On the subject of places to stay in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, have you heard of the Lodge at Gulf State Park? They strive to be “A Unique Destination On The Alabama Gulf Coast Where Nature Is At Your Doorstep” and hit the mark ten-fold. It’s on the beach, next to Gulf Park Pier, with a pedestrian bridge leading across Beach Blvd to Lake Shelby. The hotel is embedded in Gulf State Park but only 2-miles from the main Gulf Shores Beach.
With unique locations comes unique responsibility, and the Lodge at Gulf State Park works in concert with the park’s naturalists to be the premier stewards of the land. In fact, they have a mission statement to “be an international benchmark for environmental and economic sustainability, demonstrating best practices for outdoor recreation, education, and hospitable accommodations.” They start with extensive recycling programs, solar power, turtle-safe lighting, and storm water-safe parking, but it continues beyond there. Landscaping using native species that can thrive without irrigation, chemical pesticides, or fertilizers comprises 75% of the site, and a dune rehabilitation program offsets all the land displaced during construction.
Pro Tip – The Lodge is a Hilton Property, so earn and use your Hilton Points.