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The rustic state park cottage has gone upscale―just in time for deal-seeking travelers.

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State Park Cabin Rentals
Brit Huckabay

Gulf State Park, Alabama

Cottages range from $212 to $237 per night. Each has an equipped kitchen, two screened porches, and a lakefront deck, with the Gulf’s sandy shores just a few minutes away; 251/948-7275 or alapark.com/gulfstate/cottages.

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