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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

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

Visit Montana Video

Visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  This You Tube video, produced by Visit Montana, shows our majestic mountains from awesome aerial views.

We have freshwater lakes and creeks to go fly fishing as well as mountain peaks to climb.  Ride down the river by river boat paddling.

Like horses?  We have lots of horses to ride or to watch being tamed in Montana. Our wildlife is incredible.  It is common to see moose in the river.  Owls, eagles, and other birds fly in the Big Sky.

Our snow is perfect for buffaloes to roam as well as for snow skiing escapades and cross country skiing adventures.  We are home to the University of Montana.  Go Grizzlies!

Ride a motorcycle on our open roads.  See the beautiful way Native American tribes dress and even attend powwows in our area.

We have beautiful clear water.  Our animals “range” from deerdonkeysrams, bears, squirrels, and more.

Experience the beauty of a walking tour or travel via a tour car.  Montana is one of the most beautiful states to live in.

Whatever you decide to do here in Montana, we hope you stay with us at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We have three lovely rooms and two special suites to choose from.  Read all about the Blue Mountain Experience.

Savor our bountiful breakfasts with the option for us to serve dinner to four or more guests.  Brady and Elaine are wonderful hosts.  They also host special events such as weddings, anniversary celebrations, and family reunions.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has earned several accreditations.

We offer directions to get to our Missoula, Montana location.  Please check out our area links and area events to get a better understanding of all that is available in our fantastic community.  We also have onsite leisure and activities to experience.  Escape today to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  We have gorgeous mountain views and scenic Bitterroot river perspectives.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Glowing Guest Reviews for Blue Mountain B&B

Kristi (Kimber) DementMy name is Kristi Dement and I help Brady and Elaine with blogging for their bed and breakfast. You can check out my website at Bed and Breakfast Blogging.  It is not hard to see why these two live where they live.

The views are absolutely breathtaking and the nature and wildlife in the area are enchanting.  Elaine takes gorgeous professional pictures and is a certified tour guide while Brady receives great guest comments about his delicious breakfasts and tremendous knowledge of the local area.

Brady and Elaine are the real deal.  They truly love hosting people at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. The following is just a sample of the glowing comments guests have given them on the website Trip Advisor:

Reviews of Hotels, Flights and Vacation Rentals

“I slept like a baby in your very comfy room.” (visitor from Los Angeles, CA)

“This is like staying at a good friend’s mountain home.” (guest from Lexington, KY)

“We had our own deck with a wonderful view.” (Robin R. from Scotsdale, AR)

“…outstanding breakfasts (not a single repeat and all were exceptionally good).” (guest from Hot Springs, AK)

“You can hike morning or evening and you are almost sure to see deer.” (Top Contributor, Monpetit, from Vannes)

“Brady was a wonderful host and full of valuable information about things to do and see in the area. He was born and raised here!” (Karen C. from Livonia, MI)

“Brady and Elaine have made an art of hospitality!” (Madoc from Lubbock)

“All I can say is you absolutely have to try this B&B to believe how wonderful it really is.” (visitor Stacey Clark)

“The owners have gone to a great deal of trouble to think of everything you might need to make your stay tranquil and pleasing.” (guest from Cambridgeshire)

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It is an honor for me, Kristi Dement, to help these two with their blogging and social media.  They make inn-keeping seem easy, but I am sure it is a lot of hard work.  For them I know it is a labor of love.

Brady and Elaine’s gift for hosting people from all over the world shows and guests want to return for repeat visits to see them and enjoy the peaceful and scenic area of Missoula, Montana.  I highly recommend staying at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast and so do many other guests!

Meet Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain B&B

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood love extending hospitality to their guests at  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  Missoula is said to be “the best small town under 100,000 people” in America.  With breathtaking views of the mountains and Bitterroot River as well as beautiful gardens and unique wildlife to watch.

They take pleasure in sharing their mountain, home, and Montana history with others from around the world.  Meeting people from every walk of life is a real treat for them.  Guests come for a variety of reasons including: visiting their kids at University of Montana, fishing, relaxing between visits to Yellowstone and Glacier Park.

Guests have visited from every state but Delaware as well as the countries of Israel, Bolivia, Jacarta, Mongolia, Honduras, Namibia, South Korea, and Romania.  One couple from France comes every year to enjoy Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast and the surrounding area. Seeing how people with very different view points are able to come together, share breakfast, and take away an appreciation for each other is one of the biggest surprises Brady and Elaine have discovered as innkeepers.

Elaine, who takes professional pictures, says she has always adored taking pictures because of her deep love and connection with nature.  The animals that can be found outside their B&B include: woodpeckers, humming birds, hawks, eagles, bears, bunnies, deer, wild turkeys, elk, chipmunks, and much more.

Because of her background in history and education,  Elaine was able to take more classes (including classes specifically oriented toward the bi-centennial of Lewis and Clark) to become an official tour guide.  There are so many gorgeous walking trails in their area.

Blue Mountain B&B is open year round and guests can stay for just one night if that is their desire.  Some choose to have one night escapes from Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, and other places. There are fun things to do all year long in Missoula.  The benefit of their particular location is that they are close to town, yet it is so private.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is on twenty acres of registered wildlife habitat next to National and State forest land.  The home was designed by their family and the room decor reflects their Swedish family heritage as well as their ranching backgrounds.

Their most loved breakfast dishes include their asparagus gratins, macadamia-crusted French toast, and Aebelskivers (a Dutch stove top doughnut).  Brady and Elaine would love to have others come to enjoy the beauty of nature, do fun area activities and/or just relax, and taste their delicious breakfasts as well as share their unique life experiences!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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