Town Spotlight: Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, WAPort Ludlow is a residential and recreational community nestled near the west end of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge on the Olympic Peninsula. Early explorers of the Pacific Northwest often named sheltered inlets with names beginning with “Port”. Communities which subsequently developed often adopted inlet’s name. Today Port Ludlow is both the name of the beautiful inlet and the community nestled on its shore.

Port Ludlow, Cyrus Walker residence, 1920's

Port Ludlow, Cyrus Walker residence, 1920’s

The first shipments of timber from the Puget Sound to San Francisco, California in 1851 stimulated interest in the business potential of building sawmills on Puget Sound. In 1852 two explorers with vision of timber exports found the environs of Port Ludlow Bay promising. A timber claim was filed and soon a mill was built there capable of producing 3,000 feet of lumber daily. The trees along the banks of the bay were logged first and then oxen and horses were used to bring more distant logs to the mill. The mill soon began to attract other settlers and Port Ludlow began to thrive.

Now the mill is long gone and this quintessentially Northwest destination on the pristine shores of tranquil Ludlow Bay, with views of the majestic Olympic Mountains at every turn, is still beckoning the traveler to the present day.

kayakingportludlowPort Ludlow hosts a verity of outdoor activities. Visitors can relax in lounge chairs by the bay, take ride bikes, walk to Port Ludlow waterfall, or hike the Timberton Trail loop which is just one of many groomed trails. The loop trail to Port Ludlow falls is beautiful. It has a native plants garden and interpretative signs on the local vegetation that is found in the area. For the golf enthusiast an 18-hole course that is recognized as one of the most beautiful courses in the world awaits.

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Tee off at Port Ludlow’s Championship Golf Course

For enthusiasts of water sports Port Ludlow’s beautiful marina hosts 300 slips. At the Marina there are boats and kayaks to rent. You could take a sailing cruise, or hop aboard a harbor tour boat. If fishing is your passion charter boats for salmon and Halibut are also available in season. Near Paradise Bay, Mats Mats Bay, South Point and Shine Bay the visitor can find an array of scenic vistas. For seafood lovers, there are nearby clam and oyster beds waiting to be picked.

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Olympic Coast Cuisine, which incorporates fresh, local ingredients, can be found in Port Ludlow.


Port Ludlow is perfect destination for rekindling the romance.

If the water is not on your agenda three entrances to the Olympic National Park starting just 15 miles to the south round out the picture of a community that offers recreation, culture, and solace in one beautiful area. Located a short distance to the north, is historic community Port Townsend with amenities of a larger community. With these options Port Ludlow has convenience of a large community and the charm of a small town. Port Ludlow offers a first-class experience on the Olympic Peninsula, we are the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and indulge.Beach Picnic Couple

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