Looking for a place to relax with your Pup?
Poulsbo has plenty of dog-friendly destinations!
Explore Kitsap County’s parks with your best friend and enjoy great food and beautiful views in our dog-friendly restaurants and hotels.
Poulsbo Inn Loves Pets!
Arrive at the Poulsbo Inn and Suites, where pets are welcome for an additional $15/night plus tax. You can choose one of 83 newly renovated guestrooms featuring the rich colors of the Northwest that is reminiscent of a mountain lodge. A room with a view will afford you a breathtaking panorama of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.
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Start your day with a stroll down Front Street in downtown Poulsbo. Take your dog for a walk on the boardwalk alongside Liberty Bay, where you can breathe in the fresh marine air, catch a glimpse of the Olympic Mountains, and watch the abundance of wildlife.
Eats and Treats
Pack your lunch from Marina Market on Front Street, where you can find the the largest selection of Scandinavian, European, and Dutch foods in Western Puget Sound. Enjoy the selection of over 350 licorices, 500+ Craft Beers, and over 350 top quality chocolates. Pick up some treats for your pup at Boomer’s Pet Boutique.
Picnic in the Park
Bring your picnic lunch to Raab Park, a 21 acre community park with something for everyone–volleyball, a playground for the kids, bird watching, an arboretum, and a fenced dog run.
For more hiking adventures, explore the trails with your dog at North Kitsap Heritage Park, an 809 acre community preserve 25 minutes from downtown Poulsbo.
Finish your day with a sweet chicken chili salad, or a bacon burger with frizzled onions and fries at Caffe Cocina and top it off with an espresso and a pastry for dessert.
You may be thinking it’s time for a weekend getaway…like you and your closest few friends. Kids are back in school, sports have come on strong and you have a long year ahead of you. So, yup, it’s time! May we suggest a pretty awesome trip to a great little Norwegian town, in your own backyard!
Poulsbo, WA offers so much to do, no matter what interests you have!
Epic Weekend Getaway, With Small Town Shenanigans!
First, you’ll need to check out the local places to stay. There are so many choices, from our hotels to fantastic B&B’s. But, this is a group trip, so staying at the Viking House is the perfect place. A newly remodeled home, within walking distance of town, a commanding view of the bay, and decorated in the local town flavor! You will definitely be relaxed as you watch the sun set from the porch.
Arrival – drop your bags, check out the house. Set up your game plan for the day:
Pick up supplies. Shopping at the local Central Market, which carries an array of amazing goods. Local produce is abundant – so grabbing snacks, refreshments, local beer and wine, is a must. It’s tempting to pick up some dinner supplies as well, but let’s face it…you are here for a break. So cooking a big meal is out!
Coffee and a snack up the way on Viking, at Caffé Cocina, to keep you going! Touring Poulsbo, Viking Way has its own charm…and the Fish Park, with local artist’s murals, is the perfect place to stop and wander, while enjoying your coffee. Don’t forget to stop off at the Martinson Cabin, across the street – giving you a glimpse into the past, of our Poulsbo pioneers.
Next to check out local town, browse the shops. Shopping at Flicka (meaning girl in Swedish – yes, there a Swedish shop in the middle of Norway!) This local women’s clothing store is a fun step into the fashion world. Perhaps pick up a necklace, bearing the coordinates of Poulsbo, and a P’bo sticker. Delightful bookstores, more women’s shopping, vintage shops, a baby store, even a great shoe store. The Marina Market has an array of goodies from around the world, so picking up some candy sounds like a delicious idea. Add that to the Boehm’s chocolate you picked up along the way. Modern Mercantile is filled with beautiful items to purchase…and the jewelry stores dazzle. We even have a mosaic studio and pottery painting store. And of course, you would be remiss if you didn’t grab some renowned Sluys donuts and Poulsbo bread for later!
A few stops – one into the Poulsbo Maritime Museum and tourist go-to. They’ll send you on up to city hall, for a gander at Poulsbo’s Historical Museum.
Grab a quick bite of lunch, ChocMo is a great choice. The award-winning local beef, and voted best steaks in North Kitsap, will have you coming back for more! And swing over to Harrison’s Footwear, for more shoe shopping!
Tour the neighboring towns: Suquamish, Kingston – don’t forget to stop off at CB’s Nuts and Hood Canal Brewery on your way, and final destination: Port Gamble. Ending the evening in Port Gamble, touring the historic buildings and haunted sites. Stop in for an early dinner at the Port Gamble Café, after wandering through the General Store and Museum, which is attached. Don’t forget to pick up some meat at the Butcher & Baker Provisions.
Head back into Poulsbo to catch a 7pm show at the Jewel Box Theater.
Within a block from the VRBO you’ve rented, you can casually stroll on down to Poulsbo’s Farmers Market. Local artists, local farmers, and more, all make for the perfect morning with your cup of joe.
Head back into Poulsbo for an afternoon of kayaking, rentals provided at the Port of Poulsbo dock. The view of the surrounding majestic mountains, the fish jumping around you, and gathering of the sea-lions, completes this special water trip.
That ate up a chunk of your day, and lunch is in order. With a water view, the Loft is a great choice.
With the afternoon coming to a close, tour a few of the breweries along the way –Rainy Daze and Sound Brewery on Viking, with its award winning array of beers, would be the first stop. Valholl, above Front Street, has a cool casual vibe. Sit, sip, and watch the customers come and go, often with their doggies in tow! Back into town, as it is the 2nd Saturday of the month, it’s time for Poulsbo’s Art Walk. Browse the many galleries through Historic Downtown Poulsbo, meet more local artists, this town definitely has it going on! You might even run into a Viking!
In the mood for some excellent Thai? Poulsbo’s new Kachai Thai Kitchen gets rave reviews. The dining experience is phenomenal. Food exquisite, and local beer on tap is an excellent pairing!
End your evening with live music and local beer at Slippery Pig Brewery or Brass Kraken.
Early run out in the Port Gamble Trails. A Pope Resources public use-land, with trails carved out of the 4,000 acres. Plenty of room for bikers, runners, and horses alike, to share.
On your list of to-do’s, you are overdue for a scrumptious brunch. There are so many to choose from, here in Poulsbo. But this time, you make reservations the Molly Ward Gardens. Take a walk through the beautiful gardens after a filling brunch.
Head back into town to say your sorrowful goodbyes, until next time…a quick mani/pedi at Beautifully Polished sounds like an excellent choice.
Topping off with a quick sip and bite at the local tapas restaurant, Paella, an excellent way to end a perfect and fun-filled weekend.
Your suitcase may be a little heavier on the way out of town, thanks to all the goodies and awesome finds this weekend!
**Mental note: come back for a weekend of hiking out on the Peninsula next time, Poulsbo is a great base-camp.
Day Trip to Poulsbo – Absolutely! Poulsbo is centrally located in the heart of the Kitsap Peninsula and practically surrounded by water, making for great fishing, crabbing, sightseeing, mountain biking and kayaking.
Wildlife is plentiful throughout the shores of Poulsbo’s own Liberty Bay where one can view seals, otters, blue herons, and salmon returning to their natal streams to spawn during the fall in Dogfish Creek.
Kayaking in Poulsbo is an excellent day trip adventure and you can spend a day slowly sightseeing your way around Liberty Bay. The Olympic Outdoor Center, operates a kayak rental facility waterside in downtown Poulsbo. Grab a donut at the famous Sluy’s Bakery on front street – you won’t be disappointed – then stroll over and rent a kayak to burn off those calories!
July 1st kicks off crabbing season in the waters around Poulsbo. If you are visiting by boat, Poulsbo has a full service marina to tie up at. Crabbing isn’t far off, just outside Agate Pass there are some excellent options to drop a crab pot. Just look for all the other crab buoys!
Visitors interested in bird watching or sightseeing can also take in numerous picturesque views on the waterfront in downtown Poulsbo. Seals, otters, ducks, geese and blue herons all make a presence at one time or another.
The surrounding freshwater and saltwater of the Kitsap Peninsula is plentiful with fishing options, and make for a great day adventure if you are visiting the area.
Try your luck at Buck Lake in Hansville for some feisty rainbow trout, or perhaps one of the many nice sized bass that lurk in the shallows. Situated about 25 minutes from downtown Poulsbo, Buck Lake County Park offers a large grassy area, playground, boat launch and nature trails. Small boats and personal watercraft can easily access Buck Lake.
Visiting Poulsbo for a weekend stay?
Well, there’s no shortage of options to plan a great itinerary!
Plan a morning mountain biking trip to the miles of trails off Stottlemeyer road, just five minutes from Poulsbo. Riders have ample trails to choose from ranging from beginner to advanced levels.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Poulsbo without being involved in some type of water activity, so finish the day off paddling around Liberty Bay on a kayaking adventure.
Day two of your adventure might include fly fishing adventure on the majestic waters of Hood Canal. Poulsbo and the surrounding area boasts some excellent saltwater fly fishing opportunities for the visiting angler. Fly fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat trout has become quite a hit lately around Poulsbo.
These are hard fighting, wild sea trout that live in the waters surrounding Poulsbo and the Kitsap Peninsula. Sea-Runs are very aggressive and a fly-fishing excursion makes for a great day trip experience while visiting.
Fjord Fly Fishing is a saltwater fly-fishing guide service based in Poulsbo that offers guided fly fishing by boat. They offer full day 8-hour trips, and half day 5-hour trips for up to two anglers. Check out www.fjordflyfishing.com for more information on this great experience. Anglers new or experienced to the art of fly fishing can choose to chase these wily game fish in the waters of Hood Canal or Puget Sound with Capt. Chad Gillespie of Fjord Fly Fishing.
The outdoor options are limitless in Poulsbo and the surrounding Kitsap Peninsula, come visit us to get a Norwegian taste of this unique town!
Guest Blog, written by Chad Gillespie
Owner and Captain of Fjord Fly Fishing
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Tired of shopping on your weekend getaway? It’s time to get dirty and have some fun on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.
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Obviously the first thing to do is check-in to your accommodations! You’ll find plenty to choose from in Poulsbo, but to keep close to adventure, you’ll be staying at the Green Cat Guest House Bed & Breakfast, just minutes from the Hood Canal Bridge and the gateway to the Olympics Mountains.
Enjoy your night with some award winning BBQ just a couple minutes down the road at Mike’s Four Star BBQ in Port Gamble. If you get close enough to smell it, you’ll have to eat there!
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Wake up refreshed and take the opportunity of being close to Port Gamble to have breakfast at Kitsap’s top rated breakfast restaurant, the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe. The local, fresh and organic fare will help get you energized for your day of hiking in the Olympics.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” border=”all” style=”padding: 15px;”][vc_column width=”1/4″][image type=”rounded” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”1338″ alt=”Hike Mount Townsend” href=”http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-townsend”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][text_output]
Hike Til You Can’t Anymore
Mount Townsend offers rhododendrons in May and June, wildflowers in June through August, then berries in August and September and fall colors in, well, fall in an old growth wonderland with waterfalls and a unique summit experience. The trailhead is about an hour away from breakfast in some of our states most beautiful country.
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There is truly nothing like Molly Ward Gardens for dinner. With eclectic settings described as “European, warm & cozy” and a wild, ever changing menu you’re sure to be delighted with, simply put, something different than the norm.
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Day Two – Breakfast then Kayaking
Remember, “Fun Wins.” Today breakfast is at a uniquely Poulsbo cafe called The Poulsbohemian, where you’ll have a light treat, good coffee and get ready to walk to your kayaking adventure.
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With the Idea of Fun in Mind…
Before leaving town stop by The Green Light Diner on Front Street in downtown Poulsbo for an early dinner. This is not a cheesy 50’s diner wannabe! The Green Light Diner is a throwback restaurant, but is ran by high end chefs and restaurateurs for the best in good ol’ American food.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]We Recommend:
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Now that you’ve eaten, it’s time to start your relaxation off right, so let’s head over to The Happy Hour Salon and put your feet and hands up for one of the best mani/pedis in town. (Pro Tip: If you plan your trip ahead of time, make sure to schedule one of their estheticians for a full facial).[/text_output][text_output]
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Don’t get sidetracked by all the unique shopping options in Poulsbo (at least not yet!) You’re getting your hair done at La Bella Vita Salon, a fine establishment, owned and operated by a master of style, who has worked with runway models and celebrities, nationally and internationally. Your hair will get star treatment while you relax in luxurious surroundings.[/text_output][text_output]
Top the day off with a glass of wine and a schnitzel sandwich at Tizley’s Europub, home to some of the finest Germanic food this side of the Rhine. They also have Norse specialties like Swedish meatballs, if that’s what you’re craving. Try sitting outside on the balcony, for a glorious view of the Poulsbo port and downtown.[/text_output][text_output]
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Spas & Salons in and around Poulsbo:
Apollo Nails & Spa
Bon Cheveux Salon and Spa
La Bella Vita Salon
The Happy Hour Salon