! When one looks back its hard to believe we’ve hosted guests from so many countries.

The Erehwon Retreat perspective

From period decorative details to wildlife-watching opportunities over breakfast on the deck, I’ve tried to design my holday house to be something truly special and utterly unique. Luxury used to be associated with three-piece-suits and starched shirts, that was really the reputation of a five-star hotel, but that is changing and we see that our guests want that genuine approach to service rather than formalities. It seems that many people agree that I’ve achieved my aim. This year, Erehwon Retreat was selected winner of the Tampa Award for Vacation Rental Agency. What makes my vacation home unique is my commitment to service, and just as AirBnB is moving to AirBnB Plus to offer guests a more valuable, unique rental experience, I know that when you visit you’ll discover just what makes 1000 Guests right. Erehwon Retreat is special, and whatever language you speak, I’m certain that we’ll share the language of hospitality.

I look forward to welcoming you to Erehwon Retreat!

Give it up for Sophie Tucker

Scooters and Bike Rentals Tampa

Scooters and Bike Rentals Tampa Florida Vacation Homes

Tampa now has four different motorized scooters to cruise around downtown –
BIRD| www.bird.co |1 (866) 205-2442

JUMP| www.jump.com |1 (844) 505 9155

LIME| www.li.me |1 (888)-LIME-345

SPIN | www.spin.app |1 (888) 249-9698

They’re part of a year-long pilot program to offer low-cost transportation and reduce traffic downtown. JUMP electric scooters are available in Tampa and Miami through the Uber app and give riders the ability to both reserve and walk up and ride a scooter.
I recommend LIME because they have the most Florida towns covered. Lime is available in:
Ft. Lauderdale
Key Biscayne
Miami
Miami Lakes
Miami Shores
Miami Springs
North Bay Village
North Miami

Once riders discover their scooter of choice, they can scan the QR code through the Uber app to unlock it.

All riders 16 years of age with a valid drivers license or permit has to do is kick off the ground three times to get the scooter going, pressing the throttle to boost anywhere up to 15 mph. The brake, located on the left handlebar, can be used to slow down, or riders can use the rear brake to come to a more immediate stop.

The app also shows riders how charged the scooter is and how far it can be ridden before it dies and needs to be recharged again. On average, the scooters can travel at speeds up to about 15 mph and operate between 15 to 20 miles on a single charge.

The current boundaries are listed below:

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 may not be ridden in the following locations:
Tampa Riverwalk
Bayshore Boulevard
7th Avenue

You may also lock the scooter so other users cannot ride it, but remember you are being charged by the minute and you will continue to incur charges. This is useful if you’re just running inside a store or making some other quick stop.

Florida is flat but remember do not ride a scooter down steep hills. High speed can overpower the electric brake causing loss of control. Use the rear foot brake to control speed. Always get off and walk down steep hills.To find a Lime scooter, simply open the Uber app or the Lime app, then tap Ride at the top of your screen and select Bike & Scooter (Uber app only). In both cases, you’ll automatically be taken to a map screen showing all available scooters near you.

And for Bike Rentals there is – COAST
Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Tampa, FL

For their app: https://gohopr.com/ride/

Tampa Theatre is 87 years old today

Tampa Theatre is 87 years old today

Tampa Theatre is 87 years old today Florida Vacation Homes

On this day—October 15—in 1926, Tampa Theatre opened its doors for the first time. The architect of this national historic landmark, John Eberson, has been quoted saying:

I want my theatres to create the feeling that one wants to come back and enjoy the restfulness of its surroundings.

87 years later, so many of our guests comment that he certainly achieved that. 

Tampa Theatre is 87 years old today Florida Vacation Homes