About Port Ludlow
I have been vacationing at Port Ludlow for several years. I love Port Ludlow because it is just 36 miles from where I live north of Seattle, including the ferry ride. It is 20 miles north of the Kingston ferry. It's really not that far away, but feels like a peaceful, remote hideaway. Because most of the condo owners live out of state, it never gets very busy around the condos. There is plenty of parking at all times and it stays tranquil and restful.
It takes me between 1.5-2.0 hours to get there from my home just north of Seattle, including the ferry ride. My cell phone works there and there is high speed Internet at the condos, so I can stay connected. If I need to come home to attend to issues from my other business, it is no problem.
Port Ludlow was founded by Pope & Talbot, Inc. in the 1870's as one of the first logging communities on the Puget Sound. The town and mill were maintained by Pope & Talbot until the mid 1900's when the old sawmill was dismantled and most of the homes were loaded onto barges and transported across the Hood Canal to historic Port Gamble.
Port Ludlow is in the "rain shadow" and gets half the rainfall that Seattle gets, averaging only 27 inches annually. Port Ludlow lies just east of the Olympic Mountains, which create a natural obstacle to storms flowing inland from the Pacific Ocean. The climate is influenced by surrounding water temperatures that remain fairly constant year round, creating a gentle cooling during the summer and a warming effect in the winter months.
Our first visits to Port Ludlow took us to the Inn at Port Ludlow, but later we found that the waterfront condos could be rented, and we have stayed in the condos since. Over the years, the management service for the condos went out of business and it became increasingly difficult to rent a condo through the individual owners, who mostly live out of state. This year I finally fulfilled my dream and bought two lovely condos to share with you and your friends and family. They both have spectacular water views and have both just been completely remodeled. They are comfortable and restful, designed for families or quiet getaways.
The condos were built by Pope and Talbot Co. who owns the surrounding timber-lined hills. They were very well built and were originally rented out as individual rooms as well as full condos. The walls and doors are very well insulated and virtually soundproof.
My condos are very spacious and light, both upper units with cathedral ceilings in the main living spaces. They have just been remodeled. Everything is fresh and new. Each bedroom has it's own bath for privacy.
There are so many wonderful things for our guests to do.
At the Condos
- Indoor and outdoor(summer) heated swimming pools
- Locker rooms/showers
- Tennis courts
- Racquetball court
- Ping pong
- Fitness equipment, gym, TV room
- Extensive hiking trails, wildlife galore
- 27 Hole Golf course
- 300 Slip Full service Marina, with kayak rentals, boat rentals and sailing
- Wonderful restaurant and bars
- Beautiful expansive landscaped lawns and walkways between the widely spaced buildings
- Park and Playground, volleyball
- Friday Farmer's Market at the town center, April-October
- Shopping, antiquing
- Movies, theater, performances locally
- Bicycling paths
Port Ludlow is a terrific place for weddings and family reunions. Beautiful weddings have been held at the Inn on the waterfront and at the clubhouse.
We love to drive in to Port Townsend. It is about 20 miles north of the condos and has so many fun things to do! We love to go to the bead store, the rock store, the waterfront restaurants, the thrift stores, the marvelous clothing stores, the Farmer's Market, the art galleries, the movies, the antique stores, visit the old Victorian homes, go to Fort Worden, and just shop.
At one time, Port Townsend was intended to be the state capital. The government buildings are huge and impressive. The homes are grand and ornate. Main Street is composed of unique, restored buildings from the 1800's. It is like stepping into another century. There is a ferry from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island for another awesome road trip with lots of sights and fun things to do.
Port Gamble is another remarkable town that you pass through on the way to Port Ludlow. It is completely restored, with shops, stores and restaurants much like they were more than 100 years ago. Many large events and festivals are held at Port Gamble. There is a Farmer's Market here on Sundays.
Sequim is about 40 miles from Port Ludlow and has many attractions. Our favorite is the Olympic Game Farm. Here you can drive through the farm in your car and see bears, bison, reindeer, lions, tigers, rhinoceros, prairie dogs, peacocks, and so many other animals. You can buy food and feed some of the animals from your car if you wish. The kids just love this! Sequim is home to the lavender festival in the summer. It has a Farmer's Market and the Dungeness Spit, a mile long wildlife refuge where you can walk out into Puget Sound to see all sorts of wildlife.