Missoula Restaurants

The Best Local Dining in Missoula

Local Dining in Missoula, MontanaWe can’t believe summer is almost over in Missoula.  It’s been another season filled with wonderful adventure and delightful guests.  While we’re looking forward to the cool and colorful months of fall ahead, we aren’t quite ready to let go of summer yet. Come join us for a last minute summer getaway, and experience the best dining Missoula has to offer. There are a lot of great ways to eat locally in Missoula, including food trucks, local bars, breweries and distilleries, and restaurants doing their best to serve up delicious, locally sourced dishes.  In fact, the sheer choice of places to dine in Missoula has never been better.  Come join us this summer, and give yourself plenty of time to eat your way through the best local dining establishments Missoula has to offer.   Continue reading

What’s on Tap: The Best Beer in Missoula

Craft Beer in MissoulaThe craft beer craze sweeping the nation is no stranger to the hip college town of Missoula.  In fact, Missoula has a pretty long history of brewing.  There is no shortage of places to find a finely-crafted pint of local or international beer in Missoula.  In Fact, Missoula ranks #2 in the nation for craft breweries per capita, second only to Portland, OregonCome to Missoula for the delicious beer, and stay for the excellent hospitality. Book your stay at our incredible Montana Bed and Breakfast today, and discover the thriving craft brew culture in Missoula. Continue reading

10 Incredible Restaurants to Try in Missoula

Top Restaurants in MissoulaMissoula is a hip and trendy town, often called the “best town” for one reason or another.  It’s been rated one of the best towns for beer drinking, mountain biking, and recently, one of the 10 best cities for singles.  Missoula truly does offer something for everyone.  Whether you want to spend your time outside, at museums, drinking beer with friends, shopping, or eating really great food, there are plenty of reasons to make Missoula your next vacation destination.  Book your room at our romantic Bed and Breakfast, and come explores the best restaurants Missoula has to offer. Continue reading

Missoula Montana Wineries

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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:

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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 Montana Sports Games and Fun

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Missoula Montana Sports Games and Fun

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is thankful to be located near Missoula, Montana sports games and fun.  We are home to the University of Montana Grizzlies as well as the Missoula Maulers Hockey team.  Being located in snowy Montana, our B&B guests can enjoy Winter Wonderland Skiing as well as one last Wednesday Beer Run in 2015.  The upcoming events include:

Griz vs South Dakota State

Sat Nov 28 2015, 12:45 PM – 06:00 PM

The Montana Grizzlies have booked a seat in the NCAA FCS playoffs for a record 23rd time after receiving an at-large playoff bid by the FCS football selection committee on Sunday morning. With the bid, Montana (7-4) will host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (8-3) at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Nov. 28, in a 1:00 p.m. (MT) kickoff. Fans can watch the game via live web stream on ESPN 3. Tickets for the playoff game are on sale now at GrizTix.com, and at the Adams Center Box Office on the UM campus. Season ticket holders have until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday to secure their seats.

Location: Washington Grizzly Stadium 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT

Griz Basketball vs San Francisco

Fri Dec 04 2015, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Griz Men’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Missoula Maulers Hockey vs Casper Coyotes

Fri Dec 04 2015, 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Hockey is in the air at the Glacier Ice Rink! Head on down and cheer on the Missoula Maulers at home this week.

Location: Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball vs Cal State Fullerton

Sun Dec 06 2015, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Missoula Maulers Hockey vs Butte Cobras

Fri Dec 11 2015, 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Hockey is in the air at the Glacier Ice Rink! Head on down and cheer on the Missoula Maulers at home this week.

Location: Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, MT

Griz Basketball vs Great Falls

Tue Dec 15 2015, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Griz Men’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball vs Florida Atlantic

Sat Dec 19 2015, 03:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball *Lady Griz Classic*

Sun Dec 20 2015, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating

Mon Dec 21 2015 through Sun Dec 27 2015

Get into the holiday spirit as you skate among snow banks, trees and lights during our Winter Wonderland holiday skating rink. We’ve got extended public skating hours throughout the week, and when you’re done, warm up with a hot chocolate from the concession stand! Skating times 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, 5pm-8pm December 21st – 27th. Santa Claus is coming to town… on his Zamboini! The big man himself will join us for three Winter Wonderland skating sessions to skate with kids and pose for photos: December 22: 5:30 to 7:00 pm December 23: 1:30 to 3:00 pm December 24: 9:30 to 11:00 am

Location: Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, MT

Last Wednesday Beer Run

Wed Dec 30 2015, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. “5 Miles to Beer Thirty” Run.  There are a lot of things to get serious about; this ain’t one of them. It’s all about getting together with a bunch of like minded knuckleheads, going a few miles and getting together for a beverage or two afterward. What could be more fun on the last Wednesday.

Location: Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball vs Northern Arizona

Thu Dec 31 2015, 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Hosts Brady and Elaine look forward to your visit at the beautifully scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Each morning their guests enjoy a full gourmet breakfast.  Missoula is home to exciting sporting events as well as entertainment venues, holiday events, and award-winning dining.  Make an early New Years Resolution to visit Montana!

By Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Food Trucks

In and around Missoula, there is a growing trend of portable eateries like food trucks and carts.  These food unique food vendors are popping up around town at farmers markets, and local events such as Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight. There is even a Food Truck Tuesday on the corner of Scott Street and Toole Avenue.

While some of the vendors are in a traditional Food truck set up, whereas others have transformed bikes, bbq pits, and carts into their own visions of mobile food.  The one-of-a-kind food trucks serve amazing food that is as diverse as the many cultural communities found within Missoula, Montana.

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The Big Dipper Restaurant (located at 631 S Higgins Ave in Missoula) also has an ice cream food truck they named “Cone Boy.”  They provide locally-made ice cream with a variety of tasty flavors like: vanilla, chocolate, huckleberry, coconut, white mint orea, mocha chip, strawberry, caradmom, El Salvador coffee, bubblegum, green tea, maple walnut, black licorice, Mexican chocolate, vanilla-Reese’s, vanilla bean, and espresso Heath.  The truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Tuesday Food Pod on Scott and Toole Street.

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The Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers provide regular and specialty pizzas made from scratch and baked in an onsite, wood-fired oven.  Their simply incredible menu reflects the abundance of produce Montana has to offer. Their oven cooks between 600-700 degrees and is big enough to cook two pizzas a time. Their food truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Clark Fork Market.

 

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The Masala Food Cart offers savory Eastern Indian dishes.  Fresh local produce and meat from local ranchers are turned into authentic Indian curries, chutneys, and pickles.  Food truck stops include Dowtown ToNight and Out To Lunch.

 

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The Kind Swine BBQ food truck makes authentic Kansas City style BBQ.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula.

 

 

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The El Cazador Taco Truck serves authentic, made-to-order Mexican food. Not only do they cater events, but they can be found in Downtown Missoula, Out To Lunch, and Downtown ToNight.  They also have a restaurant location at 101 S Higgins Ave in Missoula.

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Mishky’s Food Truck serves fresh, handmade pizzas and tacos.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery, Lennox Craftsmen Shop, and Downtown Missoula.

 

 

 

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Tia’s Hot Tamales offers home-cooked authentic Mexican dishes to-go.  See them at Downtown ToNight and W. Front Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

 

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The Galloping Griz Food Truck serves a wide-range of street foods on University of Montana campus as well as Out To Lunch.

 

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The Beastro Wagon (Burns Street Bistro Catering) offers slow-cooked meats and creative, classic sides that combine quality local ingredients with flavors from around the world. Find them at Draught Works Brewery and Burns Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

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The Wild Weenie Food Truck makes street dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and veggie dogs served with a variety of fresh fixings. Food truck found at Front and Higgins, Main and Higgins, and 111 W. Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

 

Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, in Missoula, Montana, will enjoy fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning.  Experience beautiful blue skies and peaceful mountain views all around. When you are out and about, try some delicious food from these Missoula food trucks.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Woman

 

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

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this Savory Soup!

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH THIS SAVORY SOUP!

It’s always fun to celebrate a holiday and May 5th is one of those times!
This is one of my favorite soup recipes because of its wonderful Mexican flair!  Sometimes during the Christmas holiday, our family chooses a particular ethnicity to celebrate.  This was a soup my cousin, Hal Meng, shared with us and we’ve enjoyed it ever since.  We served this soup to several guests just this week in fact.  It’s easy to make any time of year- so please enjoy!

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2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T butter

2/3 C  rice
1 tsp cumin
6 cups chicken stock

1 small can chopped green chiles
Pepper and salt
1   14-16 oz can garbanzo beans with liquid
1 chicken breast, cut into small pieces

Garnish with:
Grated jack or pepper jack cheese
2 avacados (sliced or made into guacamole)
Cilantro
Green onions
Diced tomatoes

DIRECTIONS:

Heat butter and saute onions and garlic over low heat for 10′ in large pot.
Add rice, cumin and chicken stock.  Bring to boil and simmer for 25′ until rice is tender.
Pan fry chicken with salt and pepper in a T of butter until pieces are just done.
Add chicken, garbanzos with liquid, salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for another 5′.

Garnish with toppings or allow people to add their own, buffet style.
Serve with warm, flour tortillas or corn chips!
Spice it up a bit with a habanero hot sauce.

If you’d like to know more about the historical and cultural aspects of Cinco De Mayo, click on the following link.

When making a reservation at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, you can always request a gourmet dinner (with a party of  six or more)!  Ethnic cooking is one of our specialties and one of the things we enjoy doing most.

You can always enjoy going to a Mexican restaurant in Missoula or the surrounding area.  The most authentic place we’ve discovered is La Mas Fina (Address: 1026 U.S. 93, Victor, Mt 59875     Phone:(406) 961-4997) which is a little hole in the wall near the small town of Corvallis, Montana in the Bitterroot Valley.  We also enjoy going to El Casador, in downtown Missoula as well as Fiesta En Jalisco which is on Missoula’s south side closer to our bed and breakfast.

On Friday evenings, it’s fun to enjoy Missoula’s First Friday and catch a bite to eat beforehand at El Casador!

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…

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-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!


 

 

 

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