Top Small Town Destinatons In WA : Poulsbo


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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 of  Poulsbo. It's 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 Narrows Bridge.


Things to see in Poulsbo:


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The Poubsbohemian Coffee House

This is now my favorite coffee shop in the 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, 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  the coffee is too!



Bayside Barber Shop

If you need your ears lowered while in town, the barber shop is close.  Grab your cuppa Jo from next door and get a haircut at the Bayside Barber Shop. I love old time barber shops!


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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. What a great spot for a photo shoot!


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The Maritime Museum 

The museum opened in 2015 and showcases the rich history of Poulsbo, and the North Kitsap area.  As portrayed In the Viking mural , 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.


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Sluys Bakery

Anyone who is a fan of donuts in Kitsap, knows about this place! Every kind of sweet delicacy can be found here. The maple dough boy is a favorite of mine.  I chose to leave him in the shop and save calories this time.  Sluy's also makes a bread well known to Northwest peeps as "Poulsbo Bread." Several grocery retailers in the area carry it.


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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 beautiful and has fire pits for cooler northwest days.


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Sea Discovery Center
 This  center used to be called the Poulsbo Marine Center back in the day, not sure when the name changed. 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.

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This time when I visited, this orange rock was waiting for me on the dock.  It so inspired me and gave me lots of hope for future days! Sometimes blessings show up in the most unexpected ways.  Never lose hope of your dreams. When days seem dark and nothing is going right, there is light at  the end of the tunnel!


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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.  It's a lovely experience to take in 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. 

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Poulsbo is great for a day trip, or a mini vacation too. This charming small town has so much to offer.


This concludes my little tour of Poulsbo, I hope you can make plans to visit soon!

Do you enjoy visiting small towns, or do you prefer big cities?

I actually enjoy visiting both, it 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 Port Gamble here , another beautiful town on the Kitsap Peninsula.






24 comments

  1. I love that you are featuring all of these wonderful hidden gems!!!!

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    1. Thank you Chelsea, it is a gem for sure!

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  2. Love finding small town charms. Your pictures are beautiful and this post makes me want to visit. Looks like a great place to relax and unwind.

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    1. Thank you Kathleen...yes small towns are so much fun and so many of them to explore here in the SEattle area,....I have lived here 30 yrs and still haven't seen a lot of them!

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  3. Love finding small town charms. Your pictures are beautiful and this post makes me want to visit. Looks like a great place to relax and unwind.

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  4. Such a cute little town and everything looks so pretty in sunshine. I love these Northwest summers. Need to add this little town to my list.

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    1. I do too Shannon, the summers here are the best..I always dread it when summer leaves..i am not a fan of rain , cold and clouds...thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Ok, I know what I'm adding to my PNW to-do list!! :-)

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    1. Hi Susannah..hope you come this way, let me know if you do we can meet up!

      Valerie

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  6. Being by the water always puts me at ease. Love this list of things to do in WA. I'll suggest these to my friend who just moved there.

    Fatima
    Publisher | Motherhood Through My Eyes
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Fatima, hope your friend makes it here!

      Valerie

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  7. This town looks so charming! I love to visit small towns like this. Not too far from where I live, I may have to visit!

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    1. HI Melanie, if you live close by...its a great day trip or overnight is great too! I hope you check it out!

      Valerie

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  8. My best friend lives in poulsbo and we love going there! I went to Fat Apple back in 2008 and it was great!!

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    1. cool!! I haven't been in there in a long time since it changed owners...thanks for stopping by!

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  9. OMG this looks so quintessential small town America and I LOVE it.
    XO Amanda | www.glitterandspice.com

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    1. Hi Amanada, so glad you stopped in ,yes def small town America at its best!

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  10. We spent Fourth of July in Poulsbo last year, but we were tied up to some other boats out in the water. We only went to shore to grab a bite to eat and then went back to our boat. I'll have to spend some time on shore the next time we go!!

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    1. Hey Brittany yes def come again and look around, such a neat lil town!

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  11. So in love with this state. My dream is to live there one day!

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    1. Wow Kat..well its beautiful here , but if you like sunshine much at all, this is not the place for that..ha its cloudy and rainy 8 mos of the year...Im trying to move somewhere warm. There is lots to love here tho!

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  12. what a cute and charming town <3 Thanks for sharing Valerie! I'll definitely visit it sometime next year :) xoxo Lara

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    1. Thanks Lara, hope you can come over, Ill show you around! xoxo

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