This spring season you may find yourself needing a place to get away from it all. Our Missoula Bed and Breakfast is just the place you’re searching for. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is set up to be your tranquil mountain retreat. Located just outside of Missoula, we offer a peaceful view of the Bitterroot River from above as well as the beautiful Missoula Valley. Our secluded location on 20 acres of wildlife habitat is the perfect sanctuary. If you are looking for the best place to distance yourself away from everything, book your room at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading
Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015 kicked off on July 3, 2015 with the movie Breakfast Club. This 1985 movie (rated R) celebrated the 30th anniversary of this classic John Hughes film. The Breakfast Club chronicles one day in the life of five high school students – all different stereotypes. They meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Each year the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) strives to bring you an eclectic mix of new, classic, children’s, independent, and perfect date night films. This started with a trial weekend in the summer of 2002. Missoula Outdoor Cinema was enormously well-attended from the start. Its season has grown to fill every weekend of July and August.
There are nine more movies showing in Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015:
Saturday, July 11
1 hour 40 minutes
Sunset – 9:30 pm
To Kill a Mocking bird
Saturday, July 18
2 hours 9 minutes
Sunset – 9:24 pm
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Relive this powerful classic just in time to read the highly anticipated sequel to the novel.
Hard Day’s Night
Saturday, July 25
1 hour 45 minutes
Sunset – 9:17 pm
A 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.
How to Train Your Dragon
Saturday, August 1
1 hour 38 minutes
Sunset- 9:08 pm
Long ago on the Island of Berk, a young Viking, Hiccup, wanted to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid them. However, his father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon begin a friendship that opens up both their worlds.
Saturday, August 8
2 hours 1 minute
Sunset – 8:58 pm
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Saturday, August 15
2 hours 6 minutes
Sunset – 8:47 pm
An early favorite in the Marvel Comics movie series, the first Iron Man explains this super hero’s surprising origins. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, industrialist Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil, but it leads him to conflict within his own company.
A League of Their Own
Saturday, August 22
2 hours 8 minutes
Sunset – 8:34 pm
A fictionalized version of the real life All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, A League of Their Own centers on two sisters who join the league while most of the men of baseball-playing age are fighting in World War II. Their coach, one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), is now a broken-down alcoholic who sobers up as the team begins to show promise. The question is whether these competitive sisters can come together to take their team to the World Series.
The Chronicles of Narnia
Saturday, August 29
1 hour 57 minutes
Sunset – 8:22 pm
When the Pevensie family is evacuated out to the country during WWI, they are unaware of the adventure they will encounter. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest daughter, Lucy discovers a wardrobe which transports her to the land of Narnia. Covered in snow, Narnia is full of weird and wonderful creatures, but is watched over by the evil White Witch, Jadis. When all four Pevensie children end up through the wardrobe, they discover that it was meant to be, as two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam must join with the mighty lion, Aslan to defeat the evil White Witch.
And We Were Young
Saturday, September 5
1 hour 55 minutes
Sunset – 8:08 pm
The interwoven stories of And We Were Young together give the whole arc of U.S. intervention in Europe, from enlistment and passage to France aboard pestilent troop-ships, through baptism by fire and lead and, for those who lived to tell about it, to the Armistice and beyond. Selected carefully from first-person accounts passed down in letters, journals, memoir and interviews, the dusty words of the men and women who were there come alive in silhouetted scenes of surprising beauty as well as shocking brutality. Mindful of this fine line, Smetanka’s feature debut demonstrates what fighting men have always noticed: that war, in all its abject ugliness, can have its senseless beauty, too.
Hosts Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes guests from all over the world to their quiet, scenic mountain retreat that is conveniently close to the heart of Downtown Missoula as well as the University of Montana. Missoula Outdoor Cinema is just one of the many exciting activities to do in Montana this summer.
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
The lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula is fortunate to be located in an active community that encourages running. The Missoula Marathon, happening July 10-12 in 2015, is brought to us by Run Wild Missoula. Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. With over 1,700 members, they offer races, group runs, track workouts, seminars and more.
Rated in 2010 as USA’s Best Marathon, experienced runners come back year after year to run the Missoula Marathon. United States Olympian Jeff Galloway said that this is one of the top four or five courses he has ever run. That should not discourage those with less experience, because this was also rated as one of the Top 10 Marathons for Beginners. Now people from all fifty states plus at least ten different countries participate every year.
The people of Montana involved in organizing the race are passionate, friendly, and supportive. They also are organized and give regular updates via email and social media for race participants to see. Runners feel welcomed and prepared. Missoula is a great place to stay active and live healthy. Residents have the benefits that come from most bigger towns, but they still experience a local community feeling.
Starting at 6 am, with the sun coming up, runners begin with breathtaking views of the valley and the gorgeous surrounding mountains. As they run in a beautiful ranch setting and up on the hillsides, go past the University of Montana area, and on to Downtown Missoula. As runners make that last turn onto Higgins, they experience a rush from the crowds of people lining the streets cheering them on.
The short five minute video below shows people exactly what to expect. One runner said, “You try to find a course that is a little bit of everything and I think that is what Missoula is.”
Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast can be your place of rest, with our luxurious bedrooms, and refreshment, with our delicious and hearty breakfasts. However you stay active or relax, hosts Brady and Elaine accommodate guests with their warm hospitality.
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are thankful that their guests can experience incredible theatrical performances right here in Missoula, Montana.
THE RAINMAKER — March 20-22, 25-29, 2015
The Missoula Community Theatre is proud to present THE RAINMAKER. Richard Nash’s charming non-musical play about love, family, drought and forgiveness. Greg Johnson, Artistic Director for the Montana Repertory Theatre, is the guest director of this romantic comedy, set on a Midwestern farm during the Great Depression. THE RAINMAKER is a story about the Curry family and the chances we take when we release ourselves of fear, habit and routine.
A classic of the American theatre, The Rainmaker is a romantic drama is set on a midwestern farm during a paralyzing drought. Lizzie Curry, a young woman whose hopes and dreams are as barren as the fields, falls for Starbuck, a smooth-talking traveler selling the promise of rain. Lizzie finds herself falling for him and must decide; is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?
This charming, non-musical play, is about love, desire and magic. It expresses these themes so resonantly that the play has been translated into forty languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954.
Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has majestic mountain views. Our guests enjoy the beauty, peace, and gentle sounds of nature. However, being located in Missoula, we are a short drive to the University of Montana. The Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance present their masterful Montana Theatre productions conveniently close at 32 Campus Drive in Missoula.
Pippin by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Swartz is a Tony Award-winning musical about the search for meaning and the wish to lead an extraordinary life. In a decidedly anachronistic King Charlemagne’s court, young prince Pippin must choose between contentment and glory and is guided and goaded on his quest by a troupe of traveling performers and their enigmatic, charismatic Leading Player. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 17 to March 28 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets today!
Wake up to freshly made gourmet breakfasts that are sure to please your palate! Missoula, Montana is full of exciting things to see and do, or if you prefer, you can relax right here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast since there is plenty of onsite leisure and activities. Either way, get ready for the Blue Mountain experience of your dreams!
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is pleased to announce that on Saturday March 14, Downtown Missoula is featuring their own St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at noon on South Higgins Street in Missoula, MT. Dr. Dan Combo is this year’s Grand Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thane are Irishman and woman of the year. We encourage you all to attend as we honour these great Irish people.
On North Higgins, we recommend visiting the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Missoula. In addition to their homemade brews, their menu features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. This is the perfect place to be refreshed after seeing the Missoula’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Their daily happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm.
Speaking of Irish happiness, this June, enjoy hearing angelic Irish music and seeing entertaining dance when the all-female Irish musical ensemble, Celtic Woman, perform live in the Adams Center on University of Montana’s Missoula campus. This is their 10th Anniversary World Tour. While the group’s performers have changed over the years, cumulatively, albums by Celtic Woman have sold over six million records worldwide.
This talented group of ladies have been described as “Riverdance for the voice.” Don’t miss the inspiring performances of this timeless music complete with bagpipers, dancers, a full band and choir in an exceptional concert.
This brand new stage production celebrates the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favorites from the group’s treasure chest of songs including “Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.” These musical ladies perform live in concert on Friday June 12 at 8 pm.
Any day of the year, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests. Friendly innkeepers Brady and Elaine will help you feel right at home. With the majestic Montana mountain views, luxurious amenities, and homemade gourmet breakfasts, guests always leave with smiles on their faces.
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
Are you celebrating National Crepe Day or just craving some crepes? Either way, look no further- we have the perfect breakfast recipe for you to try! There are many different types of crepes, from sweet to savory, filled and unfilled. Because of their popularity, there are also different ethnic varieties! We are partial to the type known as Swedish pancakes which are extremely light. It’s always fun to share a bit of our Swedish heritage with our guests. When you visit our inn you will see quite a few Swedish influences, from our Fjord horses at the base of the mountain to the delicate and very delicious Swedish pancakes we often serve.
The Scandinavian countries adopted traditions from many other European countries- among them, the crepe from France! The first time I tried this delicacy was actually in Libby, Montana during their Scandinavian Fest. Brady and I had never tasted a pancake so delicate and lovely that it felt like it was melting in your mouth. We ask for the recipe, which was large enough to feed a small army! It called for three gallons of milk and more chickens than I want to imagine for the eggs!
Long before opening our bed and breakfast, we reduced the Libby recipe and experimented a bit. The final “product” is delicious and a favorite of guests, family and friends. We hope you will try this recipe for yourself or come visit us in beautiful Missoula, Montana, where we do the cooking for you! Believe me when I say, there’s nothing quite like a Swedish Pancake that’s hot off the griddle and still warm to the touch.
Ingredients (should be at room temperature):
1 1/4 C. flour
3 C milk
5 T sugar
5 T butter
Reserve 2 cups worth of the milk.
Mix 1 cup of the milk with all of the ingredients and stir.
Next, slowly stir in the rest of the milk.
Melt butter on a regular griddle at 375 degrees or higher. Use 2-3 tablespoons of batter to make a 4 inch, round pancake.
When the pancake looks slightly brown, carefully flip it over (about 30 seconds per side).
Roll up the pancake and place it in a warming oven while you cook the rest of the cakes.
Once you get the hang of making one pancake, you can try making 2-4 at a time.
Take the entire platter of crepes out of the warm oven and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
Try one of the delicate pancakes without extra toppings so you experience the light, buttery beauty of this special crepe!
Additional butter and home made jam can be placed on the table. We hand pick red currents from the garden to make syrup.
A traditional Swedish Lingonberry preserve is fun to try as well!
A Vacation in Missoula:
Missoula is a wonderful place to come on a vacation. Our town has so much culture, history and nature to offer tourists. We have blue ribbon trout streams, concerts, unique shopping opportunities and so much more. If you wish to enjoy nature while still being able to enjoy city events, then a get-away at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is perfect for you! In the winter there’s skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and indoor events. In summer you’ll enjoy hiking, horse back riding and so much more. One activity that is both popular with kids and adults is the Missoula Carousel. Our Fjord horses were used as models for the two carved, carousel Fjords. You can enjoy the carousel any time of the year and the artistic craftsmanship and variety of ponies is remarkable.
Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of year. Tis the season for joy, giving, and togetherness. Tis the season for shopping. Our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can enjoy three distinct shopping areas in Missoula, Montana. Each area has a variety of thoughtful holiday gifts for December and the coming New Year.
Downtown Shopping is home to delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. The Missoula Downtown Association website conveniently categorizes the downtown shopping by type of merchandise and even lists places for Downtown dining. The Missoula Downtown Gift Card can be purchased online or in person at 218 E. Main Street, Missoula. Accepted at over 150 locations throughout the downtown area, this is one of the most versatile gift cards they’ll ever receive.
Southgate Mall is a convenient Missoula shopping destination. With more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in western Montana and offers offer women’s apparel, shoes, kid and teen clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, appliances, and more.
Shopping stores include:
- Bath and Body Works
- Coldwater Creek
- Eddie Bauer
- JC Penney
- White House/Black Market
- Best Buy
- Home Depot
- Old Navy
- Super Walmart
- TJ Maxx
The Missoula, Montana area offers much more than shopping. We have entertainment, history, nature, sports, and even The University of Montana. In fact, Outside Magazine ranked Missoula, Montana as the ninth best in their article, “The Sixteen Best Places to Live in America.” Innkeepers Brady and Elaine welcome you to visit their scenic mountain bed and breakfast with pristine views of the Bitterroot River. On your next shopping adventure in Missoula, think about relaxing afterward at the bed and breakfast. Gift certificates for Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are always a popular item this time of year as well!
Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
Photographs by Elaine and Brady of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast
“Did I just see a Montana Grizzly or was that a Black Bear?”
This weekend has proven to be quite the bear sightseeing tour! Be happy that’s not bare (as in the latest Missoula bike festival- don’t ask)!
If you are coming to Missoula, Montana for some wildlife viewing, the best place to see a grizzly is in the Washington-Grizzly Stadium during a home game. Missoulians are pretty proud of their football team. Outside of the stadium, however, some people aren’t as wild about the re-introduction of the Grizzly. That’s a whole new topic and a story for later on.
Few, if any, grizzly bears are seen in the Missoula/Lolo area and thankfully, we’ve never personally run into one while exploring the woods. However, if you happen to visit Glacier DO REMEMBER that grizzly bears go hiking too! The probability of running into a bear of any kind in Montana is much less than meeting an angry person which means the statistics of bear run-ins are pretty low. In reality, Missoula doesn’t harbor many angry people, there are too many things to do and enjoy here!
Now if you dig a bit deeper, Montana history is full of interesting stories where men and women clash over many issues. Our own road “Deadman Gulch” actually earned its name years ago from an argument over water rights that obviously didn’t go so well for one individual. Montana does have an interesting history of stage coach robberies, vigilante hangings and even moon shine “wars” right here in the Missoula area. There have even been a few pretty crazy individuals to roam modern Montana as well. Overall, those are just headlines that sell books and our “wild west image.” In truth, Montana has good-hearted people and is known for being one of the friendliest places in the U.S. to visit or live. We have many guests who comment on how welcome they feel upon their arrival here in Big Sky Country. Friendliness, Fun and Fuzzy Creatures are top reasons to come for a visit!
Brady and I don’t often see football games in person. For us, the busiest time of the workweek consists of Friday, Saturday and Sunday- when guests are exploring the town. What we love about innkeeping is the ability to live vicariously through our guests who come to enjoy games, concerts and hiking trails! Since Blue Mountain is literally part of our backyard, we almost always have time to enjoy nature.
Today was one of those glorious, autumn afternoons. The temperature was perfect and I was sure I heard John Denver singing “Sunshine on my shoulders…” For me, having the ability to instantly get out and enjoy nature is as rewarding as life gets. Probably the thing I like most about fall days is you never know who else might be out enjoying a stroll.
Deer try to camouflage themselves in the long, golden grass, while hawks often circle above. We’ve seen darling foxes creeping through the thickets and the last of the fuzzy caterpillars munching leaves as fast as possible. All of these amazing creatures of the forest know that Jack Frost will soon come knocking at the “door.” Now is the time to store food and take in the last rays of sun!
Here on Blue Mountain, fall is a magical time to enjoy the slow changing of the seasons. Birds begin to migrate and summer fawns lose their spots, growing into adulthood. I often think about the hidden forest secrets I’ve not yet discovered and wonder how many eyes are watching me as I casually walk through the forest. For me, such mysteries are comforting- I am but one tiny piece in a vast wilderness of wildlife.
Once in awhile, I think there just might be a chance that I’ve spotted something wild and wooly without being detected. I’d like to think so, because I wish to leave as light a footprint as possibly along the path I choose to walk.
Today gave us one of the rarest of magical moments as we neared the end of our forest journey. Just above the road, we watched a healthy black bear yearling cub climb the hill and then disappear from view. In football terms, my guess is he was just about on the ten yard line. It was a fairly close encounter, but certainly not a worrisome one. As the laziness of an autumn day allows, he slowly ambled up the hillside. The bear’s thoughts seemed to be elsewhere- likely focused on filling his belly with the the last of this summer’s berries. Not so unlike one of our autumn tasks- packing away delicious preserves in our storeroom for guests. Indeed, it is time once again to prepare for Old Man Winter’s return!
Whether you are a local or from out of town, we hope you find the time to explore Blue Mountain on your own. We always welcome you to stay with us here at the B&B while you enjoy the views and wildlife, our home made berry preserves and hospitality. We, and the mountain are awaiting your visit!
May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day!
You will find that our Blue Mountain B&B BUTTERMILK BISCUITS will literally melt in your mouth. They are hard to resist right out of the oven and make a delicious treat smothered in honey or homemade jam. For our guests, these flaky homemade biscuits are a breakfast favorite when served with our biscuits and gravy recipe, passed down through the family.
The biscuits also make an excellent lunch accompaniment when paired with one of our savory soup recipes. For dinner, they always go nicely with one of our many Western BBQ specialties. Every year, we have a French family that stays with us just for our BBQ dinner and the views that go with it.
Note: Just adding shredded cheddar cheese to the dough and basting them with melted garlic butter gives the biscuits a whole new, amazing twist!
Buttermilk biscuits are almost in the same league as baseball and apple pie- a true American standard.
No matter what meal you serve the biscuits with, they always will be a BIG HIT!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
*Breakfast Biscuits (We often serve with biscuits and gravy.)
-Mix dry ingredients together, then cut in butter with a pastry knife. The butter should be in pea-sized pieces (or just a bit larger).
Fold in buttermilk and then knead on floured surface about 6 or 8 times. Pat out to 1″ thick (an 8×8 inch square). Cut in 16 pieces and bake for 14 min.
*Dinner Biscuits (Served with savory soups and BBQ dinners)
-Add the larger amount of milk and mix in 2 C. shredded cheddar cheese. Drop large spoon fulls of dough onto a baking sheet (we use a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper).
Bake for about 14 min. Take out of oven and baste with 3 T. melted butter mixed with 1 tsp. granulated garlic. Serve right away!
We hope you enjoy trying these out in your own kitchen or possibly spending a night here at Blue Mountain B&B! In the summer and early fall, guests enjoy eating outside by the waterfall. In the winter and spring, our large picture windows look out on our Japanese water garden to the west and the Bitterroot River and Missoula to the east. The view is ever changing and beautiful and our elevated location makes one feel like they are in a comfortable castle or a mountain chalet. We welcome you any time of the year for a wonderful retreat!