Smithsonian Magazine suggests, “instead of Norway, visit Poulsbo.” Culture runs deep in the town known as the “Little Norway on the Fjord.” Poulsbo blends Norwegian immigrant influence with indigenous Suquamish roots, making a beautifully unique Pacific Northwest community.
Enjoy Poulsbo’s Landscape
A treasure of Kitsap County, Poulsbo hosts a delightful downtown that charms locals and visitors alike. Many colorful shops offer unique finds and delicious treats. Additionally, beautiful Liberty Bay offers both serenity and adventure throughout the year. Windermere Broker, Elaine Tanner, shares that “life in Poulsbo is gentle. Residents give everyone the opportunity to be who they are without judgment. I love it!”
Similarly, Windermere Branch Manager, Julie Bray-Larsen, adds, “Poulsbo is a gem in my opinion! Its beauty combined with great shops, wonderful schools, and marina create a high quality of life.”
In addition to charm and beauty, Poulsbo offers strong public schools. Teachers in North Kitsap School District have an average experience of 14 years, with 70% holding master’s degrees. Suquamish Tribal Education Department includes the first tribal compact schools in Washington State. Its Chief Kitsap Academy ranks third in Poulsbo by GreatSchools.org.
Learn About Poulsbo’s Rich Heritage
The Suquamish People first referred to the surrounding area as Tcutcu Lats, meaning maple grove. Its European-given name was meant to be a tribute to the Norway area of Paulsbo. Legend tells us it was misspelled when establishing its first U.S. Post Office, and Poulsbo came to be! Poulsbo’s many museums share more depth of its stories and diverse heritage. Museum staff and councils work passionately to connect with the community, even amidst the distancing challenges of 2020.
For example, The Poulsbo Historical Society and Museums bring history to life in many ways. Its Maritime Museum, Heritage Museum, and Martinson Cabin each offer unique experiences. Be sure to check current hours before visiting. Its online program, PHS Aweigh!, encourages “exploring history from home” with activities for all ages.
Additionally, the nearby Suquamish Museum in Suquamish, illustrates the area’s rich, indigenous history and culture. It now hosts valuable workshops and readings online. Also, it recently opened an online version of its distinguished Leota Anthony Museum Store. The shop celebrates indigenous design with products from Native-owned companies and those who responsibly represent Native Artists.
Visit Poulsbo this Season
As we settle into autumn, local favorite sites include pumpkin patches throughout the county. Also, it’s the perfect time for treats like the Maple Doughboy from local sweet spot, Sluys Poulsbo Bakery. (Just think: a donut shaped like a gingerbread man, rich with maple goodness!) The Poulsbo Farmers Market supports local farms and crafts every Saturday through December, rain or shine. And, new this year: Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce’s first annual Halloween Hunt! This fun event is designed to offer safe, drive-through trick-or-treating, featuring local businesses. It all kicks off with a food drive to support the local food bank, North Kitsap Fishline.
We invite you to explore Poulsbo!