The most frequently asked question during CHECK IN HOUSE TOUR – “name some famous people born the year this home was built?” It’s easy to name Henry Kissinger, Charlton Heston, Carroll Shelby, Hank Williams, James Arness, Maria Callas.

From a personal perspective, Gerald Aprino whose ballet “Confetti” I first saw at the Seattle Opera House in June 1970. Eight years later I was working for him as Executive Director of the Joffrey Ballet. James Truitte who I worked with at Cincinnati Ballet. Siobhán McKenna who in November 1976 starred in the Abbey Theater’s production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Helen Owen Carry Playhouse where I was serving as Director Of Development. Concert Pianist Alicia de Larrocha who I frequently shared an elevator at NY’s Hotel Salisbury throughout the 1980’s and lastly Melissa Hayden who from 1955-1975 I watched at New York City Ballet and ho later served on the visiting faculty during my tenure at DanceAspen.

Click the link below for an amazing list of more than 500 others who contributed much to the world we know today.

New Airline EUROWINGS DISCOVER to connect Tampa to Europe

Tampa’s connection to mainland Europe is set to begin December 16, 2021 with nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany aboard Eurowings Discover, the Lufthansa Group’s new leisure airline. They  will operate four times each week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays year-round. The flights will be approximately 11 hours long.The service will be Eurowings’ first flight to the United States. The airline decided to launch its first U.S. flight ahead of other U.S. destinations, which will follow in 2022.

The service will be Eurowings’ first flight to the United States. The airline decided to launch its first U.S. flight ahead of other U.S. destinations, which will follow in 2022.

Other Airlines at TPA

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.

Tampa Attractions Erehwon RetreatWorld-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.

Tampa Attractions Erehwon RetreatNatural 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.

Tampa Attractions Erehwon RetreatDowntown 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

Tampa Attractions Erehwon Retreat

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.


Tampa Attractions Erehwon RetreatLocal 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?

Cruises from Tampa

Tampa is one of the premier cruise port destinations in the South. Having sailed my Phillip Rhodes Offshore 40 sloop Siskiwit for over 24 years and served as a navigator on 4 ships in the US Navy, I have a unique appreciation for ships and those who cruise on them.

Erehwon Retreat is less than 5 miles from the Port of Tampa and we frequently host guests before or after completing a cruise.  Multiple cruise lines have already reaped the benefits of homeporting their ships at Port Tampa Bay. Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Paradise and Carnival Miracle, Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn will all sail out of the city, enabling cruise travellers to explore multiple destinations across the Caribbean and Central America.

Celebrity Cruises

Joining these ships is Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation, which will operate 10- and 11-night roundtrips from Tampa beginning November 2020. Following a 14-night transatlantic crossing from Barcelona, Spain, Celebrity Constellation will begin sailing three unique itineraries, including a 10-night Eastern Caribbean escape that calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Samana, Dominican Republic.

The vessel will also provide 11-night Southern Caribbean voyages with visits to Key West; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Alternatively, guests can opt for an 11-night ‘Touch Canal’ itinerary that will take them to explore Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; the Panama Canal; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has added Port Tampa Bay to its winter 2020 cruise itineraries too. For the first time, MSC Armonia will sail from the port, providing year-round voyages to breathtaking destinations, including Progreso, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, as well as Key West and the brand’s new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line will also be returning to homeport in the city after a one-year hiatus. Throughout winter 2020, Veendam will sail 7- and 14-day itineraries to Key West; Samana; San Juan; St. Thomas; St. John; George Town; Willemstad; Oranjestad; Costa Maya; Castries, St Lucia; Banana Coast and Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize; Philipsburg, St Maarten; and Basseterre, The Bahamas.