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?

SUPER BOWL LV TAMPA

SUPER BOWL LV TAMPA 2021

SUPER BOWL LV TAMPA Erehwon Retreat

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!! 

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 …