For meetings and conventions, the Lodge offers over 40,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space - including The Gulfview Ballroom, the largest beach-view ballroom in the region, which can accommodate indoor events up to 1,000 guests. Restaurant options include Foodcraft, open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and offering either indoors or al fresco dining and featuring local farmers’ and fishermen’s bounties. Perch, for a more a refined dining experience with expansive Gulf views from the second floor or Roasted Oak Coffee & Wine Bar, a casual, modern café bar located in the Lobby. T he Lodge at Gulf State Park, originally established in 1974, but destroyed by Hur- ricane Ivan in 2004, has been re-imagined and rebuilt as a model of re- silient, environmentally-friendly coastal development with a focus on sustainable tourism. The 350 room beachfront Hil- ton hotel, managed by Valor Hospitality Partners is located within Alabama’s Gulf State Park, allowing guests direct access to the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and over 6,150 acres of trails and activities within the Park. The Lodge experience is defined by its unique architecture - inspired by the 46 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - WINTER 2019 beauty of its natural setting and the histo- ry of the old lodge - and a commitment to sustainability. The entire Gulf State Park project is driven by that vision - “to be an international benchmark for environmental and economic sustainability, demonstrating best practices for outdoor recreation, education and hospitable accommodations.” Further explanation from the Lodge’s website, the three pillars of Sustainable Tourism are: Environmentally friendly operations and facilities; Support for the protection of cultural and natural heri- tage; Direct and tangible social and eco- nomic benefits to local people. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hil- ton Hotel is located at 21196 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL just 37 miles from Pensacola International Airport (PNS), For more information, or to make a res- ervation, travelers may visit thelodgeatgulfstatepark.hilton.com or call 1.251.540.4000.