Bitterroot Valley

3 Great Day Trips to Take From Missoula

hiking trail along clear mountain river and distant peaksAfter enjoying the beautiful landscape around Missoula, discover more Montana treasures on a drive through the countryside. A short journey to these three spectacular Missoula day trips is well worth the time. Destinations, from under an hour’s drive to less than three, offer breathtaking views, historic sites and outdoor recreation. Plan a day trip to the Blackfoot Valley, Bitterroot Valley and Glacier National Park to enhance any Missoula vacation. Not only does each area offer a wealth of memorable experiences, the drive reveals the matchless beauty of Montana. After expanding your view of the Big Sky Country, return to your very own mountainside retreat at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. Our private suites offer sweeping valley views in a serene setting. Wake up each morning to a gourmet breakfast and ready for a new day of adventures. Book your Missoula summer getaway at the beautiful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.

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Welcome to Fall in Missoula!

Fall Getaway to Beautiful MissoulaThough we’re sad to see what has been a remarkable summer in Montana come to an end, we are definitely looking forward to some cooler weather, and maybe even a little rain. The wildfires this summer have been extreme, and have definitely impacted many of Montana’s communities.  Despite this, the mountains are already showing hints of their colorful autumnal hues, and there is no better time to plan a getaway to Missoula.  Here, you’ll find large stretches of untouched wilderness. As the air continues to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. Take advantage of this incredible fall weather, and book your room with us today.
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Discover Fall Foliage in Missoula

Fall Foliage Missoula MontanaAnother fall is beginning its descent upon Big Sky Country in Missoula, Montana. With the arrival of autumn, it’s time to start looking forward to spectacular fall displays. Tree-filled mountainsides are already showing hints of their dramatic colors. Soon, we’ll be surrounded by the vibrant crimsons, bursts of fiery oranges, and yellows standing against a backdrop of green, all of which make fall foliage season in Montana a truly stunning display. Though Montana may not be at the top of many lists when it comes to fall foliage displays, we assure you it is a stunning season to visit.  Whether you want to enjoy the beauty of fall by foot or behind the wheel, you won’t have to go far. Book your room at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast today, and discover fall in Montana. Continue reading

Make Missoula Your Next Fall Getaway Destination

Missoula Fall Getaway MontanaThe beautiful, rugged city of Missoula is relaxing and inviting, and filled with fun and exciting things to do throughout the year. What makes Missoula such a wonderful vacation destination is the hip and trendy atmosphere you’ll find here, coupled with the natural beauty that Montana is famous for.  Missoula is a fall getaway destination nothing short of rejuevenating for the busy soul.  Whether you are celebrating a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, or special occasion, or maybe just looking for a little time to reconnect with someone special, the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is the place for you.  Nestled on a peaceful mountainside outside the thriving city center,  we beckon you to sit amongst the Ponderosa Pines and meditative water gardens, and create your perfect romantic fall getaway at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.  We’re here waiting for you, so book your fall getaway with us today. Continue reading

Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge

August is a wonderful time to travel to Western Montana and stay in our Missoula bed and breakfast. Snows have receded and trails are open to the highest peaks in the mountains, and outdoor festivals abound. The incredible natural beauty of the state astounds those who visit it for the first time and those of us who live here. Rafting, mountain biking, hiking – all these activities and more are at your fingertips when you stay at our Montana inn in August. Continue reading

Bluegrass in the Bitterroot Valley

Our Missoula Montana bed and breakfast overlooks the Bitterroot River and the Bitterroot Valley. Driving south through the Bitterroot Valley is a pleasant journey; travelers pass through the charming towns of Lolo, Florence, Stevensville, Victor, Corvalis, and finally Hamilton. Each town is worth a visit. Stevensville was Montana’s first permanent settlement, when St. Mary’s Mission was created here in 1841.

At this time of year, there are lots of fun events in the Bitterroot Valley. Weekly farmers markets serve up fresh local produce and products from the valley. Stevensville just wrapped up Summerfest, when hot air balloon hover above the Bitterroot Valley and folks eat barbecue while listening to music. Continue reading

Montana Trails and Tales Tour


The Bitterroot Valley from a distance.

Travelers staying at our Montana bed and breakfast for the first time may be interested in our Trails and Tales Tour. This is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the area. After you’ve made yourself comfortable either in our Missoula Lodge or under trees in our forested picnic area, we’ll regale you with an oral history of the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula. We tell the tales through stories and songs.

The Missoula Valley has long been a natural travel corridor. Native Americans from the mountain ranges, the Columbia Plateau and the Pacific Slope all passed through here on their way to hunt buffalo on the plains. Indeed, the Bitterroot Valley takes its name from the bitterroot that grew so abundantly here and was harvested each year by the Salish, who used the roots both for medicine and food seasoning.

Lewis and Clark followed the trails long traveled by Native Americans. They passed through this area twice, stopping in what is now Traveler’s Rest State Park in September of 1805 and June/July, 1806. Lolo  Hot Springs, Lolo Pass, and Packer Meadows were all explored by the expedition.

French trappers, explorers, and Catholic missionaries traveled the region widely from about 1815 on, and in the 1860s, European settlers began coming here to stay.

The history of Montana is rich and wonderful, and we can only scratch the surface of it with our Trails and Tales Tour. Our hope is to orient you to the region in a unique and pleasant way. After an hour learning about the region in comfort at our Missoula bed and breakfast, head out to explore, either on your own, with us, or with a locally established historian (advanced reservations are required).

Whisk Mom Away to a Missoula Bed and Breakfast

When was the last time you and your mother went off and did something special together? If you’re an adult, chances are the answer is “quite some time ago”. Change all that this year on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010.

A Moroccan feast for you and your mother.

This year, treat Mom to your undivided attention. Whisk her away for a night or two at our Missoula bed and breakfast. If you have siblings, plan an impromptu family gathering to celebrate Mom. We will happily prepare a gourmet meal for at least four people at our bed and breakfast Missoula. Talk to us in advance and we’ll decide upon a menu: Indian fare, dim sum, Moroccan… you decide.

In the evening, enjoy conversation and laughter over billiards or board games in our lodge. Listen to music, or select a movie from our extensive collection. Or just sit on the deck together and enjoy the sunset over the Bitterroot Valley. Mom will be happy to spend time with you, no matter what you do.

Winter in Missoula

The snows are beginning to fall around our Missoula lodge – a signal that winter will soon be here. It may not look like the picture here, yet, but it will.

We love Montana in the winter. The cold, crisp air feels cleaner than usual. Miles of trails invite us to unearth our skis and snowshoes, and check the engines of our snowmobiles. We dream about the buckets of hot cocoa we’ll drink to warm us after a day in the mountains. We look forward to hours curled up by the fire with a good book over the holidays, as winter winds blow.

What could be better?

The view from our Missoula bed and breakfast

The view from our Missoula bed and breakfast