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Time to Cool Off: Missoula’s Best Boating Destinations

Keep Cool with boating in MissoulaSummer is certainly off to a great start here in Missoula.  With temperatures well into the 90’s for the foreseeable future, we’ll definitely all be looking for places to cool off and beat the heat.  Luckily, in Missoula, there are plenty of places to enjoy the sun without overheating.  In fact, Missoula was even once named the Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine. From popular swimming holes to kayaking and paddling on rivers and lakes, we have your guide to the best boating destinations and water holes in all of Missoula.  Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast this summer, and come keep cool with us in Missoula. Continue reading

5 Summer Activities to Enjoy in Missoula

summer activities MissoulaAnother warm and adventurous summer is knocking on our door, marking the time of year when everyone seems ready to get outside. For years, the adventurous city of Missoula has been rated as one of the top outdoors destinations in the west. To us, this comes as no surprise.  It is, after all, easy to get into the outdoors with so much opportunity in your back yard.  Missoula borders a national forest and boasts numerous recreation areas, which is not a surprise in a region marked by its stunning rugged terrain. There truly is no better place to be this summer than Missoula, and we’d love to help you plan a variety of summer activities to make the most of your time here. Book your room at our tranquil Bed and Breakfast, and experience Montana’s rugged spirit firsthand. Continue reading

Trout Fishing in Missoula

Trout Fishing MissoulaMontana is called the Big Sky State for a reason; it’s a state of unlimited possibilities for adventure, and the sky is truly the limit. In that same vein, a trip to Missoula wouldn’t be complete without some sort of exciting outdoor adventure.  With the warming spring months upon us, there’s no better time to plan your adventures for the upcoming year, either.  Spring in Missoula happens to be a fantastic time to try your hand at fishing; trout fishing in particular. Fishing is a central part of life during the spring and summer months in Missoula, and of course there is no shortage of lake and river waters to explore.  Come stay with us at Missoula’s best Bed and Breakfast this spring, and experience the joy of fishing in Missoula for yourself.   Continue reading

Mamma Mia in Missoula!

Mamma Mia in Missoula! A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! The ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

So what is the show about, you ask?  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

You may recall a movie version of Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfriend, Christine Bananski, Stellan Skarsgard, and Julie Walters.  That was released in July 2008.

Mamma Mia! in Missoula

On Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Adams Center, Mamma Mia the musical is showing as part of the Missoula Live Series on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana.  You will not want to miss this!

Poised at the base of Mount Sentinel on the beautiful University of Montana campus, the Adams Center is a proud Missoula icon, providing diverse entertainment in the mountains of Western Montana since the 1950s.

Named for and dedicated to Harry F. Adams who devoted 44 years of service to UM, the Adams Center underwent a $15 million renovation in 1998 to make improvements to the arena and add the auxiliary facility that now holds the East and West Auxiliary Gyms and the Grizzly Hall of Champions.

The Adams Center is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-West invite you to stay at their restful retreat called Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast right here in Missoula.  Their gorgeous inn overlooks the Bitterroot River and features majestic mountain views.  Each morning guests savor a fresh gourmet breakfast cooked to perfection.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Stomp in Missoula Montana

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Stomp  in Missoula Montana to witness STOMP perform live at the Adam Center on University of Montana campus.  On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

Percussion instruments are some of the oldest music-makers in the world, perhaps only second to the human voice itself. This diverse family of instruments is integral to music in every known culture, and includes a vast array of musical sounds.  A “percussion instrument” is any instrument whose sound is generated via striking, rubbing, shaking or otherwise impacting a surface to create audible vibrations.  Stomp has a gift for taking ordinary objects and turn them into incredible beats.

 

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast hosts guests from many different areas of the world.  Guests visit Missoula to experience outstanding performances, witness competitive sports, walk historic trails, ski beautiful snow, taste delicious cuisine, shop incredible retail, and so much more! Blue Mountain B&B guests enjoy being near to all the fun while still being at a gorgeous and peaceful mountain setting with views of the Bitterroot River.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

U of Montana Griz Basketball 2016

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The University of Montana Griz Basketball teams, both mens and womens, attracts a lot of fans.  Did you know that both the mens and womens head basketball coaches were also Grizzlies basketball players?  In Big Sky Country, they play to win the Big Sky Conference.

Travis DeCuire was formally introduced as the University of Montana’s 27th men’s head basketball coach in June of 2014, at a press conference in University of Montana’s Adams Center.  DeCuire and the 2014-15 Griz went on to surpass all expectations, leading UM to a 20-win season and a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season title.

As a point guard for Montana from 1992-94 DeCuire was named All-Big Sky Conference as a junior and senior. He set a school record in just three seasons with 435 career assists. He also established UM’s single-season mark with 199 assists as a senior in 1993-94, when he was ranked 12th in the nation, averaging 7.1 assists a game.

He was the recipient of the Grizzlies’ Carl Dragstedt Award (MVP) as a junior (he shared it with forward Matt Kempfert that season) and senior, and received the John Eaheart Award (Outstanding Defensive Player) following his senior year.

Mens Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 21 Idaho                             Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Jan. 23 Eastern Washington   Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 4 Montana State              Bozeman, Montana     7 pm

Feb. 11 Southern Utah            Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 13 Northern Arizona       Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Feb. 20  Montana State           Missoula, Montana      7 pm

Mar. 3  North Dakota              Missoula, Montana      8 pm

Mar. 5  Northern Colorado     Missoula, Montana      2 pm

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

Mar. 8 First Round Games

Mar. 10 Quarterfinal Games

Mar. 11 Semifinal Games

Mar. 12 Championship Game

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Last year, Head Ladies Basketball Coach Robin Selvig, won Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.  A graduate of University of Montana in 1974, Coach Selvig has been coaching the Lady Griz basketball team for the last 37 years and has coached over 845 winning games!

The 2014-2015 Lady Griz Basketball won the Big Sky Conference with 14 wins and only 4 losses.   They made it to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, but lost to Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The 2015-16 season is Robin Selvig’s 38th year as coach of the Lady Griz and his 43rd year at Montana as either a player or coach at his alma mater. He enters the season with a record of 845-275, an average of more than 22 wins per year.

 

The Assistant Coaches are also graduates of the University of Montana:

Shannon Schweyen (Montana, ’93), 24th year

Trish Duce (Montana, ’93, ’95), 22nd year

Sonya Stokken (Montana, ’09), 3rd year

 

Lady Griz local games left in the regular season:

Jan. 14 Thurs. Northern Colorado      Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Jan. 16 Sat.      North Dakota               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Jan. 30 Sat.      Montana State            Bozeman, Montana     2 p.m.

Feb. 4 Thurs.   Sacramento State       Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 6 Sat.       Portland State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 20 Sat.     Montana State            Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

Feb. 25 Thurs. Idaho State                Missoula, Montana      7 p.m.

Feb. 27 Sat.     Weber State               Missoula, Montana      2 p.m.

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament in Reno, Nevada:

March 7 Mon. First-round games

March 9 Wed. Quarter final games

March 11 Fri. Semi final games

March 12 Sat. Championship game

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests to stay at our luxurious and scenic mountain retreat.  Overlooking the Bitterroot River and enjoying gorgeous mountain vistas, our guests love coming to stay with us.

While we are located in a quiet setting, we are also just a fifteen-minute car ride from the University of Montana campus in Missoula.  Guests can enjoy watching our Montana Griz basketball games during their stay with us.

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.

Missoula’s Top Water Activities

Water Activities Missoula MontanaWhat makes Missoula such a wonderful vacation destination is that it is vibrant, hip and trendy, while still maintaining serene natural beauty that is nothing short of rejuevenating for the busy soul. There is absolutely no shortage of adventures to be had under the expansive “Big Sky Country” of western Montana.  The warm summer weather gets us outside early and keeps us outside until late in the evening hours, but perhaps a favorite thing to do in Missoula in the summer is to keep cool with the variety of exciting water activities found here.  Book your stay at our beautiful Bed and Breakfast Inn this summer, and find the best ways to beat the heat in beautiful Missoula. Continue reading

Montana Antique Mall

The Montana Antique Mall located in downtown Missoula is the largest antique mall in Montana. They feature four floors and over 15,000 square feet of interesting and sometimes odd old stuff in what was once the Montana Hotel.

The Montana Hotel was built in 1890 and is claimed to be the oldest building in downtown Missoula. Located across from the original train depot, it serviced travelers coming east and west on the Northern Pacific railway. It also housed working men who gathered in the hotel dining room for supper at the end of their day and then could retire to the saloon for evening libations.

Today its home to sixty antique dealers and a variety of furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, pottery and a little bit of everything else. There is even a library with books reflecting regional and historical interest.

Plan on an afternoon with the past and maybe taking some of it home. The Montana Antique Mall is located at 331 West Railroad Street in Missoula, Montana.  Plenty of parking is available.  The antique mall is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 406-721-5366.

Want more retail therapy?  The downtown area also has delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in Western Montana and with more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. North Reserve Street also offers some popular box stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Old Navy.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do while you stay in Missoula, Montana:

You are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast during your visit to Big Sky Montana.  We are conveniently close to plenty of fun things to do, but we also provide our guests with peaceful and scenic views of mountains and the Bitterroot River.

Each morning guests enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfasts.  We enjoy seeing returning guests as well as meeting new guests that also become friends.

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

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