Already famous for its sugary white sand beaches and warm Southern hospitality, Alabama’s Gulf Coast is now making a name for itself as a destination for culinary and lodging excellence. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, is a unique new destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast where nature is literally at your doorstep. Located on the beach inside the beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge stands out from other Gulf Coast hotels because of its size and commitment to sustainable tourism as well as the diversity of its preserved ecosystems. The facility’s 350 rooms weave comfort and sustainability throughout, with a contemporary coastal flair that’s versatile enough to cater to business travelers and families alike. All rooms and suites bring the outdoors in by providing guests views of either the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby. There is simply nowhere else like it on the Gulf Coast.
Whether you are a native or a visitor at any destination, dining is a critical part of the experience, and the restaurants of Alabama’s Gulf Coast do not disappoint. Paying tribute to local farmers, fishermen, and purveyors, The Lodge at Gulf State Park recently unveiled several new dining concepts. Perch, Woodside Grill, and Foodcraft are now open to the public, serving up seasonally inspired menus featuring the highest-quality locally sourced products from area fishermen and regional farmers and producers. The dining experience is enhanced with stunning views from the porch and terrace seating overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Each restaurant has a unique flavor and feel, and all participate in meaningful sustainability initiatives.
The new restaurants at The Lodge add to an already robust culinary explosion in Coastal Alabama that was started with the opening of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. In 2016, Fisher’s launched the exclusive Southern Grace dinner series, each dinner showcasing the expertise of some of the country’s best chefs, all of whom curate specially prepared multi-course dinners that celebrate the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. This series, which typically sells out in advance, runs May through August. A pre-dinner cocktail reception allows guests the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite chefs before sitting down for this communal, seated dinner. Each dinner in the series offers a relaxed evening full of great food and fellowship—just as you would expect from Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Other new local fine dining restaurants include Playa, Fin & Fork, and Coastal.
Unparalleled beauty, abundant wildlife, first-class food, and sweet Southern hospitality make Alabama’s Gulf Shores and Orange Beach must-visit destinations. Just make sure you order some fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood while you are there.