Port Ludlow, a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle, resides along the northwest coast of the Puget Sound’s Main Basin and just minutes from historical seaport Port Townsend. Because of its location in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains, the area gets much less rain than other parts of the Northwest, making it a popular destination for hikers, bikers, and water-soluble witches. Just 15 miles to the south is Olympic National Park, where tall peaks and valleys host hikers and native animals, including black-tailed deer. A trail trek to Ludlow Falls yields views of an active salmon stream, in which the inhabitant fish regularly struggle against the current lay their eggs.
Carolina Smoke's pitmasters release bold, succulent taste bursts with a slow-smoked menu of down-home eats. All meats are hand-rubbed and eye-watched, never pre-cloaked in flavor-smothering sauces or frowny-face masks. Sink teeth into the tender beef-brisket sandwich ($10) or delve deep into the flavor furnace with a prime rib ($21). Diners can further slake smoky cravings with a half or full rack of baby-back ribs ($14, $22) or feed famished fingers a gratifying grip of hot wings ($10). The restaurant's policy of allowing eaters to add their own sauce permits patrons to customize flavoring and ink unique impressions on napkin and facial canvases. Behind the eatery's shingled sides and white shutters, dining-room guests can bookend bites with sips of Carolina sweet tea.
Starry Nights is a family owned and operated catering company that hand-makes its all-natural cakes from scratch, using only whole ingredients free of shortening, substitutes, and artificial flavors. Choose one of two European bakery–style classic cakes to please your choice of chocoholic or citrus stalker: the signature chocolate-truffle cake, which features layers of rich fudge cake fused together with a Belgian-chocolate mousse, or the elegant lemon cake, a vanilla chiffon cake stuffed with raspberry jam and a homemade lemon-mousse filling tucked cozily under tart lemon curd. Each of the nine-inch cakes will be covered in a vanilla buttercream and meticulously decorated to an elegant finish by Starry Nights' professional confectioners, ensuring a beautiful and scrumptious treat to bring to a staff soiree, whimsical wedding shower, or vaudevillian slapstick cake fight. Experience a chocolate buttercream covering for a $5 additional fee, or upgrade to a custom inscription for just $1 more (no custom décor).
One of just 23 TaylorMade Performance Labs in the world, the location at Willows Run Golf Club uses modern swing technology to gather data about golfers’ games, resulting in club recommendations that are uniquely suited to each player. A certified TaylorMade Club-Fitting Professional guides athletes through the entire experience. While the client swings inside a golf simulator, the pro helms the Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade, an apparatus comprised of six high-speed cameras. These cameras turn the golfer into a three-dimensional digital rendering, similar to the process used by video-game developers. Whether a customer opts for fitting with all 14 clubs in his or her bag or a single category—such as irons, woods, putters, or wedges—the technology captures their mechanics down to a tenth of a degree, revealing optimal club parameters ranging from loft angle to shaft flex.