By Leslee Jaquette
You have motored through the Seattle Ship Canal, negotiated the Locks and look forward to a long weekend in the San Juans. But you are just too late to make it all the way to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. So, why not overnight at a gorgeous inlet in route at Port Ludlow Marina?
That’s what we often did on our sailing and powerboat cruises to the islands. We found Port Ludlow “feels” like you are already on “island time,” yet you haven’t killed yourself by traveling too far in one day.
Highlights of the Port Ludlow Marina (1-800-308-7991):
• Centrally located from the North and South Sound
• Covered Pavilion for 100+ People
• Numerous gathering areas for potlucks and BBQ’s
• On-Site catering
• Large Guest dock that can accommodate 60 – 70 vessels
• Special room rates for guest speakers or Rendezvous coordinators
• Indoor and outdoor meeting space
• Complimentary shuttle to golf course
• Friendly and helpful staff
• Port Ludlow Yacht Club Facility
• Reciprocal moorage
Port Ludlow – Destination Resort
Actually, Port Ludlow is so attractive, you don’t have to motor or sail any further to enjoy a great getaway. So if the weather is stinky or you just feel lazy or maybe you only have one-night out, the marina and resort offer a total experience.
The Port Ludlow Inn offers numerous spaces to enjoy during your stay such as our cozy inglenook inside of the lobby, the Marina Room with a selection of games, magazines, and cozy chairs and sofas…all with a water view. Outside you’ll find Adirondack chairs on the lawn to enjoy the sunset over the Olympic Mountains, watch the eagles perch on the totem pole, or to just watch the boats go by in the bay. Additionally, we also offer the following amenities during your visit:
Whether you are having a romantic getaway or spa day with a friend, enjoy a variety of luxurious spa treatments of your choice. Your licensed spa professionals will come to you or enjoy the indulgent setting of a full spa facility, located one mile north of the Inn. All of our spa services are provided by Ludlow Bay Massage and Wellness Spa and advanced bookings are encouraged to ensure availability of services during your stay. A full spa menu is information is available at 360.437.3798 or www.portludlowspa.com for information and full spa menu.
Treat yourself to a leisurely morning or cozy evening at the award-winning Fireside Restaurant. Nestled into the west end of the Inn’s main floor, The Fireside is known for its daily dinner menu, extensive wine selection, and use of local produce, artisan meats and cheeses and Pacific Northwest seafood. Choose a table next to the roaring fireplace or enjoy sweeping views of Ludlow Bay and sunsets over the Olympic Mountains from a seat near the floor to ceiling windows or outside on the veranda.
Port Ludlow Golf Club
While you visit, you may choose to play a round of golf at our award winning Port Ludlow Golf Club. This 18-hole championship course was designed by distinguished golf course architect, Robert Muir Graves. Grave created this picturesque course to challenge golfers of every ability level while taking full advantage of the stunning natural setting. While at the clubhouse, check out an electric golf cart, purchase clubs, apparel, or a souvenir at the Pro Shop, and enjoy breakfast or lunch at Niblicks Café before or after a round.
Port Ludlow Marina & Store
Just a short stroll from the Inn is the Port Ludlow Marina and Store. Both short and long-term moorage is available should you chose to bring your boat to Port Ludlow, however you can also rent kayaks and other small watercraft, enjoy hand scooped ice cream, pick up a fishing license, or purchase a souvenir to take home with you. A waterfront fire-pit and picnic pavilion is also available by reservation through the Marina Store.
For more information, visit www.portludlowresort.com
By Leslee Jaquette