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Explore Port Ludlow, Washington

History

Port Ludlow was founded by Pope & Talbot, Inc. in the 1870’s as one of the first logging and sawmill 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.

Plans for today’s Port Ludlow were formalized in the 1960’s, again by Pope & Talbot, for what has become a vital, diverse and prosperous residential community of homes and a variety of condominiums, plus a championship 27 hole golf course and a 300 slip full service marina. A pioneer in its own right, Port Ludlow has been a model for other communities in the northwest, often copied but never surpassed.

Why You'll Like Port Ludlow

The moderate climate, plus the wide range of social and recreational activities all contribute to make Port Ludlow a great choice for visiting and vacationing. There are tennis courts, golf courses, marina activities, acres of green belts for hiking and mountain biking.  Port Townsend and surrounding communities offer an exciting opportunity to keep abreast of and in touch with the fine arts. Grocery shopping, and major shopping malls are all located conveniently near Port Ludlow.

A Family Community. For families with children, Port Ludlow has many attractions. There is a park and playground for younger children as well as adults. There’s swimming, tennis, golf, sailing and power boating, hiking, cross country skiing in the Olympics, fishing, crabbing, clam digging, oyster picking, hunting, kayaking, scuba diving, plus many other opportunities for active families.

Port Ludlow is ideally located to give you the best of all worlds--cultural sophistication associated with urban life and a full spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities found in country living. At its front door is Puget Sound, sailing and yachting gateway to the U.S. and Canadian San Juan Islands and the world beyond. At its back door is the magnificent Olympic National Forest. Just 18 water miles to the east is Seattle (90 minutes by car and a spectacular 30 minute ferry ride). Bremerton and Silverdale (with its million square foot shipping mall) are a short 30 minute drive across the Hood Canal Bridge and Port Townsend is just minutes to the north. The international city of Victoria, British Columbia is less than 2 hours north including a beautiful ferry ride across the Straights of Juan de Fuca.

Weather in Port Ludlow, Washington

A Climate That’s Easy To Live With. In a part of the world that’s noted for its rainfall, Port Ludlow enjoys more sunshine than is typical to the Pacific Northwest, averaging only 27 inches annually. This is due, in part, to Port Ludlow’s location relative to the Olympic Mountains, which form a "rain shadow"; a natural obstacle to storms flowing inland from the Pacific Ocean. Air temperature is influenced by surrounding water temperatures that remain fairly constant year round, creating a gentle cooling during the summer days and a warming effect in the winter months.

Maps and Directions

FROM SEATTLE VIA FERRY:
Take Washington State Ferry from Seattle waterfront (pier 52) to Bainbridge Island. The ferry crossing is about 30 minutes. From the Ferry terminal in Bainbridge/Winslow, follow HWY 305 for approximately 11 miles to HWY 3 interchange in Poulsbo. Take HWY 3 North to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn left onto the bridge and immediately after the bridge get into the right lane to make a right turn onto Paradise Bay Road. Follow Paradise Bay Road for approximately 6 miles passing the Golf Course on the left.  At the 4-way stop sign right turn onto Oak Bay Road.
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FROM SOUTH OF SEATTLE OR TACOMA:
From I-5 South to Tacoma take the Gig Harbor/Bremerton exit. You are now on HWY 16. Follow HWY 16 across Tacoma Narrows Bridge and continue on past Gig Harbor to Gorst. At Gorst HWY 16 flows into HWY 3. Follow directions on HWY 3 to Hood Canal Bridge. Turn left onto the bridge and immediately after the bridge get into the right lane to make a right turn onto Paradise Bay Road. Follow Paradise Bay Road for approximately 6 miles passing the Golf Course on the left.  At the 4-way stop sign right turn onto Oak Bay Road
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FROM EDMONDS OR NORTH OF SEATTLE:
Take Washington State Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston. Ferry crossings take approximately 25 minutes. From Ferry dock in Kingston, follow HWY 104 WEST for approximately 10 miles through Port Gamble to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn right onto the bridge and immediately after the bridge get into the right lane to make a right turn onto Paradise Bay Road. Follow Paradise Bay Road for approximately 6 miles passing the Golf Course on the left.  At the 4-way stop sign right turn onto Oak Bay Road.
FROM SEATTLE-TACOMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Leaving Airport, head West on South 170th Street toward Military Road South. (0.16 miles). Turn Left onto Military Road South (1.38 miles). Turn left onto S 188th Street (0.03 miles). Merge onto I-5 South toward Portland (19.63 miles). Merge onto WA-16 West via Exit number 132 toward Gig Harbor/ Bremerton (27.08 miles). WA-16 West becomes WA-3 North. (25.33 miles). Turn left onto WA-104 West (6.66 miles). Turn RIGHT onto WA-19/ Beaver Valley Road (1.61 miles). Turn Right onto Oak Bay Road (2.14 miles). Turn right onto Marine View Drive....
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