Part of a Day in “Little Norway”: A Travel Blog

Part of a Day in “Little Norway”: A Travel Blog

Poulsbo, Washington, or “Little Norway”, as it has been dubbed due to its past, is a destination sought out by various sorts of people. Whether that be for the Scandinavian history or the shopping offered down town with picturesque views, there seems to be something for everyone in this quaint town. A few weeks ago, on a brilliant Saturday morning filled with sunshine and a light breeze, my family and I took a stroll down Finn Hill Rd. where the majority of locally owned businesses in Poulsbo reside.

A sign at the back of the shop.

Our first stop was Sluys’ Poulsbo Bakery, which was packed with people and pastries the duration of our stay, which made picture taking a bit hard to do. Still, I managed a few. Spoiler alert: The donuts are fantastic. However, besides donuts, I must note that there is much more to be found in this beautiful bakery, including Scandinavian specific items, bread, and various other sorts of treats. In short, you do not want to miss this.

The top of the building above Sluys’.
My glazed donut, which I split between myself and my 5 year old.

From there, I broke away for a bit to make my rounds of the book stores, while my spouse and daughter ventured elsewhere.

My first stop was Away With Words. This store, if you have not heard of it, is a gem. Not only does it offer novels, but hand mixed tea and various bath works that correspond to a certain book or genre as well, which are sprinkled throughout the store amongst the literary stock. Here I purchased a book, and awkwardly spoke with the store associate. Overall, I would definitely recommend stopping in if you have a moment or two to browse. It has been open less than a year, but definitely has the means to go far!

Next up, I stopped into Liberty Bay Books, which is a must if you’re searching for any sort of book whilst in Poulsbo. This indie book store has not only books, but also toys and a coffee café in the back. The arrangement of the store, coupled with the sitting area provided to peruse possible purchases or drink caffeine, gave it a cozy vibrancy that was hard to ignore.

Can I just say that finding these two side by side made me laugh, and love this book store even more? That’s a story for another day though.

After time well spent amongst the stacks, we strolled around, and enjoyed the beautiful day that was before us.


While I didn’t get a tattoo, I thought this building was an ideal location to mention, as it is the oldest building in Poulsbo, as stated above.
Sadly, that bakery advertised in this picture is no longer in business, but there are various others just a hop skip and a jump away. Plus, beautiful mural, right?
Another gorgeous painting on the outside of a building.
History is ripe in this town. If one chooses to look, it would not be hard to find it.

Our next stop was Poulsbohemian Coffeeshop, where we tried a few lemonades, which were both delicious until the very last drop. Mine was lavender and honey flavored. If you enjoy strong flavors of both, then check it out! Also, the shop has ample work space and enough room to accommodate a sizable amount of people, if need be. The best part of it all though, besides the beverages, have to be the views that can be found while glancing out of the windows in the back of the shop. Overall, it is definitely worth the trip, if any of what was mentioned before appeals to you!

A bit further down from the shop spoken of above, an entrance to the board walk can be found.

Our last stop, before we called it a day, was to the Sea Discovery Center. This little building held a small aquarium complete with educational classrooms, a theatre, and much more. If you have little ones of your own, this is an excellent place to visit.

If you’ve ever thought about stopping in Poulsbo, and you’re in the area, then rest assured there is much to see and do.

Until next time, Little Norway.

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Seattle & Stiefvater Seminar: A Recap & Travel Blog

Seattle & Stiefvater Seminar: A Recap & Travel Blog

A few months back, I stumbled upon an advert for Portraits & Dreams. I’ve never attended a writing seminar before, but I’m a writer. So, after reading about the class, I figured, well, what the hell. Why not? Following an early birthday gift in the form of a purchased ticket to the event from my spouse, I was then set to embark to the Emerald City for a class on writing by Maggie Stiefvater.

The day came on a windy Saturday when everything seemed to be against my attending. At least, that’s how it seemed from my perspective at the time. Looking back, there were a set of unfortunate circumstances that could have prevented me from attending, but thankfully, I persevered with the support of my loving husband.

After a dramatic morning of Uber screw-ups, and frustrated cursing, I left with a driver who could bring me to my first destination of the day – the ferry terminal. There, I munched on an apple tart and savored my coffee in a local shop as I attempted to swallow the memory of the morning from my conscious thought.

(Not the best picture I’ve taken, I know. Food and beverage made at Fraiche Cup.)

As one does when utilizing public transportation, I then sat and waited anxiously for the ferry to Seattle. The thrum of various energies surrounding me was both exhilarating and a bit nerve-wracking, but there was cascading sunlight and the promise of a wonderful day in the city. With that in mind, I queued in line when called, and then stepped onto the boat which would bring me closer to my destination.

As we boarded, clouds began to roll in and wind became sharper. It was gorgeous still, but a reminder that nature is not to be stopped by the wishes of humans. It does its will, whether we like it or not. Even so, I snapped a few pictures before I took cover in another viewing area on the upper deck.

One of the first pictures I captured while walking onto the ferry.
Closer to our destination, when the clouds and winds became more prevalent.

The boat rocked and swayed with the water, as it moved at the whims of the wind. Otherwise, it was a beautiful hour-long boat ride, which I quite enjoyed immensely.

About 30 minutes or so in, we had a decent view of the journey’s end. However, pictures were not possible until we were within minutes of docking.

Hello, Seattle!

Right after this pic was snapped, it began to drizzle. Still, the precipitation did not douse my parade of excitement. I had made it this far, right? I couldn’t give up now.

Then, we were docking.

Flurries of feet stamped and pressed against the floor as we each tread towards our separate destinations. The venue where I needed to go was not far from the ferry terminal, but it was an uphill climb.

After a few more minor mix-ups along with some anxiety, I finally arrived!

To summarize, as this is an experience best left unspoiled, in short, it was fantastic! Stiefvater knew how to teach, as well as work the room. Her upbeat energy, coupled with her down to earth attitude, made this class a joy to attend. I learned a great deal. I cannot wait to apply the knowledge I gained to current and future writing endeavors. Attending this seminar is one of the best choices I’ve made for my writing career so far. To be able to learn while also surrounded by over a hundred others who love the craft as much as I do, well, it’s energizing, to say the least. If there’s anyone out there considering it, then please, do yourself a favor and purchase a ticket to a future event! It truly is worth it.

Following the seminar, I captured this last picture as I found my way to the ferry terminal once more.

Again, not the best picture, but I love visuals.

Until next time, Seattle.