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Port Ludlow is a residential and recreational community at the west end of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Near Paradise Bay, Mats Mats Bay, South Point and Shine, Port Ludlow has been a thriving community since the mid-1800s.
Visitors can stay and play at The Resort at Port Ludlow, a 37-room boutique, waterfront inn. Enjoy the Inn’s restaurant The Fireside with farm-to-table dining, golf the Port Ludlow Golf Course - a championship 18-hole golf course recognized as the “Most Scenic in the World” by Esquire Magazine, hike the 26 miles of trails, moor boats in the 300 slip Port Ludlow Marina or rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards.
Located a short distance to the north is Victorian seaport Port Townsend. Three entrances to the Olympic National Park starting just 15 miles to the south of Port Ludlow round out the picture of a community that offers recreation, culture, and solace.
Dining in Port Ludlow:
- The Fireside at The Resort at Port Ludlow, One Heron Lane
- Niblicks Cafe at The Port Ludlow Golf Course, 751 Highland Drive
Activities & Recreation in Port Ludlow:
- Golf at The Port Ludlow Golf Club, 751 Highland Drive
- Rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards at
The Port Ludlow Marina, One Gull Drive
- Hike the 26 miles of trails than span throughout Port Ludlow
- Relax at Ludlow Bay Wellness & Spa, 91 Village Way
- Go Bird watching
For more information about Port Ludlow:
- The Resort at Port Ludlow
- Port Ludlow Golf Club
- Port Ludlow Marina
- The Resort at Port Ludlow Blog
- Ludlow Cove Cottages
- Port Ludlow RV Park
- Olympic Culinary Loop
- Port Ludlow Voice - local publication
Getting to Port Ludlow:
Points of Interest in Jefferson County:
- Admiralty Audubon Society
- Jefferson County Historical Society
- Jefferson County Fairgrounds
- Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
- Jefferson Land Trust
- Fort Worden
- Jefferson County Farmers Markets
- Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Alpinefire Cider, and Eaglemount Cider & Wine
- Northwest Maritime Center
- Olympic Music Festival
- Tour local farms - including Finnriver, SpringRain, and Red Dog Farms, many open daily
The Resort At Port Ludlow is committed to maintaining the integrity of the natural environment of Port Ludlow. In developing the area with homes, resort amenities and public utilities, environmental concerns are foremost in determining what projects to undertake and when. The Port Ludlow Golf Course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative, and has been since November 2000. Port Ludlow maintains an interpretive trail system around Ludlow Bay and to Ludlow Falls and supported successful efforts to bring salmon back to the streams.
Wildlife is abundant in the area; raccoons,. eagles, and black-tailed deer are spotted frequently. Otters can be seen frolicking in the bay with blue herons standing stoically in the mist. One of the most beautiful local attractions is Ludlow Falls, an active salmon stream and in season,visitors can watch as salmon fight their way upstream to begin a new generation. Osprey and kingfishers can be spotted, as well as pileated and other woodpeckers.
Of course, being located in the Northwest, the question everyone wants answered is "How much does it rain?" Port Ludlow is in a unique location, known affectionately as the "banana belt" of the Northwest, because it is in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains. As a result, it rains much less in the vicinity than most other locations in the Northwest. Port Ludlow recieves half the rainfall Seattle gets.
Originally settled by members of the S’Kallam tribe, Port Ludlow was named in 1841 by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes during the first U.S. Navy expedition to map and chart Puget Sound and the waters around the Olympic Peninsula. Lieutenant Wilkes, (an inveterate name who also gave Elliott Bay its name) liked to pepper his maps with the names of crew members, friends and often, people he simply admired. Thus, he bestowed Port Ludlow with the name of a naval officer, Lt. Augustus C. Ludlow, who died in the War of 1812. In addition to naming Port Ludlow, Wilkes also provided this area with one other footnote in history: Wilkes' obsessive personality and harsh discipline with the cat-of-nine-tails whip reportedly made him the model for Herman Melville’s character, ‘Ahab’ in Moby Dick.
In 1853, Port Ludlow became the site of one of the Northwest’s earliest sawmills. The mill supplied lumber to pioneers and settlers until 1878, when Andrew Pope and Captain William Talbot purchased and invested heavily in renovating the operation. Pope & Talbot, as the venture came to be known, transformed the small mill into a thriving logging, milling,and shipping enterprise. Port Ludlow became a swash-buckling shipbuilding region and with the money came businesses, churches, and plenty of social options from card playing to dance halls. During this era, many homes were built for workers in the eastern style of the owners’ hometown of East Machias, Maine.
The 1950s brought a new beginning to Port Ludlow with the increasing value of Port Ludlow’s real estate. The post-war population growth created a market for recreational home sites and property. In the early 1960s, a floating bridge was constructed to span the Hood Canal. The bridge became an economic lifeline for the eastern part of the Olympic Peninsula, providing easy access from Kitsap County and the greater Puget Sound area. In 1966, Pope & Talbot recognized that Port Ludlow’s unique water and mountain views and pristine natural environment — now with a fast bridge connection — would provide a spectacular place for a residential community. Thus, they began the first phase of a planned residential community at the site of the original Port Ludlow mill.
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