Luke recently had the opportunity to perform in a concert as past of the Mikey Moore Band for Mikey’s debut album. Too cool. Mikey’s home church is in Poulsbo, so that’s where the concert was held, and that’s where we went!
While Luke spent the day rehearsing, I got to explore the adorable town of Poulsbo in all of it’s charm and glory! I had often heard about Poulsbo, and for some reason had it in my head of being a little bit run-down or full of chain restaurants. Not the case my friends.
If you are in the Seattle area and have a free weekend, or really even a day, I would highly suggest a ferry over to Bainbridge (or Kingston if you are up north) and then a quick drive to Poulsbo. See below for a few of my fav finds…
First stop, the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse. It had wonderful Yelp reviews (and if you know me, you know that holds a lot of weight in my book) and was within walking distance of the waterfront.
This is the view from the outdoor patio at the Poulsbohemian. Yes, please.
And below, the view from an inside table. Huge windows, tables with outlets, wi-fi, good coffee and a breath-taking view!
After a coffee stop, I leisurely strolled the downtown area (the red phone booth!!) and peeked into as many antiques and vintage shops as my time would allow. The town reminded me of Snohomish in many ways due to the sheer volume of antiques and local run shops and cafes. I appreciated the selection of vintage and the prices were reasonable. Not thrift store prices surely, but I didn’t scoff at them!
I was tempted by that basket of seal skulls. When in the heck are you going to find those again? But alas, it creeped me out a bit too much for purchase :/
Once I had my fill of the antique malls, I headed to lunch with a couple friends (fellow band groupies:) at their locally recommended pick : The Loft. I don’t know about you, but when I am in a waterfront town, I want all my experiences to be on, near or in view of said water. Especially on a gorgeous fall day such as this. So, The Loft was the perfect choice! They have a patio (huge!) that overlooks the water and marina and if the weather’s too cold, the inside of the place has huge windows to look out.
The burgers here are stellar (and if you’re gluten free, they offer them protein style!) and the sweet potato fries…yum.
On my way back to the car, I took a short detour to walk along the waterfront. There is a boardwalk that runs along the water, a gazebo, lots of benches and picnic space and a lovely, grassy park.
Even though the weather is cooling, I would highly suggest a jaunt over to Poulsbo. Any type of crowding will have died down by now…and if you head there in November/December, I can only imagine the gorgeous way the town will decorate for Christmas!
If you are spending the night, might I recommend this AirBnB find:
I was only able to TRULY explore for a few hours this trip and stayed almost entirely in the Historic Downtown area. I’ll have to head back soon and really sink my teeth into this charming town!
Let me know if you end up going! Anyone gone before? Any additional tips? I know I’ve just scratched the surface:)