About Pine Lodge
The Pine Lodge Country Inn is a Bed & Breakfast Lodge. It also includes several cottages for rent. It was built in the 1940’s and is situated in the natural settings of Inglis, FL. The Inglis – Yankeetown, FL area is one of the most breathtaking natural areas of Florida and includes the picturesque Withlacoochee river, only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.
Pine Lodge Bed And Breakfast offers plenty of privacy and luxury to allow you to unwind in a comfortable warm and friendly atmosphere. Here you’ll find a relaxing and comfortable get-away from which to explore many nearby parks, shops and attractions. Indulge yourself in the peacefulness of our rooms or cottages in a tranquil, quiet environment. Central air & heat is included with all rooms and cottages.
Enjoy a full elegant breakfast, served in our gracious formal dining room each morning. Afterwards, relax by the pool, enjoy the natural area and gardens. Hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and fresh and saltwater fishing are some of the adventures that await you. You can swim with the manatees in our local freshwater springs.
We invite you to stay at our elegant Country Inn and experience a truly wonderful time. Make your reservations today!
About the Hosts
Josi and Sergio first met in their hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1991. They dated for several years until 1995, when Sergio moved to Chicago, Illinois to start a new chapter in life. He was also excited to be closer to two of his grown children; his oldest daughter, Sabrina (who now lives in Virginia) and his son Igor, who lives in Illinois. His second daughter, Paula remained in Rio with her family.
Sergio started a janitorial services company serving Chicago-area school districts and churches and enjoyed great success. However, something was missing from his life. During annual trips to Rio, Sergio would not only see his parents and the rest of his family, but he would also visit with Josi.
Josi was in the middle of a successful career in banking where she was known for excellent customer service. Her clients not only saw her as a business acquaintance, but as a dear friend who looked out for their every need. And after several visits, Sergio realized what was missing in his life, Josi!!
Sergio and Josi were married in 2002, when she moved to the United States. One year later, the whole family celebrated the arrival of Kathleen, Sergio�s and Josi�s daughter. Now seven years old, Kathleen likes to describe herself as a “toy person”.
Sergio’s passions are boats and airplanes (he is a pilot). And both love travelling the globe, experiencing new cultures, and of course, world cuisine! A diversity of world flavors is evident in Sergio’s cooking when he gathers with family and friends in the best part of the house is the kitchen.
Josi has many passions, God, her parents, step kids and relatives. Today she divides her time between her three loves… Kathleen, Sergio and hospitality. She studied hospitality at Penn Foster College, PA and obtained hands on expertise by working for Indigo Boutique Hotel near Chicago.
In 2010, inspired by Elvis Presley’s movie “Follow That Dream”, Josi and Sergio decided to leave the snow of Illinois behind to follow the dream of owning and operating a Bed and Breakfast (in a warmer climate of course). They fell in love with The Pine Lodge and its cozy cottages, decorated rooms and surrounding beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast.
Everybody has a dream, and every day, the Soares family is realizing their dream of helping guests feel at home as they enjoy the beauty of nature
Welcome to The Pine Lodge and please enjoy your stay!