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International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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

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

University of Montana UM Days

Students on the Oval

The University of Montana, in September 1895, began serving as the center of public higher education for Western Montana. This is a world class university with talented faculty and motivated students striving to achieve their dreams.  The University of Montana provides life experience that shapes futures.  Higher education with a global impact.  Potential students, as well as their families, are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Montana while they visit.

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The University of Montana has open houses, called UM Days.  They are full-day events that include campus tours, student services presentations, a student panel, residence hall tours, lunch on campus and academic department meetings. UM Days are their most popular campus visit program for prospective students to experience campus.

UM Days provides prospective students and their families a unique opportunity to experience life at the University of Montana. A number of special events are scheduled during UM Days for participants to explore campus with other students. By attending UM Days, visitors will have the chance to take a guided tour of campus, view rooms in each of our residence halls, visit with faculty from your academic areas of interest, and hear from various student services on campus, including financial aid, residence life, and career services.

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  • November 21

A panoramic view of the UC second floor

UM Days Tentative Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the next UM Days program:

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Check-in at University Center 3rd floor
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Campus Tour
  • 9 a.m. – Welcome and Admissions Talk
  • 10 a.m. – Academics Under the Big Sky
  • 11 a.m. – Academic Department Open Houses
  • noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch in the Food Zoo
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Transfer Student Meeting
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Student Services Panel
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Current Student Panel
  • 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Campus Tours
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Residence Hall Open Houses
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Check out

Others may be interested in coming onto the University of Montana campus for sports and entertainment.  See a game at Washington Grizzly Stadium (pictured below).  Go Grizzlies!  Cheered on by Monte the Mascot!

Washington Grizzly Stadium

The Adams Center (pictured below) is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.  Get tickets from GrizTix.

Adams Event Center

The University of Montana even had Paul McCartney perform live in concert at the Adams Center this summer!  Whether coming as a prospective student, sports spectator, or performance lover, the University of Montana is right here in Missoula.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay as guests.  Guests love their delicious gourmet breakfasts served fresh every morning.  Majestic views from every window. breakfast4

The photo above is by professional photographer Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post is by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in MisSOULa

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast loves being in MisSOULa, Montana!  

Home to:

    • #1 Grizzly Eagles
    • Tasty Big Dipper Ice Cream
    • Substantial Subaru dealership
    • Events & Concerts at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium
    • Beautiful Bitterroot River
    • Live Performances at WILMA
    • The Missoulian
    • KECI TV
    • Splash Mountain Waterpark
    • Destination Downtown Missoula
    • The Western Montana Fair
    • 8 KPAX
    • Gorgeous Blue Mountains!

Source: YouTube video “MisSOULa” produced by Michael Melugin

Local Missoula Activities

Arts and Culture

  • Artsy Art Galleries
  • Awesome Attractions
  • Entertaining Entertainment
  • Extraordinary Events
  • Moving Museums
  • Musical Music
  • Theatrical Theatre

Entertainment

  • Brewing Breweries
  • Cool Casinos
  • Delicious Distilleries
  • Extra Special Events
  • Fantastic Food and Drink
  • Night Out Nightlife
  • Savvy Shopping
  • Winning Wineries

Explore

  • A Carousel for Missoula
  • Delightful Day Trips
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Golden Gold and Gem Mining
  • Hot Hot Springs
  • Lovely Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Pleasing Parks
  • Wild Wildlife

Outdoor Recreation

  • Beautiful Biking Scenery
  • Breathtaking Birding
  • Cool Camping
  • Great Golfing
  • Heartwarming Horseback Riding
  • Heavenly Hiking
  • Watching Missoula Osprey play baseball

Water Activities

  • Fun Fishing
  • Kind Kayaking
  • Lovely Lakes
  • Rad Rafting
  • Rolling Rivers
  • Safe Stand-Up Paddle Boating
  • Tubular Tubing

Winter Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Icy Ice Fishing
  • Ice-tacular Ice Skating
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Snowy Sleigh Rides
  • Speedy Snowmobiling
  • Snazzy Snowshoeing

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast Relaxation

  • View wildlife with binoculars from your deck
  • Read guidebooks and books about our local history
  • Enjoy a refreshing drink while sitting in the garden
  • Listen to the Old Player Piano
  • Watch wild birds and hummingbirds
  • Take in views of the scenic mountains, valley, and waterfall
  • Game of billiards in the lodge’s recreation room
  • Play horseshoes or have a picnic in private area outside
  • Stay inside and watch a movie on the wide screen

Remember Paul McCartney will make his first ever appearance in Missoula, Montana when the “Out There” tour rolls into Washington-Grizzly Stadium on August 5, 2014.  We love MisSOULa and our guests do, too!  There is nothing like the Blue Mountain B&B experience!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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