SCOOTER RENTALS Tampa – and bike hire too

SCOOTER RENTALS Tampa - and bike hire too Erehwon Retreat

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 and Electric Bikes there is – COAST
Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Tampa, FL

Holiday Homes

 Holiday Homes Erehwon Retreat

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Our 2 bed + pull out couch/2 bath Bungalow is great for families. And with early planning, extended families may coordinate booking both our Guest Cottage and Bungalow for the same dates. Lots of families give Grandparents or in-laws our Guest Cottage less than 150′ away from the Bungalow for a quiet spot.  Even larger families ask our on-site Concierge to identify other nearby holiday rentals within a few blocks walk in our historic neighborhood.

We have hosted families in our Holiday Rentals from Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Essen, Dorncaster, Bithoven, Enschele, Skieve, Vellinge Schleusingen, Glengowie, Hong Kong, Taipai, &Buenos Aires. Occassionaly we link reservations with family members living in the US with other members living in Europe. Each reunion is unique and over and over I plug in my own world travel experience to ensure the little details are considered.

As well as elegant rooms you can find amenities and services you expect of a hotel. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Free off-street parking, linen service, Children’s beach toys, Beach Umbrella and beach towels, Yoga mat(yoga studio one block away), visiting massage therapist, expert on site Concierge.

There is a rich history in Tampa that is still being made to this day. Whether you are visiting for a weekend, a week or a month make sure to use our traveler resources under the Location tab.

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Finding “your” ideal Florida vacation and rental can be endless. As a property owner,  I spend a lot of  time ensuring that visitors to know exactly what to expect from their Tampa vacation home and area.

Prior to the Lock-down,  I posted more than 877 pics with commentary on a range of locations, habitats, fauna and restaurants you may want to visit while visiting.

The problem is that it can be difficult to tell how long ago photographs of holiday homes were taken. Some proprietors on Airbnb or Vrbo haven’t updated the pictures of their vacation home in years.  Which makes one wonder about wear and tear can really date a property and its furnishings.

Erehwon Retreat has a rolling ‘refresh’ program to ensure that every aspect of the property looks bandbox fresh.  So we show exactly what Erehwon Retreat and the environs look like year round.

But that’s not the whole story. I’m keen to let visitors know exactly how to make the most of their Florida vacation rental, whether its fine dining, concerts, hikes, best beaches, biking  or chilling in coffee houses.

Finding homes for rent in Florida

So what are the top tips for finding the perfect vacation rental?

1. Be sure what you’re looking for

Knowing whether you want a relaxing break or a vacation filled with experiences or a simply a change of locale for a remote work  vacation will insure you pick the right location for your trip.

Consider the preferences of all the members of your party – is there plenty of activity for the kids, will teenagers find enough to amuse them, do all the adults in the party have something special to look forward to at this venue?

2. Know your vacation rental terminology

Do you know the difference between sea view and waterfront or Seminole Heights vs Old Seminole Heights? It’s important because a sea view simply means that the ocean can be observed from at least one window, while a waterfront location means nothing between you and the beach or the Intra Coastal Waterway.  Misleading and dated photos are a real issue. That’s one reason I’m happy about Instagram, over time it will give guests a just in time sense of Erehwon Retreat and its environs.

3. Visit several sites

Everybody knows AirBnB, but sites like Booking.com and Vrbo offer a wider range of possibilities. Don’t forget that it can be advantageous to book direct with a proprietor via their own website once you’re certain that you really understand and appreciate the property and its surroundings.

REBUILDING A 1923 TREASURE LED TO RESTORING VACATION RENTALS

Rebuilding a 1920’s treasure led to restoring vacation rentals in Tampa, Florida

Many boats meet undignified ends, scuttled, wrecked or just abandoned. Some though, are restored to life. In the summer of 1979 I was wandering through the storage field of Essex Isle Marina in Connecticut when I came across a long-abandoned gaff rigged Wianno Senior Knockabout Sloop named Simba.  Built in 1923, at some point she’d been left to rot in storage, but immediately her lines appealed to me.  It was the beginning of a long relationship, and the foretaste of how much her launch year of 1923 would influence my life and restoration of my vacation rentals in Tampa, Florida  Erehwon Retreat.

 

Wianno Seniors – a brief pedigree 

Since 1914, Wianno’s have had a reputation for rounding the mark and slicing past in a flash of brightwork, canvas and speed. Their ease of handling and seaworthiness made them popular both as racers and coastal voyagers. Fantasy #11 can be seen at Mystic Seaport Museum and Victura #94 – the boat purchased by Joseph P. Kennedy and sailed by his children and grandchildren – is on show at the John F Kennedy Memorial Library.

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I found Simba to be able, safe and challenging – as did the many friends who sailed her – and for me, learning to get about without the fallback of auxiliary power allowed me to develop patience and a sensitivity to wind and tide that served me superbly when I moved, a decade later, to a Rhodes Offshore 40.

By 1986, the Wianno Association members were considering a fiberglass version.  A few years earlier, Sparkman Stevens had hauled in five wooden Seniors at mid-season, weighing and electronically measuring each one.  Using that study to determine the ideal characteristics of a Senior, the vessel was re-created as a three-piece fiberglass hull, deck and interior.  The fiberglass Seniors look great and sail well, but as a veteran of the wooden sloop, I notice that the sound of the boat has changed.

 

Wooden sailboat restoration – love affair and learning curve

Simba, originally Hull 51*, was a leaking bucket when I bought her; years of hard racing on Nantucket Sound had put enough leaks in the bottom that just keeping her bailed would have exhausted a strong man and the cabin seemed only to filter out leaves.  She was valued at no more than her unpaid yard bills – $500, so when I’d paid off her dues, I had her carefully loaded onto an overland boat carrier and moved from Essex to East Haddam, CT.

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Her new home was the back yard of the wood boat repair shop run by Robert K. Wilmes whom I hired to serve as consultant for her restoration. Included in his consulting fee were storage rights on his property and the use of his tools, so, in season, we would meet every Friday evening for dinner before, on Saturday morning, list in hand, he would indicate exactly what I would need to accomplish in the next two day’s labor. I would leave NY City center with sufficient time to make the 15:30 Amtrak Boston train arriving at Old Saybrook station at 18:04 and then would come 48 hours of patience, practice and learning because, at least for the first few months, it was less accomplish than re-do. Getting the cut right was a literally painstaking process – winching in the curve to the right fit caused a beam to break and the wood flew back to within three inches of my head – a fraction further and I’d have been dead.

REBUILDING A 1923 TREASURE LED TO RESTORING VACATION RENTALS Erehwon Retreat

Wianno Seniors were constructed from native white oak which was used for framing the stem, keel, deadwood, sternpost, knee and horn. Simba, whom I renamed Corsair, was carvel planked using 13/16-inch cypress. This was standard until 1932, but Wiannos from that date onward had planks of Honduras mahogany.  They all had 600 lbs. iron on the keel as external ballast.

Bob Wilmes directed me to start with the deck, deck beams, demo the cockpit, cockpit staving, so that I could inspect, repair or sister her frames, which were 1 1/2 inches square, spaced 9 inches on centers.  The original frames were dovetailed and wedged in the keel.

Then, under his tutelage, I moved onto deck beams – oak spaced 10 inches on centers – and added a watertight cockpit floor made of fir plywood 5/8-inch-thick, before fiberglassing the surface.  The cabin trunk was the steam bent white oak that had nearly cost me my life.

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The new cabin deck was 3/8-inch marine plywood, canvas covered, glued and ironed, the same for the process of fixing the deck canvas, covered with white oak rub rails I had fashioned.  The hull itself was wooded – removing all paint and exposing the bungs.  Following their removal, I drew out as many of the galvanized fasteners as I could, replacing each with a new stainless steel one.

The hull above the waterline received a coat of Penetrol followed by a primer and then Interlux French Gray with white intrusion line. The decks, received three coats of buff. The outside bright work was given two sealers and eight coats of spar varnish.  Below the waterline, after the garboard and shudder planks had been replaced by Bob himself, she received one prime coat followed by two coats of antifouling green.

REBUILDING A 1923 TREASURE LED TO RESTORING VACATION RENTALS Erehwon Retreat

By the time she was ready to launch in June 1982, I was ready to move from the NY City Centre Joffrey Ballet and accepted a position at the Guthrie Theater. It was, as people say today, a no-brainer; a new wood Wianno Senior would cost me $40,000 and anyway, I had thousands of hours literally grained into the wood of the boat, so I negotiated her transport to Minnesota as part of my relocation costs.

In Minnesota, I changed Corsair to Kirby paint, after consulting with the restoration team at Mystic Seaport.  They advised me to move away from paints that contained modern acrylics as these would harden the wood. Acrylic-free surfaces definitely made prepping the topsides much easier each spring.  Another advantage of moving to Minnesota was that some of the many talented craftsmen in the Guthrie scene shop were available to hire for boat work on the side.  The Wianno’s new tiller, fashioned as a copy of the original, was the result of one such collaboration.

 

Boat restoration – a bug you can catch

REBUILDING A 1923 TREASURE LED TO RESTORING VACATION RENTALS Erehwon RetreatThere was another unexpected outcome to the Minnesota move. Boats are one of those places that great friendships spontaneously and naturally develop, and it gives me great pleasure to recall teaching my boss, Ed Martenson, to sail.  He caught the bug, has restored two boats of his own, and we’ve crewed on each other’s boats for over a quarter of a century.

 

The history of Hull 51

REBUILDING A 1923 TREASURE LED TO RESTORING VACATION RENTALS Erehwon Retreat

 I sold Corsair following the 75th Anniversary of the Fleet at Osterville in 1989, where she won Best Prize for Restoration. But she wasn’t done with me. One evening I found myself wondering how many fiberglass Seniors had actually been built? Going through the Wianno Senior Class Association‘s members list by hull number and comparing that information with a page from the 75th Anniversary book revealed who had owned a Senior in 1935.  I discovered that,  Hull 51 was named King Tut and owned by Lawarson Riggs Jr of Woods Hole.   A Google search later I had turned up a letter from his law office written, as Treasurer of the Woods Hole Institute, to the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Riggs was born in St. Louis, where I went to college at Washington University.  He attended Columbia Law School and lived at 70 W 11th. When I was a similar age, I lived at 20 E 8th. His law focus was Estate and Tax, an area I follow intently as a career fund raiser. The parallels intrigued me.
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In 1989, Victor M Tyler purchased Corsair through my boat broker and renamed her Hilda. Several months later I received a registered mail package containing her name board and brass letters along with a note asking if Corsair had ever been moored off of Bracketts Point?  I called Vic to confirm – George and Sally Pillsbury had indeed been gracious enough to invite me to place a mushroom anchor off their property.  His response was a deep sigh; he had visited his cousin Ella Pillsbury who lived  next door and Corsair was part of a boat class he had long known.

 

1923 – a year that has come to dominate my life

With Corsair gone, my awareness of 1923 slipped from sight, but it was simply waiting under the surface. When I retired to Tampa, Florida, I purchased a bungalow and cottage built in … 1923. It took me a year of restoration to achieve the 1920s ambience I wanted for the properties and when I’d finished, I named them Erehwon Retreat – vacation rental properties in Tampa that are lovingly crafted reminders of the glories of the Roaring Twenties.

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  • For those who love the genealogy of boats as well as people, Hull #51’s name history is:
  1. King Tut
  2. Golden Fleece
  3. Simba
  4. Corsair
  5. Hilda