New England–Style Boutique Inn on Puget Sound Shores
The waters of Ludlow Bay, a protected cove of the Puget Sound, are more tranquil than most, frequented by blue herons that stand guard in its mist and paddling otters. The Resort at Port Ludlow sits on the tree-lined shore, channeling the sound's calm spirit, and providing access to its streams with a 300-slip marina replete with rentable kayaks and electric boats. Nearby, private rooms overlook the gentle bay, and a world-class golf course provides land-based adventures.
Although The Resort at Port Ludlow is located far from the eastern seaboard, the 37-room boutique inn is reminiscent of Cape Cod with its colorful cottages, bay windows, and rooms decorated with fireplaces and oversize jacuzzi tubs. Yet the resort showcases its own regional specialties with fresh seafood from the Pacific, served inside the Fireside restaurant or atop its verandah, which faces the Olympic Mountain range. Renowned golf architect Robert Muir Graves designed the onsite Port Ludlow Golf Club, which Esquire called “one of the most beautiful courses in the world." The course is certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, meaning both golfers and white-tailed deer can roam the fairways and exchange swing tips.
Port Ludlow, Washington: Recreational Community on the Olympic Peninsula
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.