Poulsbo is a thriving community that sits at the north end of Liberty Bay, a sheltered arm of Puget Sound; it is the smallest of Kitsap County's four cities. It is northwest of Silverdale.
The Kingston ferry to Edmonds is just 10 miles away. State Hwy 303 leads southeast 13 miles to the ferry docks at Bainbridge Island which take you directly to Seattle.
Poulsbo is approximately 30 minutes from the Hood Canal and an hour from the Olympic Mountains.
Pouslbo has a very picturesque downtown core of rosemaled storefronts with additional shopping at Poulsbo Village, along Viking Avenue, and in College MarketPlace. Poulsbo offers much to citizens and guests alike. This includes several beautiful parks throughout the city, a boardwalk along Liberty Bay, the Valborg Oyen Public Library, interesting gift shops, and delicious bakeries.
One of its local products, Poulsbo Bread, along with fantastic pastries made locally at Sluys Bakery used to be sold internationally. Enjoy handmade treats from Boehm’s Chocolates, and marvel at the largest collection of licorice in the USA at Marina Market. Poulsbo has outdoor recreation, including cycling and kayaking. Poulsbo also boasts several award-winning microbreweries.
Many visitors arrive by boat. There are three marinas near the town, and the town's harbor is an excellent anchorage.
The population was 9,200 at the 2010 census
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Bangor is a rural residential community on Hood Canal northwest of Silverdale known for large lots for residential home sites. It is 15 miles north-northwest of Bremerton and 21 miles by road west-northwest of Bainbridge Island, both of which offer ferry service to Seattle.
It is a quiet area without many amenities but it does offer majestic views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Enjoy nature hikes in the 56 acre Olympic View Park
Bangor is home to Naval Submarine Base Bangor.
Its population was 6,054 at the 2010 census.
Indianola is a small residential, waterfront community that is located on the north shore of Port Madison, just east of Miller Bay. It is 5 miles south of Kingston and the ferry to Edmonds and is 5 miles northeast of Suquamish by road. It lies within the boundaries of the Port Madison Reservation.
The original 900-foot Indianola Dock was built when the Mosquito Fleet provided the majority of transportation on Puget Sound. Jutting hundreds of feet out into the water, the dock is considered one of the best places in the area to watch the stars or any major celestial event. It has no moorage, but you can pull up your kayak or canoe.
The Indianola Country Store and Deli has been an integral part of this waterfront community since the 1920s. Besides offering the essential grocery and general store items a town needs, it provides a wonderful deli, espresso bar, fresh-made soups, sandwiches, cookies, and ice cream cones! The store also has local products and art.
Indianola is just a few miles from White Horse Golf Club and the 799 acre North Kitsap Heritage Park which is a mix of paved and unpaved trails and logging roads. Horses are welcome.
The population was 3,500 at the 2010 census.
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