Missoula Points of Interest

Learn About Missoula Montana’s Nature

Missoula Rocky Mountain Elk Visitors Center

Learn about Missoula, Montana’s nature from three local places.  First, step into Elk Country at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center is more than just a museum; it’s an experience that reveals the beauty, diversity and importance of elk country across North America. They are open year-round and admission is FREE!

Opening and securing public access is a key component of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission. Since 1984, the foundation has opened, secured or improved public access to more than 911,000 acres of elk habitat across the country for hunters, hikers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continually seeks ways to enhance hunter opportunity by working with landowners, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state agencies, and conservation partner groups. Their public access tools include land projects, easements, land exchanges and contributions.

Missoula Smokejumpers logo

Next, find out about smokejumpers.  They are highly trained specialists who parachute into remote areas of national forest to fight the spread of wildfires.  The nation’s largest training base for smokejumpers is located right here in Missoula. The remodeled (1992) visitor center at the depot offers updated displays, dioramas, and videos related to suppressing fires.

Guided tours are given of the parachute loft and training facilities.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  The tour lasts about forty-five minutes to an hour.  The minimum time to visit the depot without a tour is twenty minutes.  Admission is free, but they accept donations.

The Smokejumper Center is located at 5765 West Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.  Take the Airway Boulevard Exit and follow the signs to eh Smokejumper Base located a half-mile west of the airport.

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Next, you can visit the Montana Natural History Center.  Their mission is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education. Founded in 1991, MNHC was the brainchild of a group of educators who were involved in various efforts to educate both kids and adults about the natural history of western Montana, and who decided to unite those efforts into one environmental education organization.

The Montana Natural History Center was originally housed on the University of Montana campus, then moved to Fort Missoula, and at last has a permanent home at 120 Hickory Street, near McCormick Park in the heart of Missoula.

The Montana Natural History Center provides nature education programming for people of all ages through summer camps, kids’ activities, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools, Master Naturalist certification courses and Field Days, evening lectures, Field Notes on Montana Public Radio, Center Visits, and more.  They welcome visitors to stop by and learn a lot about Montana’s natural history!

Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula are conveniently located to all three fun, educational places. Hosts Brady and Elaine prepare a fresh, delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Montana Wineries

Missoula-Wineries

Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery (pictured above) has been growing wine grapes in the Rattlesnake Valley since 1998 and making wine since 2003. By using solar power as well as locally grown fruit and grapes, they have shown a commitment to making unique wine styles in a sustainable manner.  All of their wines are certified organic with no added sulfites and “Made in Montana.” Their tasting room, located at 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, is open November-March on Saturdays from 4-9pm and April-October: on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 4-9 pm.  Call 406-549-8703.

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The Missoula Winery, located at 5646 W Harrier in Missoula, features two signature wines: their Soul Red (a lovely blend of Grenache and Tempranillo, a well rounded wine for all occasions) and their Missoula White (a wonderfully fruity white wine on the drier side, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc).  They host unforgettable events and even have a wine club.  Call 406-830-3296.

Wanting to eat in a soothing wine bar atmosphere?  Some local Missoula restaurants can recommend the perfect meal to match the perfect bottle of wine:

  • At Red Bird, located at 11 N. Higgins Avenue Suite #100, you can either partake in the full dining experience with their fine dining section, or you can stick to something light at their wine bar. If you choose the bar, don’t miss out on the delicious fondue – cheese or chocolate. Their restaurant hours are Tues-Sat from 5:00-9 ish and wine bar hours are Mon-Sat from 5:00-10 ish.  Contact: 406-549-2906.
  • New to Missoula, Plonk Wine, located at 322 N. Higgins Avenue, offers a great selection of fine wines as well as a full bar menu. For a lighter portion of food, try the chef’s cheese board with your drinks. It comes with a variety of cheeses and fresh bread.  Their restaurant hours are Sun-Mon. from 4 pm to close and Tues.-Sat. 11:30 am to close.  Every night they serve food until midnight.  Contact: 406-926-1791.

If you just want to buy some local wines and you want to know where the best selections are, try some of these local Missoula spots:

Missoula-Wineries

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Looking for a relaxing stay in Missoula?  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers scenic views of majestic mountains and the gorgeous Bitterroot River.  Guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay at their lovely bed and breakfast inn.

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 Top 5 Skate Park

MOBASH Skatepark

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.

Skate Montana

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

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

Make Your Heart Happy in Missoula, Montana

Did you know that Missoula, Montana is the perfect place to visit?  Especially when you become a guest at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. You will enjoy spectacular views of the stunning Bitterroot River, encompassing mountains, and beautiful valley below.  Our comfortable and elegant B&B offers a relaxing mountain retreat to our guests.

Conveniently close to the peaceful and scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, the International Heart Institute of Montana brings together a recognized team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and researchers to perform advanced cardiac procedures and to search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease. Founded in 1995, IHI involves physicians and staff of St. Patrick Hospital and The University of Montana in Missoula.  They are one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in our country.

With your doctor’s approval, you can take good care of your heart by walking, biking, or hiking the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Travelers’ Rest State Park and the Lolo Trail are only four miles from our door.  Blue Mountain’s Bed and Breakfast offers privacy to our guests as well as a window to Montana’s many native birds, chipmunks and wildlife in their own natural habitat.  Walk our grounds to see our delightful garden and take in our gorgeous panoramic view of the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine know a lot about the history of the area.  In fact, family stories related to the settling of the West include a great, grand uncle who was one of the first tour guides in Yellowstone Park.  They share their family’s history with informative and entertaining displays and albums at their bed and breakfast.  

Elaine is a certified tour guide who can provide you with a personal camp-side Montana Trails and Tales “tour” (with advanced reservations). While relaxing in either the forested picnic area or the Lodge, enjoy a personal storytelling hour as she introduces you to the fascinating oral history of the area through story and song. Whether you are vacationing, taking a business trip, or visiting the Heart Institute, make your heart happy by booking a reservation today!

Experience Ten Spoon: An Organic Missoula, MT Winery

Wine and Cheese

Ten Spoon crafts organic Montana wines not far from our Missoula inn. Try their award-winning wines at local restaurants, wine sellers and the tasting room at their Missoula winery.

Over 20 years ago, Connie Poten and Andy Sponseller worked with friends, family and volunteers to turn a rocky patch of 4.5 acres into the lovely Missoula, MT vineyard and winery it is today. Ten Spoon crafts award-winning, sulfite-free wines, many of which are made with estate grown grapes. Despite Montana’s short growing season, the long daylight hours of the north allow them to successfully cultivate primarily French-American varietals: Frontenac, St. Pepin, LaCrosse, Marechal Foch, Leon Millot, St. Croix and Swenson Red.

Ten Spoon is also dedicated to preserving the environment and supporting small farms. The land was originally purchased to save it from development. Since then, the rocky slope has been transformed into a healthy open space for wildlife and the vineyard irrigation system is solar-powered. The fruit and grapes not grown on-site are all purchased from family farms in Montana, Oregon and California. And right along Ten Spoon’s driveway, there’s a small lavender farm called Rocky Mountain Lavender, which they actively promote on their website.

Experience Ten Spoon’s vineyard and wines for yourself! Their tasting room and winery at 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula is open Thursday-Saturday, 5-9 pm. There’s also live music every Friday and Saturday. Enjoy scenic and comfortable seating both indoors and out. In addition to their wine flights, antipasto plates are available for purchase. You’re also welcome to bring your own food to enjoy with the wine. For more information, call (406) 549-8703 or visit TenSpoon.com.

Conveniently, Ten Spoon is only 11 miles from our peaceful Missoula accommodations! It’s a perfect outing during your stay with us. You can buy a bottle or two (or a case or two!) and take it back to enjoy in your luxurious Montana B&B guest room.

Missoula’s Zoological Museum

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Visit the fascinating Zoological Museum at the University of Montana the next time you're at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Many people aren’t aware that one of the largest zoological collections representing the Northern Rocky Mountains is right here in Missoula. The Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at The University of Montana is home to more than 24,000 specimens of vertebrates. It is definitely worth a look.

The museum began over 100 years ago, in the 1890s, and contains collections that date from the 1860s to the present. There are Skins and Skulls collections, collections of Complete Skeletons, Tanned Hides, Specimens in Alcohol and Mounted Specimens.

Exhibits include An Ornithological Perspective, which highlights the vast ornithological collections housed in the museum. Off-campus collections include several Bull Elk at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, and the Hornaday – Smithsonian Bison Exhibit in Fort Benton, Montana.

It may not be for everybody, but if you’re interested in this sort of thing, you won’t find a better collection in Montana.

Check it out the next time you’re staying at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, or make a special trip to town to see it. It is located on the second floor of the Health Sciences Building. For additional information, please see Zoological Museum.

A Visit to Lolo Pass

The next time you stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, we hope you’ll have time to visit Lolo Pass. This ancient trail along the crest of the Bitterrroot Mountains has been traveled for hundreds of years. The Nez Pierce and the Salish used it to travel to hunting and fishing grounds. Lewis and Clark followed the trail on their way to the Pacific. Today, many hikers walk it to experience the beauty of the Bitterroot Mountains.

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The beautiful Bitterroot Mountains.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and even scenic drives can create a strong appetite. Not far from Lolo Pass is the Lumberjack Saloon, a place that has been serving great food, drinks, and music for more than 30 years. The saloon is built from enormous logs, and is located on a beautiful piece of ground. It’s a great spot to refresh oneself after a day on the trails around Lolo.

It’s also a fun place to listen to music. This month, see the Country Boogie Boys on April 14, Blue Collar on April 21, and Sho Down on April 28. The line-up for next month isn’t yet posted, but there will surely be live music every Saturday night at 9 p.m. There is also sure to be a bonfire.

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Lovely Lolo Pass.

Of course, you could just return to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast and curl up with a cup of cocoa or a glass of wine. If you’re in the mood for live music, turn on the old player piano or see if Elaine will pull out her guitar.

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