"Little Norway" - Life on the Kitsap Peninsula

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

 Just west across the Puget Sound from Seattle, on the Kitsap Peninsula, nestled beside the shores of Liberty Bay, is the quaint town of Poulsbo, lovingly referred to as "Little Norway."

In the late 1880's the area was settled by several immigrant families who had traveled over from Norway. The location reminded them of the mountains and fjords back home. One of the families were from Paulsbo, Norway. For many years, Norwegian was the only language that was spoken in the region. As the village grew, the townspeople submitted there request for a post office. The Post Master misspelled the name, and it's been called Poulsbo ever since.

The port of Poulsbo was the site of one of the largest codfish processing plants in the Northwest and also a leading producer of Lutefisk. Today, you can still taste this Scandanavian tradition the 3rd Saturday of October at the First Lutheran Church's Annual Lutefisk Dinner.

The Mosquito Fleet (referred to in my earlier post) sailed from Seattle to Poulsbo for over 60 years. Today, Liberty Bay is currently host to three very popular marinas. Each Summer, on July 3rd, a barge is brought into the harbor loaded with festive fireworks. Sailboats and yachts from all over the region anchor in the bay to watch the display.

 Perhaps the most popular attraction in Poulsbo is the old downtown Front Street area, dressed to a "T" in Scandanavian decor, overflowing with local shops, curios, artisan displays, bakeries, and restaurants. The Bayside Broiler has great views of the harbor as you partake of a delicious meal, and JJ's has awesome clam chowder!

If you find your travel plans taking you through Seattle, it's just a short ferry ride across to Poulsbo, the "Little Norway" of the Pacific Northwest.

Rich Jacobson, Your Poulsbo WA Real Estate Agent

 

 

 

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

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Derek and Mariana Wagner
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aahhhh....... I love the NW. I was born in Seattle and cant wait to re-visit. I will check this out!
Oct 13, 2006 10:46 AM #1
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You live in a great place Rich. I must get out there some day. I bet I could do some serious fishing! Those pictures are really beautiful.
Oct 13, 2006 11:08 AM #2
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Great pictures Rich!!  I love your write-up about your area, you make it sound so inviting and the accompanying pictures really are so nice to have to look at while reading.

Ann Cummings
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Oct 13, 2006 11:13 AM #3
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It looks so beautiful and quiet, the type of place I can work without a lot of horns blowing, pollution, fire trucks in and out, and I can fish or walk anywhere when I want to. The only problem I have with the north west is the freezing temperatures.
Oct 13, 2006 01:13 PM #4
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Actually, Carolyn, we don't get that many freezing temps. We rarely see snow here, and if we do, it never sticks. You'd be surprised how relatively mild the weather is here.

Rich Jacobson, www.KitsapLife.com

 

Oct 13, 2006 02:44 PM #5
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Hi Rich,
Great pictures.  Very inviting.  I've lived in Washington about 35 years, but never been to Poulsbo.  Gotta put that on my To Do list.  
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Brings back memories of when we had our boat.  We would take a relatively short, scenic trip from Seattle to Poulsbo, and overnight at the marina, right next to the main street in town. 

One of the best bakeries I have ever visited is a short walk from the marina.  Nothing like coffee and a good bakery after spending a restful night on the boat.  There are also interesting shops to browse during the day.

This is a perfect 1 night boat trip away from the Seattle area!

Oct 14, 2006 04:06 AM #7
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Cheryl, I was just over to the Poulsbo Bakery yesterday. I picked some really AWESOME cardamon pastry. YUM SCRUM!
Oct 14, 2006 06:58 AM #8
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Rich,

Nice area. You`re going to get Fat eating Nordic Foods....

Oct 14, 2006 09:33 AM #9
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Scott, that's 'fatter" to you!

 

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Sounds like one for the list on our next trip up to Seattle!  Thanks!
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Cardamon pastry sounds yummy!  Do they deliver?
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It's really to die for, especially with a nice strong drip coffee.
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