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5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Missoula, Montana

View Of University Of Montana From Mount Sentinel on of the reasons to visit MissoulaThe list of reasons to visit Missoula covers so many interests and activities. Are you here for the great restaurants, nightlife and culture in downtown Missoula? Whereas others come for the stunning mountains, forests and rivers. Perhaps it’s the perfect balance of city and outdoor activities that’s one of the best reasons to visit Missoula. In Dina Mishev’s Washington Post article, she highlights all the reasons to visit Missoula. Such as the historic downtown and beautiful college campus that offer a vibrant city experience without the suffocating crowds. Montana’s second largest city packs a lot of things to do in its smaller size. The article also mentions all the awesome outdoor opportunities, from hiking to skiing and fishing to white water rafting. 

We couldn’t agree more with this love letter to Missoula and all the reasons to visit Missoula. The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast location is just a short drive to downtown Missoula, yet close to all the outdoor adventures. Our guests enjoy sweeping views of the river valley and outstanding hospitality. Reserve your private suite at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast for an unforgettable Missoula getaway. 

5 Best Reasons to Visit Missoula

A Missoula vacation includes everything found in a great city, in addition to exciting outdoor activities. This lively city has wonderful restaurants, arts, culture and nightlife. While visitors can also play all day in the surrounding mountains, rivers and forests. Find your best reason to visit Missoula: 

  1. Missoula Arts, Culture and Shopping – Art lovers have a choice of two excellent museums in Missoula. The Missoula Art Museum features a contemporary art collection featuring a large selection of Contemporary American Indian Art. While visitors will find a range of art styles, from Rembrandt to Warhol, at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. The eclectic downtown galleries open their doors on Missoula First Friday Nights.  For a night of live theater, check out the talented performers at the Missoula Community Theater and at Hamilton’s Players, Inc.. Great music venues like the Wilma Theatre, the Friends toasting the great local beer another reason to visit MissoulaKettleHouse Amphitheater and Big Sky Brewing host concerts throughout the year. Movie fans can catch the latest independent or foreign film at the Roxy Theater. Don’t leave without an authentic Montana souvenir from Rockin Rudy’s. The 15,000-square-foot store carries hundreds of Montana-made products  and the state’s largest selection of records and CD’s.
  2. Amazing Missoula Restaurants and Cafes – For a special evening out with great food and elegant cocktails make a reservation at Plonk, James Bar, or The Keep Restaurant. If your catching a show at the Wilma Theatre find great dining at Scotty’s Table in the lower level. They specialize in fresh local ingredients with a delicious seasonal menu. For the very best in fine-dining with an emphasis on simplicity visit the Pearl Cafe, a Missoula classic.
  3. Fantastic Missoula Nightlife – After dinner or a show keep the evening going at a local brewery, cocktail lounge or club. The city is overflowing with great craft breweries that also host fun events as well as serving amazing beer. Some favorite places are Dram Shop, Draught Works Brewery, Imagine Nation Brewing, KettleHouse Brewing Co., Bayern Brewery and Big Sky Brewery Brewing Co. While wine lovers can stop by Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery for a flight of wonderful vino at a picturesque location. The Montana Distillery, located in the historic district, has been around since Prohibition and serves original cocktails created with their own vodka, gin, and whiskey. Then check out a talented band or DJ at The Top Hat, Wilma Theater or  Monk’s.
  4. Hit the Trails – Right in downtown Missoula visitors can find challenging hiking on the University of Montana campus. For great views of the city hike the “M” trail or the even higher Mount Sentinel peak. Just outside of the city are miles and miles of stunning trails to explore. The Lolo National Forest has over 700 miles of trails that travel through dense forests, by mountain streams and along tranquil lakes. Mountain Biking the trails at top speed is also a popular way to enjoy the outdoors around Missoula. When the snow arrives cross-country skiers take over the scenic paths. Man on forest hiking trail one of the reasons to visit missoula
  5. Beautiful Lakes and Rivers – Montana Rivers are famous for their beauty and exceptional fly fishing. A river even runs through the center of Missoula. The Clark Fork River winds it way through the downtown with trails and walking paths along its banks. There’s a reason the famous novel and movie, “A River Runs Through It”, are set and filmed in Montana. The Missoula area, with its wealth of pristine lakes and rivers, is a prime destination for fishing. Sections of the Clark Fork River and Blackfoot River also offer heart-pounding whitewater rafting opportunities for thrill seekers. 

Come out to Montana and find your own personal reasons to visit Missoula. Any season is the perfect time for a Missoula vacation. Book your escape today to a great city with the best access to outdoor adventures.  

 

Tour Tasting Rooms Around Missoula

Tasting a Flight of Three Wines in a WineryTour the many Missoula tasting rooms and discover a new favorite wine, beer or spirit. Whatever your adult beverage of choice, Missoula offers a variety of excellent libations in fun establishments. Sip a flight of local wines while listening to great live music. Or relax on a sunny patio while tasting a sample of several craft beers. Before a dinner out, savor a perfectly balanced cocktail made with small batch spirits. The local wineries, breweries, and distilleries take pride in their products and love to share their passion and knowledge. Many offer fascinating informational tours, but be sure to check if reservations are needed. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has a serene location just a short drive to downtown Missoula. We’ll have you rested and ready for another day of exploring. Book your summer getaway at our quiet retreat with breathtaking views. Continue reading

Explore the Music Scene in Missoula

Crowd at Music ConcertMissoula has a thriving music scene and packs a lot of choices into its downtown. Every type of music lover can find something here. We have rock concerts with famous headliners, full orchestras in majestic halls, pubs hosting local bands and jazz lounges. Plan a night of music after a day cross-country skiing mountain trails or snowboarding the slopes. The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will be your quiet retreat when you’re ready to relax. Wake up to sweeping views of the valley below the snowy mountains. Then enjoy our hearty, gourmet breakfast before beginning another day of adventure. Book your stay with us for a fantastic getaway.

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What’s on Tap: The Best Beer in Missoula

Craft Beer in MissoulaThe craft beer craze sweeping the nation is no stranger to the hip college town of Missoula.  In fact, Missoula has a pretty long history of brewing.  There is no shortage of places to find a finely-crafted pint of local or international beer in Missoula.  In Fact, Missoula ranks #2 in the nation for craft breweries per capita, second only to Portland, OregonCome to Missoula for the delicious beer, and stay for the excellent hospitality. Book your stay at our incredible Montana Bed and Breakfast today, and discover the thriving craft brew culture in Missoula. Continue reading

Missoula Food Trucks

In and around Missoula, there is a growing trend of portable eateries like food trucks and carts.  These food unique food vendors are popping up around town at farmers markets, and local events such as Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight. There is even a Food Truck Tuesday on the corner of Scott Street and Toole Avenue.

While some of the vendors are in a traditional Food truck set up, whereas others have transformed bikes, bbq pits, and carts into their own visions of mobile food.  The one-of-a-kind food trucks serve amazing food that is as diverse as the many cultural communities found within Missoula, Montana.

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The Big Dipper Restaurant (located at 631 S Higgins Ave in Missoula) also has an ice cream food truck they named “Cone Boy.”  They provide locally-made ice cream with a variety of tasty flavors like: vanilla, chocolate, huckleberry, coconut, white mint orea, mocha chip, strawberry, caradmom, El Salvador coffee, bubblegum, green tea, maple walnut, black licorice, Mexican chocolate, vanilla-Reese’s, vanilla bean, and espresso Heath.  The truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Tuesday Food Pod on Scott and Toole Street.

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The Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers provide regular and specialty pizzas made from scratch and baked in an onsite, wood-fired oven.  Their simply incredible menu reflects the abundance of produce Montana has to offer. Their oven cooks between 600-700 degrees and is big enough to cook two pizzas a time. Their food truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Clark Fork Market.

 

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The Masala Food Cart offers savory Eastern Indian dishes.  Fresh local produce and meat from local ranchers are turned into authentic Indian curries, chutneys, and pickles.  Food truck stops include Dowtown ToNight and Out To Lunch.

 

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The Kind Swine BBQ food truck makes authentic Kansas City style BBQ.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula.

 

 

Missoula El Cazador Tack Food Truck

The El Cazador Taco Truck serves authentic, made-to-order Mexican food. Not only do they cater events, but they can be found in Downtown Missoula, Out To Lunch, and Downtown ToNight.  They also have a restaurant location at 101 S Higgins Ave in Missoula.

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Mishky’s Food Truck serves fresh, handmade pizzas and tacos.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery, Lennox Craftsmen Shop, and Downtown Missoula.

 

 

 

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Tia’s Hot Tamales offers home-cooked authentic Mexican dishes to-go.  See them at Downtown ToNight and W. Front Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

 

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The Galloping Griz Food Truck serves a wide-range of street foods on University of Montana campus as well as Out To Lunch.

 

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The Beastro Wagon (Burns Street Bistro Catering) offers slow-cooked meats and creative, classic sides that combine quality local ingredients with flavors from around the world. Find them at Draught Works Brewery and Burns Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

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The Wild Weenie Food Truck makes street dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and veggie dogs served with a variety of fresh fixings. Food truck found at Front and Higgins, Main and Higgins, and 111 W. Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

 

Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, in Missoula, Montana, will enjoy fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning.  Experience beautiful blue skies and peaceful mountain views all around. When you are out and about, try some delicious food from these Missoula food trucks.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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