SPONSORED — It may be known as the “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula,” but Port Ludlow will lead you to more than a geographic land formation. When it comes to fun, this idyllic community is the gateway to a host of eclectic, exciting and unique experiences — perfect for day-trippers, weekend warriors or even long-term vacationers.
If you’re a Port Ludlow novice, it’s time to get to know what the area has to offer (hint: it’s a lot).
Row your boat (or your board)
If you’re looking for the best way to view (and appreciate) beautiful Port Ludlow Bay, the answer is: in it!
Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board and spend a morning or afternoon on the glassy waters of Port Ludlow. The Port Ludlow Marina features 300 slips, kayak, SUP and other watercraft rentals, free showers and even wireless internet.
Sip some cider
Washington state is known for its apples, and the Olympic Peninsula is known for turning those fruits into delicious, world-class ciders. In fact, Port Townsend and its surrounding areas are known as the Olympic Peninsula Cider Route — a mecca for cider enthusiasts.
Take a day (or three) to taste Washington’s premier crop in its most pleasurable form. Check out Port Ludlow Resort’s cider route guide for specific recommendations.
Go 18 holes deep
If rest and relaxation is spelled g-o-l-f for you, you’ll find a worthy destination in Port Ludlow. The Port Ludlow Golf Course is the perfect combination of world-class golfing facilities and pristine natural surroundings.
Designed by distinguished architect Robert Muir Graves, the course offers an 18-hole championship layout, all surrounded by historical sites, abundant wildlife and panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest. The course was designed to be a challenging, yet rewarding, golf experience while preserving the spectacular natural surroundings.
Find happy trails
In Port Ludlow, all trails lead to “wow,” whether you’re donning running shoes or straddling a mountain bike. Port Ludlow features 26 miles of hiking trails, with other scenic routes dotting the surrounding landscape like the beginner friendly Teal Lake Trail.
OlympicPeninsula.org recommends checking out the Ludlow Falls Scenic Interpretive Trail, Timberton Loop or taking a scenic walk along the beach.
Take a load off
Port Ludlow may be an outdoor enthusiast’s fantasy, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to do for the indoor types. In fact, Port Ludlow offers some world-class spa treatments and packages.
Check out the Ludlow Day Massage & Wellness Spa, which offers pampering services from massage to mud wraps to acupuncture. And if you’re a guest at The Port Ludlow Resort, you can get the services right in the comfort of your suite, or just kick back and enjoy an oversized jetted tub and gas fireplace in each of their 37 guest rooms.
Eat (and drink) festively
If you’re just as interested in tasting the Pacific Northwest as you are in seeing it, you’ve come to the right place. Savor a farm-to-table meal at The Fireside, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Fireside works closely with local farms to be able to offer the freshest ingredients.
The Fireside has been recognized by the Washington State Wine Commission, Wine Spectator, Touring & Tasting Pacific Northwest Magazine, and has been a Grand Award winner at the Washington State Wine Awards. In addition, the Inn’s seasonal Farm Tour Package is a must for foodies. Guests have the opportunity to experience three local farms, select their favorite ingredients from each, and return to The Fireside for a personalized, multi-course meal created by our Chef.
Not only does Port Ludlow love fresh, natural foods, but it also fancies spirited drinks – both of which are on display at the Silver City Brewmaster Dinner in October. The plated six-course meal features “masterful pairing of one of the region’s top brewers and the Fireside culinary team.” In November, the J. Bookwalter Wine Dinner features seven courses with pairings from Fireside Restaurant and winemaker John Bookwalter.
To learn more about Port Ludlow and upcoming events in the area, visit their website.