Ever since the dawn of leisurely travel, Alabama’s Gulf Coast has been a premier tourism destination for people all across the country. Beautiful weather, sandy white beaches, and of course great local cuisine keep families, couples, and large parties coming back year after year.
For nearly a decade and a half, though, one of Coastal Alabama’s prominent resort properties has been off the map.
On November 1, that all changed with the grand reopening of The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.
The Lodge first opened in 1974 and quickly became a top destination for tourists, as well as a hub for community activity along the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, The Lodge was forced to close its doors after sustaining irreparable damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Thankfully, The Lodge didn’t fade away as an abandoned afterthought. After years of concepting, a plan to reopen the property was introduced in February of 2016, and construction began soon after that.
The brains behind this renovation didn’t simply settle for business as usual, though. Sustainability was at the forefront of the planning all along for The Lodge.
“It means everything to authentically implement these [sustainability] initiatives,” said Maureen Holden, Marketing & Social Media Manager for The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel. “Visitors want an authentic experience. We are at the forefront of what is a transformative time in the sustainable tourism industry.”
The Lodge’s sustainability efforts fall in line with three pillars: Environmentally friendly operations and facilities, support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and direct and tangible social and economic benefits to local people.
These sustainability measures include: Eco-friendly construction, responsible water sourcing and routing, wildlife conscious features, energy conservation, restorative landscaping, food and waste reduction, conscientious dining menus, and more. You can read up on The Lodge’s sustainable tourism on their About Us page.
Speaking of those conscientious dining menus, The Lodge features plenty of Alabama Gulf Seafood in their family of restaurants. This includes Perch, a refined dining experience that features “the highest quality, locally sourced products from local fishermen and regional farmers and producers,” and Foodcraft, a more casual option that also features “local farmers’ and fishermen’s bounties.” Other dining options include the Roasted Oak Coffee & Wine Bar and the Dragonfly Pool Bar & Grill.
As the first new full-service hotel on the Alabama Gulf Coast in 20 years, The Lodge is poised to be quite popular this spring and summer, and we’re awfully excited about this new addition to our already strong tourism profile.
“Here at The Lodge, all guests enjoy a room with a beautiful view,” said Holden. “Each room has either a view of the Gulf or a view of Gulf State Park’s Lake Shelby. How can you beat that?”
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