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Spring Birding Returns to Missoula

Missoula Birding hikingThough there’s still a chill in the air, a quick look out the window tells you that spring is finally on its way to the skies of Montana. Though the weather can be volatile and variable this time of year, there is no doubt that warmer weather and sunnier skies are soon to be the norm, which has outdoor enthusiasts gearing up for another exciting year of adventure in Montana.  As mother nature begins its gradual reawakening, treat yourself to a spring retreat in the beautiful town of Missoula.  Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers.  Book your room at our relaxing Missoula Inn today, and experience the best spring activities Missoula has to offer. Continue reading

Birding Destinations in Missoula

Missoula BirdingThe beautiful yet rugged city of Missoula is a serene and welcoming community, well known for its abundant natural beauty.  Located in the Northern Rockies, Missoula borders a National Forest and has plenty of outdoor recreational areas where visitors can enjoy a wide variety of wonderful activities throughout the year.  Whether you’re an avid bird enthusiast or are just looking for a relaxing way to enjoy nature, it’s hard to beat a day spent birding in Missoula.  Our stunning Bed and Breakfast Inn, nestled on the mountainside among majestic ponderosa pines, is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway this fall.  Book your room with us today. Continue reading

Missoula Disc Golf Courses

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Picture from traditional golf course Canyon River Golf Club in Missoula, Montana.

Missoula disc golf courses (also known as “folf” or “frisbee golf”) are a fitness friendly way to leisurely enjoy the great outdoors.  Missoula has several disc golf courses scattered throughout town. If you are a beginner, you are in a perfect place to learn. Local Missoula “folfers” are welcoming and helpful; often letting you play through their slower moving and larger groups.

Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, Disc Golf players use golf discs and aim for a Disc Pole Hole, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands. The object of the game is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing at the Disc Pole Hole.

Generally, a course is 9 or 18 Disc Pole Holes long. Players start at hole one and complete the course in order, playing through to the last hole. The player with lowest total cumulative score wins.

Disc Golf differs from traditional Golf in important ways. Disc golf courses can use a wide variety of terrain. Often times, land not suitable for other park activities or development is perfect terrain for a disc golf course.

Disc golf is one of the best lifetime fitness sports. It is easy to learn, a healthy activity and accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. If you can throw a Frisbee® and you like to have fun, you can play disc golf.

Today there are over 2,500 Disc Golf Courses in the United States. There are between 7,000,000 and 10,000,000 people who have played the game. Since 1976, there have been over 24,000 members of the Professional Disc Golf Association.

Pro players compete in more than 390 sanctioned tournaments and a Worlds Championship annually. The positive experience with Disc Golf and the growing demand for courses have led to the expansion of the sport all over the country, from small towns to urban areas.

There are four areas in Missoula, Montana where disc golf (folf) is played.  All four Missoula folf areas offer 18 holes.  Destination Missoula provided the course maps.

Blue Mountain is the hiker’s course. This area spreads across a large expanse on the face of Blue Mountain located just south of Missoula. The first half of the course is mostly open with occasional tree obstacles that can block the view of the basket, followed by the second half of the course which dives down into the wooded ravines of Blue Mountain.

The second half can require a skilled hand at tree-dodging; though the fairways themselves are fairly clear if you can keep from playing in the rough. Overall, a “big-arm” course that requires plenty of long shots.  Course map.

Pattee Canyon is a technical course set in the Pattee Canyon recreation area that will find the player in amongst the trees after the first few holes. Often over-crowded after the 5:00pm work hour has been reached, this course is likely the most popular course in the valley and around Missoula with a waiting line gathering at the first hole.

This crowd, however, is no reason to skip this course as it provides a great challenge for folf players of all skill levels.  Course map.

Linda Vista Golf Course gives you the chance to run a game of disc golf on a traditional golf course. Linda Vista folf course operates during the off-season when the course isn’t being used for regular golf. For more information visit their website or give them a call at 406-251-3655.

When you use the Snow Bowl Ski Area, take the lift ride to the top! Seriously, you get a view before you start playing, and during the course of play you are awarded plenty of views of the Missoula Valley when teeing down the 1,100+ ft. hole that plays down a ski run. The added bonus of this course is that it boasts a restaurant and bar at the base of the lift near the parking lot.

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers scenic mountain views and superbly delicious cuisine with complimentary fresh breakfasts each morning.  Consider staying with us when you go on your next Missoula disc golf course adventure!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

U of Montana Football Games

2014 Football Schedule

University of Montana football games attract many fans and spectators.  Starting with the next game, all of their games for the rest of this season will be televised. However, there is nothing like being there in person to witness the action and excitement.  Get your Griz Football Tickets soon!

There are 6 home games during this 2014 Football Season Schedule:

  • September 6 vs. Central Washington
  • September 13 vs. South Dakota
  • September 27 vs. Northern Colorado
  • October 18 vs. U of California-Davis
  • November 1 vs. Sacramento State
  • November 22 vs. Montana State

It all builds up until the final game against their archrival Montana State.  Whether you are University of Montana fan (or a fan of one of the competing college football teams the Grizzlies play against this season) visitors are in for a real treat when they attend a live, heart-pounding, and thrilling football game along with the cheering crowd at the University of Montana in Missoula.

It just so happens that Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is located in Missoula, Montana.  We have breathtaking views of mountains as well as the Bitterroot River.  Our peaceful property is just steps away from the historic Lewis and Clark trail.

We are far out enough to enjoy the calm and quiet of the nature outside our beautiful bed and breakfast, but conveniently close to the University of Montana. Guests will enjoy a complimentary full (and delicious) breakfast.  A recent comment on Trip Advisor said that, “Brady sure knows how to cook!”

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine love extending their friendly hospitality to their guests.  In fact, Elaine and Brady cannot imagine missing out on the joy of entertaining guests. They wish everyone could visit them–just not all at the same time!  They are dedicated to giving their guests the best bed and breakfast experience possible.

Follow Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast on Twitter and like them on Facebook! They even have a Pinterest board courtesy Bed and Breakfast Blogging. Brady and Elaine look forward to their guests coming to stay at Blue Mountain and hope guests will also enjoy one of the Grizzlie football games this fall season!  No matter who any of us roots for, we can all shout, “GO TEAM!”

A Cozy Missoula Bed and Breakfast

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

Cheese fondue at Missoula Bed and Breakfast

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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