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).
With a stay at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Seattle, steps from 5th Avenue Theater and Benaroya Hall. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Seattle Art Museum and Safeco Headquarters.
Make yourself at home in one of the 450 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and supervised childcare/activities.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
A sandwich that the Seattle Times called “culinary bliss” would have to be a pretty special sandwich. That’s certainly the case at Homegrown—they’re made with as many sustainable, local, and organic ingredients as possible, and served between slices of house-baked bread. Read on to learn more about this popular Seattle-area deli.