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Tour Tasting Rooms Around Missoula

Tasting a Flight of Three Wines in a WineryTour the many Missoula tasting rooms and discover a new favorite wine, beer or spirit. Whatever your adult beverage of choice, Missoula offers a variety of excellent libations in fun establishments. Sip a flight of local wines while listening to great live music. Or relax on a sunny patio while tasting a sample of several craft beers. Before a dinner out, savor a perfectly balanced cocktail made with small batch spirits. The local wineries, breweries, and distilleries take pride in their products and love to share their passion and knowledge. Many offer fascinating informational tours, but be sure to check if reservations are needed. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has a serene location just a short drive to downtown Missoula. We’ll have you rested and ready for another day of exploring. Book your summer getaway at our quiet retreat with breathtaking views. Continue reading

Autumn Color Extravaganza in Missoula, Montana

“Autumn Color Extravaganza in Missoula, Montana” is the name of this YouTube video produced by Dave and you can click on the link at the end to see more of his nature travel videos.

Fall is a beautiful time to feel the cool, crisp air, see the changing autumn colors of the leaves, hold hands while walking outside with a loved one, hear the flowing of our local rivers, watch ducks float on top of the water, sip marshmallow-topped hot chocolate, and there are so many more experiences to be had.

Hosts Brady and Elaine welcome guests to have a Blue Mountain Experience at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Conveniently located near the University of Montana, but surrounded by majestic mountain views and the sparkling Bitterroot River with easy access to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.

There are so many things to see and do during your stay:

  • Shop downtown Missoula or their antique mall
  • Learn about aerial firefighting at the Smokejumper Visitor Center
  • Watch a local theatre performance
  • Visit a local art gallery
  • Take a historical walking tour of Downtown Missoula
  • Visit the Missoula Public Library
  • Check out the local music scene
  • Hike the “M” known as Mount Sentinel
  • Watch Griz football at the University of Montana
  • Golf the greens of Missoula
  • Rent a bike and go mountain biking
  • Explore a Montana State park
  • Dine at one of their award-winning local restaurants

Better yet, stay inside and watch a movie on their big screen or read your favorite book. Play a game of pool inside. Or sit outside and watch their serene pond and enjoy their mountain retreat.

You could come alone to recharge your batteries, bring a friend to grow your friendship, bring a romantic partner to enhance your love, or come with a small group of people to spend time together. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to getaway to see autumn color!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

The River Runs Through Missoula

The river runs through Missoula, Montana.  First, Matador Media House produced the short YouTube video just below that shows just how many wonderful things there are to do and see in Missoula.  Then we look at some of Missoula’s many recent accolades.  Finally, we will see what guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast had to say about their Missoula lodging experience.

“There’s this place…where the skies are BIG and the water flows.  A place of deep roots and mountains of PRIDE.  A spirit of adventure and a culture of craft.  And through it all, THE RIVER RUNS.”

Missoula Has Recently Earned Several Notable Accolades:

  • “The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities in America” (Smart Asset)
  • “Top U.S. Cities for Biking” (Data Hub)
  • “Ten Best River Towns” (Fodor’s Travel)
  • “Top 10 Cities For Beer Drinkers” (Smart Asset)
  • “20 Cities You Must Visit in Your 20’s” (Huffington Post)
  • Home to one of the “Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.” (Big Dipper Ice Cream)
  • “Top 10 Places to Live” (Livability)
  • “Top 20 College Towns in America” (Fodor’s Travel)
  • “Top 5 Healthiest and Greenest Cities in America” (Greener Ideal)
  • “10 of America’s Hippie Hideouts” (Alot Travel Team)
  • “20 Coolest Towns in America” (Matador Network)
  • “Most Liveable Small City in America” (Thrillist)
  • “5 Best Spots for Wildlife Watching in the U.S.” (Travel Pulse)
  • “25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America” (Thrillist)
  • Montana is one of the “Ten Best States For Retiring” (Smart Asset)

You are invited to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana. Here is what previous guests have had to say about their Blue Mountain experience:

  • “What a feeling of renewal! Staying here was like camping in the woods, but with all the comforts of a lovely resort, such a treat. We hope to return next year.” K. M., Virginia
  • “In all of our travels through America and beyond, we’ve seldom found a place that gets everything so perfectly right. Part of Blue Mountain B&B’s charm and appeal comes from the lovely, mountain setting itself. Most of what you have to offer, however, is a product of your thoughtfullness, hard work and many talents. We appreciated our stay so very much and hope to return some day.” – P. and C. D., England
  • “There is nothing to describe the rejuvenating feeling of your waterfall. We will remember sitting by it for hours, just listening and relaxing.” M.M., Maryland
  • “What a beautiful home and view, delicious meals and gracious hospitality.” A. L., Tennessee

Hosts Brady and Elaine welcome you to visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. The Missoula area and their scenic retreat make for the perfect vacation.

By Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Pioneer League Champions: Missoula Osprey Baseball 2016

Missoula Osprey 2015 Pioneer Champions

Missoula Osprey 2015 Pioneer Champions

It’s the time of year when baseball fans and guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana can see the Missoula Osprey minor league baseball home games at the Allegiance Field in Ogden Park.  For the fourth time ever, the Missoula Ospreys became the Pioneer League Champions in September of 2015.

The Missoula Osprey are part of the Northern Division which also includes the Billings Mustangs (BILLINGS), Great Falls Voyagers (GT. FALLS), and Helena Brewers (HELENA).  The Southern Division teams they play are Grand Junction Rockies (GR. JUNCTION), Idaho Falls Chuckers (ID. FALLS), Ogden Raptors (OGDEN), and Orem Owlz (OREM).

Come cheer for the Missoula Osprey and their mascot Ollie Osprey!

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MISSOULA OSPREY 2016 HOME GAMES SCHEDULE

JUNE

TUES. 21 at 7:05 pm (GT. FALLS)

WED. 22 at 7:05 PM (GT. FALLS)

THURS. 23 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

FRI. 24 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

SAT. 25 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

SUN. 26 at 5:05 PM (BILLINGS)

THURS. 30 at 7:05 PM (HELENA)

 

JULY

FRI 1 at 6:35 PM (HELENA)

SAT. 2 at 7:05 PM (HELENA)

SAT. 9 at 7:05 PM (GT. FALLS)

SUN. 10 at 5:05 PM (GT. FALLS)

MON. 11 at 7:05 PM (OGDEN)

THURS. 21 at 7:05 PM (OGDEN)

FRI. 22 at 7:05 PM (OGDEN)

SAT. 23 at 7:05 PM (OGDEN)

SUN. 24 at 5:05 PM (OGDEN)

MON. 25 at 7:05 PM (ID. FALLS)

TUES. 26 at 7:05 PM (ID. FALLS)

WED. 27 at 7:05 PM (ID. FALLS)

FRI. 29 at 6:35 PM (HELENA)

SAT. 30 at 7:05 PM (HELENA)

SUN. 31 at 5:05 PM (HELENA)

 

AUGUST

FRI. 12 at 7:05 PM (GR. JUNCTION)

SAT. 13 at 7:05 PM (GR. JUNCTION)

SUN. 14 at 5:05 PM (GR. JUNCTION)

MON. 15 at 7:05 PM (OREM)

TUES. 16 at 7:05 PM (OREM)

WED. 17 at 7:05 PM (OREM)

THURS. 18 at 7:05 PM (OREM)

TUES. 23 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

WED. 24 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

THURS. 25 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

FRI. 26 at 7:05 PM (BILLINGS)

 

SEPTEMBER

THURS. 1 at 7:05 PM (HELENA)

FRI. 2 at 6:35 PM (HELENA)

TUES. 6 at 7:05 PM (GT. FALLS)

WED. 7 at 7:05 PM (GT. FALLS)

THURS. 8 at 7:05 PM (GT. FALLS)

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast hosts Brady and Elaine invite you to their scenic and relaxing inn.  Guests wake up to a fresh and delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Grizzlies Football

Missoula Grizzlies Football at the University of Montana is incredibly fun to watch in person.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana loves hosting sports fans.  Did you know that Missoula can claim several famous football players?

John Elway  Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback  (resident of Missoula)

“Wild Bill” Kelly  Member of College Football Hall of Fame  (raised in Missoula)

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Played College Football for the University of Montana and then made the NFL:

Colt Anderson, Philadelphia Eagles Safety

Doug Betters, Miami Dolphins defensive end

Kroy Biermann, Atlanta Falcons defensive end

Guy Bingham, New York Jets Center

Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills placekicker

Scott Curry, Green Bay Packers offensive line

Barry Darrow, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle

Terry Dillon, Minnesota Vikings defensive back

Aldo Forte, Chicago Bears offensive tackle

Scott Gragg, New York Giants offensive tackle

Tim Hauck, Green Bay Packers safety

Lex Hilliard, Miami Dolphins running back

Trumaine Johnson, St. Louis Rams cornerback

Mike Lazetich, St. Louis Rams offensive guard

Marc Mariani, Tennessee Titans wide receiver, selected for 2011 Pro Bowl as a return specialist for AFC setting two records

Marty Mornhinweg, Philadelphia Eagles assistant head coach and offensive coordinator

Dallas Neil, Atlanta Falcons special teams

Milt Popovich, Chicago Cardinals halfback

Cory Procter, Miami Dolphins guard

Chase Reynolds, St. Louis Rams running back

Brian Salonen, Dallas Cowboys tight end

Shann Schillinger, Atlanta Falcons safety

Kirk Scrafford, Cincinatti Bengals offensive lineman

Mickey Sutton, St. Louis Rams, cornerback

Mike Tilleman, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle

Missoula-football

The University of Montana Grizzlies currently are 5-4 in wins to losses.  Their final home game in the regular college football season is on Nov. 14 when they play against Eastern Washington at 1:30pm.  Click to get tickets to that game on the University of Montana campus.  Their final regular season game on Nov. 21 is an away game against arch rival Montana State in Bozeman, Montana at noon.  Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood welcome you to enjoy your own Blue Mountain Experience in Missoula.

For Missoula Music Lovers

Missoula music lovers often visit four popular local performance venues.  The Missoula, Montana music scene is thriving!  The Wilma has anchored the Missoula cultural and entertainment aspect for almost 100 years.  Constructed in 1921 as a vaudeville house, The Wilma has been utilized as a movie house for the majority of its history. In the 1980s, The Wilma began to once again host live entertainment.

In March of 2015, The Wilma was acquired by new ownership. The new owners, Nick and Robin Chehota, immediately commenced work on a major renovation and restoration of the historic theater, investing in entirely new infrastructure, renovated stage, modern catering operation, first class entertainer accommodations and one of the best sound systems in the Western United States. As a result of the remodel, The Wilma has become a state of the art facility within a spectacular historic building.

Where possible, Checota left some of the key elements original to the Wilma, including the massive Art Deco chandeliers hanging above the balcony. An artist also touched up the ornate French murals lining the walls, and many of the trimmings have been repainted in a gold-gray color palette that’s characteristic of early 20th century theaters, Checota says.

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The Wilma theater’s main room has been redone with a gray-gold color scheme, wooden tiered flooring and a raised stage.

 

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The vintage Art Deco-style light fixtures are some of the remaining elements original to the 94-year-old theater. Both photos courtesy the Missoula Independent.

The new owner is particularly proud of the improvements that most visitors to the Wilma might not be able to see but will certainly hear, including a new sound system and acoustic enhancements. Sound-absorption panels are hidden in the walls to help reduce echoes, which were a relic of the pre-amplified days when theaters were designed to throw actors’ voices as far as possible.

“It’s going to be cool, it’s going to attract bands,” Checota says in an interview with Kattie Whittle from Missoula Independent. “There’s a buzz already. I hear from agents, people are talking about what we’re doing.”

The Wilma hosts a free sneak peak event with music from Lil’ Smokies and The Whizpops! on Friday, Oct. 2, followed by its sold-out grand reopening with My Morning Jacket on Oct. 5.

Missoula-Music-LoversThe owners of the Wilma also own the Top Hat Lounge, a 550 capacity room, one block from The Wilma.  This longtime watering hole turned Missoula concert mecca is a great place to find awesome music.  With state of the art sound and stage equipment, patrons can find food, drinks, and even a dance floor to help them enjoy a variety of shows.  It is a downtown hot spot where many local bands often play. 

 

 

Missoula-Music-LoversBig Sky Brewing has long been considered a perfect combination of beer and music.  This outdoor ampitheater hosts everyone from Michael Franti to The Decemberists.  They often give the proceeds of concert beer sales to local Missoula charities.  Their 2015 Summertime Concert series was a big success. 

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Adams Center located on the University of Montana‘s campus right here in Missoula.  Famous performers like Miranda Lambert and Paul McCartney have performed here.  This is the perfect place to enjoy big names with thousands of your closest friends!  Friday Oct. 9, the Adams Center hosts the Newsboys starting at 7 pm.
Hosts Elaine and Brady Anderson-West welcome you to Missoula and their B&B guests experience scenic mountain views at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their peaceful property borders the Bitterroot River and is next to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.  Music lovers have a variety of performance venues when they visit Missoula.

The Missoula Insectarium

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The Missoula Insectarium first opened its doors to the public on June 25, 2015.  It is located in downtown Missoula at 218 E. Front Street on the second floor.  It costs $4 for guests (ages 4 and older) to take a tour.  They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  You can contact them at 406-317-1211.

Reporter Lindsay Brawner,  from ABC Fox Montana Local News, interviewed The Missoula Insectarium Founder and Director Jen Marangelo (see the video below).  The Director said they would like for people to gain a better appreciation for the vital role that insects play.  Their goal is to educate the public about the fascinating lives of these important creatures through exhibits and educational programs in a family friendly environment.

Wonder how they get their insects?  Many insects come from ordering them online or by trading with other insectariums.  Other insectariums in the United States include:

  • The Audobon Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Bayer Crop Science Insectarium found inside the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina
  • The Insectarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Insect Zoo found at the SanFrancisco Zoo in California
  • The Monsanto Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri

The Missoula Insectarium is here for the community, both adults and kids, as well as here as a tourist destination.  Insectarian Educational Director Carolyn Wiley runs the classroom aspect.  She often witnesses the transformation of students who are initially reluctant to touch the insects who leave as fans.  The Missoula Insectarium will  provide programs and field trips for school groups, homeschoolers, and other organized groups.

Butterfly houses and insect zoos have proven to be enormously popular with the public wherever they appear and are used to generate increased visitation and revenue for many zoos, museums and other non-profit organizations. Director Jen Marangelo’s next dream is to create a greenhouse filled with butterflies that is large enough for people to walk through and see them.  They will receive captive-bred butterflies (actually the chrysalides) from breeders around the world (primarily Central and South America).

In June of 2010 the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium completed a custom-designed business feasibility study to determine if their vision for an insect education facility in Missoula, MT could be viable. Guided by the positive results of the feasibility analysis, their vision for this facility includes:

  • A 2,000 square foot tropical butterfly house
  • A viewing area to watch the final stage of metamorphosis and see adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalides
  • An insect zoo and hands-on exhibits that teach children and adults about invertebrate biology, ecology and conservation
  • A classroom for school groups, community programs and special events
  • An outdoor pollinator garden and insect-themed playground
  • A gift shop and dining area

As a unique resource for our local community, schools, and visitors to Montana, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the fascinating lives of insects and butterflies.  By taking advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of these exhibits and by providing a state-of-the-art facility, The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be an educational and recreational resource for the local community as well as visitors to the Missoula area.
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Innkeepers Brady and his wife Elaine (a school teacher) welcome you to stay at their gorgeous Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Consider touring The Missoula Insectarium when you visit as guests.  Their quiet mountain setting makes the perfect relaxing getaway!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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

Missoula Montana Bakeries

Missoula, Montana bakeries that come highly recommended from Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are featured below.

Bagels on Broadway is the perfect lunch stop in the downtown Missoula area, plus they offer delivery for downtown Missoula. Fresh, made-to-order sandwiches are made complete with their meal accompanists such as juices, milk, sodas, chips, fruit, cookies, and yogurt parfaits topped with their homemade granola.  Bagels on Broadway does offer breakfast, but guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will receive our delicious complimentary homemade gourmet breakfast each morning of their time with us.

Top 50 Cupcakes in America — #37 Bernice's Bakery (Missoula, MT)

Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula offers something different for lunch every day and promises to use the best ingredients that can be found.  You can count on it being fresh, delicious, and affordable.  All of their sandwiches are made on bread baked in their kitchen and include vegetarian choices.  A scratch made soup will always be part of the equation as well.  Guests can find something tasty for lunch from 11 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.  In addition, their bakery offers treats and desserts (including wedding cakes) and they also offer delicious and creative holiday fresh baked goods!

 

 

After 13 years, Montana residents Jack and Christy Wich were able to move the Bake Shop out of their house.  In June of 2010 the Black Cat Bake Shop opened at 2000 West Broadway in Missoula. A wedding cake should showcase your personality while representing your love and commitment for each other in beautiful edible art!   Let their chefs use their creativity and passion to create a wedding cake for you that is the perfect marriage of exquisite taste and elegant design.  They also serve delicious organic hearth bread as well as beverages including coffee, espresso, and tea.  The Black Cat is active in community fundraisers, so look for certain events!

The Buttercup Market offers lunch 11 am to 3 pm daily.  From soups and sandwiches to salads and empanadas, they have something delicious waiting for you.  In the market they offer a wide range of local, regional, organic, and gluten free produce and products.  Whether it’s from their dairy case, meat freezer, bulk grain section, beer and wine area, or off their shelves, guests are sure to find some fantastic Montana goods!  The Buttercup is an important link to our community as well- they often host shows and receptions featuring local, Missoula artists.  It’s always spring at The Buttercup because the name refers to the first wildflower to bloom in our area!

 

 

Cupcake Cowboy is a gourmet cupcake company in Missoula that bakes tasty cupcakes from scratch using the best ingredients.  This mother-daughter run company takes orders for birthdays, weddings, and special events.  They even offer flavorful gluten-free cupcakes.  Take a look at their delightful Facebook page.  Your mouth will water when you see their cupcake creations, guaranteed!

 

Great Harvest Bread Company serves fresh sandwiches for lunch during 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.  They offer catering of sandwiches and salads in large quantities for events.   Their whole wheat bread is rich, moist, hearty, great-tasting, and full of vitamins.  This locally owned and operated Missoula bakery (by Linda and Dave) knows their Montana wheat farmers by first name.  They also know their frequent customers on that basis as well.  Located close to Hellgate Highschool, they are always handing out free samples to hungry teens and anyone who comes through their door.  Their apple-crunch loaf and holiday specials are one of a kind!

 

Le Petit Outre, loosely translated as ‘The Little Outrageous’, is a locally owned Missoula bakery offering a wide range of breads and pastries. From their delicious hearth breads to their decadent pastries, people can stop by their retail shop on 129 4th St. West in Missoula, Montana,  or find their goods at Missoula’s finest grocers and restaurants.  If you’d like to take an inexpensive trip to Europe, Le Petit Outre will take you there!

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The Pearl Café  at 231 East Front Street in Missoula, Montana is open Monday through Saturday starting at 5 pm.  Pearl Cafe received the Best Restaurant, Best Romantic Dining and Best Restaurant Service in a polling of Missoulians by the Missoula Independent in 2010.  In addition to their romantic dinners, they have a bakery that makes a lot of beautiful wedding cakes.

breakfast4Brady and Elaine offer a wonderful mountain bed and breakfast for relaxation as well as fun activities.  Guests can enjoy their tasty Blue Mountain breakfasts and later in the day visit these local Missoula, Montana bakeries with incredibly fresh bread, soups, sandwiches, and treats!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Winter Fun

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is thankful for all the outdoor winter fun that Missoula, Montana and our surrounding area offers our guests.  From downhill skiing to cross-country skiing, from ice fishing to ice skating, and snowmobiling to snowshoeing.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly ski destination, check out Discovery Ski Area, or “Disco” to locals. It has a variety of terrain, with plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as some highly-technical runs on the backside. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Missoula in Philipsburg, Montana.  180 Discovery Basin Road   406-563-2184

Lookout Pass Ski Trails are open 6 days a week in January & February, Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed on Tuesdays. Lifts operate 9-4PM PST on weekdays and  8:30-4PM on weekends. There are nine un-groomed trails that make a total of 7.3 miles down into the basin. The Lookout Pass Alpine Skiing Area is right next to the cross-country ski trails and snowmobiling opportunities. These trails are not groomed.

Average Annual Snowfall: 400 inches

* Terrain: 540 acres with 34 named runs
and prime powder glades:
20% Easiest
50% Intermediate
20% Advanced
10% Expert
* Lifts: 3 double chairs and 1 triple chair
* Vertical Drop:  1,150’
* Base Elevation:  4,500
* Summit Elevation: 5,650
* Longest Run:  1.5 miles
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, a 3,200-acre recreation area on the on the east side of Missoula, is a popular getaway for locals and visitors. The extensive, 27 miles of system trails is open year-round to non-motorized use and available to hikers, mountain bikers, joggers, and the trails are groomed for cross country skiers.   These recreation area trails and roads connect the University of Montana and the Clark Fork River areas.
Few communities enjoy a place quite like the 60,000-acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness just north of Missoula. Montana’s premier urban wilderness blends the best of both wilderness and civilization.  Rest assured that, despite its name, there have been no verified sightings of rattlesnakes in this area. You will, however, find ample opportunities to view many other wildlife species, including beaver, deer, elk, mountain goats and black bear.

A well-developed trail network in the Rattlesnake’s lower reaches gives you a variety of options for day trips – or you can pack overnight gear and venture farther into the high-country wilderness.  You can camp anywhere beyond a three-mile radius from the Rattlesnake’s main trailhead, known as the “South Zone” (off Sawmill Gulch Road just west of Rattlesnake Drive).

When snow conditions permit, the main Rattlesnake and side drainages are readily accessible to cross-country skiers. Missoula Nordic Ski Club offers some grooming of the Rattlesnake Recreation Area from the main trailhead to Franklin Bridge.

Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails are a series of linked ski trails.  Their trails consistently receive rave reviews and regular use from skiers living within a 150-mile radius, while their races and other events bring many users from greater distances. There is a trail or a loop for skiers of all levels and abilities, from hard-core racers to families looking to experience some healthy outdoor activity in the fresh winter air of western Montana.

 

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the cold winter months. Just make sure to bundle up to keep yourself warm while you’re out on the ice.

  • Half way between Kalispell and Missoula (roughly a 120 mile distance), Flathead Lake is the largest natural body of fresh water west of the Mississippi River. Although the lake seldom freezes over entirely, most of the bays will freeze thick enough to support ice fishing activity.  Expect to find lake & whitefish trout, yellow perch & cutthroat trout.
  • Georgetown Lake is a popular ice fishing location near Anaconda, MT (90 miles from Missoula, or an hour and 40 minutes by car) that has easy access, and only a short distance from the Discovery Basin Ski Area. The most common fish caught are salmon, rainbow & brook trout.
  • Seeley Swan Lake is among the many numerous lakes present in the Seeley Swan Valley are the highly popular Salmon, Holland Placid Lakes that are an easy day trip from Missoula. Expect to find bull trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon & northern pike.

 

Ice skating in Missoula is almost always accompanied by a roaring bonfire somewhere close to the ice rink. Warm your fingers and lift your spirit enough to get back into the cold gliding bliss of skating.

  • Located at the fairgrounds, Glacier Ice Rink has both an indoor and outdoor rink. With reasonable rates on rentals and public skating available daily from September through May, the whole family will have fun gliding around the large arena.
  • Another option for ice skating is in the Rattlesnake Area, at Pineview Park. Since 1975 the Rattlesnake Hockey Assocation has been flooding a portion of the park for winter skating. Hours vary due to the weather, and you’ll need to bring your own skates.

Missoula is at the epicenter of several great mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Did you know Missoula has its very own ski area? The Snowbowl is located just 20 minutes from downtown Missoula. The Snowbowl’s terrain is comprised of 2,600 vertical feet and just over 900 acres. The Snowbowl isn’t the only area that is just a short drive from Missoula. Discovery Ski Area, Blacktail Mountain, Lookout Pass and Lost Trail Powder Mountain are all trips that you can do in a day.

 

Starting at either Lolo Hot Springs or at Lolo Pass 7 miles west, snowmobilers can conduct their own modern-day explorations, crossing 250 miles of groomed, connecting trails in the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest.  Snowmobiling in Missoula is fast, fun and addictive.  Snowmobile rentals are available at Lolo Hot Springs. A full range of visitor services, including snowmobile rentals, sales, and service are available in Missoula.

Snowshoeing in Missoula is truly an adventure. With the ability to set out in any direction and find unmistakable views and a winter wonderland, is what makes snowshoeing here great.  After a day of fun in the snow and ice, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can relax at a local restaurant and retreat to their rooms for more togetherness.  Each morning Innkeepers Brady and Elaine prepare a fabulous gourmet breakfast for their guests.  Are you ready for some Missoula winter fun?

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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