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The Missoula Insectarium

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The Missoula Insectarium first opened its doors to the public on June 25, 2015.  It is located in downtown Missoula at 218 E. Front Street on the second floor.  It costs $4 for guests (ages 4 and older) to take a tour.  They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  You can contact them at 406-317-1211.

Reporter Lindsay Brawner,  from ABC Fox Montana Local News, interviewed The Missoula Insectarium Founder and Director Jen Marangelo (see the video below).  The Director said they would like for people to gain a better appreciation for the vital role that insects play.  Their goal is to educate the public about the fascinating lives of these important creatures through exhibits and educational programs in a family friendly environment.

Wonder how they get their insects?  Many insects come from ordering them online or by trading with other insectariums.  Other insectariums in the United States include:

  • The Audobon Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Bayer Crop Science Insectarium found inside the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina
  • The Insectarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Insect Zoo found at the SanFrancisco Zoo in California
  • The Monsanto Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri

The Missoula Insectarium is here for the community, both adults and kids, as well as here as a tourist destination.  Insectarian Educational Director Carolyn Wiley runs the classroom aspect.  She often witnesses the transformation of students who are initially reluctant to touch the insects who leave as fans.  The Missoula Insectarium will  provide programs and field trips for school groups, homeschoolers, and other organized groups.

Butterfly houses and insect zoos have proven to be enormously popular with the public wherever they appear and are used to generate increased visitation and revenue for many zoos, museums and other non-profit organizations. Director Jen Marangelo’s next dream is to create a greenhouse filled with butterflies that is large enough for people to walk through and see them.  They will receive captive-bred butterflies (actually the chrysalides) from breeders around the world (primarily Central and South America).

In June of 2010 the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium completed a custom-designed business feasibility study to determine if their vision for an insect education facility in Missoula, MT could be viable. Guided by the positive results of the feasibility analysis, their vision for this facility includes:

  • A 2,000 square foot tropical butterfly house
  • A viewing area to watch the final stage of metamorphosis and see adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalides
  • An insect zoo and hands-on exhibits that teach children and adults about invertebrate biology, ecology and conservation
  • A classroom for school groups, community programs and special events
  • An outdoor pollinator garden and insect-themed playground
  • A gift shop and dining area

As a unique resource for our local community, schools, and visitors to Montana, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the fascinating lives of insects and butterflies.  By taking advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of these exhibits and by providing a state-of-the-art facility, The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be an educational and recreational resource for the local community as well as visitors to the Missoula area.
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Innkeepers Brady and his wife Elaine (a school teacher) welcome you to stay at their gorgeous Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Consider touring The Missoula Insectarium when you visit as guests.  Their quiet mountain setting makes the perfect relaxing getaway!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Farmers Markets

Missoula Farmers Markets boast much more than absolutely delicious and fresh local food.  Not only that, there are four local markets to choose from!

The Clark Fork Market is located under the Higgins Bridge, in the Riverside Parking Lot, just east of Caras Park in Downtown Missoula. Their hours are Saturdays, 8am until 1pm from the first Saturday in May through the fourth Saturday in October —  rain or shine! There is ample FREE parking adjacent to the market at the parking structure on the corner of Front St. and Pattee St. and on the upper and lower levels of the Bank Street Parking Structure (the Millennium Building).

  • baked goods
  • coffee
  • dairy products
  • fish
  • flowers
  • fruits
  • jams and jellies
  • live music adds to the festivities from 10:30am- 12:45pm
  • locally produced meat
  • poultry
  • salsa
  • veggies
  • vendors serving food

The Missoula Farmers Market is known as “the original farmers market” since patrons have been supporting local farmers and vendors since 1972.  The were a finalist in the 2015 Best of Missoula Contest for three categories: “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners,” “Best Place For People Watching,” and “Best Fresh Produce.”

Market opens with fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee provided by over 100 local vendors.  Located in Circle Square at the north end of Higgins Avenue in Downtown Missoula.  They are open 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays from mid-May to mid-October as well as 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays from July through early September.

  • Savor eating foods at the peak of their flavor, ripeness and nutrition
  • Enjoy buying plants that are raised by the people who sell them
  • Feel good about supporting our local economy and Montana’s local producers

The Missoula Saturday Market is known as “the people’s market.”  Dozens of craftspeople showcase their photography, jewelry, clothing, soap, glass art,and various other hand-made items.

They are open from 9 am to 1 pm from the second Saturday in May through the last Saturday of September.  They are located on East Pine Street in Downtown Missoula.

 

 

The Orchard Homes Farmers Market is a small farmers’ market who provides vegetables, fruits, baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, jewelry, jams & jellies, and a variety of other crafts.

Almost all of the vendors are from the Orchard Home area which means the produce was all grown within 1 mile of the market! Now, that’s fresh! They love their customers and love getting to known them personally throughout the season….making the “know your farmer” motto real life for all our customers!

They are located in the parking lot of the Orchard Homes Country Life Club (at 2537 S. 3rd Street West) which is just about 100 yards southwest of Wheat Montana Deli. They are open from 4:30 pm to 7 pm every Thursday from mid-June until October.

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Photo by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast delights in serving delicious, fresh local food to our bed and breakfast guests.  Located in Missoula, Montana, we enjoy living in Big Sky Country and you will love visiting our scenic mountain getaway and looking around our local farmers markets!

Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015

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Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015 kicked off on July 3, 2015 with the movie Breakfast Club. This 1985 movie (rated R) celebrated the 30th anniversary of this classic John Hughes film.  The Breakfast Club chronicles one day in the life of five high school students – all different stereotypes. They meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Each year the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) strives to bring you an eclectic mix of new, classic, children’s, independent, and perfect date night films. This started with a trial weekend in the summer of 2002.  Missoula Outdoor Cinema was enormously well-attended from the start. Its season has grown to fill every weekend of July and August.

There are nine more movies showing in Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015:

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Dirty Dancing
(1987) (PG-13)
Saturday, July 11
1 hour 40 minutes

Sunset – 9:30 pm

Spending the summer of 1963 in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman, a privileged daddy’s girl, falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

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To Kill a Mocking bird
(1962) (unrated)
Saturday, July 18
2 hours 9 minutes

Sunset – 9:24 pm

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Relive this powerful classic just in time to read the highly anticipated sequel to the novel.

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Hard Day’s Night
(1999) (G)
Saturday, July 25
1 hour 45 minutes

Sunset – 9:17 pm

A 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.

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How to Train Your Dragon
(2010) (PG)
Saturday, August 1
1 hour 38 minutes

Sunset- 9:08 pm

Long ago on the Island of Berk, a young Viking, Hiccup, wanted to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid them. However, his father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon begin a friendship that opens up both their worlds.

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Dead Man
(1995) (R)
Saturday, August 8
2 hours 1 minute

Sunset – 8:58 pm

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

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Iron Man
(2008) (PG-13)
Saturday, August 15
2 hours 6 minutes

Sunset – 8:47 pm

An early favorite in the Marvel Comics movie series, the first Iron Man explains this super hero’s surprising origins. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, industrialist Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil, but it leads him to conflict within his own company.

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A League of Their Own
(1992) (PG)
Saturday, August 22
2 hours 8 minutes

Sunset – 8:34 pm

A fictionalized version of the real life All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, A League of Their Own centers on two sisters who join the league while most of the men of baseball-playing age are fighting in World War II. Their coach, one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), is now a broken-down alcoholic who sobers up as the team begins to show promise. The question is whether these competitive sisters can come together to take their team to the World Series.

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The Chronicles of Narnia
(2005) (PG)
Saturday, August 29
1 hour 57 minutes

Sunset – 8:22 pm

When the Pevensie family is evacuated out to the country during WWI, they are unaware of the adventure they will encounter. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest daughter, Lucy discovers a wardrobe which transports her to the land of Narnia. Covered in snow, Narnia is full of weird and wonderful creatures, but is watched over by the evil White Witch, Jadis. When all four Pevensie children end up through the wardrobe, they discover that it was meant to be, as two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam must join with the mighty lion, Aslan to defeat the evil White Witch.

And We Were Young
(2015) (R)
Saturday, September 5
1 hour 55 minutes

Sunset – 8:08 pm

The interwoven stories of And We Were Young together give the whole arc of U.S. intervention in Europe, from enlistment and passage to France aboard pestilent troop-ships, through baptism by fire and lead and, for those who lived to tell about it, to the Armistice and beyond. Selected carefully from first-person accounts passed down in letters, journals, memoir and interviews, the dusty words of the men and women who were there come alive in silhouetted scenes of surprising beauty as well as shocking brutality. Mindful of this fine line, Smetanka’s feature debut demonstrates what fighting men have always noticed: that war, in all its abject ugliness, can have its senseless beauty, too.

A Missoula couple grabs popcorn before an MOC show

Photo Credit: Michelle Gustafson Photography

Hosts Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes guests from all over the world to their quiet, scenic mountain retreat that is conveniently close to the heart of Downtown Missoula as well as the University of Montana.  Missoula Outdoor Cinema is just one of the many exciting activities to do in Montana this summer.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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

Missoula Osprey Baseball 2015

Missoula Osprey Schedule 2015

Missoula Osprey Baseball is a summer past-time available to guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  With this many games each season and several fireworks displays the Missoula Osprey games are fun for people of all ages.

This baseball season, the opening game is June 24th with several fun nights scheduled throughout the summer, such as t-shirt night and bobbleheads night.  The following is a listing of the local home games scheduled (subject to change based upon weather).

Scheduled home games:
June 2015
June 24th
Opening night for the Osprey home games, and Game Show Night
June 25th
Magnet Schedule Night
June 26th
Fireworks Extravaganza
June 27th
Saturday Weekly Brewfest, Big Sky Cheer Camp Performance and Launch-a-Ball
June 28th
Senior Sunday and Hit the Books Night
June 29th
Little League night, Military Monday, and Family Night
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July 2015
July 2nd
Ronald McDonald House Jersey Night, and Outdoors Night
July 3rd
Fireworks Extravaganza, Launch-a-Ball, and Ronald McDonald House Jersey Night
July 7th
Bike to the Ballpark, and Hit the Books Night
July 8th
Game Show Night and Hellgate Cheer Camp Performance
July 9th
Ladies Night
July 10th
Bobblehead Night – Sparky the Fire Dog
July 11th
Saturday Weekly Brewfest
July 12
Faith and Family Night, Senior Sunday
July 13th
Military Monday, Local Heroes Night
July 22nd
Game Show Night
July 23
Kids Eat Free
July 24th
Fireworks Extravaganza, Pioneer Days, and Photo Night
July 25th
Saturday Weekly Brewfest
July 28th
Environmental Awareness Night, Pioneer Days
July 29th
Game Show Night
July 30th
University of Montana Alumni Night
July 31st
Jake Lamb T-shirts

August 2015
August 1st
Bark in the Park, Pet Adoption Night, Saturday Weekly Brewfest
August 2nd
Medical Professional Night, Senior Sunday
August 14th
Fireworks Extravaganza, and Scout Night
August 15th
Renew Your Wedding Vows Night, Diamond Night, Saturday Weekly Brewfest
August 16th
Faith and Family Night, Senior Sunday, Hit the Books Wildcard Night, Teacher Appreciation Night
August 17th
Family Night, Military Monday
August 18th
Neighborhood Night, Bike to the Ballpark
August 19th
Game Show Night
August 20th
Stand Up 2 Cancer Night
August 25th
Bike to the Ballpark
August 26th
Game Show Night

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September 2015
September 1st
College Colors Day, and Bike to the Ballpark Night
September 2nd
Salute to Veterans Night, Game Show Night
September 3rd
Fan Appreciation Night, Team Photo
September 4th
Fireworks Extravaganza

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast hosts Brady and Elaine welcome you to stay at their scenic and luxurious bed and breakfast. Their peaceful Blue Mountain setting overlooks the beautiful Bitterroot River. Gourmet homemade breakfasts await guests each morning. Experience all that Missoula, Montana has to offer including watching exciting minor league baseball–America’s favorite pastime!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Splash Montana

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Splash Montana is located in Playfair Park at 3001 Bancroft Street in Missoula, Montana.  Visiting Splash Montana is a great way to cool off and celebrate that the Montana sun is shining!  Splash Montana has fun features:

  • Three exciting three-story waterslides
  • The Lake – Olympic-sized pool with 50-meter and 25-yard lap lanes
  • A swimmer-friendly zero-depth entry
  • Spray features and kiddie Grizzly slide
  • A lazy river float-way with a wild river branch
  • Floating play structures: log walk, floating otter, and water snake
  • Ranger Station cabana rentals
  • Crazy Creek Café
  • Fireline Grill

Summer Hours: June 12 – August 8

Monday – Friday Saturday & Sunday
11:30am – 8pm 11am – 6pm

Late Summer Hours – August 9 – 25
Monday – Friday Saturday & Sunday
11am – 7:30pm 11am – 6pm

Playfair Park

  1. Baseball diamond
  2. Basketball court
  3. Horseshoes
  4. Ice skating
  5. Jogging Trail
  6. Picnic tables
  7. Play equipment
  8. Restrooms
  9. Shelter
  10. Soccer field
  11. Splash Montana
  12. Swimming pool
  13. Tennis court
  14. Volleyball court

When you visit Splash Montana at Playfair Park in Missoula, you are welcome to be overnight guests at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Our luxurious accommodations include five well-appointed guest rooms as well as access to our recreation area in the Lodge.  We have a deluxe pool table for playing billiards and a wide-screen theatre system for viewing movies while tasting popcorn or other snacks.  Each morning, hosts Brady and Elaine will treat you to a fresh gourmet breakfast.

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With scenic views of nature, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bonding time with loved ones.

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There are also plenty of other things to see and do within our community of Missoula, Montana.  Activities like:

This and so much more await you and yours. Now is a great time to visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!

Missoula Montana Dining

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Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is located in scenic Missoula, Montana.  After enjoying a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning, you are fueled up to begin a wonderful day.  The next time you get hungry (which will be awhile given our hearty breakfast portions), there is no shortage of great local places for Missoula Montana dining.

  • Butterfly Herbs: 232 Higgens Ave. (406) 728-8780 Established in 1972, offering fresh coffees, teas, homemade soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, and coffee ice cream specialties
  • Café Zydeco: 2101 Brooks Street (406) 926-2578 Unique Cajun restaurant known for Po-boys, Gumbos, Etouffee, and Beignets
  • Caffe Dolce: 500 Brooks Street (406) 830-3055 ext. 3 Fine dining with informal flare, seasonal contemporary Italian menus including pasta, pizza, and seafood, stunning collection of artisanal wines
  • Catalyst Café: 111 N Higgins Ave. (406) 542-1337 Offer delicious options for all, including vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs
  • El Cazador: 101 S. Higgins (406) 728-3657 Tasty authentic and traditional Mexican dishes
  • Finn and Porter: 100 Madison (406) 542-4660 Featuring seafood, steak, and chops and offering a fabulous view with extraordinary service
  • Iza: 529 South Higgins Ave. (406) 830-3237 Contemporary local Asian cuisine featuring organic, gluten free, and vegan options
  • Mackenzie River Pizza Company: 137 W. Front Street (406) 721-0077 and 5210 Grant Creek Road (406) 721-0099 Gourmet pizzas, hearty sandwiches, signature soups, Montana-sized salads and pastas, gluten-free crust available
  • Mustard Seed Asian Café: Southgate Mall (406) 542-7333 Asian-style dishes made to order with lean meats and fresh vegetables, signature sauces and dressing prepared from scratch everyday, award-winning desserts
  • Red Bird: Historic Florence Building, 111 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 1000 (406) 549-2906 Wine Bar with over 25 wines by the glass, extensive beer menu with live music on Mondays, intimate evening dining, showcasing local ingredients and transforming them into edible artwork
  • Wheat Montana: 2520 S. 3rd St. W (corner of 3rd and Reserve) (406) 327-0900 Handcrafted sandwiches on healthy Wheat Montana bread, fresh baked goods, soup, salad, espresso
  • Worden’s Market and Deli: 451 N. Higgins Ave. (406) 549-1293 Voted Missoula’s Best Deli, Best Wine, and Best Beer; cheeses, breads, coffee, football-size sandwiches and salads

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood extend warm hospitality to their bed and breakfast guests.  Whether you want to be left alone (they respect the desire for privacy) or you need local recommendations based upon your unique interests, Brady and Elaine aim to please.  Make your next vacation a trip to lovely Missoula, Montana.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Picture by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

April Events in Missoula!

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APRIL in MISSOULA is the time when the hills really do start to come a live with “The Sound of Music!”  The colorful sights and sounds of birds and blooms, hikers, bikers and community fun are everywhere to be found.  There is literally something for everyone at this time of year, so come out of winter hibernation to enjoy the many festive events!

-MMAC (Museum of Art & Culture) is celebrating 120 years of exhibiting Montana’s art collection pieces.  Currently, a beautiful tapestry depicting every day life in Belgium, is among the art being exhibited.  This viewing opportunity runs through May 23 at U of M’s Paxon and Meloy Galleries PAR/TV center.

 

3-12-05 powwow 017-Missoula’s 47th annual Kyi-Yo PowWow takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18.  The theme this year is “We Are Montana.”  You shouldn’t miss all of the colorful and extremely talented dancers and drum groups that come from far and wide to attend and help unify Native American traditions.  The first Grand Entry Event begins on Friday at 7:00 P.M.

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-A World Rhythms Concert with guest artist Edi Gbordzi, who grew up in Ghana, begins Friday, April 17th at 7:30.  The events, including workshops, will be held in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana.  U of M’s West African Ensemble, along with other multi-cultural groups will perform!

-The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is full of life, particularly in the early spring.  Take the short drive to Stevensville on Saturday, April 18th for a beginning birders walk at 10:00.

5-03 034 small-Join the Montana Native Plant Society (Clark Fork Chapter) for an evening flower stroll in Pattee Canyon.  Fairy Slippers, Glacier Lilies and Violets are among some of the flowers you may see on this April 18th evening.  What a great way to celebrate Earth Day: click on the link for car pool information.

-Join Missoulians on Bicycles for several different weekend rides.  On Saturday, April 18th the group will meet in Lolo and on Sunday, April 19th in Missoula.  Be sure to click on the link for more information or call Chris Jauquet at 593-0032.

-The 38th International Wildlife Film Festival starts Saturday, April 18th with the Wildwalk Parade.  The week-long festival offers many viewings to choose from and culminates on April 25th.  For a listing of films and festival events, visit the link above.

fish photoJazzoula 2015 helps extend our Missoula Jazz Festivals into April!  It is preceded by the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival which already occurred in March.  Missoula’s own local jazz artists will be featured from April 21-23rd- yep, we love to JAZZ things up in this town!

-Down the Hatch Fest, organized by The Orvis Company, takes place at Caras Park and the Wilma Theater for the third year!   This April 25th event promises to bring tons of food and fun to Missoula.  What better place than our own home town to put on a fishing and mini film festival?  Missoula and the surrounding areas have some of the best blue ribbon trout streams in the world and this event helps celebrate that fact.

Carlos Nakai Native Flute missoulianNative American Flutist, Carlos Nakai, (“Earth, Wind, Fire”) joins Darko Butorac and the Missoula Symphony as a guest performer.  This final concert of the season celebrates Earth Day and promises to be both unique and hauntingly beautiful.  Performances are April 25th at 7:30 P.M. and April 26th at 3:00 P.M.

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Run Wild Missoula Marathon

Missoula MarathonThe lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula is fortunate to be located in an active community that encourages running.  The Missoula Marathon, happening July 10-12 in 2015, is brought to us by Run Wild Missoula.  Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. With over 1,700 members, they offer races, group runs, track workouts, seminars and more.

Rated in 2010 as USA’s Best Marathon, experienced runners come back year after year to run the Missoula Marathon.  United States Olympian Jeff Galloway said that this is one of the top four or five courses he has ever run.  That should not discourage those with less experience, because this was also rated as one of the Top 10 Marathons for Beginners.  Now people from all fifty states plus at least ten different countries participate every year.

The people of Montana involved in organizing the race are passionate, friendly, and supportive.  They also are organized and give regular updates via email and social media for race participants to see.  Runners feel welcomed and prepared.  Missoula is a great place to stay active and live healthy.  Residents have the benefits that come from most bigger towns, but they still experience a local community feeling.

Starting at 6 am, with the sun coming up, runners begin with breathtaking views of the valley and the gorgeous surrounding mountains.  As they run in a beautiful ranch setting and up on the hillsides,  go past the University of Montana area, and on to Downtown Missoula.  As runners make that last turn onto Higgins, they experience a rush from the crowds of people lining the streets cheering them on.

The short five minute video below shows people exactly what to expect.  One runner said, “You try to find a course that is a little bit of everything and I think that is what Missoula is.”

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast can be your place of rest, with our luxurious bedrooms, and refreshment, with our delicious and hearty breakfasts. However you stay active or relax, hosts Brady and Elaine accommodate guests with their warm hospitality.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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