Weekend at Port Ludlow Resort (Part One)
Port Ludlow Resort is as charming and relaxing of a place as you will find. Tucked in an inlet off the shores of Puget Sound, Port Ludlow is a quiet, peaceful place to spend a weekend or use as a jumping off point to explore the Chimacum Valley and beyond. At Port Ludlow Resort the guestrooms are spacious with sweeping views of the harbor. In each of the rooms you will find amenities including a jetted tub and step-in shower, gas fireplace, sitting areas, and local, handmade bath salts, soaps, and lotion bars.
During our stay we participated in the Farm Tour Package which meant we were given the opportunity to visit three local farms one afternoon. We were given "farm bucks" which allowed us to hand select a basket of products we then brought back to the inn. These ingredients were then turned into a personalized, multi course meal by the chefs at Fireside. The whole process from visiting the farms to enjoying the meal was fun, educational and an adventure for the whole family.
Living in the PNW a sandy beach is not only a rarity, but a dream when you find one. We spent several hours enjoying its warm sand and feeling like we had really gotten away from it all.
Totally carefree running along the beach.
A stunning place to both visit and live.
After we checked in we took the short drive to the Chimacum Valley where we visited Spring Rain Farm and Orchard, Finn River Farm and Cidery and Red Dog Farm stand. Even though I have lived in Washington almost my entire life I am embarrassed to say I have never visited the Chimacum Valley. It is a beautiful area and we were fortunate to spend an afternoon picking berries, harvesting rhubarb and seeing the inner workings of farms. Each farm was unique and provided a different perspective on what it means to provide food to your community. Our visit to Spring Rain Farm and Orchard was our favorite because we were able to participate in the process. I like to believe these moments of getting our hands dirty and working side by side are the moments which will solidify Jasper's love of food and hard work.
Harvesting the first of the season's strawberries.
Everyone at Spring Rain was so nice, like this guy named Peter who recently moved here all the way from Rhode Island.
I don't know which was more thrilling to Jasper, the farm equipment, the chickens, the river or the strawberries.
Next we visited Finn River which has a beautiful set up and is just begging to host events and parties all Summer long. On the weekends, as an added bonus there is wood fire pizza, a crepe truck and Hama Hama oysters on Sundays.
Jasper was in love with these trucks and gigantic tires. We practically had to pull him away kicking and screaming because he was enjoying himself so much.
At our last stop we picked up some chives, carrots and arugula from Red Dog Farm to round out our meal.
Once back at the hotel we had a couple of hours to walk around the property, enjoy the beach and soak in all the glorious weather while the chef planned and prepped our meal.
Course after course the meal did not disappoint. It was also a fun culinary adventure to decipher which ingredients we had brought to the table for each course. Jasper made us proud by finishing off each course and was even seen licking his bowl at one point. I am still unsure if it was a sign of bad manners or the highest compliment he could have paid to the chef.
Before our visit we had grand plans to spend most of our time taking day trips, but at the end of the day we enjoyed the views, the food and the people at Port Ludlow Resort so much we spent the majority of our time on the property. Due to the intimate size of the resort we were treated like royalty by the staff and had many moments where we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Both morning and night we enjoyed leisurely meals on the deck. Aside from the food, some highlights included watching the seaplanes take off and land, an eagle swoop in to make a catch and watching a heron stalk its prey. We enjoyed many of the resorts amenities and spent some time out on the water both in a kayak and a motor boat. In Part Two, I will discuss further the activities we enjoyed and what other places we explored during our time there.
This post was sponsored by Port Ludlow Resort. All opinions stated here are my own and I was under no obligation to write anything other than my personal experience. I will never write about anything I did not enjoy or find to be a valuable experience.