Port Ludlow's modern history involves a sawmill and shipbuilding as many communities in Puget Sound do. Charles Wilkes provide the modern name of Port Ludlow in 1841. The Pope and Talbot Corporation developed a planned community in 1968 to take advantage of real estate opportunities after having purchased a sawmill and reinvested in the business all the way back in 1879 (then known as Puget Mill Company). Today the Resort at Port Ludlow continues to gain attention with is conference center, Inn, Marina and 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Muir Graves. The facilities are popular for weddings, group meetings and yacht club rendezvous. Two homeowner associations provide amenities such as pools, tennis courts, trails and parks.
Port Ludlow offers a rural feel, with water and mountain vistas and forests all around. It is set back off the path of Hwy 19. Just north of the Hood Canal Bridge, it is a jewel on the Olympic Peninsula. The heart of Port Ludlow is Port Ludlow Bay itself. You can't beat the views when you are exploring, visiting by boat or car, or playing golf, boating or enjoying the fine dining. For many, its an active lifestyle retirement community due to the amenities and its relative access to businesses and healthcare in Port Townsend and on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Port Ludlow is known for its high quality golf course with scenic vistas of the Hood Canal, Ludlow Bay and Olympic and Cascade Mountains. The golf course is home to tournaments, lessons and a pro golf shop. The Port Ludlow Marina is a wonderful location to moor a boat, visit on boating cruise or just to rent kayaks, SUP and other watercraft and enjoy the hidden bay, and BBQ pit with gazebo. Anchoring is possible as well as moorage and guest slips. A marina store, shower facilities and stationary pump out service are welcome amenities. No boat to stay on? The Inn at Port Ludlow is a luxury get a way, with guest suites appointed with jetted tub, gas fireplaces, and some have balconies. Many rooms have lovely views overlooking the water. The Fireside Inn Restaurant has fine dining with Farm-to-Fork food. Port Ludlow is a master planned resort with homes and condominiums for purchase or rent, pools, health clubs, tennis and pickleball courts and parks. There is a village market with other dining and business services.