Winter Activities

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.

A Cozy Missoula Bed and Breakfast

When the weather outside is frightful, curl up in the warmth of our cozy Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Cheese fondue at Missoula Bed and Breakfast

The perfect meal for a winter evening: cheese fondue.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast sits on 20 wooded acres overlooking the Bitterroot River and Valley. Our land abuts the Blue Mountain Recreation Area, which is comprised of 5,500-acres. Trails traverse the whole area, leading up hills, through forests, and along Hayes Creek.

At this time of year, we love to strap on our snowshoes; it’s easy to spend the whole day exploring the meandering trails. With an early enough start, it’s possible to make it to the top of Blue Mountain and back. A shorter amble leads to the scenic Deadman Point, or down to the creek.

We recommend not skimping on breakfast at our Montana inn–you’ll want every ounce of energy the food imparts. Ask us about picnic options if you plan to spend the whole day out and about, and plan to warm up with a cup of cocoa back at the inn. You may want to indulge in a hot soak, too.

If there are at least four of you, you may arrange to have a winter feast prepared for you. After romping in the snow all day, you’ll be thankful to have a good meal right at the inn. We can prepare a Swedish feast, a Thai feast, or something simple and enticing, like fondue. Ask us about it when you make your reservation: 406-251-4457 or 877-251-4457.

A winter wonderland and a wonderfully warm inn–that’s what you’ll find at Blue Mountain.

The Lolo to Lochsa Ski Tour

Nordic skiers take note! The Lolo to Lochsa Ski Tour is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2012. Book your rooms at Blue Mountain Missoula Bed and Breakfast soon.

Lolo Pass to Lochsa Lodge Ski Tour

Skiers will be rewarded with beautiful scenery on the ski tour to Lochsa Lodge.

Some skiers who complete the Lolo to Lochsa Tour will win door prizes after the race, but the biggest reward is simply how good it feels to successfully ski 35 km (22 miles) in one day.

The trail from Lolo Pass to Lochsa Lodge is groomed for classic and skate skiing. Much of the terrain is relatively flat or gently rolling, though there is one good climb and one fun descent. One thing is certain, the after race refreshments and snacks will be much appreciated!

Pamper yourself before and after the race. Stay at Blue Mountain Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Additional details about the Lolo Pass to Lochsa Lodge Ski Tour may be found at Missoula Nordic.

Snow, Glorious Snow


The view from the top of the Montana Snowbowl.

There is snow in the mountains and there are skis on our feet.

Not everyone who lives in Montana is a fan of winter sports, but most of us are. We would be hard pressed to deal with so much snow if we didn’t love it. When snow covers the mountains, we feel our feet start to twitch. Out with the hats, gloves, and down jackets. On with the skis, snowboards, and snowshoes.

Many of the folks who stay at our Montana Bed and Breakfast during the winter come here for the snow sports. Some stay for a weekend, and some for a week. Some come back over and over again, while others head off to different parts of the state, to different mountains and different snow.

The Montana Snowbowl is close to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast; it takes about 45 minutes to drive to the mountain from here. We provide a good start to your day on the slopes: a hearty, healthy breakfast. After consuming it, you’ll be ready to ski or snowboard until the mountain closes at 4 p.m.

As of this writing, about 60% of the Montana Snowbowl trails are open, and the mountain is open every day. Current conditions are available at the Montana Snowbowl.

Look ahead to the calm after the holidays–to the moment when you’ll have time to run away to the slopes for a few days. Make your plans now.



Snow Sports on the Horizon

Temperatures have comfortably settled into the 30s and 40s here in Missoula. Snow is starting to accumulate in the mountains, and snow sport enthusiasts are waxing their skis and plumping their down parkas in anticipation of their first outing. They won’t have long to wait.

IMG_3583 Rendezvous Ski Trails

Ski the Rendezvous Ski Trails during the Yellowstone Ski Festival.

Each winter we host many skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Some spend a night or two and then head off in search of more snowy trails. Some spend a week or more and explore every inch of the trails around Missoula. We welcome one and all.

Opening day at the nearby Montana Snowbowl is set for November 26, 2011. Mother Nature has to cooperate, of course, and as yet there is no real snow on the mountain. We’re hopeful that there will be by the end of the month.

There is a dusting of snow up on Lolo Pass, so the Lolo Pass Snowmobile Trail should be open within a month’s time. From the Lolo Pass Trail, snowmobilers can access some 250 miles of trails through the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest. The trails are open to nordic skiers and snowshoers as well.

The annual Yellowstone Ski Festival is set for Thanksgiving Week in West Yellowstone, Montana. Nordic skiers of all levels – from novices to Olympians – will share trails and participate in clinics. If you’re heading there from parts west, we hope you’ll spend night or two at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, which is about 4.5 hours from West Yellowstone.



Garnet Ghost Town in Winter

Winter is a fun time for guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast to visit Garnet Ghost Town. The road to Garnet is closed to wheeled vehicles, so the only way to access the town is to ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile there. We prefer skis or snowshoes, since it seems fitting to enter a ghost town quietly.

The shortest route Garnet Ghost Town in the winter is from the Drummond or Bearmouth exits off I-90. Park your car at the Cave Gulch Road Intersection. Head up Bear Gulch three miles to Garnet or travel four miles up Cave Gulch to the ghost town. Return by the other trail. Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast at our B&B Missoula before embarking on your journey, and remember to be prepared for sudden changes in weather.

Dress warmly - there isn't much heat in a ghost town.