A river-rock exterior and wood paneling inside give Poulsbo Inn & Suites the feel of a mountain lodge, reinforced by distant views of the Olympic Mountains. The inn is just a 12-minute walk—or a short drive with free parking—from the heart of downtown Poulsbo. It isn't far from the waterfront, either.
Picture-perfect views: Poulsbo overlooks the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges as well as Liberty Bay.
Freebies: Daily buffet breakfast and 24-hour coffee in the lobby
In-room amenities: 25-inch TV with Showtime and wet bar with microwave and refrigerator
Stay fit: In a fitness center stocked with cardio equipment
Go green: The inn's eco-friendly measures include low-flow shower heads and faucets, timers on all outside lighting, and recycling receptacles in guest rooms.
Poulsbo, Washington: Harbor Town with Scandinavian Heritage
Scandinavian immigrants settled Poulsbo in the late 1800s, bringing their customs and cuisine with them. In fact, for many years the townspeople used Norwegian more frequently than English. Poulsbo still stays connected to its roots, proudly flying Scandinavian flags and serving an annual lutefisk dinner on the third Saturday of October.
One of the best ways to experience the town is by taking a stroll along the scenic boardwalk set on the shores of Liberty Bay. In the warmer months, you can explore the water by kayak or sailboat. The quaint downtown is lined with antique shops, art galleries, and bakeries selling lefse, a potato pancake usually filled with peanut butter, brown sugar, or lutefisk. Adding to Poulsbo's charm are the many Scandinavian-style buildings and public artworks depicting Vikings and their ships.