Birthdays in Port Ludlow

Our friends Samantha (Sam) and David have birthdays about a week apart. Sam’s was last week and David’s is this weekend so we invited them to go on a boat trip to celebrate! We left Saturday afternoon and three and a half hours later were docked at Port Ludlow.


Port Ludlow is 27 miles north of Seattle and started as a logging and sawmill community. It more recently became a vacation, retirement, resort, and golf community and home to a very nice marina and several good restaurants. The weather was unbelievably nice for late September and we enjoyed hanging out on the flybridge on the way.

Perfect fall weather for the trip to Port Ludlow. David, Sam, and Cathleen on the flybridge enjoying the weather and a glass of wine.

Dinner reservations this evening are at The Fireside restaurant at The Inn at Port Ludlow but first Sam and David launched the kayaks and explored the bay.

Entering Port Ludlow Bay.
Sam and David heading out in the kayaks.

Cathleen and I are members of a yacht club that has an outstation in Port Ludlow. It has a dock with power and water and some shoreside amenities. We were the only boat here.

Docked at our club’s outstation. The restaurant is on the other side of the bay.
The outstation has power, water, a couple of acres of land, restrooms, showers, and other amenities.

After Sam and David returned from their kayaking and seal watching, we launched the dinghy and headed to The Fireside restaurant on the other side of the bay for dinner. It would be dark when we returned to the boat so we made sure to have lights available on the dinghy.

Heading to dinner.

The marina has a dinghy dock that is a short walk to the restaurant. The food was delicious and service was fantastic! They even gave the birthday couple free desserts!

We walked to the Fireside Restaurant at the Inn at Port Ludlow from the dinghy dock.
Top notch service with birthday desserts on the house!

Thoroughly fed, we returned to the boat and Cathleen brought out Cards Against Humanity. My face hurt so much from laughing so hard! Such a fun night!

Cathleen and I kayaked around the bay in the morning after breakfast and saw a family of river otters and several seals. One of the seals helped Cathleen with the paddling, haha.

A very helpful seal.


7FEF938E-3340-4F96-9FD6-D16491E91BA6We returned to Seattle with the weather just as nice as the day before. But I think we were a little bit worn out from all of the birthday fun!

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