Tampa Attractions

Tampa attractions to enjoy on vacation

What makes Tampa a great destination? Weather, architecture and of course, the many Tampa attractions. The Tampa Cruise Port is world class, and Tampa itself is a wonderful away from home to prepare for a cruise. Also to quarantine after disembarking. So whether you’re about to sail, or looking for a great holiday with the personal touch, Erehwon Retreat is ideal.

Python at Busch Gardens by ClaudiaTampa39World-Class Theme Parks

You can explore the adrenaline-pumping roller coasters of Busch Gardens (5.4 miles away). Then there’s the magic of the Florida Aquarium (3.8 miles away). And of course the famous Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park (1.1 miles). In conclusion, a world of fun is within easy reach of our vacation homes.

You’re safer in a private vacation rental and 2020 market growth confirms guests agree.

Natural Beauty

Our vacation home rentals sit under 90-year-old camphor and Laurel Oak trees. You can take a cool dip in the Gulf of Mexico (23 miles) or sulphur springs Pool (1.5 miles). Let us suggest many quiet hikes and springs within an hour’s drive. Maybe you’d enjoy kayaking on the Hillsborough River, swim with the manatees, or pick up the pace with an airboat ride. Perhaps you’d enjoy a round of golf? In Florida the outdoor possibilities are endless.

Ulele for OystersDowntown Excitement

Amongst the many other Tampa attractions we have brewpubs, fine cuisine, art, dazzling dance clubs and a century of Cuban culture. There are so many treasures to discover. Our vacation rentals are just three miles from downtown. So it’s easy to bike, jog, scooter downtown.  Of course you’ll meet locals and like-minded travelers strolling the Riverwalk. It’s perfect for stopping into Ulele’s for Oysters or riding the Pirate water taxi.

 

Cruise Ships

Start your cruise early or take a few days to recoup at the end of your adventure. Our vacation rentals are within easy access of Tampa’s cruise ship terminal.

 

Local Happenings

Why not be part of annual celebrations like the famous Plant City Strawberry Festival (think 100,000 cake or biscuit shortcakes)?  Other Tampa attractions include the Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival and Bicycle Bash by the Bay. Finally, there's the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and Parade, held each January since 1904.

So kick off your flip-flops and let the Gulf Shore breeze carry you to sun-kissed fun 245 days a year?

SUPER BOWL LV TAMPA

SUPER BOWL LV TAMPA 2021

Super Bowls in Tampa

The Buccaneers heading to Super Bowl LV marks the fourth Bay area sports team to secure a spot in their respective championship in the past year.

Despite all the troubles 2020 brought, it was an incredible time for Tampa Bay area sports teams. The Bucs are in good company with the Stanley Cup champions: the Tampa Bay Lightning; the MLB American League champions: the Tampa Bay Rays; and the USL Eastern Conference winners: the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Tampa has previously hosted four Super Bowls (1984, 1991. 2001, 2009). The last two played in Tampa took place at the Raymond James Stadium (just 3 miles from Erehwon Retreat). We call it the Ray Jay here in Tampa!

The City of Tampa renovated Raymond James Stadium in 2016, adding new HD video boards and a sound system. Further improvements include suites, concessions and locker rooms. The current seating capacity is 65,000 but is expandable to 75,000 for a big game. 

Hosting any major sporting event in Tampa is a breeze, due to our excellent climate and popular local activities. Of course, Erehwon Retreat looks forward to showcasing our unique 1923 Arts and Craft Bungalow and Cottage experience. And choosing us gives you amazing  proximity to the stadium.

Super Bowl Opening Night POWERED BY BOLT 24 is the national kick off for Super Bowl LV festivities, held virtually this year on Monday, February 1, 2021. Be a part of the action as the Super Bowl players and coaches address the nation for the first time LIVE. Super Bowl Opening Night is the first place that Super Bowl players and coaches from both teams will interact with media before the Super Bowl. 

Celebrate Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay! Fans have the opportunity to attend Super Bowl Experience, the NFL and Host Committee’s joint interactive football theme park as Super Bowl LV touches down in Tampa. Super Bowl Experience Presented by Lowe’s – NFL’s interactive football theme park –will return to Tampa for Super Bowl LV from Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31 and from Wednesday, February 3 – Saturday, February 6 along the Tampa Riverwalk. To celebrate the history of the NFL, Super Bowl Experience will offer fans the opportunity virtually meet & greet with current NFL players and Legends, participate in games, and shop merchandise from NFL Shop presented by Visa. Super Bowl Experience will also feature photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a 40-yard dash and vertical jump against NFL players on LED screens, and a Super Bowl rings display showcasing all 54 Super Bowl rings!

Super Bowl History

At Erehwon Retreat we have visitors from around the world, so I’m just going to explain a little about the Super Bowl to those who might not understand this great American institution. It’s the annual championship game of the American National Football League (NFL). Traditionally, from 2004 until 2020, it’s been held on the first Sunday in February. In 2020, due to COVID-19, it took place in September. What else can I say? It’s the second biggest food day in the USA after Thanksgiving. It’s also the most watched TV broadcast of the year – not just sports broadcasting – total TV! Finally, the Super Bowls in Tampa or elsewhere  are famous for half time adverts. This is the most expensive commercial airtime of the year, and companies create advertising just for the Super Bowl.

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (known as the Bucs) make it to the Super Bowl and win it will be a first. Sadly, the Vegas odds of a Bucs win are 60 to 1. Still, we’re crossing our fingers …  the BUCS WIN!! 

Baseball in Florida – The Grapefruit League

Baseball in Florida – The 2021 Grapefruit League

Grapefruit League

Erehwon Retreat is well placed for visitors to enjoy a quintessential American activity – baseball. Spring training in Florida began in earnest in 1913, when the Chicago Cubs trained in Tampa and the Cleveland Indians in Pensacola. One year later, two other teams moved to Florida for spring training, the real start of the Grapefruit League. Except for a couple of years during World War II, when travel restrictions prevented teams training south of the Potomac and Ohio rivers, Florida hosted more than half of the spring training teams through 2009.

Since 2010, major league teams have been equally divided between Arizona and Florida during spring training, with 15 teams in Florida and 15 teams in Arizona.The Toronto Blue Jays will be playing in Dunedin, the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater and the New York Yankees in Tampa itself. Every one of their home games is within half an hour’s drive of Erehwon and with the Baltimore Orioles doing their winter training in Sarasota and the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, each within an hour’s drive, there’s no shortage of quality baseball literally on our doorstep.

The Baltimore Orioles migrate to Sarasota

The long history of the Baltimore Orioles began with a name change, when, in 1953 the St Louis Browns moved to Baltimore and changed their name … from that year they went from strength to strength, and today their winter training ground in Sarasota gives many a Florida vacation rental visitor the chance to explore some quality baseball.

Detroit Tigers travel to Lakeland

In a similar vein, the even more veteran Detroit Tigers have a winter training ground in Lakeland. Since 1894 when the Tigers were a charter member of the reorganized Western League, the changing fortune of the Tigers has been a subject of joy and despair for their followers. It’s amazing to consider that this baseball team has been around since the day star players traveled to the baseball ground in horse-drawn buggies! But for those looking for homes for rent in Florida, the Tigers present a fantastic opportunity to see baseball in the sun today.

The Grapefruit League 2021

On February 21,2020 the Grapefruit League begins this year’s matches. Pitchers and catchers report to the NY Yankees February 12 and position players on the 17th. Of special note, the Nationals and the Astros both train in West Palm Beach and as of tonight’s World Series the Astros have 3 months and 21 days to get over it. There’s something special about watching baseball in Florida – endless sunshine, easy travel between baseball grounds and none of the stress of fighting to get into the packed grounds and dealing with the congested roads around stadiums in the Northern states. Instead it’s an easy-going experience of sport in the sun, with something for everybody. As the league timetable shows, there’s no end of excitement to be had!

Florida villa rentals – the joy of year-round sport

For golfers in particular, Florida is a center of excellence renowned throughout the world, but baseball is also a winter joy for those hunting down the perfect Tampa homes for rent. Whether you’re a fan of a particular team, or just enjoy watching baseball for the sheer pleasure of sportsmen in action, Florida state is a wonderful opportunity for spectators. Not only that, but with Florida’s wonderful food shops and eateries there’s every opportunity to enjoy a picnic or tailgate meal that will delight every member of your vacation party – whether they are baseball fanatics or not.

View a map of 2021 Grapefruit League Spring Training sites

View Grapefruit League Revised 2021 training schedule

How do you select which languages you translate on your website

Florida attracts visitors from around the world.  One of the most significant challenges for Vacation Rentals is the language barrier. In our first decade of hosting over 1,000 guests, Erehwon Retreat hosted guests speaking 26 languages. 

With research indicating that 73% of worldwide markets prefer websites that provide content in their native language, translation of texts, websites, images, and voices from one language to the next became imperative.  However, the process of translating a text from one language to the next is not an easy task.

We use two criteria in selecting languages: our first motivation to add computer translations was to enhance our guest experience as part of a number of activities associated with completion of our first decade hosting at Erehwon Retreat. In my arts management and arts consulting career I witnessed the universal language within Dance and Music. In semi-retirement, I realized that genuine hospitality offered discretely is also universally appreciated and reciprocated.

Each of the 25 languages we launched in December 2019 represents a guest(s) who have visited our Holiday Homes from another country. In future years, we will expand if we see 25+ views within a calendar year from new areas of the world. We aggregate languages so for example with Spanish, we have hosted guests from Spain, Argentina, Costa Rico, Ecuador, Mexico & Puerto Rico. English included guests from Canada, Australia, Britain and Northern Ireland to date.