Blue Mountain bed and breakfast

Missoula Spring Theatre 2015

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are thankful that their guests can experience incredible theatrical performances right here in Missoula, Montana.
THE RAINMAKER — March 20-22, 25-29, 2015

The Missoula Community Theatre is proud to present THE RAINMAKER. Richard Nash’s charming non-musical play about love, family, drought and forgiveness. Greg Johnson, Artistic Director for the Montana Repertory Theatre, is the guest director of this romantic comedy, set on a Midwestern farm during the Great Depression. THE RAINMAKER is a story about the Curry family and the chances we take when we release ourselves of fear, habit and routine.

A classic of the American theatre, The Rainmaker is a romantic drama is set on a midwestern farm during a paralyzing drought. Lizzie Curry, a young woman whose hopes and dreams are as barren as the fields, falls for Starbuck, a smooth-talking traveler selling the promise of rain. Lizzie finds herself falling for him and must decide; is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?

This charming, non-musical play, is about love, desire and magic. It expresses these themes so resonantly that the play has been translated into forty languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954.

 

pippin_square_tileBlue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has majestic mountain views.  Our guests enjoy the beauty, peace, and gentle sounds of nature.  However, being located in Missoula, we are a short drive to the University of Montana.  The Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance present their masterful Montana Theatre productions conveniently close at 32 Campus Drive in Missoula.

Pippin by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Swartz is a Tony Award-winning musical about the search for meaning and the wish to lead an extraordinary life.  In a decidedly anachronistic King Charlemagne’s court, young prince Pippin must choose between contentment and glory and is guided and goaded on his quest by a troupe of traveling performers and their enigmatic, charismatic Leading Player. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 17 to March 28 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets today!

Wake up to freshly made gourmet breakfasts that are sure to please your palate! Missoula, Montana is full of exciting things to see and do, or if you prefer, you can relax right here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast since there is plenty of onsite leisure and activities. Either way, get ready for the Blue Mountain experience of your dreams!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Woman

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is pleased to announce that on Saturday March 14, Downtown Missoula is featuring their own St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at noon on South Higgins Street in Missoula, MT.  Dr. Dan Combo is this year’s Grand Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thane are Irishman and woman of the year. We encourage you all to attend as we honour these great Irish people.

On North Higgins, we recommend visiting the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Missoula.  In addition to their homemade brews, their menu features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees.  This is the perfect place to be refreshed after seeing the Missoula’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Their daily happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm.

 

Speaking of Irish happiness, this June, enjoy hearing angelic Irish music and seeing entertaining dance when the all-female Irish musical ensemble, Celtic Woman, perform live in the Adams Center on University of Montana’s Missoula campus.  This is their 10th Anniversary World Tour.  While the group’s performers have changed over the years, cumulatively, albums by Celtic Woman have sold over six million records worldwide.

This talented group of ladies have been described as “Riverdance for the voice.”  Don’t miss the inspiring performances of this timeless music complete with bagpipers, dancers, a full band and choir in an exceptional concert.

This brand new stage production celebrates the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favorites from the group’s treasure chest of songs including “Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.”  These musical ladies perform live in concert on Friday June 12 at 8 pm.

Any day of the year, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests.  Friendly innkeepers Brady and Elaine will help you feel right at home.  With the majestic Montana mountain views, luxurious amenities, and homemade gourmet breakfasts, guests always leave with smiles on their faces.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Candy and Chocolate Shops

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has majestic views, inviting hospitality, luxury accommodations, and gourmet breakfasts.  It can be even sweeter!  The following is a list of candy and chocolate shops in Missoula, Montana and within driving distance.  Chocolate connoisseurs and candy lovers can fall in love with our area’s delectable dessert delicacies!

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Candy and Chocolate Shops

Southgate Mall
2901 Brooks Street, #C11
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 542-1817

Step into a brightly lit, colorful, and musical place bursting with every kind of candy imaginable.  Adults experience nostalgia as they see rows upon rows of penny candies in glass jars.

 

Cherry Berry and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

2230 N Reserve St
Missoula, MT 59808 Phone number (406) 926-1007    

They specialize in house-made delicacies including caramel apples, fudge, and frozen yogurt!

 

The Sweets Barn

11380 Hwy 93 S
Lolo, MT 59847 Phone number (406) 926-1269    

The Sweets Barn carries award winning chocolates, teas and gourmet foods made fresh locally. They also offer nostalgic penny candy that line the walls inside, where people can help themselves to mix and match their favorite candy.

 

The Sweet Palace

The Sweet Palace

109 E. Broadway
Philipsburg, MT 59858
(888) 793-3896

Office Hours: 10am – 5pm September 1st through May 31st
10am – 6pm June 1st through August 31st 
CLOSED ON SATURDAYS

(a day trip from our B&B but so worth it and so well known!)

The Sweet Palace started making candy in 1934. In 1998, a candy store for all Montanans and guests opened. Visitors from all over the United States and from over 50 countries visit a Sweet Palace shop every year.  The aroma of freshly made candies arouses your senses and the elegance of the Victorian décor will take you back to another century. Be sure to join them while they create nostalgic, sumptuous sweets for gifting or indulging.  There are over 1,000 sweet selections!

The Montana Chocolate Company

Montana Chocolate Company

755 Main St or 129 N Higgins, Stevensville, Montana 59870

The most amazing, mouth-watering, delectable chocolate with Recipes Born & Raised in Montana! 100-year old family recipe.
Hand-dipped, special top secret recipes, and made with grace, integrity, and a great deal of Montana wisdom!
Wholesale, Retail, Corporate Gifts, Special Events, Restaurants

 

Posh Chocolat

111 N Higgins Ave – Inside the Historic Florence Hotel
Missoula, Montana
(406) 543-2566

Handcrafted artisan chocolates made in Missoula.

 

Brady and Elaine invite you to become guests at their magnificent bed and breakfast.  Enjoy a luxury getaway in a beautiful and scenic Montana hideaway.

Time is precious and is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones.  Bring your sweetheart to savor some peaceful and relaxing time together.  Remember these sweet places to savor divine chocolate and taste delicious candy!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

Our Photo Contest Winners

Our photo contest winners have been selected!  You may recall that we announced we were having a #BlueIsBeautiful Photo Contest back in November.  The #BlueIsBeautiful hashtag had to be used and the picture needed to be of something beautiful and blue in nature since we are named Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We are located in lovely Missoula, Montana!

The winner would be the one who tweeted or posted the picture that best represents the beauty of blue in nature as determined by innkeepers Brady and Elaine.  We had many entries and we are thankful for the great response and beautiful photos.

We said there would one Facebook winner and one Twitter winner.  The choice was really difficult to make.  In fact, for the Twitter contest,  we had two pictures that were equally beautiful so we had to pick both as the winning pictures!

Both the winning Facebook poster and the winning tweeters and their respective guest will each experience a free one-night stay for two at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!  This prize includes fresh gourmet breakfast for two in the morning.

The good news is that every person who entered the contest does receive a 15% off discount on their stay at Blue Mountain.  In fact, we have already had a couple people use that discount!

The winners must use their one-night gift certificate by January 15, 2016.  Please note that we have a two-night minimum during the summer months and holiday weekends that does still apply.  We are open during all of the amazing seasons of the year.

We are very thankful that there is so much beauty in nature here in the United States and all over the world!  Blue is beautiful!  Congratulations Tammy Lee, Dan Miller, and Jeff Calihan on winning our photo contest!

 

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Our Facebook Winner is Tammy Lee with this “Ice” photo

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Miller Blue Lakes Colorado took himself.

Our Twitter co-winner is Dan Miller with this “Blue Lakes Colorado” photo


 

 

 

 

Jeff Callihan Glacier Blue

Our Twitter co-winner is Jeff Calihan with this “Glacier Blue” photo

 

 

 

 

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Montana Bakeries

Missoula, Montana bakeries that come highly recommended from Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are featured below.

Bagels on Broadway is the perfect lunch stop in the downtown Missoula area, plus they offer delivery for downtown Missoula. Fresh, made-to-order sandwiches are made complete with their meal accompanists such as juices, milk, sodas, chips, fruit, cookies, and yogurt parfaits topped with their homemade granola.  Bagels on Broadway does offer breakfast, but guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will receive our delicious complimentary homemade gourmet breakfast each morning of their time with us.

Top 50 Cupcakes in America — #37 Bernice's Bakery (Missoula, MT)

Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula offers something different for lunch every day and promises to use the best ingredients that can be found.  You can count on it being fresh, delicious, and affordable.  All of their sandwiches are made on bread baked in their kitchen and include vegetarian choices.  A scratch made soup will always be part of the equation as well.  Guests can find something tasty for lunch from 11 am to 4 pm, seven days a week.  In addition, their bakery offers treats and desserts (including wedding cakes) and they also offer delicious and creative holiday fresh baked goods!

 

 

After 13 years, Montana residents Jack and Christy Wich were able to move the Bake Shop out of their house.  In June of 2010 the Black Cat Bake Shop opened at 2000 West Broadway in Missoula. A wedding cake should showcase your personality while representing your love and commitment for each other in beautiful edible art!   Let their chefs use their creativity and passion to create a wedding cake for you that is the perfect marriage of exquisite taste and elegant design.  They also serve delicious organic hearth bread as well as beverages including coffee, espresso, and tea.  The Black Cat is active in community fundraisers, so look for certain events!

The Buttercup Market offers lunch 11 am to 3 pm daily.  From soups and sandwiches to salads and empanadas, they have something delicious waiting for you.  In the market they offer a wide range of local, regional, organic, and gluten free produce and products.  Whether it’s from their dairy case, meat freezer, bulk grain section, beer and wine area, or off their shelves, guests are sure to find some fantastic Montana goods!  The Buttercup is an important link to our community as well- they often host shows and receptions featuring local, Missoula artists.  It’s always spring at The Buttercup because the name refers to the first wildflower to bloom in our area!

 

 

Cupcake Cowboy is a gourmet cupcake company in Missoula that bakes tasty cupcakes from scratch using the best ingredients.  This mother-daughter run company takes orders for birthdays, weddings, and special events.  They even offer flavorful gluten-free cupcakes.  Take a look at their delightful Facebook page.  Your mouth will water when you see their cupcake creations, guaranteed!

 

Great Harvest Bread Company serves fresh sandwiches for lunch during 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.  They offer catering of sandwiches and salads in large quantities for events.   Their whole wheat bread is rich, moist, hearty, great-tasting, and full of vitamins.  This locally owned and operated Missoula bakery (by Linda and Dave) knows their Montana wheat farmers by first name.  They also know their frequent customers on that basis as well.  Located close to Hellgate Highschool, they are always handing out free samples to hungry teens and anyone who comes through their door.  Their apple-crunch loaf and holiday specials are one of a kind!

 

Le Petit Outre, loosely translated as ‘The Little Outrageous’, is a locally owned Missoula bakery offering a wide range of breads and pastries. From their delicious hearth breads to their decadent pastries, people can stop by their retail shop on 129 4th St. West in Missoula, Montana,  or find their goods at Missoula’s finest grocers and restaurants.  If you’d like to take an inexpensive trip to Europe, Le Petit Outre will take you there!

The Pearl Cafe Logo

The Pearl Café  at 231 East Front Street in Missoula, Montana is open Monday through Saturday starting at 5 pm.  Pearl Cafe received the Best Restaurant, Best Romantic Dining and Best Restaurant Service in a polling of Missoulians by the Missoula Independent in 2010.  In addition to their romantic dinners, they have a bakery that makes a lot of beautiful wedding cakes.

breakfast4Brady and Elaine offer a wonderful mountain bed and breakfast for relaxation as well as fun activities.  Guests can enjoy their tasty Blue Mountain breakfasts and later in the day visit these local Missoula, Montana bakeries with incredibly fresh bread, soups, sandwiches, and treats!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Winter Fun

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is thankful for all the outdoor winter fun that Missoula, Montana and our surrounding area offers our guests.  From downhill skiing to cross-country skiing, from ice fishing to ice skating, and snowmobiling to snowshoeing.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly ski destination, check out Discovery Ski Area, or “Disco” to locals. It has a variety of terrain, with plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as some highly-technical runs on the backside. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Missoula in Philipsburg, Montana.  180 Discovery Basin Road   406-563-2184

Lookout Pass Ski Trails are open 6 days a week in January & February, Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed on Tuesdays. Lifts operate 9-4PM PST on weekdays and  8:30-4PM on weekends. There are nine un-groomed trails that make a total of 7.3 miles down into the basin. The Lookout Pass Alpine Skiing Area is right next to the cross-country ski trails and snowmobiling opportunities. These trails are not groomed.

Average Annual Snowfall: 400 inches

* Terrain: 540 acres with 34 named runs
and prime powder glades:
20% Easiest
50% Intermediate
20% Advanced
10% Expert
* Lifts: 3 double chairs and 1 triple chair
* Vertical Drop:  1,150’
* Base Elevation:  4,500
* Summit Elevation: 5,650
* Longest Run:  1.5 miles
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, a 3,200-acre recreation area on the on the east side of Missoula, is a popular getaway for locals and visitors. The extensive, 27 miles of system trails is open year-round to non-motorized use and available to hikers, mountain bikers, joggers, and the trails are groomed for cross country skiers.   These recreation area trails and roads connect the University of Montana and the Clark Fork River areas.
Few communities enjoy a place quite like the 60,000-acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness just north of Missoula. Montana’s premier urban wilderness blends the best of both wilderness and civilization.  Rest assured that, despite its name, there have been no verified sightings of rattlesnakes in this area. You will, however, find ample opportunities to view many other wildlife species, including beaver, deer, elk, mountain goats and black bear.

A well-developed trail network in the Rattlesnake’s lower reaches gives you a variety of options for day trips – or you can pack overnight gear and venture farther into the high-country wilderness.  You can camp anywhere beyond a three-mile radius from the Rattlesnake’s main trailhead, known as the “South Zone” (off Sawmill Gulch Road just west of Rattlesnake Drive).

When snow conditions permit, the main Rattlesnake and side drainages are readily accessible to cross-country skiers. Missoula Nordic Ski Club offers some grooming of the Rattlesnake Recreation Area from the main trailhead to Franklin Bridge.

Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails are a series of linked ski trails.  Their trails consistently receive rave reviews and regular use from skiers living within a 150-mile radius, while their races and other events bring many users from greater distances. There is a trail or a loop for skiers of all levels and abilities, from hard-core racers to families looking to experience some healthy outdoor activity in the fresh winter air of western Montana.

 

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the cold winter months. Just make sure to bundle up to keep yourself warm while you’re out on the ice.

  • Half way between Kalispell and Missoula (roughly a 120 mile distance), Flathead Lake is the largest natural body of fresh water west of the Mississippi River. Although the lake seldom freezes over entirely, most of the bays will freeze thick enough to support ice fishing activity.  Expect to find lake & whitefish trout, yellow perch & cutthroat trout.
  • Georgetown Lake is a popular ice fishing location near Anaconda, MT (90 miles from Missoula, or an hour and 40 minutes by car) that has easy access, and only a short distance from the Discovery Basin Ski Area. The most common fish caught are salmon, rainbow & brook trout.
  • Seeley Swan Lake is among the many numerous lakes present in the Seeley Swan Valley are the highly popular Salmon, Holland Placid Lakes that are an easy day trip from Missoula. Expect to find bull trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon & northern pike.

 

Ice skating in Missoula is almost always accompanied by a roaring bonfire somewhere close to the ice rink. Warm your fingers and lift your spirit enough to get back into the cold gliding bliss of skating.

  • Located at the fairgrounds, Glacier Ice Rink has both an indoor and outdoor rink. With reasonable rates on rentals and public skating available daily from September through May, the whole family will have fun gliding around the large arena.
  • Another option for ice skating is in the Rattlesnake Area, at Pineview Park. Since 1975 the Rattlesnake Hockey Assocation has been flooding a portion of the park for winter skating. Hours vary due to the weather, and you’ll need to bring your own skates.

Missoula is at the epicenter of several great mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Did you know Missoula has its very own ski area? The Snowbowl is located just 20 minutes from downtown Missoula. The Snowbowl’s terrain is comprised of 2,600 vertical feet and just over 900 acres. The Snowbowl isn’t the only area that is just a short drive from Missoula. Discovery Ski Area, Blacktail Mountain, Lookout Pass and Lost Trail Powder Mountain are all trips that you can do in a day.

 

Starting at either Lolo Hot Springs or at Lolo Pass 7 miles west, snowmobilers can conduct their own modern-day explorations, crossing 250 miles of groomed, connecting trails in the Lolo and Clearwater National Forest.  Snowmobiling in Missoula is fast, fun and addictive.  Snowmobile rentals are available at Lolo Hot Springs. A full range of visitor services, including snowmobile rentals, sales, and service are available in Missoula.

Snowshoeing in Missoula is truly an adventure. With the ability to set out in any direction and find unmistakable views and a winter wonderland, is what makes snowshoeing here great.  After a day of fun in the snow and ice, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can relax at a local restaurant and retreat to their rooms for more togetherness.  Each morning Innkeepers Brady and Elaine prepare a fabulous gourmet breakfast for their guests.  Are you ready for some Missoula winter fun?

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Made in Missoula

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Liquid Planet, a favorite local Missoula coffee shop, was founded by a university professor who set out to create the evolution of the coffeehouse and develop a new culture of beverage.

 

During his student days, he owned and operated the “Java Bus”, the first espresso and specialty coffee business on the University of Montana campus.   Liquid Planet has an online store in addition to their store location at 223 N Higgins in Missoula, Montana.

Liquid Planet believes that life quite literally revolves around beverage.  Their mission is to create a purposeful and trusted brand of beverage that will lead to a more healthy and quality lifestyle.  They do this while incorporating sustainable business practices throughout their company.  Liquid Planet was established as a “green” beverage company with a special focus on all-natural, organic and sustainability.

Considering the fact that every human being consumes well over 50,000 gallons of liquids during the average lifetime, it is no wonder there is such a demand for beverage variety and equally important – quality. The ultimate goal of Liquid Planet is to raise the culture of beverage to a wholesome new level.

 

Liquid Planet has gone on to create what they say are the finest organic and all-natural coffees, teas, flavored syrups, cocoas, chai, smoothies and frappes in the world.  Liquid Planet is also the place to find the best of beverage makers, brewers, and the finest accessories for beverage creation and service in your home or office.

Liquid Planet produced the video below, asking a variety of people in Missoula what is their favorite thing about Missoula?  The most common response was the people of Missoula and the sense of community.  Specific comments about the people were that they are friendly, happy, open, and accepting.  It is easy to make friends wherever you sit down.

Missoula is a relaxed environment that is just the right size to have a diverse amount of people.  Some say Missoula is the nicest place to be in Montana.  There is so much culture to discover!  Spending time outdoors is great all four seasons.   There are plenty of coffee shops to savor.  People like walking (and shopping) Downtown and visiting the market on Saturdays.  Missoula has a place for you no matter what your interests.

Missoula has a variety of restaurants (see Destination Missoula’s list of restaurants and food trucks) to cater to whatever guests are in the mood to eat.  From the unique feeling of downtown to the outer edges of Missoula, there is sure to be a local restaurant to make your taste buds happy.  If you are looking for something new and uniquely Montana, try a delicious bison burger from one of the half dozen local Missoula restaurants (listed below) who serve them to their diners.

 

Blue Bison Grill  123 W Front St.

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

Blue Canyon  3720 N Reserve St

 

James Bar 127 West Adler

 

Paradise Falls  3621 Brooks St.

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Red Bird  111 N Higgins Ave

River City Grill & Blackfoot  7985 Mt Hwy 200 E in East Missoula

 

Two personal favorite “Made in Missoula” places of Innkeepers Brady & Elaine:

The Buttercup Market and Café located one block from University of Montana campus (1221 Helen Ave)

The Silk Road main floor in the historic Crystal Theater building (515 South Higgins Ave)

 

“Made in Missoula” means made with love from someone in Missoula.  This is especially true of our tasty buttermilk biscuits we bake for our guests to enjoy.  In fact, the gourmet breakfasts alone at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast have our guests wishing they could stay longer!  Brady and Elaine are the perfect hosts at this scenic mountain getaway!  Book your stay today!

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Gorgeous View: Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

New Year’s Poetry: The Seasons

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A New Year’s Poem
From Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

“The Flight of December”

Where did the last of December go?
Whisked away by blowing snow
Taken on the wings of birds
Lovely songs now distant words

What is changed come New Year’s Day?
Some things gone whilst others stay
Reflecting back on days gone by
Renewed delight in winter’s sky

By Elaine Anderson-Wood
January 1, 2015

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Our library here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, as well as our small gift store, provide a wide variety of reading materials for your enjoyment!  Below, I’ve shared one of my favorite poems that fits particularly well with this time of year.

I love Swinburne’s poetic style as he describes each season of the New Year!  Enjoy the addition of photos taken here at the bed and breakfast.  We wish everyone a very happy 2015! 

 “A Year’s Carols”

By: Algernon Charles Swinburne

JANUARY

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HAIL, January, that bearest here
On snowbright breasts the babe-faced year
That weeps and trembles to be born.
Hail, maid and mother, strong and bright,
Hooded and cloaked and shod with white,
Whose eyes are stars that match the morn.
Thy forehead braves the storm’s bent bow,
Thy feet enkindle stars of snow.

 

 

FEBRUARY

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Wan February with weeping cheer,
Whose cold hand guides the youngling year
Down misty roads of mire and rime,
Before thy pale and fitful face
The shrill wind shifts the clouds apace
Through skies the morning scarce may climb.
Thine eyes are thick with heavy tears,
But lit with hopes that light the year’s.

 

 

MARCH

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Hail, happy March, whose foot on earth
Rings as the blast of martial mirth
When trumpets fire men’s hearts for fray.
No race of wild things winged or finned
May match the might that wings thy wind
Through air and sea, through scud and spray.
Strong joy and thou were powers twin-born
Of tempest and the towering morn.

 

APRIL

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Crowned April, king whose kiss bade earth
Bring forth to time her lordliest birth
When Shakespeare from thy lips drew breath
And laughed to hold in one soft hand
A spell that bade the world’s wheel stand,
And power on life, and power on death,
With quiring suns and sunbright showers
Praise him, the flower of all thy flowers.

 

MAY

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Hail, May, whose bark puts forth full-sailed
For summer; May, whom Chaucer hailed
With all his happy might of heart,
And gave thy rosebright daisy-tips
Strange frarance from his amorous lips
That still thine own breath seems to part
And sweeten till each word they say
Is even a flower of flowering May.

 

 

JUNE

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Strong June, superb, serene, elate
With conscience of thy sovereign state
Untouched of thunder, though the storm
Scathe here and there thy shuddering skies
And bid its lightning cross thine eyes
With fire, thy golden hours inform
Earth and the souls of men with life
That brings forth peace from shining strife.

 

 JULY

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Hail, proud July, whose fervent mouth
Bids even be morn and north be south
By grace and gospel of thy word,
Whence all the splendour of the sea
Lies breathless with delight in thee
And marvel at the music heard
From the ardent silent lips of noon
And midnight’s rapturous plenilune.

 

AUGUST

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Great August, lord of golden lands,
Whose lordly joy through seas and strands
And all the red-ripe heart of earth
Strikes passion deep as life, and stills
The folded vales and folding hills
With gladness too divine for mirth,
The gracious glories of thine eyes
Make night a noon where darkness dies.

 

SEPTEMBER

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Hail, kind September, friend whose grace
Renews the bland year’s bounteous face
With largess given of corn and wine
Through many a land that laughs with love
Of thee and all the heaven above,
More fruitful found than all save thine
Whose skies fulfil with strenuous cheer
The fervent fields that knew thee near.

 

OCTOBER

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October of the tawny crown,
Whose heavy-laden hands drop down
Blessing, the bounties of thy breath
And mildness of thy mellowing might
Fill earth and heaven with love and light
Too sweet for fear to dream of death
Or memory, while thy joy lives yet,
To know what joy would fain forget.

 

NOVEMBER

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Hail, soft November, though thy pale
Sad smile rebuke the words that hail
Thy sorrow with no sorrowing words
Or gratulate thy grief with song
Less bitter than the winds that wrong
Thy withering woodlands, where the birds
Keep hardly heart to sing or see
How fair thy faint wan face may be.

 

DECEMBER

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December, thou whose hallowing hands
On shuddering seas and hardening lands
Set as a sacramental sign
The seal of Christmas felt on earth
As witness toward a new year’s birth
Whose promise makes thy death divine,
The crowning joy that comes of thee
Makes glad all grief on land or sea.

Brief Biography:

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne poet
Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet, playwright and novelist.  The eldest of six children, he was born in London, England (1837) to a wealthy family.  Swinburne’s father was an admiral, and his mother was a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Ashburnham.  He was educated at Eton and at Balliol College in Oxford, but never completed a degree.  The lack of a degree and his struggle with alcoholism didn’t stop him from success, however.  Swinburne was one of the most accomplished lyric poets of the Victorian era- nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909 (the year of his death).  Apparently, H. P. Lovecraft considered Swinburne “the only real poet in either England or America after the death of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.” 1   Besides his love of writing, Swinburne was said to enjoy riding his pony across the moors; just a little tidbit that for me helps romanticize his character even more!
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1.  H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters: Volume 1. Sauk City: WI: Arkham House, 1965, p. 73

Blue Mountain Christmas 2014

Brady and Elaine love sharing the beauty of their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana!  This is the most wonderful time of year to reflect upon fond memories during this Christmas and to look forward to brand new experiences in the coming New Year.

 

There is so much to do in Missoula during the winter time.  Ice fishing, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing,  snowboarding, snowshoeing,  and even snowmobiling.

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This antique formerly was a covered wagon

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Guests will see this sign while on their way to Missoula!

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Our Blue Mountain B&B sign next to some greenery with bows

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The table is set just for you this Christmas!

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We make Aebelskivers, a delicious Danish delicacy

 

More information about how we spend the holidays, and our delicious recipe for Aebelskivers, can be found in last season’s blog post.

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Our Blue Mountain coffee mug and a University of Montana Grizzly alongside holiday pine cones

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The little carved horses are Dala Horses (Swedish) and are toys based from Fjord horses like the mare we have at Blue Mountain.

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Swedish Christmas books with figurines

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The Blue Mountain Christmas tree next to our piano

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This bird reminds us of the real birds we see outside our B&B!

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We put flags from around the world on our Christmas tree

We sell Christmas gifts, including precious ornaments, as well as other unique gifts in our Wood Ducks and More Country Store.

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The Nutcracker ballet was named after this festive holiday decoration

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Missoula’s Downtown Hand-Carved Carousel is offering free rides on Christmas Day starting at 11 am!

We extend an invitation to all those interested in taking the Montana vacation of their dreams in the New Year to come. Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are pleased to show their hospitality to you and yours.

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Our Hawk Hill Lodge coated with beautiful snow

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From our deck, guests get a gorgeous view of snow-covered trees

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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