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Newsboys – We Believe…God’s Not Dead Tour

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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

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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 Farmers Markets

Missoula Farmers Markets boast much more than absolutely delicious and fresh local food.  Not only that, there are four local markets to choose from!

The Clark Fork Market is located under the Higgins Bridge, in the Riverside Parking Lot, just east of Caras Park in Downtown Missoula. Their hours are Saturdays, 8am until 1pm from the first Saturday in May through the fourth Saturday in October —  rain or shine! There is ample FREE parking adjacent to the market at the parking structure on the corner of Front St. and Pattee St. and on the upper and lower levels of the Bank Street Parking Structure (the Millennium Building).

  • baked goods
  • coffee
  • dairy products
  • fish
  • flowers
  • fruits
  • jams and jellies
  • live music adds to the festivities from 10:30am- 12:45pm
  • locally produced meat
  • poultry
  • salsa
  • veggies
  • vendors serving food

The Missoula Farmers Market is known as “the original farmers market” since patrons have been supporting local farmers and vendors since 1972.  The were a finalist in the 2015 Best of Missoula Contest for three categories: “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners,” “Best Place For People Watching,” and “Best Fresh Produce.”

Market opens with fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee provided by over 100 local vendors.  Located in Circle Square at the north end of Higgins Avenue in Downtown Missoula.  They are open 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays from mid-May to mid-October as well as 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays from July through early September.

  • Savor eating foods at the peak of their flavor, ripeness and nutrition
  • Enjoy buying plants that are raised by the people who sell them
  • Feel good about supporting our local economy and Montana’s local producers

The Missoula Saturday Market is known as “the people’s market.”  Dozens of craftspeople showcase their photography, jewelry, clothing, soap, glass art,and various other hand-made items.

They are open from 9 am to 1 pm from the second Saturday in May through the last Saturday of September.  They are located on East Pine Street in Downtown Missoula.

 

 

The Orchard Homes Farmers Market is a small farmers’ market who provides vegetables, fruits, baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, jewelry, jams & jellies, and a variety of other crafts.

Almost all of the vendors are from the Orchard Home area which means the produce was all grown within 1 mile of the market! Now, that’s fresh! They love their customers and love getting to known them personally throughout the season….making the “know your farmer” motto real life for all our customers!

They are located in the parking lot of the Orchard Homes Country Life Club (at 2537 S. 3rd Street West) which is just about 100 yards southwest of Wheat Montana Deli. They are open from 4:30 pm to 7 pm every Thursday from mid-June until October.

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Photo by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast delights in serving delicious, fresh local food to our bed and breakfast guests.  Located in Missoula, Montana, we enjoy living in Big Sky Country and you will love visiting our scenic mountain getaway and looking around our local farmers markets!

Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015

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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:

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Dirty Dancing
(1987) (PG-13)
Saturday, July 11
1 hour 40 minutes

Sunset – 9:30 pm

Spending the summer of 1963 in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman, a privileged daddy’s girl, falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

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To Kill a Mocking bird
(1962) (unrated)
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.

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Hard Day’s Night
(1999) (G)
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.

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How to Train Your Dragon
(2010) (PG)
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.

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Dead Man
(1995) (R)
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.

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Iron Man
(2008) (PG-13)
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.

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A League of Their Own
(1992) (PG)
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.

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The Chronicles of Narnia
(2005) (PG)
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
(2015) (R)
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.

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Photo Credit: Michelle Gustafson Photography

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

Missoula Top 5 Skate Park

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According to Thrasher Magazine, Missoula has “one of the top five skate parks in the country.”  However, MoBASH skatepark did not begin on an engineer’s desk or even in a City Hall meeting room.  It started with three close friends who built wooden ramps underneath a local Missoula bridge.

Since Missoula had no areas designated for recreational skateboarding, Chris Bacon, Andy Kemmis, and Ross Peterson decided to build their own skate park.  Eventually, these three friends were kicked out of their makeshift skate park, but fortunately, their story caught the eye of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department Director Donna Gaukler.

In 2000, Gaukler met with the three friends to discuss options available to create a recreational skating area.  By 2003, the Missoula City Council approved plans for a skatepark.  With plans finally approved, there still was plenty of work left to do.  Bacon, Kemmis, and Peterson began fundraising.

Over the next three years, their project received a lot of support.  The support came not only from within the Missoula community, but across the country.  The future skatepark received donations from famous people like Jeff Ament, the bassist for Pearl Jam, and the legendary world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.  A number of local establishments and private donors contributed funds.

When a local Missoula family donated the final $100,000 needed to complete the skatepark and purchased the naming rights–MoBASH is an acronym using letters from the names of the family members.  The skate park was finished by September of 2006, when Tony Hawk’s production company put on a free event to commemorate MoBASH’s completion.  Over ten thousand people attended the event, making it the largest grand opening of any facility in Missoula history at that time.

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Since MoBASH has been complete, the three friends have started the Montana Skatepark Association which aims to help other Montana communities create new skateparks and recreational opportunities.  This fifteen thousand square foot park is situated just across the Orange Street Bridge from downtown Missoula.

Built by Grindline, the MoBASH Skatepark has a separate street complete with granite ledges and a huge bank wall separating it from the bowls. The tranny section is massive with everything from mellow to cradle to gnarly. For the purist, there is the kidney bowl complete with death box and love seat.

This park is a must skate for all Montanans and visitors alike. Skateboarders must wear helmets, but pads are optional.  MoBASH Skatepark is open daily in McCormick Park in downtown Missoula at 600 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT 59801. For more information, phone 721-PARK.

Be sure to stay at the luxurious Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine welcome you to enjoy their scenic mountain getaway.  Each morning guests savor delicious homemade gourmet breakfasts as part of their Blue Mountain Experience!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

April Events in Missoula!

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APRIL in MISSOULA is the time when the hills really do start to come a live with “The Sound of Music!”  The colorful sights and sounds of birds and blooms, hikers, bikers and community fun are everywhere to be found.  There is literally something for everyone at this time of year, so come out of winter hibernation to enjoy the many festive events!

-MMAC (Museum of Art & Culture) is celebrating 120 years of exhibiting Montana’s art collection pieces.  Currently, a beautiful tapestry depicting every day life in Belgium, is among the art being exhibited.  This viewing opportunity runs through May 23 at U of M’s Paxon and Meloy Galleries PAR/TV center.

 

3-12-05 powwow 017-Missoula’s 47th annual Kyi-Yo PowWow takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18.  The theme this year is “We Are Montana.”  You shouldn’t miss all of the colorful and extremely talented dancers and drum groups that come from far and wide to attend and help unify Native American traditions.  The first Grand Entry Event begins on Friday at 7:00 P.M.

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-A World Rhythms Concert with guest artist Edi Gbordzi, who grew up in Ghana, begins Friday, April 17th at 7:30.  The events, including workshops, will be held in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana.  U of M’s West African Ensemble, along with other multi-cultural groups will perform!

-The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is full of life, particularly in the early spring.  Take the short drive to Stevensville on Saturday, April 18th for a beginning birders walk at 10:00.

5-03 034 small-Join the Montana Native Plant Society (Clark Fork Chapter) for an evening flower stroll in Pattee Canyon.  Fairy Slippers, Glacier Lilies and Violets are among some of the flowers you may see on this April 18th evening.  What a great way to celebrate Earth Day: click on the link for car pool information.

-Join Missoulians on Bicycles for several different weekend rides.  On Saturday, April 18th the group will meet in Lolo and on Sunday, April 19th in Missoula.  Be sure to click on the link for more information or call Chris Jauquet at 593-0032.

-The 38th International Wildlife Film Festival starts Saturday, April 18th with the Wildwalk Parade.  The week-long festival offers many viewings to choose from and culminates on April 25th.  For a listing of films and festival events, visit the link above.

fish photoJazzoula 2015 helps extend our Missoula Jazz Festivals into April!  It is preceded by the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival which already occurred in March.  Missoula’s own local jazz artists will be featured from April 21-23rd- yep, we love to JAZZ things up in this town!

-Down the Hatch Fest, organized by The Orvis Company, takes place at Caras Park and the Wilma Theater for the third year!   This April 25th event promises to bring tons of food and fun to Missoula.  What better place than our own home town to put on a fishing and mini film festival?  Missoula and the surrounding areas have some of the best blue ribbon trout streams in the world and this event helps celebrate that fact.

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Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in MisSOULa

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast loves being in MisSOULa, Montana!  

Home to:

    • #1 Grizzly Eagles
    • Tasty Big Dipper Ice Cream
    • Substantial Subaru dealership
    • Events & Concerts at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium
    • Beautiful Bitterroot River
    • Live Performances at WILMA
    • The Missoulian
    • KECI TV
    • Splash Mountain Waterpark
    • Destination Downtown Missoula
    • The Western Montana Fair
    • 8 KPAX
    • Gorgeous Blue Mountains!

Source: YouTube video “MisSOULa” produced by Michael Melugin

Local Missoula Activities

Arts and Culture

  • Artsy Art Galleries
  • Awesome Attractions
  • Entertaining Entertainment
  • Extraordinary Events
  • Moving Museums
  • Musical Music
  • Theatrical Theatre

Entertainment

  • Brewing Breweries
  • Cool Casinos
  • Delicious Distilleries
  • Extra Special Events
  • Fantastic Food and Drink
  • Night Out Nightlife
  • Savvy Shopping
  • Winning Wineries

Explore

  • A Carousel for Missoula
  • Delightful Day Trips
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Golden Gold and Gem Mining
  • Hot Hot Springs
  • Lovely Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Pleasing Parks
  • Wild Wildlife

Outdoor Recreation

  • Beautiful Biking Scenery
  • Breathtaking Birding
  • Cool Camping
  • Great Golfing
  • Heartwarming Horseback Riding
  • Heavenly Hiking
  • Watching Missoula Osprey play baseball

Water Activities

  • Fun Fishing
  • Kind Kayaking
  • Lovely Lakes
  • Rad Rafting
  • Rolling Rivers
  • Safe Stand-Up Paddle Boating
  • Tubular Tubing

Winter Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Icy Ice Fishing
  • Ice-tacular Ice Skating
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Snowy Sleigh Rides
  • Speedy Snowmobiling
  • Snazzy Snowshoeing

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast Relaxation

  • View wildlife with binoculars from your deck
  • Read guidebooks and books about our local history
  • Enjoy a refreshing drink while sitting in the garden
  • Listen to the Old Player Piano
  • Watch wild birds and hummingbirds
  • Take in views of the scenic mountains, valley, and waterfall
  • Game of billiards in the lodge’s recreation room
  • Play horseshoes or have a picnic in private area outside
  • Stay inside and watch a movie on the wide screen

Remember Paul McCartney will make his first ever appearance in Missoula, Montana when the “Out There” tour rolls into Washington-Grizzly Stadium on August 5, 2014.  We love MisSOULa and our guests do, too!  There is nothing like the Blue Mountain B&B experience!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Awesome August Activities in Missoula

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What’s happening here in “The Garden City”  in August?  There are lots of events to look forward to from fun in the sun to sipping something cool in the shade!  While the days are still hot, they are getting shorter which means the nights are cooling off.  August is a wonderful time for short evening excursions or play time in the park.  It’s also one of the nicest times to enjoy the wild birds and a beverage on one of our many decks here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  The views overlooking the valley on the one side and the water fall on the other are beautiful.  There are water lilies blooming in the koi pond and day lilies above on the garden wall.  August in Missoula is a feast for the eyes as well as the pallet.  There are so many outdoor activities and fine dining experiences to enjoy.  You certainly won’t run out of options, so sip some of it in and enjoy!

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FAMILY FOCUS…  Missoula offers activities for young and old, but some of the best family fun ideas are listed by Destination Missoula so check out this link as well as the information listed below.

FESTIVALS & AREA EVENTS…

*Fairs and Festivals:

-Missoula’s Bone Ball is a fun, four legged fundraiser for the Humane Society of Western Montana.  This year’s event (on August 23, 2013), is a 50th anniversary celebration- thus the theme Birthday Party Animal!  It’s a fun event for a good cause and 100% of the proceeds go toward this local non-profit.  So dress in your best costume and enjoy the 11th year of this annual festival with your best friend (man, woman or beast).  The event is being catered by Johnny Carino’s and starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Caras Park Pavilion.

-Downtown ToNight happens in Caras Park every Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30 (June, July, August).  Enjoy live music, food vendors and a weekly family event that is provided by a local organization.  Kids might enjoy an obstacle course one week and learn a craft the next.  A couple of August highlights will include Mismo Gymnastics and the Great Grizzly Encounter!                                                  

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-The 57th annual Gun and Antique Show starts August 2nd and goes through August 4th.  The quality as well as the number of items for sale always amazes me when I go.  There will be 800 tables set up “floor to ceiling” in the U of M’s Adam’s Center.  If you long for a piece of the old west, then this show is something you won’t want to miss.  I’ve seen everything from beautifully hand carved knives to antique sewing machines- something for everyone who comes.

-The Ol’ Wild West Fest starts at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Missoula- August 3rd and 4th This two day celebration is a really fun way to step back in history to the 1800’s.  From a chuck wagon cook off, a quilt DSCF4068show and cowboy poetry to a cavalry encampment and gold panning, this festival spells FUN!  There will be plenty of food vendors and to top it all off a grand ball!  Admission is free for children 12 and younger.  Just $5.00 per day for adults (or the ball) or a weekend package that includes the ball for $13.00.  It’s great that this event has moved from Helena to Missoula this year!

-Out To Lunch at Caras Park offers over twenty food vendors and a different live band every Wednesday from 11:00-2:00 p.m.  This is the 28th season and it’s going stronger than ever.  Bring the kids because there are a variety of free activities just for them.

-Taste of The Big Sky is a first time event in Missoula and admission is free.  It will be held at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field.  Enjoy Montana grown foods, brews, wines and great music on Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Thanks, Badlander Catering, Destination Missoula and Missoula Osprey for hosting this first, annual event.

-The River City Roots Festival is a big hit in Missoula.  It’s free and offers art, entertainment, food and fun to all who attend.  In fact… in 2009, it was recognized as the tourism event of the year!  The festival is put on by the Missoula Downtown Association.  This year’s 2013 festival will take place August 23-25th.  You can read all about the fun in last year’s 2012 Blue Mountain B&B blog!

-The Western Montana Fair (August 6-11) draws a lot of people to Missoula.  From food vendors to the fairway to farm animals, it offers something for everyone.  I like the fact that it still has that local, country feel about it.  I have a lot of great childhood memories of exhibiting 4-H entries and playing in the band for the horse racing and rodeo events.  This year, Brady has been asked to do a cooking presentation in the Culinary Arts building.  So if you’d like to learn how to make delicious Danish Aebelskivers, come join in the fun (Friday, August 9th at 11:00 a.m.).  If you want a sneak preview of this Danish Viking delight, just click on this Aebelskiver link and enjoy.  We hope to see you at the fair where you will enjoy learning some new ways to dress-up this fun dish that is a cross between a pancake and a doughnut.

 

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-Guest lecturer, Kae Cheatham, will be at Beavertail State Park giving a presentation entitled Before the Horse (American Indian horse culture).  It is part of the Campfire Program/Summer Speaker Series which happens every Friday evening at beautiful Beavertail State Park.  This particular lecture is scheduled for August 9th at 8:00 p.m.  The drive will take approximately 30 minutes and you can call for further information (29895 Bonita Station Road Clinton, MT 59825  Phone: 406-240-0155).       If you are interested in similar programs provided by Montana State Parks, click on this link.

Missoula’s Historic Downtown Walking Tour is a perfect pairing with a night on the town, a visit to the Farmer’s Market or some great shopping.  There are many interesting stories to uncover about Missoula’s past from its early architecture to its secret underground!  You can also enjoy the Public Art Tour of Downtown Missoula in the same historic district!  Be sure not to miss the marble statue of John Mullan, St. Francis Xavier Church, as well as the beautiful Paxon murals in the Missoula County Court House.

-The Ninemile Remount Depot and The Smokejumper Visitor Center are fascinating places to visit if you’d like to learn some history or current technology used  in fighting forest fires.  August is a time when smoke can get in your eyes here in Missoula, it’s the price we pay for being surrounded by beautiful, mountainous terrain.  Missoula was not only the first smoke jumper training base in the nation, but currently is the largest as well!  When I was a kid, I remember watching  the parachute training practices which often took place very close to the Blue Mountain area.  If you have a particular interest in slurry bombers or other historic planes you will also find the Museum of Mountain Flying to be of interest.

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-Check our Blue Mountain B&B AREA LINKS page for other great history-related trips in Missoula and Western Montana.                                   

*Music, Theater and Culture:

-The Missoula City Band Concert (Bonner Park, 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 7th & 14th) and The Missoula Symphony in the Park (Caras Park, 7:00 p.m. August 11th ) offer audiences an opportunity to be surrounded by music in beautiful outdoor settings.  Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a casual repertoire that is music for both the eyes and the ears.  There is no admission fee to any of these events.

-Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is one of the most enjoyable evenings you will experience in Missoula (or elsewhere in Montana).  To make it truly delightful, bring some wine and cheese and a picnic blanket!  Be sure to come a bit early so you get good seating.  The schedule for Missoula is as follows: The Recruiting Officer on August 26th and Henry V on August 27th.  Outdoor seating is at the U of M Oval at 6:00.  In case of a downpour, the production will take place in the University Center Theater.  If you are unable to attend either of the Missoula evenings, you can enjoy The Recruiting Officer in Hamilton at The Daily Mansion on the 28th.  Henry V will be presented at the Old Montana Prison in Deer Lodge on the 31st of August.  Same times, just different places!

-Huey Lewis, Eden Atwood and Friends present Soulsville-  a benefit for the Interface Project at the MCT theater on Friday, August 2nd  at 6:00 p.m.  Atwood is a jazz singer, voice coach and local celebrity.  To learn more about tickets or the Interface Project, go to www.interfaceproject.org or call 406-480-6228.  You can also click on the following Missoulian Newspaper link to read a fascinating and educational article about this upcoming concert.

-Travelers’ Rest State Park will host its 3rd annual summer concert and BBQ (August 1st, 5:00-9:00 p.m.).  The proceeds support their K-12 educational programs which are based around both history and nature.  This year’s featured artists include Shane Clouse and Kevin Van Dort.  Travelers’ Rest is just down the road from Blue Mountain B&B so we enjoy attending events and hosting their winter time guest speakers.  It’s one of our favorite non-profits to support and thus last year’s concert event is written up in the following Blue Mountain B&B blog link.

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*Outdoor Markets:

-The Missoula Farmers’ Market has been an on-going Missoula event for four decades at Circle Square and goes from May through October (Saturdays 8:30-noon).  To get there, go to the north end of Higgins Avenue (the location of the Northern Pacific Rail Road Depot and the sculptures of John Mullan and the red X’s).  An extension of the Farmer’s Market fun occurs just down the way on Pine Street at The People’s  Market which showcases arts and crafts.  Walk even further south and you will hit the Clark Fork River Market which is under the Higgins Street Bridge (8:00-1:00 p.m.)  Yes indeed, Missoula loves its open air markets!  When you’re all done make sure you continue with the fun with a visit and ride on the Carousel.  If you can’t hit one of the Saturday Markets, then you can enjoy a version of The Farmer’s Market each Tuesday (July-September 5:30-7:00 p.m).

*Sports:

-Missoula loves its Grizzly Football Team, evidence of which can be seen throughout the entire town.  Griz fans from far and near will flock to the stadium for our opening game against Appalachain State- one of the top teams in the FCS.  So even though August 31st  seems like the “last” day of summer, it’s the first day to usher in the 2013 Grizzly Football season!  This year, The Griz will play 12 games for the first time in five years.  It should be another exciting season of football with six home games to look forward to.  Go Griz!      Bitterroot valley pics 10-21-05 012

-Missoula Osprey Baseball in Ogren Park Allegiance Field is a real hit with everyone.  It sports beautiful views of the mountains at sunset and is situated alongside the Clark Fork River.  To say the least, catching an Osprey game is a super fun way to spend an evening in Missoula.  (Home games are Aug. 1-3, 4-6, 13-19, 31)  Click on the provided Osprey link for game times and ticket information.

If getting out in nature is more of your game, then Missoula offers some great river guide and horse back riding adventures.  Here is a list of some of our favorites, so check them out!  Blackfoot River Outfitters, Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures and Dunrovin Ranch.  If you want to try your hand at rock climbing or other outdoor sports, then The Trail Head is the place to get your gear and some good advise!

 

FOOD AND SPIRITS…

IMG_2788 (2) small*Dining:                                             

-Dining Outdoors: Many Missoula restaurants offer lovely outdoor dining experiences with large patio gardens or views.  Some Missoula favorites include Caffe Dolce, The Depot, Finn and Porter, The Iron Horse, Jakers, The Keep, Rattlesnake Gardens and Scotty’s Table.  A few of our casual favorites offer simple street-side bisto tables or cool indoor retreats, including Biga Pizza, Ciao Mambo and Iza.  Many of these restaurants offer gluten-free menus which is nice.

-Indoor Elegance: If you are truly looking for a unique and outstanding culinary treat, we recommend both The Pearl and The Silk Road!  Both offer lovely indoor seating and a few tables on the street outside.  The ambiance at the Pearl is one of the nicest in Missoula and it’s a favorite among our many guests here at Blue Mountain B&B.  If you would like to go on a truly amazing tasting tour of the world, then join the Risho family for a gourmet topis experience that you will find no where else.  Among other fabulous dishes, their beef tenderloin togarashi is supurb!  They have a full gluten-free menu as well.

  One of our other real favorites is the Red Bird (indoor seating only).  Their gourmet dishes are a work of art and as beautiful as they are palette pleasing!  Every dish is a masterpiece, prepared with special talent and thought.  Unlike some gourmet experiences, Missoula’s top restaurants always leave you feeling truly satiated.  For a town of our size, we have some really outstanding dining choices.

-Sack Lunching It: If you’d like to eat on the go but not pack lunch yourself, Missoula offers a couple of really great options.  Why not enjoy a day on the river or in the woods with a nutritious and mouth watering “sack lunch?”  The Buttercup Market and Cafe is a wonderful, locally owned hide away in the University District.  They offer breakfast and lunch and have a wide selection of delicious gluten-free pastries.  All of their ingredients are grown or made either locally or regionally!  You can also stop by The Good Food Store and pick up something from their salad bar.  They also have great sandwiches as well as hot dishes available and you are welcome to eat in or take it with you.

*Wine, Brew and Tasting Events:

Enjoy wine tasting at La Grotta Bella every Thursday night from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  You can purchase tickets upstairs at The Old Post Pub for $10.00 and then take the almost hidden staircase down into the “catacombs of Italy.”  The stone walls and lovely architecture will indeed give you the feel of spending an evening somewhere in Europe!  (103 W. Spruce St., Missoula  721-7399)

-Don’t forget Taste of The Big Sky which is listed above, under festivals!  If you enjoy tasting locally made wine and beer this is an event for you.

-Other Area Wineries and Breweries:  Bayern Brewery, Big Sky Brewery, Draft Works BreweryFlathead Lake Brewing Company, The KettlehouseLolo Peak Winery,  Missoula Winery and Event Center and Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery.  For a list of general Montana wineries, click on this Made In Montana link.

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Many locals as well as out of town guest enjoy a get-away at Blue Mountain Bed & Breakfast.  It’s a perfect way to take a little vacation… surrounded by the beauty of the forest and yet only minutes from downtown Missoula!


 

 

 

Spring Getaway to Missoula

Do you need to treat yourself to a weekend getaway? Even if you don’t think so, I bet your partner does! If you don’t have any plans for the first weekend in March, why not come and visit Missoula? Stay in our charming bed and breakfast and enjoy the arts and culture on display during the First Friday in Missoula event, organized by the Arts Council here in town. March 1 is the First Friday for next month and here are some of the things we think look especially interesting:

Installation Artwork at Missoula Art Museum: Visit MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 pm. MAM is no stranger to installations, and neither is exhibiting artist Gary Horinek. Horinek is a farmer who’s work creates a bridge between agriculture and art via his creative installations. A deep-seated appreciation of the land and sustenance that the land provides is at the core of Horinek’s creative expressions.

Horinek piece entitled The Journey, from the artist's website

Horinek piece entitled The Journey, from the artist’s website

Join Horinek on a walk-through his exhibit at 7 p.m. to hear his stories. Always free. 335 N. Pattee St.

Monte Dolack Gallery: For First Friday, the Gallery will exhibit works from the Moonlight Rainbows series of paintings and lithographs. Music will be provided by Keith Hardin, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. 139 W Front St.

Book Reading & Signing: Author Keith McCafferty will be reading excerpts from his book, The Grey Ghost Murders. Signing to follow, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Fact and Fiction bookstore at 220 N Higgins St. downtown.

Plan a Spring Getaway to Missoula

Even if you can’t join us for the First Friday in March, spring is a wonderful time to visit our area of Montana. Missoula is alive with activity, including such events as The International Food and Wildlife Film Festivals. Amid green valleys and mountain peaks capped with white, the birds begin nesting and wild flowers blanket the hills with color. Here at our Missoula bed and breakfast, we have excellent views of all of it! Located just outside of town, you can re-trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Native People or other historical figures within the Rocky Mountain West, right from your window. Remember to dress in layers. Spring weather in Montana can be varied!

Spend Valentine’s Day in Missoula

mints smallStill looking for a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one? Why not come and visit our our scenic and secluded bed and breakfast, about 10 minutes outside of the heart of downtown Missoula. We still have  rooms available for Valentine’s Day weekend – Check out  Bitterroot Room  Rose room and the Sagebrush Suite.

The Bitterroot Room has beautiful views of the surrounding Ponderosa pines and the Bitterroot river. Enjoy a two person whirlpool tub and heated tile flooring inside the log-cabin style room.

The Sagebrush Suite also provides views of the beautiful Missoula Valley, including the city in the distance and of one the first ranches in this area. Private and comfortable, this room has a jetted whirlpool tub and two large leather recliners.

Valentine’s Day Events in Missoula

Valentine's Day Missoula

Enjoy a classic cocktail while listening to romantic jazz music on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re looking for something special to do with your sweetheart during your stay, here are a couple fun happenings in town.

Thursday, Feb. 14th

Artistic Date Night at Zootown Arts Community Center (5 – 7 p.m.) Come and paint a canvas with your sweetie! Think of this as a pre-dinner date. For $45 per couple, you receive two glasses of wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries and other finger foods.
Learn to draw and paint a portrait of each other, or have fun painting abstractly on your personal canvas a design all your own! If you have a design in mind they recommend you bring a photo.     235 North 1st St.

Live Jazz at Montgomery Distillery (6 p.m.) Surprise your partner with a timeless love song sung in their honor on this lover’s holiday. Enjoy a fine, hand-crafted cocktail and the skills of vocalist Laura Gabriele and pianist Keaton Wilson as they deliver an evening of beautiful love songs from 6-7:30 p.m. For information on how to dedicate a song, please visit the artist’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/laura.sings.jazz     129 W. Front St.

 

 

 

 

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