Blue Mountain bed and breakfast

Make Your Heart Happy in Missoula, Montana

Did you know that Missoula, Montana is the perfect place to visit?  Especially when you become a guest at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. You will enjoy spectacular views of the stunning Bitterroot River, encompassing mountains, and beautiful valley below.  Our comfortable and elegant B&B offers a relaxing mountain retreat to our guests.

Conveniently close to the peaceful and scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, the International Heart Institute of Montana brings together a recognized team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and researchers to perform advanced cardiac procedures and to search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease. Founded in 1995, IHI involves physicians and staff of St. Patrick Hospital and The University of Montana in Missoula.  They are one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in our country.

With your doctor’s approval, you can take good care of your heart by walking, biking, or hiking the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Travelers’ Rest State Park and the Lolo Trail are only four miles from our door.  Blue Mountain’s Bed and Breakfast offers privacy to our guests as well as a window to Montana’s many native birds, chipmunks and wildlife in their own natural habitat.  Walk our grounds to see our delightful garden and take in our gorgeous panoramic view of the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine know a lot about the history of the area.  In fact, family stories related to the settling of the West include a great, grand uncle who was one of the first tour guides in Yellowstone Park.  They share their family’s history with informative and entertaining displays and albums at their bed and breakfast.  

Elaine is a certified tour guide who can provide you with a personal camp-side Montana Trails and Tales “tour” (with advanced reservations). While relaxing in either the forested picnic area or the Lodge, enjoy a personal storytelling hour as she introduces you to the fascinating oral history of the area through story and song. Whether you are vacationing, taking a business trip, or visiting the Heart Institute, make your heart happy by booking a reservation today!

Missoula’s Live Music Scene

Musical Moments in Missoula:  

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Swing de Gitanes: Bass-ic Detail

Missoula’s Scenic SYMPHONY:  Missoula brings music to the heart and soul year-round.  The Missoula Symphony, under the direction of Darko Butorac, is spectacular for a town this size and various concerts span the different seasons   (including Missoula’s Symphony in the Park).  You won’t want to miss April 26th and 27th, 2014 when the symphony features “Lord of the Ring” with guest soloist Eric Ruske on French Horn.

All That JAZZ: For me, the season of Spring seems to truly renew the town’s musical spirit!  Come late March, Missoula ushers in a variety of vibrant sounds with a special flourish.  In fact Friday, March 28th, 2014 kicks off U of M’s 34th annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Every year, this festival brings in some of the best soloists and ensembles in the region as well as the U.S.  The talent rivals that of a big city and turns Missoula into a magical place of bold sound and bright lights.  Big Band, Dixieland, Blues, Bebop- you name it… there’s lots of rhythm and style to go around!  This year’s guest artists include Clipper Anderson (Bass), Dana Landry (piano), Dave Pietro (sax), Erik Applegate (bass), Jim White (percussion), and Vern Sielert (trumpet).   Young and old will enjoy Friday and Saturday evening performances in the Dennison Theater at 7:30 p.m.  Daytime jazz clinics at U of M’s School of Music are always an inspiration to college, high school and middle school students.  Some of my best high school and college memories revolve around this festival, started by Lance Boyd in the 1980’sRob Tapper now organizes this top notch, two-day celebration of music and musicians.  So, if you’re trying to “drum up” something to do, count this fantastic jazz festival in!  Please click on the following link for TICKET and master class information or call 243-6885.


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From SOUL to ROCK and ROLL:  Several other “spring flings” to enjoy include Montana Jam- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (April 5th at the Top Hat Lounge, 134 W. Front St.).  Their music crosses several genres, from soul to rockin’ roll- including songs from The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Hot Chocolate and other sometimes spontaneous selections.  The Top Hat brings a wide range of musical venues to Missoula-  it’s definitely worth checking out!

Blue for BLUEGRASS: Missoula’s premier bluegrass Ruby Jewel Jamboree- The Kathy Kallick Band will perform on April 7th, 2014 at Ruby’s Inn.  Kallick is well known in bluegrass circles and just released her 17th album!  The Ruby Jewel Jamboree started in 2010 and is a tribute to Ruby Erck who founded Ruby’s Inn.   Ruby’s daughter, Phyllis Erck, is president of the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association. The goal of her musical endeavor is to bring talented bluegrass bands and performers to Montana and the West.  Instead of hosting one large bluegrass event, talented names like Junior Sisk and Bradford Lee Folk ,will be spread out through both the spring and summer.


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CELTIC Class:  As the summer heats up, stop by Caras Park to take in The Celtic Dragon Pipe Band and other talented performers during Missoula’s Celtic Fest: July 25-26th, 2014. The big tent looking out over the Clark Fork River is the  perfect way to cool off in the heat of summer.  Other 2014 Caras Park events offer tons of family fun both in the shade and the sun!





Enjoy an evening out and then come back “home” to Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  If your adrenaline is still pumping, then sit down and improvise to your heart’s content on the living room grand.  You can also relax in a comfy chair and listen to the old player piano.  If what you really need is some good old fashioned shut eye, enjoy a soak in your private jetted tub followed by a restful night of sleep.



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Missoula Bed & Breakfast and the Missoula Art Museum

It can be pleasant to take a little trip to our Blue Mountain bed and breakfast. Here you can enjoy the serenity of our peaceful and scenic location and still be close to the city, where you can enjoy the arts. Our Missoula lodging is nestled on twenty acres of wildlife habitat that is adjacent to National Forest. There are trails leading from our door into the wilderness, and you are almost sure to spot some kind of wildlife while staying here. At the same time, a short drive takes guests into the heart of Missoula, with its museums, cinemas and fine restaurants.

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

John Armstrong at Missoula Art Museum

Take some time on your next trip to our Missoula bed and breakfast to visit the Missoula Art Museum. The work of Master Printer John Armstrong is on exhibition until May 23. According to the MAM website, the 21 most recent works selected by curator Stephen Gleuckert “bring to the forefront the artists sensitivity, intuitive color sense, consistent instinct for compositional resolution, and ever present spirit of experimentation.” In addition, the museum is showcasing over forty five pieces by various artists who have used the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. Armstrong’s influence on this body of work is apparent, and underscores the spirit of collaboration that pervades the Armstrong-Prior Print workshop. Look for works by Rudy Autio, Philip Curtis, Dorothy Fratt, Karen Jilly, Virgil Ortiz, Vernon Patrick, Akio Takamori, and Patti Warashina.

Photo courtesy of the Missoula Art Museum.