In a much-anticipated return to Alabama's Gulf Coast, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel, has reopened its doors. The hotel was originally established in 1974 and was a popular destination for people from all over the country. Sadly, it was damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

The beachfront hotel now offers 350 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, both indoor and outdoor, and a selection of unique dining options. Guests will enjoy direct access to the beaches. They will also enjoy views of Lake Shelby and access to over 6,150 acres of hiking trails and activities. The Gulf State Park offers plenty of recreational and picture-taking opportunities.

The Lodge was specifically built to celebrate its unique location in the Gulf State Park. The builders of the hotel wanted to focus on sustainability as well as create an environmentally-friendly and resilient property that could fit into the landscape. In fact, the hotel uses native species in its landscaping, that way the plants don't need fertilizers, chemical pesticides or irrigation. Also, rainwater will be collected and diverted to a restored wetland. A host of other environmentally-friendly practices have already been implemented such as, the use of plant-based water bottles, biodegradable hay straws, straws made from bamboo shoots and more. What's more, the hotel is aiming to discontinue single-use items.

Plenty of food options will be available to guests. Whether looking to enjoy a casual, poolside meal or a more intimate dinner with an inviting menu and an extensive wine collection, guests are sure to be pleased. At Foodcraft, diners can enjoy locally-sourced food and fishermen's bounties, all while enjoying a great view of the Gulf.

Those who want to stay at The Lodge can enjoy the all that the solid Hilton brand has to offer. Members of the Hilton Honors loyalty program can book directly through Hilton channels, where they will enjoy a host of benefits.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: