The Resort at Port Ludlow

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's All Here

The great weather we’ve been having reminds us how lucky we are to stay and play in Port Ludlow.

The sun is shining on the water, flowers are in bloom, boating season has begun, golfers are in full swing, many of our favorite fruits and vegetables are back in season, and nature and wildlife are abundant.

Remember, it’s all here...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Opening Day at the Port Ludlow Marina

Did you make it for the Opening Day at the Port Ludlow Marina?

The atmosphere around the Marina was full of enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming boating season. The boats were adorned with flags and the sun glistened on the water. Children, adults, and dogs alike were enjoying the great weather - you just can’t beat 73 degree weather in early May.

The ceremony kicked off as bagpipes played and the Port Ludlow Yacht Club members filed in around the Marina Pavilion. “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes and between the music and beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Marina, I know I wasn’t the only one with tears in my eyes.

The Port Ludlow Yacht Club recognized members who have crossed the bar and introduced new members and their boats. Each new yacht club member was gifted champagne to christen their boats. After the flags were raised, past and present Commodores and Yacht Club Officers were recognized, and the cannon was fired - it was time to go down to the docks.

Each new yacht club member and their boat were inducted with a champagne toast and champagne was poured on the boats to acknowledge their debut.

The Commodore anchored his boat in the middle of Port Ludlow Bay as boats left their slips and made their way around the Marina to the Commodore. From the Totem Pole at Burner Point to picnic tables at the Marina residents, guests, and fellow boaters enjoyed watching the parade of boats.

The Opening Day ceremony was filled with tradition and excitement for the upcoming boating season, we hope to see you out on the water soon.

Interested in mooring your boat the Marina or becoming a Port Ludlow Yacht Club member?

The Marina can accommodate boats up to 200' with
amenities including 30/50 amp shore power, ValTech Marine Fuel, and stationary and portable pump-out services.

The Port Ludlow Yacht Club currently has approximately 150 members who participate in cruise, race, and social functions yearly.  In addition to joining the Port Ludlow boating community including social events and access to the Club’s “Wreck Room”, you also receive reciprocal moorage in over 100 yacht clubs in Washington, Oregon, California, and Canada. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

From Our Kitchen to Yours: French Onion Soup

Chef Dan's French Onion Soup

1/8 Cup Olive Oil
1/8 Lbs. Whole Butter
3 Lbs. Yellow Onion
1/2 Quart Veal Stock
1/2 Quart Chicken Stock
1 Satchel of Fresh Thyme or Bay Leaf
1 Tbs. Whole Black Pepper
1/2 Cup Cognac
Salt and Pepper to taste
Thick slices of French or Italian Bread
A standard package of Gruyere Cheese

How to Prepare:
Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees.
Begin caramelizing the onions in oil and butter on low heat until they appear to be a golden color. This should take approximately 45 minutes.
Then add the satchel of thyme or bay leaf along with whole peppercorns to your caramelized onions. Continue to simmer for up to a 1/2 hour.
Add cognac and stock and continue to simmer for another 1/2 hour.
If desired, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve your French Onion Soup in oven safe bowls.
Top each bowl with a slice of French or Italian bread and plenty of Gruyere cheese.
Broil in the oven for 5 minutes or until the top of the Gruyere cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
Serve immediately and enjoy.

Let us know how yours turns out in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Port Ludlow Resort named 2015 Fido's Favorite Award Winner

In Port Ludlow we love our dogs.
We take great pleasure in seeing residents and guests walk the trails, beaches, and resort property with their canine companions. The Resort at Port Ludlow is honored to be a 2015 Fido’s Favorite Award winner.

The Fido's Favorite Award recognizes hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts that achieve superior pet-friendliness ratings from BringFido's 12 million annual reviewers. BringFido completed their annual review of pet-friendly hotels and the Resort at Port Ludlow received a “perfect” (5 out of 5 bones) rating!

At the Resort we treat our canine visitors as valued guests. At check-in, your dog’s name makes it on our VIP (Very Important Pets) board. Throughout your stay your dog will receive all-natural dog treats and be greeted by name.

Make sure to bring your dog the next time you visit Port Ludlow, your pet will enjoy the stay as much as you will.

To view the press release:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Love to eat local?

Are you a foodie? Have you checked out the Inn’s FARM Dinner Package? The Farm Dinner package includes one night’s accommodations for two, self-guided tour of Chimacum Valley Farms, farm dollar credits to purchase fresh ingredients, and most importantly a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Dan with your chosen ingredients. The FARM package starts at $425 (price good from May 1st, 2015 – October 30th, 2015). 

Interested in our Farm Dinner Package? Please enter “FARM” in the group code when booking online.

At the Resort at Port Ludlow, we value and honor the delicious produce and products that Jefferson County farms provide. Some of our favorite local farms are Red Dog Farm, Finnriver Farm and Cidery, and SpringRain Farm and Orchard.

Have you eaten at The Fireside? Then you have experienced some of the delicious produce and ingredients our region has to offer.

All three farms have produce stands at the Port Townsend Farmers Market (Saturdays from April to December), the Chimacum Farmers Market (Sundays from June to October), and Red Dog and SpringRain both have self-serve, honor-system farm stands located on their farms.

For a truly unique grocery shopping experience, make sure to check out the farm stands located at Red Dog and SpringRain. Their refrigerators are stocked with seasonal, organic vegetables, berries, cut flowers, plant starts, and herbs. Not sure what to do with all your veggies? Look no further than Red Dog’s recipes page on their website – it’s loaded with a wide variety of recipe ideas like Tomato Zucchini Skillet and Chickpeas with Spinach, Leeks, and Smoked Paprika.

And don’t forget the freezer!

At Red Dog, the freezer is stocked with local goodies including jams, grass-fed beef from Short’s Family Farm, goat cheese from Mystery Bay Farm, eggs from FinnRiver Farm, and tamales from Mama’s Harvest. At SpringRain don’t miss out on local honey, grass-fed lamb, rabbit, and pasture-raised eggs.

Make sure to stop by Finnriver during blueberry season. There is nothing better than spending a summer afternoon leisurely strolling the property while picking organic blueberries by the pound.
All three farms are located in Chimacum and it’s best to check their Facebook pages to find out about the current offerings:

  • Finnriver – 142 Barn Swallow Road, Chimacum, WA 98325
  • Red Dog – 406 Center Road, Chimacum, WA 98325
  • SpringRain – 187 Covington Way, Chimacum, WA 98325

Visiting these farms are experiences you won’t want to miss and memories you will cherish. 

Watch the videos below to learn more about Finnriver, Red Dog, and SpringRain farms:

Finnriver - Farm to Table Dining Experience - The Resort at Port Ludlow from Resort at Port Ludlow on Vimeo.

Red Dog - Farm to Table Dining Experience - The Resort at Port Ludlow from Resort at Port Ludlow on Vimeo.

Spring Rain - Farm to Table Dining Experience - The Resort at Port Ludlow from Resort at Port Ludlow on Vimeo.

Monday, April 13, 2015

T-37 Sailboat Races in the Port Ludlow Marina Ponds

Curious about the model sailboat races in Port Ludlow Marina Ponds?

They’re T-37 sailboats races put on by the Port Townsend Yacht Club. Racing these radio controlled boats is a fast growing activity on the Olympic Peninsula. The Port Townsend Yacht Club has grown their fleet to over 40 boats in the past three years! T-37 racing is worldwide but has a large concentration in Western Washington.

T-37 racing is inexpensive and great for both experienced racers and people who have never sailed before. Racers come from all over Jefferson and Kitsap counties and Seattle to participate in the T-37 races at the Resort.

Check out this neat video of a T-37 race at the Resort:

Interested in watching T-37 racing? Check out the club’s 2015 racing schedule to see when the races will be at the Resort.

Curious as to how the Club is performing? Below is the club's latest scores from Race 4 of the Spring Series. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kayaking Ludlow Bay

As the weather changes fun opportunities for leisure and outdoor exercise become available again. On your next free sunny afternoon head over to the Port Ludlow Marina to rent kayaks (or stand-up-paddle boards if you’re feeling adventurous!) and see Port Ludlow from a whole new perspective.

For $15/hour for a single kayak or $25/hour for a double kayak, the friendly and knowledgeable Marina staff will get you outfitted with life-jackets & oars and out on the water you go. First time kayaking? No problem. The staff will show you the ropes.

The sun sparkles on the water and the serene surroundings & sandy shores of Ludlow Bay will relax you immediately. Keep your eyes out for all the wildlife the area has to offer. Watch the blue herons fly past and otters swim nearby – you’ll never want to get off the water! If you’re lucky, you might just see the bay’s resident seal. The seal is friendly and has swam up to kayakers in the past – making for great memories and photos.

As you paddle out, you have stunning views of forest land, historic logging areas, Ludlow Cove Cottages, and of course the Marina and Resort. The perspective from the water will make you appreciate all Port Ludlow has to offer in a whole new way.

Just a short distance out of the Marina lays a beautiful cove behind two islands called “the twins”.  Make sure to take the trip and paddle back there. You won’t want to miss it! The peaceful cove is a great place to take a break, snap some pictures, and enjoy a snack. You’ll be amazed at how the time flies when you’re out on the water. 

When you’re all finished kayaking, stop in at The Fireside for a meal and a glass of wine. Sit out on the back patio to keep enjoying the sights the Marina has to offer – from the beautiful, moored boats to otters playing on the docks, you’ll be looking forward to planning your next kayaking adventure at the Port Ludlow Marina.  

Kayaking is a great outdoor activity for people of all ages – from families to corporate groups.  Before taking off, stock up on snacks and beverages in the Marina Store. Forgot a hat or sweatshirt? The Marina Store can take care of all your needs. For questions about kayaking, stand up paddle boards, and boat rentals contact the Marina at (800) 308-7991.