25819 Tytler Rd. NE, Poulsbo, Washington, 98370, United States
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Paradise in Poulsbo, who knew?
We traveled from New York to - Poulsbo Washington - ! for a family reunion. We found this B&B online and said, why not? We were pleasantly surprised to find this little gem in the countryside between Seattle and the Olympic National Park. Our room was lovely and cozy, the hosts were helpful but not in your face, and the breakfast was great. After a day or so (decompressing from NYC and jet lag) we began to relax and enjoy the gardens and those giant cedar trees - very Northwest! Who knew about Poulsbo? some great restaurants, waterside dining - cute shops - Old Town was fun to wander around in. All in all, a wonderful "find"
Unique Quality: hot tub, gardens & grounds. Quiet, great breakfast. comfy bed.
Opinion of Price: about average
Related to: Road Trip, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Sailing and Boating
I feel I should make it clear that there is more to Poulsbo than just the historic downtown district. It's just that the historic district is the charming, fun part of town, in my opinion. There's a whole other side to the town, too, consisting of strip malls along the highway that goes through town. This area is not unique or very endearing. It's full of chain stores and fast food restaurants and such. Nothing that you can't find most other places, as far as I could tell, except possibly the leading seller of RV's in the entire country (Poulsbo is actually known for this).
I stick to the historic downtown.
Old Norwegian Settlement turned Tourist Attraction
Founded in the 1880s by Norwegian immigrants, and thus attracting more Scandanavian (but mostly those from Norway and Finland) settlers as time went on, Poulsbo started off with a Scandanavian appearance and feel to it.
Today, the old downtown retains part of that old world feel, though the fact that hundreds of tourists drive through town every day and try to find a parking place doesn't add too much to that environment.
Even so, you will find some unique features here.
Unlike Leavenworth, which created its Bavarian appearance over several decades of building effort, Poulsbo started off with that appearance.
None of this, however, is evident from highway 305 though the upper part of town. There you will find strip malls and suburban development that looks like any other city.
Washington's Little Norway
Poulsbo is a little town (population around 6,000) on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula. It was originally settled by Norweigans, and it treasures this heritage, which makes it a fun spot to visit. I always come here on a daytrip from Seattle. It's right below the Olympic Mountains, on Liberty Bay.
This is something that's on my to-do list for next time - kayaking. I've seen at least two kayak centers in Poulsbo where you can rent them to paddle around Liberty Bay.