Chimacum Valley: Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock-Irondale, Marrowstone Island

Active. Fertile. Find a bounty of sport, food, nature and inspiration in this golf and farm-to-table paradise.

Port Ludlow: Award-winning restaurant. Championship Golf Course. Waterfront Inn.

Tee off at a world-championship golf course designed by Golf Course Architect Robert Muir Graves—challenging and rewarding, set in spectacular natural surroundings. Esquire Magazine named Port Ludlow the “Most Scenic in the World.” But don’t just take their word for it.

Paddle the peaceful Ludlow Bay where boat traffic is limited to 5 mph or slower. Hike or bike miles of trails. Or simply soak up views of pristine beaches, stunning water and mountains that will awe and inspire. Stay the night in comfortable, well-appointed rooms at the resort. The customer service is legendary. Eat well, sleep well and be charmed.

Chimacum Valley: Local food basket. Small, traditional farms.

The memoir book written in 1945 called the “Egg and I” was written about the Chimacum Valley. Later that same year it was turned into a movie starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. In the area, you will find a road named “Egg and I Road.’ The valley is home to many modern small farms contributing representing delectable culinary delights for the area. Follow the Cider Route through the valley and Port Townsend.

Port Hadlock-Irondale: Maritime history. Beaches.

With this deep harbor for easy transportation, early pioneers built a sawmill on the bay in 1870. In 1910, construction was completed on an alcohol plant that would manufacture wood alcohol from sawdust. The operational costs of this venture proved too costly and the plant suspended operation about 1913. The Alcohol Plant was renovated into a first-class resort, which included an inn, restaurant, marina and art gallery. Closed and recently reopened, it celebrates its past with modern amenities and a welcoming restaurant. Founded in 1981, the Northwest School of Wooden Boats is located in Port Hadlock, attracting students from around the world and adhering to traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills.

Marrowstone Island: Roadside stands.  Parks. Military Fort.

Step back to find laid-back days and starry nights. If you are looking for activities on the island, check the bulletin board at the local store. Sit on the stoop and sip something local. Wine, perhaps? Mystery Bay is across the street from the store and offers up a dock to tie up, swimming water to go dipping, and a boat ramp where you can launch your boat. The island is also home to Fort Flagler: a good place to camp, to find a lighthouse, to stroll the shore and to geocache. There are several caches stashed around the fort property.

Must SEES

  • Farms and cideries

  • Fort Flagler State Park

  • Ludlow Falls Interpretive Trail

  • The Resort at Port Ludlow

HIDDEN Gem

Save THE DATE

  • Chimacum Farmers Market: Sundays June–October

  • Jefferson County Farm Tour: September

  • Port Ludlow Outdoor Movie Night: Fourth weekend in August

Stories FROM Chimacum Valley: Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock-Irondale, Marrowstone Island

Port Hadlock Bay—Art, History and Culinary Rewards

September 5, 2018

History runs deep along the waters of Port Hadlock Marina This waterside treasure in the Chimacum Valley was once a hub for Native American trade and commerce and a rough-and-tumble frontier mill town. Today, the marina area is astir with artisan food, a celebrated wooden-boat-building school, fine arts, funky music and historic accommodations. Take time to explore the Old Alcohol Plant next …

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