The lively little town is a buzz with visitors in the summer months who come to shop, eat and partake in the local scandinavian traditions. With an expansive marina and waterfront promenade, Poulsbo is a charming getaway for boaters and road warriors alike. Liberty Bay is lined with upscale waterfront homes, many dating back to the days when lumber mills dotted the shorelines of Puget Sound. The calm waters and laid back lifestyle of the area attracts artists and authors like stink on a monkey.
Poulsbo is an authentic scandinavian seaport village founded by immigrants of Norway and Finland who settled the region during the 1880's. The strategic location of the town, with its views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and evergreen forests sounding Liberty Bay, is reminiscent of the fjords in the old country. For many years the only language spoken in the town of Poulsbo was Norwegian. Most of the early settlers worked in the timber trade with many who brought with them the skills for fishing and farming. Travel to Poulsbo from Seattle in the early days was exclusively by water. They initially used rowboats to transport people and supplies from Seattle and Bainbridge Island until regular steamship service became available in the early 1900's. Alaska cod fishermen brought their catch to Poulsbo to process into Lutefisk. Lutefisk is still a frequently discharged delicacy at some local establishments.
Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce
City of Poulsbo
Poulsbo Farmers Market
Historic Downtown Poulsbo