Poulsbo Travel Guide

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Poulsbo Things to Do

  • Liberty Bay Waterfront Park

    I'll not be able to add too much to this description beyond what has already been written.This park along Liberty Bay only runs for a distance of about three city blocks, and is one block from the main tourist part of Poulsbo. It was completed in 1976.Features include the Kvelstad Pavilion (an oversize gazebo shelter) that is used for concerts and...

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  • American Legion Park

    Located on the far north end of downtown Poulsbo, this little park also sits on the edge of Liberty Bay, and is connected to downtown Poulsbo and to Liberty Bay Waterfront Park by the Liberty Bay Boardwalk.Unlike Liberty Bay Park, this park is set within a fairly wild forest environment. The developed parts of the park, such as the picnic tables...

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  • Liberty Bay Boardwalk

    Heading north from Liberty Bay Park there is a short boardwalk built above the water (high tide) or tidal flatlands (low tide) that connect Liberty Bay Park to American Legion Park. The boardwalk has several benches along its route to allow people to sit and enjoy the view of Liberty Bay. The traffic noise from the busy downtown area is fairly well...

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  • Wander around Poulsbo's Historic...

    Downtown Poulsbo has quite a selection of unique gift shops, restaurants, art galleries and other attractions crammed into its historic downtown area. Be sure to take notice of the preserved buildings and newer buildigns built to blend in to the old ones. You will also find some interesting art work painted on the walls of these buildings.All of...

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  • Further Down the Waterfront

    I'm not sure what to call the area this wooden walkway goes to - there's a sign that says Arboretum/Causeway, but that sounds a bit grandiose. Suffice it to say, there's a path at the far end of the waterfront (at the opposite end from the Marine Science Center) that follows along the water and leads to another small, grassy park. You won't get a...

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  • Liberty Bay Waterfront Park

    Poulsbo's bay is so picturesque, and downtown is only one block from the waterfront, so you can't miss it. There's a small grassy park here that's nice for picnics or admiring the Olympic Mountains and all the boats in the marina. Kvelstad Pavilion is a popular spot with locals for weddings and other festivities.There's also a Marine Science Center...

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Poulsbo Restaurants

  • POULSBO's WATERFRONT ITALIAN RESTAURANT

    My family frequently has birthday party celebrations here and we keep coming back year after year. The menu choices are great, the food is ALWAYS really good and the service is always top notch.It is located right downtown, within a 5 minute walk to the Liberty Bay marina & waterfront. Easy to walk to, parking is usually not a problem.Guess who ate...

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  • Wonderful Food and Service

    The restaurant is actually in Keyport a short distance from Poulsbo. The food is authentic Caribbean Food. It is cooked fresh so it takes a little longer to get, it is well worth the wait. The split pea soup is out of this world. I have not tried anything I didn't like. The owner will answer any questions you have a tell you all about the foods, he...

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  • Thai food in Poulsbo? YUP!

    I finally talked my folks (who are not terribly adventurous eaters) to go here New Year's Eve for dinner. I had never been here, but I love Thai food, and it looked like a decent place. It is set in the basement of a small office building, and overlooks the head of Liberty Bay. The place is oddly shaped, but nice decor and good service. The menu is...

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  • Terrific Bakery

    This place is ridiculous. This bakery makes more pastries and confections than you could even think possible. Drawing from the Scandinavian tradition of the town, some of them are Danish and Norse in origin, but others are like you'd find in most bakeries. Donuts, bear claws, danishes, pastries, turnovers, butter horns, cinnamon rolls and buns,...

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  • Best Chai Ever!!

    This great little coffeeshop is a must-stop in Poulsbo. Set in their historic downtown area, it has a lot of space... already a plus, considering so many coffee shops are crowded and tiiiiny. They have tables and plush chairs as well, with games along the wall for you to take down and enjoy your stay. Trivial Pursuit over hot beverages? Sign me...

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  • Pipin' Hot Pizza

    Stella's is a place to grab a good sized pie and settle into a booth. Service is prompt and always friendly, and the food is good. I love the pizza, the dough is soft without being oily or too doughy. They have multiple toppings for their pizzas, as well as salads, sandwiches, and pastas to accompany any sized appetite. We usually grab a simple...

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  • Breakfast to die for

    Sheila's is right near the docks of Poulsbo. A small place, it fits right in with the town, but it makes the most fabulous breakfasts in Washington. Often it is about a 20 minute wait on a weekend morning. However, it is well-worth it. I love the classic breakfast. 2 eggs, scrambled with home fries (which includes onions and peppers). The dish...

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  • Great European food with great service

    Upstairs above the newely opened Europa Deli on Front Street. Right next door to Sluy's Bakery. Go up the stairs and be rewarded with a casual setting, beautiful view from the deck in summer and wonderful service. There is a large foreign beer selection. Great rustic German, Italian food. Rob DiFilippo and Tammy Mattson are owners and they are...

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  • Espresso

    Coffeehouse located on the main drag in Poulsbo. Has ice cream as well. Definitely good coffee to drink. Also there are musicians there on occasion.... Shot in the Dark...espresso shot mixed in with a drip cup of coffee. there coffee was smooth!

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  • If you have a sweet tooth, this is the...

    Sluys Poulsbo Bakery is probably best known for inventing Poulsbo bread, which is sold at Safeway grocery stores and other outlets all over the U.S. We buy it at home in Seattle sometimes. It's hearty and good, but not as rough as whole wheat bread.But that is not why I stop here every time we visit Poulsbo. Oh no! I come for the delicious pastries...

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  • Family Seafood Restaurant

    JJ's is a casual place on the back side of Front Street, looking towards the waterfront. In summer you can sit outside. It hasn't been especially quiet when we've been here, because it seems pretty popular. The seafood is good, if not exceptional. Last time we were here we just stopped in for beers and an appetizer of fried calamari, which hit the...

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  • Mexican Food in a Norweigan Town? Yes

    Norweigans may have founded this town, but Hispanics now make up about 5% of the population, so don't be surprised to find this good-quality Mexican restaurant here. We've eaten here three times and it's been great every time. They make excellent piña coladas, too! Look for it down the alley with laundry hanging on clotheslines strung across.

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Poulsbo Transportation

  • Kitsap Transit / Poulsbo Transfer Center

    Poulsbo is served by bus services operated by Kitsap Transit, as well as four buses per normal weekday (no operation on holidays) from Port Townsend operated by Jeffeson Transit.Much of the transit activity happens at the Poulsbo Transfer Center, which is not located in downtown Poulsbo. In fact, it is located at just north of the intersection of...

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  • The Ferry - A Beautiful Way to Travel

    If you're coming to Poulsbo from the Seattle area, your trip will most likely start with a Washington State ferry ride over Puget Sound, with the Olympic Mountains in front of you. It's about a half hour ferry ride, then an 11-mile drive to Poulsbo after you arrive on the other side. Check the website below for the Seattle/Bainbridge Island time...

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  • From Seattle, take the...

    From Seattle, take the Bainbridge Ferry. This is a picture of Seattle taken from the Ferry.From the ferry landing, drive to Poulsbo

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Poulsbo Shopping

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    Verkstad Gallery is a local artists' and craftspersons' co-op that's been operating for almost 20 years. Because it's a co-op, you can find lots of different work here: paintings, glass art, scarves, cards, carvings, pottery, jewelry, you name it. I never come to town without checking this place out. We bought a piece of glass art here for considerably less than we would've paid in Seattle.

    What to buy: Besides Verkstad Gallery there's a wealth of other interesting shops here to explore. You'll find a Scandinavian food store, more than one kayaking place, several antique stores, a Scandinavian specialty gift shop, Liberty Bay Bookstore (a favorite of mine), a nautical shop, a rubber stamp shop, a fly fishing shop, a shoe store with Birkenstocks, and much more.

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Poulsbo Off The Beaten Path

  • Moe Street Trail (view of Olympic...

    The Olympic Mountains loom large over this part of Washington, but alas Poulsbo has very little in the way of places where you can actually see the main part of this mountain range. This is because a small ridge that is part of the Kitsap Peninsula blocks the view on the other side of Liberty Bay.One small section of town where it is possible to...

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  • Of Sea and Shore Museum

    Set above the general store in Port Gamble, the Of Sea and Shore Museum is an amazing collection of objects from the sea. It is on the second floor, which is basically a walkway around the walls with an opening in the middle to look down on the store. Along this walkway, there are dozens of cases, stuffed with all sorts of menagerie from the...

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Poulsbo Favorites

  • Two Sides to Poulsbo

    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...

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  • Norweigan Heritage

    Poulsbo was originally settled by Norweigan immigrants in the late 1800's, and this heritage is what's celebrated in the architecture and culture of the downtown area. Like many immigrants, the Norweigans chose a place to settle where the landscape reminded them of their homeland - in this case, snowcapped mountains and the fjord-like Liberty...

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  • Kayak in Liberty Bay. The...

    Kayak in Liberty Bay. The weather was awesome for late September. The sun was shining bright, and Mt. Rainier was clearly visable. The water is very calm, so even if you've never kayaked before, you won't have a problem. We rented from Olympic Outdoor Center. Their website is: http://www.kayakproshop.com/

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