Rediscovering the Front Porch

Rediscovering the Front Porch

Rediscovering the Front Porch Florida Vacation Homes

A guest recently said, ” the Bungalow’s front porch is the perfect cure all to all the digital screens we look at daily. How we’ve become used to the increasing hum and fans of electronics in our lives. We so enjoyed the renewal that came with this holiday home’s Front Porch along with the ease of a chat face to face with passing neighbors. Oh that Southern Hospitality! ”
The image of the front porch remains “as one of the few semi-public outdoor spaces associated with community and neighborliness,” says Victor Deupi of the Institute of Classical Architecture. Porches link us to an idealized past—one before e-mail (or even the telephone), when face-to-face interaction formed the core of communities. Then there are the practical considerations that have long kept the porch in favor: “Porches add beauty to a streetscape,” Depui says, “and they also offer environmental advantages by providing shade and breeze in the summer, and, if oriented south, allowing low winter light to enter the house.”

In contrast to many other American architectural traditions, however, the roots of our porches don’t appear to be found in Europe, but rather in the architectural heritage of colonial trading partners. Traders en route from the Caribbean to the British, French and Spanish colonies were influenced by island architecture, rich with large open porches to accommodate the humid climate.

Bungalows, were th last major historic architectural style in the United States to incorporate the porch. Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes made great use of porches, which reach out from under his signature cantilevered roofs. Wright, however, had a tendency to reorient the porch from the front of the house to the side or back, wishing to maintain the privacy desired by the modern family while also preserving his belief in the importance of a connection to the outdoors.

This Old House writes, “Soon, streets filled with Model T’s and the twin indoor delights of television and air-conditioning, and a middle class focused more on work than leisure conspired to dethrone the porch from its prominent place in American culture. But the underlying love for porches and their associations with the American identity never waned, and recent decades have seen a revival of porch-building. The classic image of a front porch filled with family and friends on a hot summer evening has long been a symbol of traditional American values, and it’s one that still holds true today.”

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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.

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Dressing for our Climate & Location

Dressing for our Climate

While the purpose of your trip will dictate business, casual, or formal attire, the following tips are presented about the Tampa Bay area in general:

  • Tampa style tends to be casual, in general. For example, unless you are going to the one of the best restaurants, most do not require men to wear a jacket.
  • Summers can be warm and humid, so dress for comfort.
  • Winters are one of our favorite times here. We generally have sun most days of the winter, with temperatures between 48°F (8°C) at night and 60°F (16°C) during the day—in the shade, as it is warmer still in the sun! You can have breakfast and lunch most days outside on our 16’x16′ deck in your short sleeves.
  • Many of the streets in Old Seminole Heights are brick, and, for the past 80 years, they’ve had the potential to twist ankles! So, consider opting for practical shoes.
  • It can rain like buckets without warning, including most late afternoons, so we have put an umbrella in the closet for your convenience.