Winter Activities

Your Winter Guide to Missoula

A Winter Guide to Enjoying Missoula, MontanaWinters are simply wonderful in Missoula, Montana.  There’s so much to do, and the snow makes our already beautiful town simply magical.  There’s plenty of outdoor activities, like skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating to keep you busy and having fun.  But when you’re ready to come indoors, warm up a little, and enjoy a change of pace, Missoula has that, too.  We’ve put together a winter guide to the area, to help you make the most of your getaway.  Book your room at our romantic Bed and Breakfast this winter, and discover all of the fantastic things there are to do here each winter.   Continue reading

Your Guide to Skiing in Missoula

skiing and snowboarding near Missoula, MontanaWintry weather is certainly on the horizon in Missoula, which is good news for skiers and snowboarders in the area. Missoula is a vibrant destination during the winter months, with a variety of outdoor recreation to enjoy. Ski season is finally here, and this year is looking to be another excellent season of skiing in Montana. Our romantic Bed and Breakfast, situated just outside of beautiful downtown Missoula, is the perfect place to unwind after a long, cold day in the mountains.  Plan some winter adventures into your busy schedule, and make Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast part of that tradition!  Book your stay with us today. Continue reading

A Romantic Valentines Day in Missoula

Romantic Getaway in Missoula for Valentines DayValentines Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air.  It’s time to let your inner romantic shine! Whether you love the opportunity to be at your most romantic, or dread having to make plans year after year, how about going beyond the traditional chocolate and flowers this year?  Instead, make your Valentines Day a meaningful one, and carve out some intimate time for just the two of you.  Make your Valentines day memorable with a romantic getaway to one of Montana’s best Bed and Breakfasts. Book your room at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Explore the Winter Wonderland in Missoula

Winter Wonderland in Missoula, MontanaDowntown Missoula, known for it’s interesting and unique artsy vibe, is an excellent place to spend some time during these cold winter months.  So many of us tend to stay indoors, out of the harsh elements of winter, but we urge you to do exactly the opposite.  Whether you’re looking for traditional winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling of sledding, or whether you want to try you’re hand at something different, like a little dog sledding or ice fishing, Missoula is the place to be this snowy winter.  It doesn’t matter what the weather does in Montana; there’s always something fun and exciting going on here. Book your room at our wonderful Bed and Breakfast, and experience Missoula’s winter wonderland firsthand. Continue reading

Top Winter Activities to Enjoy in Missoula

Missoula Winter ActivitiesAre you in search of a fun weekend in the snow?  If so, Missoula is the winter destination for you.  Whether you’re looking for traditional winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling of sledding, or whether you want to try you’re hand at something different, like a little dog sledding or ice fishing, Missoula is the place to be this snowy winter.  Though there is no reason to stay inside with so much going on outside, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.  Curl up in front of the fire, or get outside and explore, all when you stay at our romantic Missoula Bed and Breakfast this winter.  Book your winter getaway with us today! Continue reading

Missoula Montana Sports Games and Fun

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Image of our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast pool table by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

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

Blue Mountain Christmas 2014

Brady and Elaine love sharing the beauty of their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana!  This is the most wonderful time of year to reflect upon fond memories during this Christmas and to look forward to brand new experiences in the coming New Year.

 

There is so much to do in Missoula during the winter time.  Ice fishing, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing,  snowboarding, snowshoeing,  and even snowmobiling.

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This antique formerly was a covered wagon

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Guests will see this sign while on their way to Missoula!

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Our Blue Mountain B&B sign next to some greenery with bows

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The table is set just for you this Christmas!

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We make Aebelskivers, a delicious Danish delicacy

 

More information about how we spend the holidays, and our delicious recipe for Aebelskivers, can be found in last season’s blog post.

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Our Blue Mountain coffee mug and a University of Montana Grizzly alongside holiday pine cones

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The little carved horses are Dala Horses (Swedish) and are toys based from Fjord horses like the mare we have at Blue Mountain.

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Swedish Christmas books with figurines

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The Blue Mountain Christmas tree next to our piano

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This bird reminds us of the real birds we see outside our B&B!

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We put flags from around the world on our Christmas tree

We sell Christmas gifts, including precious ornaments, as well as other unique gifts in our Wood Ducks and More Country Store.

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The Nutcracker ballet was named after this festive holiday decoration

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Missoula’s Downtown Hand-Carved Carousel is offering free rides on Christmas Day starting at 11 am!

We extend an invitation to all those interested in taking the Montana vacation of their dreams in the New Year to come. Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are pleased to show their hospitality to you and yours.

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Our Hawk Hill Lodge coated with beautiful snow

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From our deck, guests get a gorgeous view of snow-covered trees

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Tis the Season For Shopping

Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of year.  Tis the season for joy, giving, and togetherness.  Tis the season for shopping.  Our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can enjoy three distinct shopping areas in Missoula, Montana. Each area has a variety of thoughtful holiday gifts for December and the coming New Year.

Downtown Shopping is home to delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. The Missoula Downtown Association website conveniently categorizes the downtown shopping by type of merchandise and even lists places for Downtown dining. The Missoula Downtown Gift Card can be purchased online or in person at 218 E. Main Street, Missoula.  Accepted at over 150 locations throughout the downtown area, this is one of the most versatile gift cards they’ll ever receive. 

Southgate Mall is a convenient Missoula shopping destination. With more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in western Montana and offers offer women’s apparel, shoes, kid and teen clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, appliances, and more.

Shopping stores include:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Dillard’s
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Gap
  • Herberger’s
  • JC Penney
  • White House/Black Market

 

North Reserve Street (runs from I-90 to 39th from the north to the south, crossing Broadway, 3rd Street, South Avenue and Brooks Street) offers big box stores like:Nature at the inn (3) small

  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Old Navy
  • Ross
  • Starbucks
  • Super Walmart
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Ulta

The Missoula, Montana area offers much more than shopping.  We have entertainment, history, nature, sports, and even The University of Montana. In fact, Outside Magazine ranked Missoula, Montana as the ninth best in their article, “The Sixteen Best Places to Live in America.”  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine welcome you to visit their scenic mountain bed and breakfast with pristine views of the Bitterroot River.  On your next shopping adventure in Missoula, think about relaxing afterward at the bed and breakfast.  Gift Snow on trees 2-20-03 031 smallcertificates for Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are always a popular item this time of year as well!

Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Photographs by Elaine and Brady of  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

Visit Montana Video

Visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  This You Tube video, produced by Visit Montana, shows our majestic mountains from awesome aerial views.

We have freshwater lakes and creeks to go fly fishing as well as mountain peaks to climb.  Ride down the river by river boat paddling.

Like horses?  We have lots of horses to ride or to watch being tamed in Montana. Our wildlife is incredible.  It is common to see moose in the river.  Owls, eagles, and other birds fly in the Big Sky.

Our snow is perfect for buffaloes to roam as well as for snow skiing escapades and cross country skiing adventures.  We are home to the University of Montana.  Go Grizzlies!

Ride a motorcycle on our open roads.  See the beautiful way Native American tribes dress and even attend powwows in our area.

We have beautiful clear water.  Our animals “range” from deerdonkeysrams, bears, squirrels, and more.

Experience the beauty of a walking tour or travel via a tour car.  Montana is one of the most beautiful states to live in.

Whatever you decide to do here in Montana, we hope you stay with us at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We have three lovely rooms and two special suites to choose from.  Read all about the Blue Mountain Experience.

Savor our bountiful breakfasts with the option for us to serve dinner to four or more guests.  Brady and Elaine are wonderful hosts.  They also host special events such as weddings, anniversary celebrations, and family reunions.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has earned several accreditations.

We offer directions to get to our Missoula, Montana location.  Please check out our area links and area events to get a better understanding of all that is available in our fantastic community.  We also have onsite leisure and activities to experience.  Escape today to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We have gorgeous mountain views and scenic Bitterroot river perspectives.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

First Food & Wine Events in Missoula

The winter months make us all long for cozy evenings, curled up like a cat on the couch or near the old time kitchen stove; aromas wafting into the air- a mixture of comfort food and exotic spices that take us back to our childhood dreams or places we wish we could visit in the New Year.

Bring a small group of friends for a little winter get-away here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!  Request an ethnic dinner or even engage in a cooking class.  We are happy to cater to your gathering right here, or we can recommend something that will take you into Missoula for some fun!

Cooking Class at the Good Food Store (1600 S. 3rd St. West) ~ Flavors of the World: India. 6:30 p.m.; $35
Perhaps the most sought after of Indian flavors are those famous spice blends called “curries”. Join Lucas Edwards, a popular guest chef from The Silk Road, while he teaches you how to make your own curries while demonstrating a full-flavored spectrum of dishes from five culinary regions in India. Edwards will also share tips and techniques for other lesser-known spice blends that you can use to add some heat to your kitchen this winter. Dishes prepared include:

Sabzi Pulao (Vegetable Curry)
Saag Paneer (Spinach & Cheese)
Dal Gosht (Lamb & Lentil Curry)
Shrikhand (Sweetened Yogurt with Nuts)
Macher Jhol (Fish Curry)
Cauliflower Pulao (Vegetable Rice)

Trivia at Sean Kelly’s Pub (130 W Pine) ~ Sponsored by Fat Tire. 8 p.m. Free Entrance.
Pub-goers divide into teams. A local radio personality reads aloud a list of questions, 10 per round. Teammates then agree upon an answer. The action of the game is restricted entirely to whispering and writing. (And drinking, of course.) Observers have noted the eerie hush that falls over the bar on Brainstormer night, with patrons tipping back New Belgium Brewing Co. beers with one hand and scribbling furiously with the other. It’s like the SATs, basically, but there’s booze, and prizes for the top 4 teams!

Wine Tasting at La Grotta Bella (107 W. Spruce) ~ Drop-in. 5 p.m. $10
Taste a minimum of four wines each week with a common theme.

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