That Saturday started early because we were rushing to beat the ferry lines and catch a ferry as soon as possible. We’re lucky to be the first in line for a ferry leaving in 20 minutes. The early morning light over the Puget Sound is soft and beautiful – we’re looking over the ‘pond’ to see how fast we’re approaching Kingston – a ferry dock on the other side of the Puget Sound. Poulsbo, a pretty tourist destination, has been my beloved spot over the years, but this time curiosity takes us further away to the tiny town of Keyport nestled on the shore of the Liberty Bay. It is tiny. And marina is the center of the local civilization. However, in early spring this spot is empty and quiet; it’s still cold and windy. The town is welcoming us with blooming cherry trees and camellias creating intricate patterns of white and red blooms. Seems like the town is close to the navel base, and there are no shops or restaurants attracting crowds of tourists. It’s a paradise for the boat owners.
So, we’re heading back to Poulsbo with an intention to get lunch. The Loft is our favorite local restaurant, which is right at the waterfront with wonderful views of the bay. The tourist season is still low, the streets and restaurants are half empty, and the menus are seasonally adjusted. Some of my favorite seafood items available in the summer time, aren’t available in April. The food is good but may not cater for all the tastes. My choice is tuna tacos and clams in a buttery source with a piece of fresh toasted bread. The restaurant has a relaxed ‘close to the beach’ environment with happy energy on weekends. If there is a line to be seated, you can check out news in local newspapers that cover the hallway and might have been published decades ago, but give the place a nice vintage touch. After we spend few more moments to explore local shops and a bakery. Poulsbo is center of the viking spirit that is embedded in the wall murals, souvenirs, local brands and logos. It’s colorful, happy and inviting. It’s one of my favorite go to places in the Kitsap peninsula. No matter how long we’d like to stay there, it’s time to rush back to catch a ferry to go back home. This trip is over, but we’ll come back in a couple of months for a festival or a beer tasting at a local brewery.