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More than a dozen beaches in the St Petersburg & Clearwater area, including:

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Red – within one or two miles of the Retreat.

Orange – elsewhere in Tampa.

Purple – in the neighboring city of St. Petersburg.

 

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Home Florida Vacation HomesWelcome to Tampa Bay

From coast to coast, Florida unfolds in a spectacle of white beaches, rolling hills, citrus groves, and incredible fresh water springs. Enjoy a variety of year-round activities—fishing, boating, and hunting, to name a few—along with a rich historical heritage dating back to 1513 when Ponce de León first explored Florida.

Tampa Vacation Rental Erehwon Retreat 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 by owner 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 city attractions including museums and restaurants, 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 magic of Disney (60 miles) to 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) are all within a short drive of Erehwon Retreat.

Historical Attractions

Home Florida Vacation HomesExplore St. Petersburg’s historic architecture on a moonlit ghost tour, or deepen your knowledge at museums dedicated to everything from automobiles to Salvador Dalí and opening in the Spring 2020 the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Or just step outside your front door to admire the 1920’s streetscape of Old Seminole Heights and be sure to visit nearby Ybor City.

Home Florida Vacation HomesNatural Beauty

Relax under sprawling laurel oaks and 90-year-old camphor trees. Take a cool dip in the Gulf of Mexico (23 miles) or Sulphur Springs Pool (1.5 miles). Pick up the pace a little and go canoeing on the Hillsborough River or enjoy a round of golf.

Home Florida Vacation HomesDowntown Excitement

From brewpubs to fine cuisine to art cafes and dazzling dance clubs there are treasures to discover in Tampa Bay. In our neighborhood of Old Seminole Heights there’s a vibrant dining scene. Meet locals and like-minded travelers strolling the Riverwalk and stop into Ulele’s for Oysters (3.8 miles) or ride the Pirate water taxi.

Fabulous 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.

Scenic Cruises

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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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Let’s look at the accommodations, check out our availability or read our blog posts for more on Tampa and the history.

TOP 10 TIPS…

 Top 10 Tips for an Unforgettable Vacation Rental Stay

While most any itinerary to Florida can be fabulous, and vacation rentals offer a great money saver, for my two – or ten – cents worth, here’s what I would share….

  1. Use trusted travel sites – The most popular sites for vacation rentals are Booking.com,HomeAway/Vrbo, Airbnb Flip Key/TripAdvisor.  For quick stays and shared rooms in owner occupied home AirB&B.  If the property has a Branded Name, do a web search and or Instagram or Facebook check on the brand name.  Some Web travel portals list top vacation properties but have no connection to the actual real estate.  Don’t bother calling if the site won’t permit you to write the owner,  it’s the classic bait and switch.  That property will always be unavailable but they have others to suggest.
  2. How long the property has been advertised – the longer it has been on the travel site, the more likely it is to be genuine and legitimate.
  3. Ask if it’s legal – The state of Florida says cities can’t ban short-term rentals, can’t limit how frequently a property is rented and can’t require a minimum length of stay. So city officials are taking other steps to reduce their proliferation in single-family neighborhoods. Examples include registering with the state and city because the owners are supposed to be paying county and state taxes on the rental, capping the number of renters in any home, require a local contact for emergencies and allow the city to revoke the licenses of properties that repeatedly create disturbances or break the law. If you are renting a cooperative or apartment ask the property owner to confirm that their lease permits subletting.
  4. Don’t be fooled by Photoshop photography– Ask the owner for additional photos — an honest vacation lessor will always have other pictures to share.  If the property offers no exterior photos or you have concerns about the neighborhood, check Google’s Street View to confirm that the property you’re renting actually exists at the address advertised.
  5. Be careful of the lowest cost per night – If prices seem too good to be true, they often are in Florida.  Your greatest savings when compared with area hotels is during PEAK SEASON.  Hotels with excess capacity during the OFF SEASON are trying to match vacation properties.
  6. Read the reviews – Compare the differences in feedback from the first five guests with the last five guests that appears on all travel sites your property is listed:  HomeAway/VRBO, FlipKey/TripAdvisor, AirB&B
  7. Trust your instincts – But remember when the property owner is paying a commission to the website, the web site releases no contact information or last name until the reservation is completed.  In other words, the property owner knows nothing about you unless you are a registered member of the travel website.  So it’s not a red flag if the property owner has questions about your stay.  Better yet, avoid – “Is your place available?” by providing some background, “Hi, we’re interested in your bungalow. We are in our late 30’s, non smokers, live in Baltimore County, MD and we would be visiting with our two sons, ages 7 and 10.”
  8. Take your time –  No need to rush and avoid those properties that are pushing for a decision.  On the other hand, know if the property is listed on various travel sites.  If so, remember the owner is obligated to accept the first firm offer.
  9. Be a regular – If you rent a home you like, stick with it. You’ll develop a relationship with the owner if you go back to the same place year in, year out — and avoid the risk of being scammed on a new property.
  10. Take lots of pictures – But take a break from social media while you’re on vacation. Wait until returning home to post photos.  It’s not a great idea to announce to the world your away from home and check your privacy setting and avoid tagging your rental property location.