"Small Town Across the Sound" Poulsbo by HasTowelWillTravel

Poulsbo Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 59 photos


Poulsbo is a small town, about 8,000 people, almost directly across the Puget Sound from Seattle. It has a large Norweigan heritage, reflected in the architecture of the downtown. The town dates to 1883 when it was first settled under the name Paulsbo... over the years the name has shifted to its current spelling, yet retains the same pronunciation.

A lot of small shops, restaurants line the town, making it a nice day destination from Seattle. Poulsbo also contains with one of the greatest grocery stores in the country, Central Market. It has an absurd number of bakeries, some Nordic in nature, some regular bakeries, but they all turn out delicious treats all day long.

It is a good central location for a base of operations... just a ferry ride away from Seattle (~30 minutes), yet just a little turn away from the delights of the temperate rainforest Olympic National park.

My parents moved here last winter, just before Christmas, so I get a lot of exposure to the town come winter. It's an interesting place.

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  • Pros:Bakeries, small shops, quiet life
  • Cons:Sometimes a bit too quiet
  • In a nutshell:An interesting diversion from Seattle with a lot to offer
  • Last visit to Poulsbo: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2009
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