Over the next few weeks in my travel posts- I am featuring a series on small towns in the Puget Sound . The west sound area of Seattle has some of the most beautiful scenery and small town gems. Even though I get tired of the rain and overcast skies, there is just nothing like Northwest summers.
If you have never explored or visited Kitsap county, then do hurry over and check out some of the breathtaking scenery before summer ends! The Kitsap Peninsula is home to several scenic towns and landscapes.
Today I am sharing the Norwegian village town of Poulsbo. It is located in the northern part of the county, and offers a variety of outdoor activities, shopping, and destination eateries. It is a little taste of Norway in the Evergreen state.
If you are coming from Seattle, jump on the Bainbridge Island ferry downtown . It's a 3o minute crossing and a half hour drive from the ferry terminal. You will love the sweeping views of the sound from the decks of the boat. If you prefer to drive, the area is easily accessible via the Tacoma Narrow Bridge.
Things to see in Poulsbo:
The Poubsbohemian Coffee House- This is now my favorite coffee shop in the whole Northwest. I call it an "Office with a View"." I've always known about this java stop, but never actually visited until this summer...I know, crazy right?! I could sit here all day and let the hours pass by! I did just that the other day as I worked on my laptop.
In between the old time barber shop and the Poulsobohemian, is the most devine view and seating area. You may have to get in line for one of the 4 Adirondack chairs facing Liberty bay, wow oh wow what a view! For the overcast and colder days, there is plenty of seating inside along with huge picture windows. The service is wonderful, and good coffee too!
Bayside Barber Shop- Need to get your ears lowered while in town? Grab your cuppa jo from next door and get a haircut at the Bayside Barber Shop. I love old timey barber shops!
Fat Apple Bakery: I 've never eaten here, but the treats in the window look scrumptious! I did visit years ago when it was operated under a different name. I was more interested in the red phone booth than the treats, a great spot for taking photos!
The Maritime Museum: The museum just opened in 2015 and showcases the rich history of Poulsbo and the North Kitsap area. As portrayed In the Viking mural below- Poulsbo was settled in the mid 1800's by European settlers from Scandinavia. At this time the bay was home to logging camps and dogfish oil businesses. Imagine this pretty place being called "Dogfish Bay!?!"- back then it was called that instead of Liberty Bay.
Sluys Bakery: Ah Sluys..anyone who is a fan of donuts in Kitsap, knows about this place! Yummy! Every kind of sweet delicacy can be found here. The maple doughboy is a favorite of mine- I chose to leave him in the shop this time, so sorry no picture to show how delicious he is. Sluy's also makes a bread well known to Northwest peeps as "Poulsbo Bread." Several grocery retailers in the area carry it.
Poulsbo is a very relaxing place with several types of eateries and shopping choices. JJ's Fish House has delicious seafood plates: The cod is to die for! Sogno di Vino is a wine bar and ristorante with a romantic atmosphere. The outdoor seating area is so beautiful and has fire pits for the cooler northwest days. Of course, there are no lack of coffee shops, there are several on the main street.
Sea Discovery Center: This center used to be called the Poulsbo Marine Center back in the day, not sure when the name changed. Anyway this is an awesome place for kids to learn about sea life in the Puget Sound. I've been here on a few field trips with students ,and they always love it! It is a great hands on experience.
Water Sports and Activities: This marina is always packed especially on weekends. Even though I don't own a boat, I find it so relaxing to come here and sit on the dock and take in all the gorgeous scenery and listen to the sounds of the sea. I have yet to rent a kayak here, but that is next on my list.
Poulsbo used to be considered just a day trip by most. Not anymore, people want to vacation and live here to escape the crowds. This charming small town has so much to offer.
This concludes my little tour of Poulsbo, I hope you enjoyed it and if you haven't been here before
perhaps you can pin it and add it to your bucket list! Do you enjoy visiting small towns, or do you prefer the hustle and bustle of big cities ? I actually enjoy visiting both, just depends how relaxing I want it to be! Thanks for visiting and stayed tuned : More small town charmers coming on the blog soon! In the mean time check out a previous post here about Port Gamble, another beautiful town on the Kitsap Peninsula.
As Always, VALERIE