Year: 2009

Happenings at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula

The Hawk Pass


One of the reasons we love living in Montana is that we feel a part of nature here. The state of Montana is so vast, and the population so small, that there is room for wildlife; those of us fortunate enough to live here reap the benefits in ways small and large throughout the year.

Recently, I (Elaine) was heading away from our Montana Bed and Breakfast at 7:30 AM; it was a lovely morning. Ahead of me, I saw what I thought was a brown cat just sitting in the middle of the road. Peculiar, I thought. When I got closer, I saw that it was a juvenile hawk that was just learning to fly, and was using the road as an airstrip of sorts. It awkwardly walked about, scratching the ground, until it even more awkwardly took off and flew unsteadily to the top of a nearby ponderosa pine tree. Up the hill a bit I saw its sibling, equally awkward.

Raptors are some of the most graceful birds as they soar elegantly high above our heads, skim just above open fields, and perch attentively atop posts. I have always admired their poise. To be graced with a glimpse of the awkwardness that comes before such elegance was a true honor, and one of the most amazing experiences I have had.

In the library of our bed and breakfast Montana, you’ll find many treasures from my father’s great uncle Ole (born in Sweden). He was one of the first curators, guides and photographers in Yellowstone Park. What a time that must have been, and what a job. To live in one of the most wildly beautiful areas of the country and have the task of recording the raw beauty and treasures of the park was to live a dream. Our lives here are less dramatic, to be sure, but nonetheless we are fulfilling a dream.

New Pet Friendly Lodging In Missoula

Bring your pooch to our Missoula b&b

Bring your pooch to our Missoula b&b

It’s true. Our Missoula MT bed and breakfast now has pet friendly lodging. We love animals big and small, and it has long been a goal of ours to have a space that can welcome dogs. Our Ponderosa Room is just that – newly finished to host you and your best friend.

Many of our guests just can’t stand the thought of traveling without their pooch, and with good reason. The mountains of Montana are so vast and inviting, it seems a shame to keep dogs home in the kennel. After all, a hike just isn’t the same without the family dog bounding up ahead, making sure the coast is clear. Our dog Kitsune bringsĀ  great joy to our outdoor adventures; and we wanted our guests to be able to have the same experience. And now you can.

Montana Family Hikes


Look for wildflowers during your family hike in Montana

We like having families at our Missoula MT bed and breakfast. Montana has great activities for children and adults who enjoy being out-of-doors. Hiking is one such activity, as trails can range in difficulty from extremely easy (think children under five and adults of an excellent vintage) to extremely challenging (think uber-hikers). In short, there is a trail for every walk of life, each one rewarding in its own right.

Canyon Creek and Blodgett Canyon provide easy, moderate and challenging hikes, and the trailheads are not too far apart. This is a great option for larger groups who can split up into smaller groups with similar energy levels. Those who feel like a long saunter past spectacularly high granite cliffs will find the seven-mile hike through Blodgett Canyon just perfect. Those in search of a steeper trail should check out the path to Canyon Creek Falls and Wyant Lake. There is said to be good fishing at Canyon and Wyant Lakes, which is an excellent excuse to sit and rest for a spell.

We promise to provide a hearty, tasty breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula. That should get you at least part way up the trail. Huckleberries should be out in August, for nibbling as you walk, but a packed lunch for the top of the trail is definitely in order.

Missoula Weddings


Host your wedding at our Montana inn

We really enjoy hosting weddings at our Missoula bed and breakfast. Our 20 private acres overlooking the Bitterroot Rive, Missoula Valley and Sapphire Mountains are an ideal setting for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. We enjoy hosting all sorts weddings: sunny, warm afternoon affairs, cozy events indoors, or an evening ceremony outside, with the sky ablaze overhead as you say your vows. Be wed outside by a koi pond or waterfall, or on a deck with stunning views at your backs. We can accommodate up to 45 guests for an outdoor ceremony and reception when the weather is fine (June through September). If you prefer an indoor wedding, we can host 20 guests for a formal reception, or 30 guests for an informal one, with some guests at tables and some relaxing in the living area.

We want your wedding to be as relaxing and free of worry for you as possible. We will devote all of our attention to your event; while you are here, your needs are our highest priority. We hope you will consider hosting your wedding at our Montana bed and breakfast.

Great Music in Missoula

It’s great to live near Missoula and the University of Montana. While our Missoula bed and breakfast overlooks a valley and mountains that seem to go on forever, at our backs is a hip little city that has a fantastic arts scene. We think it is a superb location to live and run an inn.

Kevin Costner and Modern West in Missoula

Kevin Costner and Modern West in Missoula

This July, the University of Montana is presenting four fantastic shows at the Adams Center. Any of them would be a great addition to a Missoula vacation. Carrie Rodriguez is the first, performing July 11. She brings the enthusiasm and energy of her youth not just to her violin playing, but to her approach to music as a whole. She is gaining kudos as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and mandolin player. In the words of Andrew Leahy of The Washington Times, “Try to pigeonhole or label such an artist – an unclassifiable musician who, in less than 10 years, has packed more change into her career than someone twice her age – and there’s only one appropriate response: It ain’t over.” (12/12/08)

Just over a week later, on July 19, James McMurtry comes to Missoula to with his own version of rock and roll – or roots and roll, as some have said. He is followed on the 25th by the Cowboy Junkies and Son Volt. The Cowboy Junkies have been playing together for twenty years (as a band, probably longer as a family), and their slow melodic music is seamless. Finally, Kevin Costner and Modern West will perform on July 31. Not everyone knows that Kevin Costner is a muscian as well as an actor. Here is your chance to hear and see him perform.

We don’t get to all the shows ourselves, but we sure like knowing they are there. They are real perks for guests of our Bed Breakfast Missoula.

Fly Fishing in Montana

Come to pappa!

Fly Fishing in Montana

Montana is known for its big skies, big mountains, and big trout. A Montana vacation or weekend getaway in Missoula for many people must include fly fishing. Let the rhythm of the river flow into you as you cast the fly into the water. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the beautiful landscape. There are few places in the country as majestic as Montana, and perhaps no where with as many rivers filled with trout.

Our Montana b&b sits on the edge of the Bitterroot Valley, between Missoula and Lolo. Gazing at the spectacular views of the Bitterroot River and surrounding mountains will begin to relax you as soon as you arrive; it will also compel you to get out and engage with what you see. We will feed you a delicious, filling breakfast at our Missoula bed and breakfast, give you a picnic basket for your lunch, and send you on your way. There are several good fly fishing outfitters and guides in the Missoula area whom we happily recommend to our guests. The guides have been fishing in Montana most of their lives; they know the rivers, and they know where to find the fish.

Remember to bring layers of clothing for your time on the river. Weather in Montana can be quite varied and unpredictable.

Missoula Bed and Breakfast celebrates the Bitterroot Valley

The magnificent Bitterroot Valley spreads south from Missoula towards remote Horse Creek Pass. The Bitterroot River runs down the middle of the valley that is framed by the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and the Sapphire Mountains on the east. Native Americans used this valley for generations as a natural corridor in their migrations, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through here. Indeed, there is much history in this valley, which is home to the first European settlement in the state of Montana; be sure to take time to visit the St. Mary’s Mission and Fort Owen State Monument in Stevensville.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Bitterroot Valley are endless. From fly fishing to horseback riding, mountain biking to llama treks, there is sure to be an activity that is just right for you. There are numerous hiking trails through the pristine Bitterroot National Forest, and forest service roads that lead to remote waterfalls. Ask us about some of our favorite ways to get out and enjoy it when you stay at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula.

Our Missoula Montana Bed and Breakast is located southeast of Missoula, just off Highway 93 – the core of the Bitterroot Valley Scenic Drive. Fortify yourself with our home cooked breakfast and then hit the road. The beauty of the Bitterroot Valley will awe you, and the historic towns will charm you. Head for the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge and look for nesting osprey and other wildlife. Or keep going south to Lost Trail Pass, where you will find good hiking.

No matter what you do, we feel certain that you will grow to love the Bitterroot Valley as much as we do here in our Montana bed and breakfast.

Missoula Bed & Breakfast and the Missoula Art Museum

It can be pleasant to take a little trip to our Blue Mountain bed and breakfast. Here you can enjoy the serenity of our peaceful and scenic location and still be close to the city, where you can enjoy the arts. Our Missoula lodging is nestled on twenty acres of wildlife habitat that is adjacent to National Forest. There are trails leading from our door into the wilderness, and you are almost sure to spot some kind of wildlife while staying here. At the same time, a short drive takes guests into the heart of Missoula, with its museums, cinemas and fine restaurants.

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

Take some time on your next trip to our Missoula bed and breakfast to visit the Missoula Art Museum. The work of Master Printer John Armstrong is on exhibition until May 23. According to the MAM website, the 21 most recent works selected by curator Stephen Gleuckert “bring to the forefront the artists sensitivity, intuitive color sense, consistent instinct for compositional resolution, and ever present spirit of experimentation.” In addition, the museum is showcasing over forty five pieces by various artists who have used the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. Armstrong’s influence on this body of work is apparent, and underscores the spirit of collaboration that pervades the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop. Look for works by Rudy Autio, Philip Curtis, Dorothy Fratt, Karen Jilly, Virgil Ortiz, Vernon Patrick, Akio Takamori, and Patti Warashina.

Photo courtesy of the Missoula Art Museum.