Downtown Poulsbo, WA located in Kitsap County is known as “Little Norway,” as it was settled in the late 1800s by Norwegian loggers, farmers and fishermen. When you stroll down Front Street you’ll see dozens of quaint and colorful shops offering everything from Scandinavian gifts to fine art, fashions, antiques and much more.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of quality restaurants in the area, one of which I tried…Mor Mor Bistro serves up northwestern cuisine in a lovely setting right on the main drag. I tried a Harvest Green salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Beets, Almonds, Goat Cheese topped with grilled salmon. It was quite good!
I usually don’t do desert for lunch, but I couldn’t help myself as I walked by Sluys Bakery…they had their doors open waffling wonderful scents to the passerby. I had some sort of apple strudel that was just outstanding! Sluys’ is actually quite famous as the makers of “Poulsbo Bread,” and recently won a 2010 “Best Bakery” award for the state of Washington.
You’ll also be able to feast on handmade European chocolates, baked goods, fresh waffle cones, ice cream, smoked salmon or gourmet coffee in one of Poulsbo’s many eateries.
If you’re a boater, the Port of Poulsbo is a very popular destination, especially with its close proximity to so many amenities. There are a number of guest slips available and they even accommodate float planes…just contact the Port for more info.
If you have a passion for the outdoors, consider renting a kayak or electric boat and explore the scenic Liberty Bay. Afterword, take a walking tour of town, or simply relax along the boardwalk park and take in the sights…from wildlife to harbor returning boats.
The historic town of Poulsbo hosts a number of events each year… from Viking Fest in May to the Yule Fest and Christmas Boat Parade in December.
There are over 130 shops, restaurants, art galleries, bakeries, etc. in the the downtown area, so there is plenty to do for an entire afternoon. Interestingly to note, for many years Norwegian was the only language spoken by the citizens of Poulsbo.