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Tampa Vacation Rental Erehwon Retreat Receives 2019 Best of Tampa Award

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TAMPA August 22, 2019 — Erehwon Retreat launched in 2010 has been selected for the 2019 Best of Tampa Award in the Vacation Home Rental Agency category by the Tampa Award Program. Holiday Houses specializing in weekly and short term rentals has seen a sharp increase for over a decade in Tampa.

Each year, the Tampa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Tampa area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Tampa Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Tampa Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Tampa Award Program

The Tampa Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Tampa area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Tampa Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.


Home Florida Vacation Homes

Home Florida Vacation HomesWelcome to Tampa’s Premiere Vacation Rentals

We’re Open, Safe and Ready to Serve

Tampa Bay is something to cheer about – pristine white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, warm sunshine and hospitality, and incredible fresh water springs. You’ll fall in love with all the year-round activities.  Erehwon spoils you with ambience,  service, and cozy spaces.  Why wait another day? See for your self.

Vacation Rental Receives 2019 Best of Tampa Award

Erewhon Retreat is now an Award-Winning Vacation Home

Not only is the location of our Tampa vacation rentals postcard perfect, Old Seminole Heights is designated as U.S. Historic Districts and listed with the National Register of Historic Places as well as State and City of Tampa local designation. Our weekly and  monthly rentals are .33 miles from I-275 giving guests easy access to metro attractions, as well as Central Florida’s most popular spots. Discover what our guests love most about our location and get a glimpse into what’s waiting for you at Erehwon Retreat.


Home Florida Vacation HomesWorld-Class Theme Parks

From the adrenaline-pumping roller coasters of Busch Gardens (5.4 miles), the magic of the Florida Aquarium (3.8 miles), and the famous Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park (1.1 miles) or Legoland and Disney are all within easy reach of our vacation homes.

Exceptional Cleaning & Disinfection

Home Florida Vacation HomesFor a decade we clean, disinfect high touch objects, restock and reset our holiday homes.  Now with a global pandemic, after check out we let our vacation homes sit for 8 hours. Then we prepare the property for our cleaners by running our UV High Capacity O3 Oxigenators in each room.  Sixteen hours later, we commence cleaning and disinfection.   Twenty four hours prior to your arrival, we run our UV Germicidal Light Sterilizer in each room. UV wavelengths irradiate microbes to destroy both their DNA and RNA so that bacteria loses its ability to survive.  In short, we’ve done everything we can to breath new life into our storied 1923 Bungalow and Cottage.

Home Florida Vacation HomesNatural Beauty

Our vacation rentals sit under 90-year-old camphor and Laurel Oak trees. 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,  go kayaking on the Hillsborough River, swim with the manatees, or pick up the pace with an Airboat ride or enjoy a round of golf. In Florida the outdoor possibilities are endless.

Home Florida Vacation HomesDowntown Excitement

From brewpubs, fine cuisine to art cafes, dazzling dance clubs and a century of Cuban culture, there are treasures to discover. Our vacation rentals are just 3 miles from downtown. So it’s easy to bike, jog, scooter downrtown.  Meet locals and like-minded travelers strolling the Riverwalk and stop into Ulele’s for Oysters or ride the Pirate water taxi.

World Reknown Cancer Care

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is a nonprofit cancer treatment and research center on the University of South Florida campus. Just 7 miles away, Erehwon’s extended Medical plan offers special arrangements for extended stays of patients and their families.

Cruise Ships

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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 (3.6 miles).


Home Florida Vacation HomesLocal Happenings

Take off on a daytrip to be part of annual celebrations, like the famous Plant City Strawberry (think 100,000 cake or biscuit shortcakes) Festival, Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival, Bicycle Bash by the Bay or the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and Parade, held each January since 1904.

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

Let the Planning Begin

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Tampa Travel – The Local Lowdown

Tampa Travel – The Local Lowdown

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One of the great joys of vacation travel is discovering how the locals get around, and Tampa offers some of the most memorable local transportation in the USA. Here’s our guide to getting around Tampa like a local.

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Tampa’s electric streetcars – vacation transport that doesn’t break the bank

Back in 1892, Tampa had a novelty, electric streetcars with smartly uniformed conductors. These vehicles conveyed travelers round Ybor City, Ballast Point, Hyde Park and Sulphur Springs and allowed workers to reach the cigar factories of west Tampa, as well as taking families on day trips to local parks like DeSoto and Macfarlane. They were the circulatory system of the region until 1946, making Tampa among the last cities to let go of its historical streetcar system.

The TECO Line Streetcar system has returned to Tampa, covering Downtown, Channelside and Ybor City, bringing cruise ship passengers to the city and transporting workers just as the original streetcars did. A second phase of development has linked Franklin and Whiting Streets and the Fort Brooke parking garage, unifying downtown and bringing parking within easy reach of all. Best of all, it’s Free to travel all day!

Coast Bike Share – vacation transport on two wheels

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Coast Bike Share allows you to rent a public bicycle whenever you wish – simply register and then enter your pin to unlock a bike from any convenient station and then return it to any other station in the system – ideal for picnics or sightseeing trips and great for your health as well as the city’s low pollution levels.


The Cross-Bay Ferry – seasonal travel with added romance

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Travelling between St. Petersburg and Tampa has never been more enjoyable. The Cross-Bay Ferry, a brand-new pilot project that everybody hopes will return this November, cruises between the two cities twice a day and it’s for foot passengers only. The $8 one-way ticket (children under four travel free) buys you an hour crossing the Bay and gives tourists and locals alike a fantastic chance to enjoy a great meal, some sightseeing and maybe wildlife spotting – dolphins regularly ride the bow waves of cruise liners out of Tampa Bay. River walks and trolley cars connect well with the ferry service.

Pirate Water Taxi – explore Tampa from the water

For a rollicking day out in Tampa, the pirate water taxi system is for you! A single payment allows you to travel the Tampa waterways all day cruising the Tampa Riverwalk, Harbour Island and the Channelside Districts. With more than fifteen stops, the bright yellow water taxi is bound to deliver you close to whatever tourist attraction you desire, from museums to restaurants and Lowry Park Zoo.

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Hillsborough Area Regional Transit – take the HART around Tampa

Since 1980, the HART system has been serving Tampa. It’s our ‘local’ public bus because the HART #1 bus is a half-block walk from Erehwon Retreat and is a quick and easy way to reach all the best destinations downtown and the University of South Florida.