Blue Mountain Recreation Area

Plan Now for a Fall Getaway to Missoula

Mountain top hiking trail with autumn foliage, blue sky and distant mountain peaksFall is a favorite season for those that love the outdoors in Missoula. The cooler weather, brilliant fall colors and quieter hiking trails all make fall the best time for a getaway. The beautiful landscape with rivers, lakes, forests and mountains are home to all kinds of wildlife. Explore beautiful trails leading to sweeping vistas of the glowing autumn treetops. Along the way watch for a variety of birds and mammals that make their home in the Montana landscape. Keep enjoying the great views after a day of fall hiking, by staying at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. Nestled in a mountainside overlooking the Bitterroot River and surrounding valley, our guests wake up to breathtaking views each day. That along with a hearty, gourmet breakfast will have you ready for another day of adventures. Reserve your luxury suite with us today and a relaxing fall vacation in beautiful Missoula.

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Top Nature Preserves to Visit Near Missoula

Clear mountain river running through a green forestSimply put, Missoula worships the outdoors. That’s why nature preserves are found everywhere, not only in the countryside but also right in the city’s downtown. Find a quiet retreat just blocks from bustling restaurants. Explore challenging steep hikes or easy nature trails, all with in the same preserve. Some parks are known for their glacier lakes and plunging waterfalls, while others are home to abundant wildlife. And almost every activity can be found from hiking, biking and horseback riding to boating, fishing and photography. Plan your summer getaway here at a tranquil mountainside retreat that’s close to everything. The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, just minutes from downtown Missoula, has everything needed for a perfect summer vacation. Wake up each morning with sweeping valley and mountain views. Each private suite includes its’ own bath with jetted tubs, to soothe tired muscles after hiking or biking. And our hearty, gourmet breakfast will have you ready for another day exploring the beautiful landscape. Book your outdoor adventure with us today.

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Welcome to Fall in Missoula!

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

Wildlife in Missoula, MontanaThe spring and summer months in Missoula are perfect for getting outside and enjoying the splendid and abundant nature that surrounds us.  Whether you venture into the Blue Mountain Recreation Area just behind our Inn, the Lolo National Forest, or anywhere else near the rugged town of Missoula, you’re sure to find untold treasures, spectacular views, and plenty of wild creatures along the way.  In fact, the opportunities for wildlife watching in Missoula are unparalleled if you’re patient.  Venture into the wilderness, and you might just find bald eagles, osprey, bighorn sheep, badgers, mountain goats, deer, and so much more.  Our Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to begin your journey, with 20 private acres of wildlife habitat, directly bordering a national forest.  Pack your binoculars and field guides, and book your room at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Discover Mountain Biking in Missoula

Mountain Biking in Missoula, MontanaIt’s hard to believe that Labor Day is almost here, which means that the unofficial end to summer is just around the corner. In Missoula, though, there’s still plenty of days left for adventure in the beautiful outdoors. Missoula is a place where you’ll find miles upon miles of exhilarating biking adventures, whether on mountain trails or bike lanes and road routes.  In fact, Missoula has been ranked a gold-level bike friendly city, and a Top 5 Large U.S. Cities for Biking.  These distinctions reserved for a small handful of exceptional communities around the country.  With a new trail opening near our Bed and Breakfast, now is a great time to come to Missoula for a mountain biking adventure.  Book a room at our luxury Missoula Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

Montana Grizzly or Black Bear?

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      “Did I just see a Montana Grizzly or was that a Black Bear?” 

 

 

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This weekend has proven to be quite the bear sightseeing tour!  Be happy that’s not bare (as in the latest Missoula bike festival- don’t ask)!
If you are coming to Missoula, Montana for some wildlife viewing, the best place to see a grizzly is in the Washington-Grizzly Stadium during a home game.  Missoulians are pretty proud of their football team.  Outside of the stadium, however, some people aren’t as wild about the re-introduction of the Grizzly.  That’s a whole new topic and a story for later on.

Few, if any,  grizzly bears are seen in the Missoula/Lolo area and thankfully, we’ve never personally run into one while exploring the woods.  However, if you happen to visit Glacier DO REMEMBER that grizzly bears go hiking too!  The probability of running into a bear of any kind in Montana is much less than meeting an angry person which means the statistics of bear run-ins are pretty low.   In reality, Missoula doesn’t harbor many angry people, there are too many things to do and enjoy here!

 

DSCF2898smallNow if you dig a bit deeper, Montana history is full of interesting stories where men and women clash over many issues.  Our own road “Deadman Gulch” actually earned its name years ago from an argument over water rights that obviously didn’t go so well for one individual.  Montana does have an interesting history of stage coach robberies, vigilante hangings and even moon shine “wars” right here in the Missoula area.  There have even been a few pretty crazy individuals to roam modern Montana as well.  Overall, those are just headlines that sell books and our “wild west image.”  In truth, Montana has good-hearted people and is known for being one of the friendliest places in the U.S. to visit or live.  We have many guests who comment on how welcome they feel upon their arrival here in Big Sky CountryFriendliness, Fun and Fuzzy Creatures are top reasons to come for a visit!

And yet, I digress…Bitterroot valley pics 10-21-05 118  Let’s get back to bears in the stadium and woods.

Brady and I don’t often see football games in person.  For us, the busiest time of the workweek consists of Friday, Saturday and Sunday- when guests are exploring the town.  What we love about innkeeping  is the ability to live vicariously through our guests who come to enjoy games, concerts and hiking trails!  Since Blue Mountain is literally part of our backyard, we almost always have time to enjoy nature.

Today was one of those glorious, autumn afternoons.  The temperature was perfect and I was sure I heard John Denver singing “Sunshine on my shoulders…”  For me, having the ability to instantly get out and enjoy nature is as rewarding as life gets.   Probably the thing I like most about fall days is you never know who else might be out enjoying a stroll.

Deer try to camouflage themselves in the long, golden grass, while hawks often circle above.  We’ve seen darling foxes creeping through the thickets and the last of the fuzzy caterpillars munching leaves as fast as possible.  All of these amazing creatures of the forest know that Jack Frost will soon come knocking at the “door.”  Now is the time to store food and take in the last rays of sun!

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Here on Blue Mountain, fall is a magical time to enjoy the slow changing of the seasons.  Birds begin to migrate and summer fawns lose their spots, growing into adulthood.  I often think about the hidden forest secrets I’ve not yet discovered and wonder how many eyes are watching me as I casually walk through the forest.  For me, such mysteries are comforting-  I am but one tiny piece in a vast wilderness of wildlife.

Once in awhile, I think there just might be a chance that I’ve spotted something wild and wooly without being detected.  I’d like to think so, because I wish to leave as light a footprint as possibly along the path I choose to walk.

Today gave us one of the rarest of magical moments as we neared the end of our forest journey.  Just above the road, we watched a healthy black bear yearling cub climb the hill and then disappear from view.  In football terms, my guess is he was just about on the ten yard line.  It was a fairly close encounter, but certainly not a worrisome one.  As the laziness of an autumn day allows, he slowly ambled up the hillside.  The bear’s thoughts seemed to be elsewhere- likely focused on filling his belly with the the last of this summer’s berries.  Not so unlike one of our autumn tasks- packing away delicious preserves in our storeroom for guests.  Indeed, it is time once again to prepare for Old Man Winter’s return!

Whether you are a local or from out of town, we hope you find the time to explore Blue Mountain on your own.  We always welcome you to stay with us here at the B&B while you enjoy the views and wildlife, our home made berry preserves and hospitality.  We, and the mountain are awaiting your visit!

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A Cozy Missoula Bed and Breakfast

When the weather outside is frightful, curl up in the warmth of our cozy Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

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The perfect meal for a winter evening: cheese fondue.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast sits on 20 wooded acres overlooking the Bitterroot River and Valley. Our land abuts the Blue Mountain Recreation Area, which is comprised of 5,500-acres. Trails traverse the whole area, leading up hills, through forests, and along Hayes Creek.

At this time of year, we love to strap on our snowshoes; it’s easy to spend the whole day exploring the meandering trails. With an early enough start, it’s possible to make it to the top of Blue Mountain and back. A shorter amble leads to the scenic Deadman Point, or down to the creek.

We recommend not skimping on breakfast at our Montana inn–you’ll want every ounce of energy the food imparts. Ask us about picnic options if you plan to spend the whole day out and about, and plan to warm up with a cup of cocoa back at the inn. You may want to indulge in a hot soak, too.

If there are at least four of you, you may arrange to have a winter feast prepared for you. After romping in the snow all day, you’ll be thankful to have a good meal right at the inn. We can prepare a Swedish feast, a Thai feast, or something simple and enticing, like fondue. Ask us about it when you make your reservation: 406-251-4457 or 877-251-4457.

A winter wonderland and a wonderfully warm inn–that’s what you’ll find at Blue Mountain.

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