The Resort at Port Ludlow

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas on the Water

Have you done the Christmas Ship, yet?

The Holidays are here and whether you are in full Holiday swagger and skipping to work signing Deck the Halls, or if your …well…just not there yet – the Christmas Ship cruise is a great activity to enjoy. I took my family on last Wednesday's cruise from Poulsbo. We sailed the surrounding waterways which were lined with festively decorated homes and enthusiastic carolers. I must admit – it was a Wednesday night in what felt like a week that had lasted forever; the weather was downright terrible; my two young daughters were a bit sleepy and my other-half  had just completed a 2.5 hour commute home. Nevertheless, we quickly changed into dresses and a nice sweater (not necessary by any means, but suggested attire by my eight-year old) and headed for the dock. 

The ship was beautifully lined with Christmas lights and garland and you could hear the holiday music hum as you walked towards it. Once aboard, we were greeted by a few "elves", a warm boat, an unassuming caroler choir, and Christmas sweaters aplenty. Then it started to happen...we all started to feel just a bit jollier. As the fear of being stuck on a boat for 2 hours with constant festiveness started to leave my being, we settled onto one of the comfortable benches which lined the vessel. We all sat, talked and laughed about being there and it wasn't long before my girls were off looking at the gift shop for some sort of holiday fun item. It was amazing how the holiday mood just started to sink in – and no, it wasn't due to the glass of wine that I was enjoying - but it was due to my surroundings. Santa was there talking with the kids, young ones were dancing, and people were merry – everyone was happy. Not a typical sight with all the hustle that often surrounds the holidays.

So, whether I'm ready for it or not, the Holidays are here and this was two hours that was given to me to celebrate and enjoy them. Every year we do holiday things – gingerbread houses, cookies, looking at lights, shopping, and singing– but this 2 hour cruise felt like one of the best holiday things I've done in a very long time. It left me feeling full and grateful.

Upon departing, with a new Christmas ornament in hand and two giggling girls, I was so happy. Since then, I've settled in for the Holiday Season for what it is…a time to be with those you love and be thankful for the small things that bring us so much joy.

Port Ludlow – the Glacier Spirit is leaving the dock on Tuesday, December 16th at 5:45, get your tickets here: http://www.pugetsoundexpress.com/whale-watching-and-wildlife-tours/christmas-tours-to-seattle/  or search other Argosy Christmas Cruises at http://www.argosycruises.com/dining-cruises/christmas-ship-festival/.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!






Friday, December 12, 2014

French Toast - The Perfect Winter Breakfast

It's Sunday morning and you stir awake around the weekly alarm time, then doze back off with thoughts of spending the day in comfy clothes, doing whatever it is that makes you happy. Whether it's watching football, attending church service, playing with your little ones, meal planning for the week, visiting with friends, or reading a book, it's all done at your own pace - That's a perfect Sunday. 

For us foodies, these kind of days scream for GREAT FOOD! A freshly brewed cup of coffee enjoyed in a favorite mug as opposed to a travel mug on the go feels like a gift. Pair it with a delightful and slightly fancy breakfast...now Sunday is off to an amazing start. Enjoy your weekend!

Fireside French Toast 
Chef Dan

2 slices Challah bread
Egg batter
1 each Banana
2 each Strawberry 1/4
2 Tbls Brown sugar
3 Tbls Brandy
2 Tbls Butter
2 oz. Cream
Powdered sugar
1 oz. Toasted Oregon Hazelnuts

1 oz. Crème Fraîche


Dip challah bread into egg batter and sauté in a pre-warmed pan.

Add Butter and brown sugar in a sauté pan over medium high heat until brown sugar is dissolved.

Add sliced banana and strawberries, flame with brandy, add cream and reduce until caramel in color.

Slice finished French toast diagonally, top with caramelized banana and strawberries, crème fraîche, toasted hazelnuts, and powdered sugar. 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tide Course, 2nd Hole

If you've ever wondered where the most scenic and challenging golf holes are in Washington, Oregon or Idaho - wonder no more. Spectacular Golf of Pacific Northwest has printed a beautiful book that is full of unique and picturesque courses from around the region. We're honored to be on the list with the 2nd hole on Tide Course. Take a look and get inspired to Golf...







Monday, November 24, 2014

Is it Summer Yet?

The view from my office is beautiful. I'm fortunate enough to be able to look out the window and see the water, the new development of Ludlow Cove Cottages and bit more than the occasional deer wander past. Being at the very tail end of the Washington state banana belt (or at least we feel like we are), it's sunny and bright here more often than not. Being from Colorado (although I've lived in the PNW most of my life) to say that I love bright blue sky, is an understatement.

There is nothing better than blue sky here on the peninsula. It's November and we've experienced one of the nicest autumns I can remember. However, I'm already longing for the lengthy days of summer. Days where I can enjoy the magnificent mountain and water views that come together like a breathtaking puzzle; take long hikes on endless miles of trails; ride my bike at 8:00 PM in shorts; and most all change my daily attire from boots, jeans and sweaters to capri's, tee-shirts and flip-flops. Doesn't that sound amazing?

OK - if you're wondering what it is that has me on this "I'm ready for summer" rant in November? Well, it comes from watching this video of Port Ludlow over and over again. Watch it - I bet you'll find yourself dreaming about the long warm days, too. Enjoy...


Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Little Reminder I Received While at the Office Today...

Someone shared this video with us this week and I have to admit that I didn't watch it until now, when I'm working feverishly to get the November Newsletter together. This was too good not to pass along...

Busy in my own daily life with kids, pets, family, work, and friends I make it a priority everyday to find ways to stay healthy, active and as appreciative of life as I can. It's not always easy, but I've experienced a couple of events in my life that have left me with a deep appreciation for being able to walk, for being able to coach basketball and for being able to do anything I put my mind and heart into. I saw a NIKE t-shirt once that said "I RUN...because I can". Such a simple phrase that carried so much weight for me. Staring down the path of my 40th birthday - I plan on running there all the way.

Aging and getting older is something that happens, but how we age, how we change is up to us. This sweet and inspirational lady is a reminder that the our desires in life shouldn't end until our heart stop beating.


This video warmed my heart and welled up my eyes with a reminder that life is what you make it and if you find your happiness and willingness within first...you will shine and be beautiful forever. Enjoy!

Read the November Resort Newsletter here






Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Knitters are Coming...

If you're into knitting, spinning and laughter this might be a group for you....

Later this week, we are expecting one of our favorite groups here at the Resort at Port Ludlow. Our glorious knitters and spinners meet here three times a year for their Strung Along Retreat.  The best part is what they leave behind when they go - the Resort will be uniquely decorated with little touches of spectacular knitted items. Stay tuned for photos after their departure!

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/strung-along-retreats/


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Best Holiday Dinner Wines for Any Budget

Recently, The Resort at Port Ludlow's sommelier, Anne Sackett gave her suggestions for the best wines to enjoy this holiday season, regardless of your wine budget. 

http://blog.stashrewards.com/2014/11/04/best-holiday-dinner-wines-for-any-budget/