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9 Best Missoula Breweries to Visit This Summer

A list of the best Missoula breweries can be extensive understanding that this Montana town has a long and varied history of brewing beer. To the locals, Missoula is a beer town. The early start of the best Missoula breweries began in the late 1990s to the early 2000s. This town is a craft beer pioneer, serving hop beers 10 years before they became widespread and as well known as they are today.

A summer day in Montana calls for a delicious beer to be enjoyed and savored. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast happens to be nearby some of the best Missoula breweries. Let our mountainside retreat be your summertime oasis while enjoying the better things that life has to offer, like beer! If you are looking for a summer escape into the mountains amongst gardens and views of the breathtaking Bitterroot River, book your stay with us today! Continue reading

10 Incredible Missoula restaurants That Need Your Support This Summer

Montana is often thought of as a meat and potatoes kind of place with being in the middle of American cattle country. But Missoula Montana is a definite exception to that rule! Missoula restaurants serve up everything from extremely local fare to amazing international cuisine. However, due to the pandemic, many of these special places have had to completely close down or get creative in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

These Missoula Restaurants are a beloved part of this small community and need your help now more than ever before. It’s time to give back to this town that we all love and want to see thrive in the future.

While you are here supporting the local economy come stay at our locally owned bed and breakfast. Our mountainside retreat is the perfect romantic getaway this summer. While exploring all this town has to offer and supporting local restaurants let us be your home away from home for your stay! Book your room at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast today Continue reading

10 Fun Things to do in Missoula This Summer

As we face a crossroads with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all wondering how and when to move forward. As businesses and economies slowly start the process of reopening, it’s important to focus on the many opportunities we do have for getting out and socially distancing responsibly. Luckily, there are plenty of fun things to do in Missoula, including things that will keep you safe and healthy throughout the summer. At Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast you’ll have ample opportunity to relax and reset. Located just outside of Missoula our secluded mountainside inn will be your tranquil sanctuary.

It has been important to stay at home in order to stop the virus from spreading, but after so much time spent indoors there comes a time for a change of scenery, routine, and self-care. Plan yourself a much-needed vacation, enjoy some of the best things to do in Missoula, and book a stay at our peaceful Missoula Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Getaway to Our Missoula Bed and Breakfast This Summer

This spring season you may find yourself needing a place to get away from it all. Our Missoula Bed and Breakfast is just the place you’re searching for. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is set up to be your tranquil mountain retreat. Located just outside of Missoula, we offer a peaceful view of the Bitterroot River from above as well as the beautiful Missoula Valley.  Our secluded location on 20 acres of wildlife habitat is the perfect sanctuary. If you are looking for the best place to distance yourself away from everything, book your room at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

10 Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Getaway in Missoula

Romantic Getaway to Missoula, MontanaThese crisp, fall months practically beg us to curl up in front of a warm fire, safely protected from the harsh elements outside. What’s better than curling up someone special and focusing on romance? In Montana, there’s one romantic getaway destination that outshines the rest. The charming town of Missoula, Montana, imbues a sense of adventure and romance around every street corner and in every restaurant and shop. Spend your days browsing the boutique shops in downtown Missoula, enjoying a glass of Missoula’s finest craft beer, or enjoying an adventure whilst taking in the magnificent fall foliage. No matter how you choose to spend your time, theres no better place to reconnect than our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today.

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Learn About Missoula Montana’s Nature

Missoula Rocky Mountain Elk Visitors Center

Learn about Missoula, Montana’s nature from three local places.  First, step into Elk Country at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center is more than just a museum; it’s an experience that reveals the beauty, diversity and importance of elk country across North America. They are open year-round and admission is FREE!

Opening and securing public access is a key component of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission. Since 1984, the foundation has opened, secured or improved public access to more than 911,000 acres of elk habitat across the country for hunters, hikers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continually seeks ways to enhance hunter opportunity by working with landowners, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state agencies, and conservation partner groups. Their public access tools include land projects, easements, land exchanges and contributions.

Missoula Smokejumpers logo

Next, find out about smokejumpers.  They are highly trained specialists who parachute into remote areas of national forest to fight the spread of wildfires.  The nation’s largest training base for smokejumpers is located right here in Missoula. The remodeled (1992) visitor center at the depot offers updated displays, dioramas, and videos related to suppressing fires.

Guided tours are given of the parachute loft and training facilities.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  The tour lasts about forty-five minutes to an hour.  The minimum time to visit the depot without a tour is twenty minutes.  Admission is free, but they accept donations.

The Smokejumper Center is located at 5765 West Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.  Take the Airway Boulevard Exit and follow the signs to eh Smokejumper Base located a half-mile west of the airport.

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Next, you can visit the Montana Natural History Center.  Their mission is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education. Founded in 1991, MNHC was the brainchild of a group of educators who were involved in various efforts to educate both kids and adults about the natural history of western Montana, and who decided to unite those efforts into one environmental education organization.

The Montana Natural History Center was originally housed on the University of Montana campus, then moved to Fort Missoula, and at last has a permanent home at 120 Hickory Street, near McCormick Park in the heart of Missoula.

The Montana Natural History Center provides nature education programming for people of all ages through summer camps, kids’ activities, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools, Master Naturalist certification courses and Field Days, evening lectures, Field Notes on Montana Public Radio, Center Visits, and more.  They welcome visitors to stop by and learn a lot about Montana’s natural history!

Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula are conveniently located to all three fun, educational places. Hosts Brady and Elaine prepare a fresh, delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Golf on the Greens of Missoula

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Larchmont Golf Course in Missoula, Montana

Golf on the greens of Missoula, Montana.  With several golf courses in the immediate Missoula area (and more located nearby), players can find a course that will meet their golfing abilities. Choose from 9 or full 18-hole courses.

LARCHMONT GOLF COURSE
3200 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT
406-721-4416

Larchmont is an 18-hole championship golf course located in the heart of the Missoula valley. Well known for its immaculate playing conditions, large undulating greens, deep bunkers, and splendid mountain views.  Larchmont traditionally is open for play from mid-March through mid-November, operating from dawn until dusk during their peak season.

Larchmont offers a scenic and challenging experience for players of all skill levels. Our five sets of tees play from 5500 yards to 7100 yards with a par of 72. They are a walker friendly course with relatively flat terrain and short distances between greens and tees.

Larchmont boasts an excellent practice facility with a full length driving range, two large putting greens, and a short game area with a chipping green and practice bunker.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GOLF COURSE
515 South Avenue East
Missoula, MT
406-728-8629

A community treasure, nestled against Mount Sentinel, the course offers championship golfing in a spectacular setting. Originally known as the Missoula Country Club, the University of Montana Golf Course is the oldest course in the city, established in 1924.  Open seasonally 7 days a week from dawn till dusk.

The University of Montana Golf Course is located one mile south of UM’s main campus, on one of the last open spaces in the Missoula valley.  The 9-hole triple tee course crosses flat ground and is teeming with mature tree-lined fairways.  Deer and other wildlife are common, as well as outlying areas reclaimed as Native prairie.  The U of M course is fun and affordable and caters to golfers of all ages and abilities.

HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB
102 Ben Hogan Drive
Missoula, Montana 59803
406-721-GOLF

The Highlands Golf Club offers the golfer an experience unlike any other in Missoula. With astounding views of the Missoula Valley, and a layout that places a premium on shot making, the challenge of The Highlands evokes the true spirit of the game.

The Highlands features nine regulation length holes with eighteen tee positions, a full service pro-shop and lounge, and friendly staff eager to meet your needs.

THE RANCH CLUB
8501 Ranch Club Road
Missoula, MT
406-532-1000

Unparalleled links golf is the centerpiece of The Ranch Club experience.  This Les Furbur designed course takes you along curving hillsides and around remarkable water features.  The course itself was designed to not disrupt the natural setting providing unobstructed views of the Missoula valley in all directions.  The course is enhanced by the stunning surroundings.

If you look any farther than the next hole ahead, you’ll be greeted by distant mountains on all sides, below billowing white clouds in the bluest of Montana’s skies.  The golf course at The Ranch Club is primarily accessible to members and their hosted guests; however, non-members may utilize the course up to 6 times per year without a host.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers a relaxing retreat.  Golfers (and non-golfers alike) love to vacation here in Missoula, Montana.  Hosts Brady and Elaine enjoy welcoming guests from all over the world.

Luke Bryan Concert

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Luke Bryan Concert is coming to Missoula.  For his Kill the Lights tour, Luke Bryan will be performing at the Adams Center (32 Campus Drive in Missoula) on the University of Montana campus.  His concerts happen on Wednesday April 20 and Thursday April 21 from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Luke explains how his tour-titled track, Kill the Lights came to be in this YouTube video.  You can even tell that he has a great singing voice just by hearing him speak.  He has a sexy voice!

Hear Luke Bryan sing his hit song, Kill The Lights.  The song lyrics show up on the screen as well as some images of him performing in front of fans.

During preparations for his performances at the MusiCares Gala and the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® where he paid tribute to music icon Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan learned his Kill The Lights album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200, his third consecutive album to do so, and Top Country Albums charts.

Kill The Lights contains Luke’s two-week No. 1 single “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and closed 2015 as the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list.

Luke Bryan was also nominated for four different i-Heart Radio Music Awards:

Male Artist of the Year:

Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Luke Bryan
Sam Smith
The Weeknd

Best Tour:

Foo Fighters
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Taylor Swift
U2

Country Song of the Year:

“Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
“I See You” – Luke Bryan
“Lose My Mind” – Brett Eldredge
“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards are set to take place on April 3rd, at the historic Forum in Los Angeles, and will be televised live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT., as well as simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, and on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

When you see the Luke Bryan Concert, be sure to stay with hosts Brady and Elaine at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their relaxing and romantic retreat always pleases their happy guests.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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

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