What motivates you to get out and run? Is it the challenge of beating your best time, the rush of pushing yourself to the limit, the peace of the open road, or just the love of being outside?
For many in this area, the surrounding beauty is enough to get you out and to move. Poulsbo has plenty to show off; from beautiful neighborhoods to waterways, to vast stretches of green pathways.
We asked one of our well-known and loved runners of the area, Suzie Banzar, to give us a few of her top areas to run.
Fjord Drive; One of her favorite routes would have to be along our downtown route; through downtown Poulsbo, onto Fjord, with stunning views of the water, and turning into Lemolo. This route has it all and can be as long or short as you wish.
Liberty Bay Boardwalk; With plenty of parking around our Poulsbo Rec Center, it’s a perfect starting point. An easy run along Front Street, or cut down through Nelson Park to run the boardwalk, which follows the shores of Liberty Bay. Stunning views of the mountains, water, and our Poulsbo Marina. Past the Marina, head back up to reach Fjord for more waterfront views. Fjord turns into Lemolo, and along with it brings the trees and some shade.
A local neighborhood, which the locals lovingly call Skittleville, is stunning this time of year. The colors of the changing of the leaves can be breathtaking. Add this neighborhood onto your Fjord/Lemolo route for a lengthier run.
Our local Clear Creek Trail, as you head into the Silverdale, is a fun 3-5 mile run. It winds through pathways of wooden bridges, over the wetlands, and beautiful open field spaces. These trails are perfect for all ages; many moms with strollers and children on bikes, in tow, can be found on these paths each day.
Poulsbo’s Fish Park provides a perfect little jaunt through Liberty Bay Estuary and viewing spots of Dogfish Creek, over the wooden pathways. Add on some mileage along the wide sidewalks of Viking Way.
Port Gamble Trails provides fun for everyone. Mountain bikers and horse-riders share the paths with runners, and provides some of the best trail runs around! On any given day, you will find groups of all sorts enjoying nature out there. But be careful, downloading a map is a must, or you may get lost.
For more serious runners, check out the Roots Rock Racing series, sponsored by our very own Poulsbo Running. From the Spooky 12k on Halloween to a 5k and trail half marathon race, there is always a great race to join in on!
In addition to Suzie’s love for running, she has a passion for her volunteer work with Girls On The Run (GOTR). GOTR sessions run through Spring and Fall; building girls’ self-confidence and a love of running.
A look back at 2016~
This was a great year here in Poulsbo!
As we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, we think of the many community celebrations throughout the year!
Here’s a look back at some of our 2016 highlights:
Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner – Sons of Norway
Always a treat -authentic Norwegian meal in our Sons of Norway Hall
West Sound Wedding Show
A large expo featuring local venues, caterers, and more- for all wedding-planning needs
North Kitsap Daddy/Daughter Dance
Dads and their daughters dancing the night away – an event through the Parks and Rec
Winter Rendezvous Ménage a Trois!
Excellent time had by all – boaters, tourists, and locals! Games, food, drink, music, and laughter
Easter Egg Hunts
Several community-held Easter egg hunts for the little ones
Photo by P5 Photography
Poulsbo Farmers Market starts back up
At a new location this year. We love the spring, bringing in all the local goodies through our Farmers Market
Roots Rock Run -Lumberjack Run
An endurance run through Port Gamble Trails. There are always several mile options available.
Save KPLU in Historic Downtown Poulsbo
Shops, restaurants, and locals all came together to raise money to save KPLU – food, drinks, prizes, games, and live music
Girls Night Out in Historic Downtown Poulsbo
A win-win event; specials, drawings, drink and food, all for a great cause – to help victims of domestic violence
Stottlemeyer 30/60 mile Bike Race
A fast-paced race through the Stottlemeyer trails
Poulsbo’s most famous event – a fun weekend of races, runs, rides, games, food, and VIKINGS!
Photos by P5 Photography
Our 4-mile walk to raise awareness and money for CF…they hit 91% of their goal this year!
Kiana Brew Fest
Kiana Lodge – one of the area’s most stunning venues: add in local beers from all over the Seattle area, live music, good food, and games. A yearly tradition not to be missed
Poulsbo Twilight Criterium
Think fast bike racing around hot corners- looping through Historic Downtown Poulsbo…add in local beer and shopping. This race was the first of (hopefully) many to come- they’ve already begun planning 2017!
Water Trails Festival
A weekend filled with paddling through our Kitsap Water Trails. Whatever boat you paddle – tours started in Silverdale and stretching out through Brownsville, Poulsbo, Keyport, Bremerton, and Allyn
Summer Nights at the Bay
July and August’s concert series, at the Poulsbo Marina and Park, overlooking Liberty Bay. Family fun event for sure -nothing like a summer evening with music in the air
3rd of July Fireworks on the Fjord
Each year, Poulsbo puts on an amazing display of professional fireworks. Boaters and visitors from everywhere visit us to see them!
Photos by P5 Photography
Performances at the Passage begin
Thursday evenings don’t get better than this. Clearwater’s concert series in 2016 was spectacular! Sitting on the grassy lawn, overlooking the waterway, listening to FREE live music each week was a treat
An evening enjoying local beer, wine, ciders, distilleries, as well as caterers and restaurants’ fare was as fun as last year! This yearly tradition grows each year and is a chance to catch up with friends and meet new ones
Photos by P5 Photography
Poulsbo Street Dance
Another annual treat – friends and neighbors gather in the closed-off streets of Historic Downtown Poulsbo to enjoy some live music and dancing into the late hours!
Photos by P5 Photography
Port Gamble ½ Marathon
Challenging route through the Port Gamble Trails for sure! But at the end, there’s food, beer, and soda…so that run was worth it!
If you love biking, this is the area to be in! Bringing the family was an excellent choice – night bike riding, campfires, games, and then more biking the next day
Port Gamble’s Ghost Walks begin
Port Gamble has some history – and some of it is still around. Touring these haunted sites at least once is a must. If ghosts are your passion – there is even a convention!
Kitsap Wedding Tour
4 staged wedding venues through Kitsap County, a perfect opportunity to get some wedding planning started…and finished!
Spirits and Spirits – Boos and Booze
Days of fun events leading up to Halloween 2016! These celebrations weren’t just for adults either – there was a fun kids glow-in-the-dark treasure hunt through Kingston. You’ll want to get your pass to enjoy the 2017 festivities!
Trick or Treating through Historic Downtown Poulsbo
Historic Downtown Poulsbo is a great place to take the little ones and even the older ones! The haunted house, located in the old Police Station, was definitely a good scare for the kids
Art in the Woods Studio Tour
A fun time – grab a map and take a self-guided tour through Kitsap County, to all the great studios!
GEMS Night Out – WWU
GEMS is a girls-only event at our SEA Discovery Center. Girls explore hands-on science, watch a movie, tour the aquarium and enjoy some art activities. A must for any inquisitive young lady.
Big Valley Christmas begins
Beautifully decorated, Big Valley shows off its holiday spirit, and we love that it is open past Christmas!
The Poulsbo Tree Lighting Ceremony on Viking Way with afterparty
This magical night did not disappoint! If you want to get into that holiday spirit…or just enjoy everything Christmas, this is the event not to miss! Santa on the Fire Engine, lights, cider and an after-party filled with art, more Santa, and family-fun was a fantastic time!
Tree Lighting Ceremony, Photos by Robbi Perez
After-party at Hudson Auto, Photos by P5 Photography
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Meet Father Christmas in Historic Downtown Poulsbo
You can’t miss out on a horse-drawn carriage ride and a visit with Father Christmas in Historic Downtown Poulsbo. Skipping the large lines in town to visit him, as well as get some local shopping done was a great treat!
Jule Fest and Holiday Bazaar
If you missed our Viking Fest and needed your Scandinavian fix – Jule Fest was the one to hit! The day began with the Scandinavian Bazaar at the Sons of Norway. We then made our way to the waterfront for a bonfire, Lucia Bride, music, and dancing around the tree.
Holiday Concert – Poulsbo Community Orchestra
What brings more cheer than beautiful music performed by our very own Poulsbo Community Orchestra! Amazing!
Breakfast with Santa at Sons of Norway
Enjoyed a delicious breakfast and watched as the kiddos lit-up at seeing Santa!
Yule Cup and Lighted Boat Parade
An evening watching the lighted boats pass by in Liberty Bay. Enjoying from a boat is great – but we love joining everyone at the waterfront park, enjoying cider and the bonfire.
Christmas In Poulsbo
With all these events in and around Poulsbo, there’s always a good time to visit us.
Our monthly Art Walks, Wine Dinners, and Plays are not to be missed!
Thank you to all those who have submitted events to Visit Poulsbo