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Autumn Color Extravaganza in Missoula, Montana

“Autumn Color Extravaganza in Missoula, Montana” is the name of this YouTube video produced by Dave and you can click on the link at the end to see more of his nature travel videos.

Fall is a beautiful time to feel the cool, crisp air, see the changing autumn colors of the leaves, hold hands while walking outside with a loved one, hear the flowing of our local rivers, watch ducks float on top of the water, sip marshmallow-topped hot chocolate, and there are so many more experiences to be had.

Hosts Brady and Elaine welcome guests to have a Blue Mountain Experience at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Conveniently located near the University of Montana, but surrounded by majestic mountain views and the sparkling Bitterroot River with easy access to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.

There are so many things to see and do during your stay:

  • Shop downtown Missoula or their antique mall
  • Learn about aerial firefighting at the Smokejumper Visitor Center
  • Watch a local theatre performance
  • Visit a local art gallery
  • Take a historical walking tour of Downtown Missoula
  • Visit the Missoula Public Library
  • Check out the local music scene
  • Hike the “M” known as Mount Sentinel
  • Watch Griz football at the University of Montana
  • Golf the greens of Missoula
  • Rent a bike and go mountain biking
  • Explore a Montana State park
  • Dine at one of their award-winning local restaurants

Better yet, stay inside and watch a movie on their big screen or read your favorite book. Play a game of pool inside. Or sit outside and watch their serene pond and enjoy their mountain retreat.

You could come alone to recharge your batteries, bring a friend to grow your friendship, bring a romantic partner to enhance your love, or come with a small group of people to spend time together. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to getaway to see autumn color!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Discover Fall Foliage in Missoula

Fall Foliage Missoula MontanaAnother fall is beginning its descent upon Big Sky Country in Missoula, Montana. With the arrival of autumn, it’s time to start looking forward to spectacular fall displays. Tree-filled mountainsides are already showing hints of their dramatic colors. Soon, we’ll be surrounded by the vibrant crimsons, bursts of fiery oranges, and yellows standing against a backdrop of green, all of which make fall foliage season in Montana a truly stunning display. Though Montana may not be at the top of many lists when it comes to fall foliage displays, we assure you it is a stunning season to visit.  Whether you want to enjoy the beauty of fall by foot or behind the wheel, you won’t have to go far. Book your room at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast today, and discover fall in Montana. Continue reading

Luke Bryan Concert


Luke Bryan Concert is coming to Missoula.  For his Kill the Lights tour, Luke Bryan will be performing at the Adams Center (32 Campus Drive in Missoula) on the University of Montana campus.  His concerts happen on Wednesday April 20 and Thursday April 21 from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Luke explains how his tour-titled track, Kill the Lights came to be in this YouTube video.  You can even tell that he has a great singing voice just by hearing him speak.  He has a sexy voice!

Hear Luke Bryan sing his hit song, Kill The Lights.  The song lyrics show up on the screen as well as some images of him performing in front of fans.

During preparations for his performances at the MusiCares Gala and the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® where he paid tribute to music icon Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan learned his Kill The Lights album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200, his third consecutive album to do so, and Top Country Albums charts.

Kill The Lights contains Luke’s two-week No. 1 single “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and closed 2015 as the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list.

Luke Bryan was also nominated for four different i-Heart Radio Music Awards:

Male Artist of the Year:

Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
The Weeknd

Best Tour:

Foo Fighters
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Taylor Swift

Country Song of the Year:

“Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
“I See You” – Luke Bryan
“Lose My Mind” – Brett Eldredge
“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards are set to take place on April 3rd, at the historic Forum in Los Angeles, and will be televised live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT., as well as simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, and on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

When you see the Luke Bryan Concert, be sure to stay with hosts Brady and Elaine at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their relaxing and romantic retreat always pleases their happy guests.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Stomp in Missoula Montana


Stomp  in Missoula Montana to witness STOMP perform live at the Adam Center on University of Montana campus.  On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

Percussion instruments are some of the oldest music-makers in the world, perhaps only second to the human voice itself. This diverse family of instruments is integral to music in every known culture, and includes a vast array of musical sounds.  A “percussion instrument” is any instrument whose sound is generated via striking, rubbing, shaking or otherwise impacting a surface to create audible vibrations.  Stomp has a gift for taking ordinary objects and turn them into incredible beats.


STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast hosts guests from many different areas of the world.  Guests visit Missoula to experience outstanding performances, witness competitive sports, walk historic trails, ski beautiful snow, taste delicious cuisine, shop incredible retail, and so much more! Blue Mountain B&B guests enjoy being near to all the fun while still being at a gorgeous and peaceful mountain setting with views of the Bitterroot River.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

U of Montana Griz Basketball 2016


The University of Montana Griz Basketball teams, both mens and womens, attracts a lot of fans.  Did you know that both the mens and womens head basketball coaches were also Grizzlies basketball players?  In Big Sky Country, they play to win the Big Sky Conference.

Travis DeCuire was formally introduced as the University of Montana’s 27th men’s head basketball coach in June of 2014, at a press conference in University of Montana’s Adams Center.  DeCuire and the 2014-15 Griz went on to surpass all expectations, leading UM to a 20-win season and a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season title.

As a point guard for Montana from 1992-94 DeCuire was named All-Big Sky Conference as a junior and senior. He set a school record in just three seasons with 435 career assists. He also established UM’s single-season mark with 199 assists as a senior in 1993-94, when he was ranked 12th in the nation, averaging 7.1 assists a game.

He was the recipient of the Grizzlies’ Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) as a junior (he shared it with forward Matt Kempfert that season) and senior, and received the John Eaheart Award (Outstanding Defensive Player) following his senior year.

Mens Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 21 Idaho                             Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Jan. 23 Eastern Washington   Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 4 Montana State              Bozeman, Montana     7 pm

Feb. 11 Southern Utah            Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 13 Northern Arizona       Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 20  Montana State           Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Mar. 3  North Dakota              Missoula, Montana      8 pm

Mar. 5  Northern Colorado     Missoula, Montana      2 pm


Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

Mar. 8 First Round Games

Mar. 10 Quarterfinal Games

Mar. 11 Semifinal Games

Mar. 12 Championship Game


Last year, Head Ladies Basketball Coach Robin Selvig, won Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.  A graduate of University of Montana in 1974, Coach Selvig has been coaching the Lady Griz basketball team for the last 37 years and has coached over 845 winning games!

The 2014-2015 Lady Griz Basketball won the Big Sky Conference with 14 wins and only 4 losses.   They made it to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, but lost to Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The 2015-16 season is Robin Selvig’s 38th year as coach of the Lady Griz and his 43rd year at Montana as either a player or coach at his alma mater. He enters the season with a record of 845-275, an average of more than 22 wins per year.


The Assistant Coaches are also graduates of the University of Montana:

Shannon Schweyen (Montana, ’93), 24th year

Trish Duce (Montana, ’93, ’95), 22nd year

Sonya Stokken (Montana, ’09), 3rd year


Lady Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 14 Thurs. Northern Colorado      Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Jan. 16 Sat.      North Dakota               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Jan. 30 Sat.      Montana State            Bozeman, Montana     2 p.m.

Feb. 4 Thurs.   Sacramento State       Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 6 Sat.       Portland State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 20 Sat.     Montana State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 25 Thurs. Idaho State                Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 27 Sat.     Weber State               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.


Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

March 7 Mon. First-round games

March 9 Wed. Quarter final games

March 11 Fri. Semi final games

March 12 Sat. Championship game


Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests to stay at our luxurious and scenic mountain retreat.  Overlooking the Bitterroot River and enjoying gorgeous mountain vistas, our guests love coming to stay with us.

While we are located in a quiet setting, we are also just a fifteen-minute car ride from the University of Montana campus in Missoula.  Guests can enjoy watching our Montana Griz basketball games during their stay with us.

Missoula Grizzlies Football

Missoula Grizzlies Football at the University of Montana is incredibly fun to watch in person.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana loves hosting sports fans.  Did you know that Missoula can claim several famous football players?

John Elway  Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback  (resident of Missoula)

“Wild Bill” Kelly  Member of College Football Hall of Fame  (raised in Missoula)


Played College Football for the University of Montana and then made the NFL:

Colt Anderson, Philadelphia Eagles Safety

Doug Betters, Miami Dolphins defensive end

Kroy Biermann, Atlanta Falcons defensive end

Guy Bingham, New York Jets Center

Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills placekicker

Scott Curry, Green Bay Packers offensive line

Barry Darrow, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle

Terry Dillon, Minnesota Vikings defensive back

Aldo Forte, Chicago Bears offensive tackle

Scott Gragg, New York Giants offensive tackle

Tim Hauck, Green Bay Packers safety

Lex Hilliard, Miami Dolphins running back

Trumaine Johnson, St. Louis Rams cornerback

Mike Lazetich, St. Louis Rams offensive guard

Marc Mariani, Tennessee Titans wide receiver, selected for 2011 Pro Bowl as a return specialist for AFC setting two records

Marty Mornhinweg, Philadelphia Eagles assistant head coach and offensive coordinator

Dallas Neil, Atlanta Falcons special teams

Milt Popovich, Chicago Cardinals halfback

Cory Procter, Miami Dolphins guard

Chase Reynolds, St. Louis Rams running back

Brian Salonen, Dallas Cowboys tight end

Shann Schillinger, Atlanta Falcons safety

Kirk Scrafford, Cincinatti Bengals offensive lineman

Mickey Sutton, St. Louis Rams, cornerback

Mike Tilleman, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle


The University of Montana Grizzlies currently are 5-4 in wins to losses.  Their final home game in the regular college football season is on Nov. 14 when they play against Eastern Washington at 1:30pm.  Click to get tickets to that game on the University of Montana campus.  Their final regular season game on Nov. 21 is an away game against arch rival Montana State in Bozeman, Montana at noon.  Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood welcome you to enjoy your own Blue Mountain Experience in Missoula.

Missoula Hosts Comedian “Fluffy”


Missoula hosts comedian Fluffy!  Comedy lovers unite when it comes to watching comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.  American comedian, actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is known for his shows I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy. He employs storytelling, affected voices, and sound effects in his act.  His other trademarks include references to his weight and his use of Hawaiian shirts.  Everyone likes “Fluffy”!

Fluffy will be performing an entertaining live comedy show at University of Montana’s Adams Center on Saturday November 7 at 7:30 pm.  Many people have already seen him on television and in movies and laughed at his funny jokes.  Come to Missoula, Montana to be there in person to see him on stage!

Just a reminder that the popular country music group Little Big Town performs five days later at the Adams Center on Thursday November 12, 2015.


Tickets go on sale starting October 30, 2015 to see “Stomp” in concert at the Adams Center on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm.  Stomp is a percussion group, originating in Brighton, UK that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance.  Concerts with these popular percussion performers sell out fast!  When you get reserve your tickets, please stay at our lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast right here in Missoula.  Our peaceful, scenic inn is conveniently close to University of Montana‘s main campus in Missoula.


Tickets go on sale starting November 20, 2015 to see the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia” on Friday March 25, 2016.  This Broadway musical was the basis for the 2008 Golden Globe-nominated movie “Mamma Mia” starring Meryl Streep.  Over 60 million people have seen the Broadway show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut.

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood prepare a delicious breakfast each morning. When you make reservations to see these memorable performances, be sure to reserve a room at their gorgeous mountain retreat!

Missoula Concerts Newsboys and Little Big Town

Newsboys – We Believe…God’s Not Dead Tour


Event Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Facility: Adams Center on University of Montana Campus in Missoula

Grammy Award-winning Christian music group, the Newsboys, will bring their “We Believe…God’s Not Dead” tour to the Adams Center at The University of Montana in Missoula for a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, October 9. The “We Believe…God’s Not Dead” tour is one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration this tour season. The tour also includes Hawk Nelson and Ryan Stevenson.

The tour is named for the band’s hits “We Believe,” the group’s longest-running No. 1 single to date, and “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion),” which has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Newsboys, a Christian pop rock band, was found in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia by Peter Furler and George Perdikis.  Currently, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk), keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, guitarist Jody Davis, and drummer/percussionist Duncan Phillips.

Little Big Town – The Pain Killer Tour


Event Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Facility: Adams Center on University of Montana Campus in Missoula

Little Big Town is returning to Missoula! Special guests will be The Shires.

Little Big Town is an American country music vocal group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its foundation: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman (née Kimberly Roads), Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. Their musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead singers; Westbrook and Sweet also play rhythm guitar.

Pain Killer covers all new territory for Little Big Town. The band and its writing and production partners favored multi-layered effects. They drew from amix of music influences including vintage 50’s country, 70’s country, funk, groove, a cappella, bluegrass and straight up rock n’ roll.  This evolution of Little Big Town’s sound is the outcome of their free reign to write and craft as they chose, making Pain Killer as uninhibited as their creative process.

Hosts Elaine and Brady Anderson-Wood of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast welcome you to be their guests.  Experience their gorgeous, peaceful mountain setting that is in Missoula, Montana –the same town where these live concerts are performed on University of Montana campus.  Each morning guests delight in fresh, delicious gourmet breakfasts.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Food Trucks

In and around Missoula, there is a growing trend of portable eateries like food trucks and carts.  These food unique food vendors are popping up around town at farmers markets, and local events such as Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight. There is even a Food Truck Tuesday on the corner of Scott Street and Toole Avenue.

While some of the vendors are in a traditional Food truck set up, whereas others have transformed bikes, bbq pits, and carts into their own visions of mobile food.  The one-of-a-kind food trucks serve amazing food that is as diverse as the many cultural communities found within Missoula, Montana.


The Big Dipper Restaurant (located at 631 S Higgins Ave in Missoula) also has an ice cream food truck they named “Cone Boy.”  They provide locally-made ice cream with a variety of tasty flavors like: vanilla, chocolate, huckleberry, coconut, white mint orea, mocha chip, strawberry, caradmom, El Salvador coffee, bubblegum, green tea, maple walnut, black licorice, Mexican chocolate, vanilla-Reese’s, vanilla bean, and espresso Heath.  The truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Tuesday Food Pod on Scott and Toole Street.


The Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers provide regular and specialty pizzas made from scratch and baked in an onsite, wood-fired oven.  Their simply incredible menu reflects the abundance of produce Montana has to offer. Their oven cooks between 600-700 degrees and is big enough to cook two pizzas a time. Their food truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Clark Fork Market.



The Masala Food Cart offers savory Eastern Indian dishes.  Fresh local produce and meat from local ranchers are turned into authentic Indian curries, chutneys, and pickles.  Food truck stops include Dowtown ToNight and Out To Lunch.



The Kind Swine BBQ food truck makes authentic Kansas City style BBQ.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula.



Missoula El Cazador Tack Food Truck

The El Cazador Taco Truck serves authentic, made-to-order Mexican food. Not only do they cater events, but they can be found in Downtown Missoula, Out To Lunch, and Downtown ToNight.  They also have a restaurant location at 101 S Higgins Ave in Missoula.


Mishky’s Food Truck serves fresh, handmade pizzas and tacos.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery, Lennox Craftsmen Shop, and Downtown Missoula.





Tia’s Hot Tamales offers home-cooked authentic Mexican dishes to-go.  See them at Downtown ToNight and W. Front Street in Missoula, Montana.




The Galloping Griz Food Truck serves a wide-range of street foods on University of Montana campus as well as Out To Lunch.



The Beastro Wagon (Burns Street Bistro Catering) offers slow-cooked meats and creative, classic sides that combine quality local ingredients with flavors from around the world. Find them at Draught Works Brewery and Burns Street in Missoula, Montana.



The Wild Weenie Food Truck makes street dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and veggie dogs served with a variety of fresh fixings. Food truck found at Front and Higgins, Main and Higgins, and 111 W. Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.



Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, in Missoula, Montana, will enjoy fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning.  Experience beautiful blue skies and peaceful mountain views all around. When you are out and about, try some delicious food from these Missoula food trucks.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging