THE PINE LODGE IS NO LONGER OWNED BY SERGIO AND JOSI SOARES. IT NOW IS OPEN UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AS THE NATURE COAST INN.
Looking for a real piece of “Old Florida?” Then head for Inglis, about 90 miles north of Tampa on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Pine Lodge Bed & Breakfast can offer you the flavor of past times in the Sunshine State, but with all the modern convenience. The main building was erected in the 1940s and has been a hostel since 1959. Prior to that it was reportedly operated as a brothel by three local sisters!
Back in the 1960s the lodge was discovered by the crew filming the Elvis Presley movie, Follow that Dream. Though the “King” didn’t stay there, he did drop in to visit at the lodge from time to time. In fact, the building is located on Follow That Dream Parkway that stretches from Inglis to Yankeetown.
Today the bed and breakfast is run by Sergio and Josi Soares. The couple met in their native Brazil two decades ago and eventually found their way to this overlooked corner of the Sunshine State. During that journey Josi honed her talent for the inn business at the Indigo Boutique Hotel in Chicago. Expect to find Old Florida hospitality here, but with a Brazilian flare! The breakfasts are based on recipes from her home country that are pleasing to the eye and even better when tasted.
Also, expect a friendly reception from the couple. You likely will feel like family before you leave. You might also ask Sergio for the story of his “phantom sailboat” that resides in the backyard. You won’t be disappointed if you do!
The Pine Lodge makes a great headquarters for exploring the Yankeetown and Inglis area. Whether it’s the freshwater fishing in the Withlacoochee River for largemouth bass, the saltwater action in the Gulf of Mexico, or a leisurely pedal along the Park to Park bike trail that passes in front of the lodge you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t have a bike with you, the lodge will loan you one for the pedaling venture.