Year: 2009

Happy New Year’s

We’d like to thank all of you who stayed with us in 2009. We enjoyed hosting you at our Missoula bed and breakfast, and sharing our slice of Montana with you. It was delightful to see returning guests again, and a treat to meet those of you who stayed with us for the first time.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2010.

Happy New Year.

Brady and Elaine

First Night Missoula

Missoula is planning to welcome 2010 in style, and you should do everything in your power to be there. Our bed and breakfast Missoula is close to downtown and all the festivities.

Remember the Masquerade Ball? We see them in movies all the time, and they always look so fun. At a Masked Ball, you have permission to be anyone you want to be. Have you always envied the glamorous movie stars from the 40s? Do you wonder what it would feel like to sport a peacock’s majestic tail? Now is your chance!

First Night Missoula

First Night Missoula

There will be no fewer than five bands performing at the Masquerade Ball. One of those bands will surely play your favorite kind of music. You can plan to stay for the entire evening or drop by for a while – there will be no shortage of events and activities available.

The celebration kicks off at 1pm with a parade, and from then until midnight the city of Missoula will be given over to fun. There will be a shuttle bus transporting folks from place to place. Stop by the Courthouse Lawn to see this year’s ice sculptures, carved by the chefs of the University of Montana. Swim at Currents Aquatic Center, or ice-skate at Glacier Ice Rink – or both. There will be magicians, face painting, and sonnets on the sidewalk. Art Galleries stay open late, several dance troupes will perform, and you’ll be able to listen to many musicians. Huddle around the bonfire when you need to warm yourself.

Don’t let the fact that you live a good distance from Missoula deter you; plan to stay at our Missoula bed and breakfast and experience First Night Missoula.

Missoula Theater Takes On Christmas

Head’s up theater lovers, for there is an outstanding reason to visit our Missoula inn this month.

An Xmas Present

An Xmas Present

Long-time Missoulan theater man Craig Menteer has adapted Dicken’s classic Christmas tale to modern times, and hilarity ensues. If you can be anywhere December 16 – 13 at 7:30pm, be at the Crystal Theatre in Missoula, Montana.

An Xmas Present“is a unique stage production with a film embedded within it. Meet the contemporary Scrooge, a CEO of InformaServe Surveillance company who spends his time surveilling his world via computer. Tiny Tim can only speak in ad slogans. Poor Mrs Cratchit is an oniomaniac (shopoholic). Merry Christmas everyone.

An evening at the theater is a great addition to a Missoula vacation. Come into town to shop for others and treat yourself to a night of unabashed fun.

Garnet Winter Trail

It’s true that some folks don’t think about heading to a Montana bed and breakfast when the mercury plunges; instead, they dream of points south where taking a walk doesn’t require boots, coat and hat.

Enjoy a winter sunrise from our inn.

Enjoy a winter sunrise from our inn.

But for some of us, winter just isn’t winter without crisp, cold air and snow. We actually look forward to short days and long nights, because we know they’ll bring romps in the snow and steaming cups of cocoa by the fire.

If you are the kind of person who enjoys winter, plan a trip to our Missoula bed and breakfast sometime in the coming months. Bring your skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles (heck, even bring your dog, because we are a pet-friendly lodge) and head out the the Garnet Winter Trail while you are here.

The Garnet Winter Recreation Trail has over thirty miles of marked backcountry trails that are part of a much larger winter trail system. The best way to appreciate winter is to get out in it, and the best way to do that is to don skis or snowshoes and head to the woods. If you aren’t up for thirty miles, Garnet Ghost Town makes a good stop just eleven miles from the parking lot. Bring a picnic and spend a peaceful hour or two back in time.

When you return to the inn, tired and rosy-cheeked, we’ll provide a warm drink and a soft place to sit. Try a board game, browse through books or watch a video, and enjoy views of the snowy Bitterroot Valley.

Winter in Missoula

The snows are beginning to fall around our Missoula lodge – a signal that winter will soon be here. It may not look like the picture here, yet, but it will.

We love Montana in the winter. The cold, crisp air feels cleaner than usual. Miles of trails invite us to unearth our skis and snowshoes, and check the engines of our snowmobiles. We dream about the buckets of hot cocoa we’ll drink to warm us after a day in the mountains. We look forward to hours curled up by the fire with a good book over the holidays, as winter winds blow.

What could be better?

The view from our Missoula bed and breakfast

The view from our Missoula bed and breakfast

Fun at Fort Missoula

We are proud of our Montana heritage, and love sharing the history of our area with guests of our Missoula guest lodge.

If you are interested in the history of Montana in general and the Missoula area in particular, stop by the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Established in 1975 to ensure that the history of the area would be preserved, the museum houses an interesting collection of historic artifacts. The story of Fort Missoula is fascinating to uncover. Continue reading

Meet in Missoula for Holiday Fun

The Missoula Christmas Season begins in earnest on December 4th and 5th a series of fun events for the whole family. This is a great excuse to spend a weekend at our Missoula bed and breakfast and drop in on your University of Montana student. It is also a great opportunity to take care of all of your holiday gift shopping, whether in downtown shops or at the University of Montana Holiday Art Fair, which will be going on all weekend.

Missoula Art Galleries

Exhibiting artist Roger Shimomura at MAM October 2009.

Friday, December 4, is First Friday Gallery Night, when all the art galleries and museums in downtown Missoula stay open late. Enjoy browsing the galleries and nibbling on complimentary appetizers – you may just find the perfect piece of art for that special someone. At the very least, you will pass an enjoyable evening.

The Missoula Christmas Tree will be lit at the culmination of the Parade of Lights on December 5. Keep winter darkness at bay by coming to the parade of lights!

If you are in the mood for something more weighty than Christmas lights and Santa, see the UM School of Theatre & Dance’s production of Hamlet, or the Montana Actor’s Theatre presentation of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Treat yourself to a holiday getaway with a weekend at our Missoula inn. Pamper yourselves instead of succumbing to holiday stress. Sleep late, and let Brady cook for you. You deserve it!

The Missoula Symphony

The Missoula Symphony and Chorale will put us all into the holiday spirit when it presents “Holiday Pops” on December 5 and 6, 2009, at the University Theater. Close to our Missoula lodging, this is a fun event for the whole family.

The Missoula Symphony is in its 55th season. The orchestra is comprised of 80 musicians, while the chorale has one hundred members. Listening to their music is always an uplifting experience.

An afternoon or evening at the symphony is the perfect excuse to come to town for the weekend and stay at our Missoula bed and breakfast. Children are welcome at our inn, and will enjoy seeing Santa at the Holiday Pops. While here, take advantage of our proximity to many excellent shops downtown. Take care of all your holiday shopping while you treat yourself to a weekend away.

The Moscow Ballet in Missoula

Ekaterina Bortykova and Akzhol Mussakhanov

Ekaterina Bortykova and Akzhol Mussakhanov

Guests at our Missoula lodging on Saturday, November 21 have the opportunity to watch world-class ballet when The Moscow Ballet performs The Great Russian Nutcracker. It is always thrilling when this caliber of artist visits Missoula.

The Great Russian Nutcracker is a bit different from the classic Nutcracker ballet that many of us know and love. Directed by Anatoli Emelianov, the performers dance in front of exquisite hand-painted scenery. Life-sized dancing puppets share the stage with them, adding a whimsical element to the ballet. Come visit the “Land of Peace and Harmony” and meet the Christmas Dove.

It has been said by critics that this Great Russian Nutcracker is “flawless,” “breathtaking,” and “dazzling.” According to the Moscow Ballet, “Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical ballet to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a memorable holiday treat for everyone.”

One of the great things about living and working in a Missoula bed and breakfast is that we have both incredible outdoor recreation and first-rate cultural activities at our fingertips. We enjoy taking advantage of these opportunities whenever we can, and it delights us that our guests can, too. It is not too early to plan to attend the Great Russian Nutcracker while staying at our Missoula lodging. The holidays will soon be upon us – this year, treat yourself and your family to something truly special.

Information and tickets for Great Russian Nutcracker.

Photos of the Great Russian Nutcracker.