Coast to Coast Adventure Prepare your tastebuds and your sense of excitement with these 3 destinations. BY TOURING & TASTING
Photo courtesy The Resort at Port Ludlow
A majestic mist blankets the beauty of Port Ludlow.
“ They can hike or bike along 26 miles of maintained trails and experience magical woodland and waterfront views unique to the Olympic Peninsula.”
From East Coast to West Coast, this beautiful country has sites, sounds and adventure to take in. These three spots located in the Northwest and Northeast offer a little something for everyone, including delicious food, wine, golf, horseback riding and more.
The Resort at Port Ludlow
Nestled on the shores of Puget Sound at the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula, The Resort at Port Ludlow is a 37-room boutique waterfront inn with a restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine and offering an award-winning wine program. Located just a 90-minute drive or a 15-minute seaplane ride from Seattle, Port Ludlow is home to a 300-slip marina, a championship 18-hole golf course, and beautiful residential neighborhoods.
The attractively appointed guest rooms feature numerous amenities including fireplaces and jetted tubs. Once settled in, guests have many ways to enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature and her bounty. At the marina, they can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and explore Ludlow Bay and the Twin Islands. They can hike or bike along 26 miles of maintained trails and experience magical woodland and waterfront views unique to the Olympic Peninsula. Guests can also play a round of golf at the Port Ludlow Golf Course, designed by distinguished golf course architect Robert Muir Graves and experience a challenging, yet rewarding, round with incredible views of Ludlow Bay and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.
Just outside Washington, DC, lies Loudoun, Virginia, where thousands of horses wander the countryside, sharing the rural landscape with vineyards and historic estates. Here, where storied towns and stacked stone fences line unpaved roads, Loudoun preserves a simpler time and provides a glimpse into America’s past. Long before it became known as DC’s Wine Country and a premier East Coast wine destination, Loudoun was known as the horse-and-hunt capital of Virginia. Today, the wine and equine worlds are intertwined, providing an unparalleled visitor experience, with 40 wineries offering Virginia varietals and an engaging equestrian scene.
Enjoy the thrill of a steeplechase, learn to play polo, get an insider’s look at luxurious horse farms during the annual Stable Tour, and attend the Upperville Horse Show—the nation’s oldest, dating back to 1853. Sample wine in a stable and barn that was once home to the horses and dogs of the Loudoun Hunt Club at Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery. Enjoy the beautiful collection of horse-inspired paintings, sculptures, and rare books chronicling American field sports at the National Sporting Library & Museum. Or wander the country roads from the museum in Middleburg to Leesburg’s Morven Park to tour the antique carriage museum or catch the horse trials, which feature jumping and dressage competitions. While in town stay at the country retreat, Serene Manor, where the manor house dates back to the nineteenth century and overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is a landmark and storied gathering place for the local community and visitors alike. Anchoring historic downtown Walla Walla, the hotel, named 2015 Hotel of the Year by the Washington State Wine Commission, has beautiful accommodations, an expansive modern conference center, six onsite wine tasting rooms, an art gallery, and a nationally recognized award-winning restaurant and casual wine lounge.
Originally built in 1928, the hotel was fully renovated in 2001 and restored to its original grandeur. With 133 beautifully appointed guestrooms and the addition of more than 13,000 square feet of flexible event and conference space, the hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a romantic wine country getaway or host a board retreat. Guests can walk to more than 20 wine tasting rooms and experience more than 100 Walla Walla Valley wineries within 20 miles of the hotel.
The Marc Restaurant was also honored by the Washington State Wine Commission as the 2014 Restaurant of the Year. The award-winning chefs create a progressive modern American menu that blends traditional Northwest-influenced cuisine. The culinary team works with local purveyors and farmers, manages its own micro-green and rooftop gardens, and does its own preserving to provide a true farm-to-table experience. From classic selections to adventurous options, the culinary team works diligently to bring the best of what is fresh and in season. The wine list is no exception, offering an exciting list of local wines. Each month, the restaurant showcases a Winery of the Month with an innovative wine pairing and menu created by the chefs.