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3 Reasons to Visit Missoula This Year

Visit MissoulaWhen planning to visit Missoula, the most common thing that comes to mind is the exquisite natural beauty found at every turn. From waking up in the morning amongst the Ponderosa Pines on our luxurious mountainside, to walking the streets of downtown Missoula, it is, quite simply, stunningly beautiful here.  With the abundant natural resources enjoyed by Missoulians, it is no wonder that many of the top activities to enjoy here involve the great outdoors. Though the outdoor recreation is hard to beat and is a must-do on anyone’s itinerary while here, there are some definite additions we urge you to consider.  If we were to narrow the reasons to visit Missoula down to three simple things, it would be, of course, the year-round access to outdoor adventure, the wonderful craft beer and distilleries, and the eclectic, vibrant culture known to locals.  Book your stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, and explore the best parts of Missoula for yourself. Continue reading

A Snowy First Friday in Missoula

A snowy day on the Bitterroot River, Missoula.

The first Friday of the month is always festive in downtown Missoula. Art galleries and museums open to the public with new exhibits; they stay open late, and often host artist receptions and special events. On Friday, February 3, 2012, there is a good chance there’ll be some spontaneous snow sculpting as well–all those piles of snow on the sidewalks are just too tempting. But no matter what the weather, folks wander up and down the streets of downtown, popping in to see exhibits that catch their eye.

Spend the first weekend of the February at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, and enjoy the following exhibits at First Friday:

  • International Cup 2012. Just what can be done to a cup? See for yourself at the Clay Studio of Missoula.
  • “See what the fire hath wrought: Wood-fired ceramics from The Clay Studio Anagama Kiln.” For the past four years, a group of artists has been exploring the art and science of wood-fired ceramics. See some of the results at The Artists’ Shop.
  • Photographic silkscreens by Pennsylvanian artist Benjamin Lee Sperry will be on display at The Brink; there will also be a reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the above mentioned exhibits, there will be refreshments at the Monte Dolack Gallery, where a new limited edition archival print will be premiered. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture is hosting a reception for Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies and Frances Carroll Brown: Bitterroot Portraits. For a complete list of events, please see First Friday Missoula.

Take a break from the routine. Spend a weekend indulging in art and culture , and being pampered at our Bed and Breakfast Missoula.

October 7 is First Friday in Missoula

Sierra Club Director Bruce Hamilton will speak about Ansel Adams at MAM on October 7. Photo by Neil Chaput de Saintonge.

Missoula is fun to visit any day of the week, but on the First Friday evening of each month, the downtown positively comes alive. This is true in the middle of the summer and it’s true in the middle of the winter. It’s true when it rains, when it’s clear, and when it snows. Missoulans don’t let any kind of weather keep us from enjoying something we want to enjoy. It’s one of our best traits.

Art galleries and shops in the heart of downtown Missoula stay open late. New exhibits go up and frequently the artists are in attendance. Many galleries feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. People wander in and out of galleries, lingering in some, taking a quick tour of others.

Let First Friday inspire a weekend at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Infuse yourself with culture on Friday evening, and relax on Saturday. Seems an ideal way to rejuvenate for the week to come.

Please see First Fridays Missoula for the most up-to-date information on gallery openings and exhibits.

Please see our Missoula Bed and Breakfast reservations page to book a room.