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Time to Cool Off: Missoula’s Best Boating Destinations

Keep Cool with boating in MissoulaSummer is certainly off to a great start here in Missoula.  With temperatures well into the 90’s for the foreseeable future, we’ll definitely all be looking for places to cool off and beat the heat.  Luckily, in Missoula, there are plenty of places to enjoy the sun without overheating.  In fact, Missoula was even once named the Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine. From popular swimming holes to kayaking and paddling on rivers and lakes, we have your guide to the best boating destinations and water holes in all of Missoula.  Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast this summer, and come keep cool with us in Missoula. Continue reading

A Romantic Valentines Day in Missoula

Romantic Getaway in Missoula for Valentines DayValentines Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air.  It’s time to let your inner romantic shine! Whether you love the opportunity to be at your most romantic, or dread having to make plans year after year, how about going beyond the traditional chocolate and flowers this year?  Instead, make your Valentines Day a meaningful one, and carve out some intimate time for just the two of you.  Make your Valentines day memorable with a romantic getaway to one of Montana’s best Bed and Breakfasts. Book your room at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

5 Summer Activities to Enjoy in Missoula

summer activities MissoulaAnother warm and adventurous summer is knocking on our door, marking the time of year when everyone seems ready to get outside. For years, the adventurous city of Missoula has been rated as one of the top outdoors destinations in the west. To us, this comes as no surprise.  It is, after all, easy to get into the outdoors with so much opportunity in your back yard.  Missoula borders a national forest and boasts numerous recreation areas, which is not a surprise in a region marked by its stunning rugged terrain. There truly is no better place to be this summer than Missoula, and we’d love to help you plan a variety of summer activities to make the most of your time here. Book your room at our tranquil Bed and Breakfast, and experience Montana’s rugged spirit firsthand. Continue reading

Trout Fishing in Missoula

Trout Fishing MissoulaMontana is called the Big Sky State for a reason; it’s a state of unlimited possibilities for adventure, and the sky is truly the limit. In that same vein, a trip to Missoula wouldn’t be complete without some sort of exciting outdoor adventure.  With the warming spring months upon us, there’s no better time to plan your adventures for the upcoming year, either.  Spring in Missoula happens to be a fantastic time to try your hand at fishing; trout fishing in particular. Fishing is a central part of life during the spring and summer months in Missoula, and of course there is no shortage of lake and river waters to explore.  Come stay with us at Missoula’s best Bed and Breakfast this spring, and experience the joy of fishing in Missoula for yourself.   Continue reading

Top Winter Activities to Enjoy in Missoula

Missoula Winter ActivitiesAre you in search of a fun weekend in the snow?  If so, Missoula is the winter destination for you.  Whether you’re looking for traditional winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling of sledding, or whether you want to try you’re hand at something different, like a little dog sledding or ice fishing, Missoula is the place to be this snowy winter.  Though there is no reason to stay inside with so much going on outside, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.  Curl up in front of the fire, or get outside and explore, all when you stay at our romantic Missoula Bed and Breakfast this winter.  Book your winter getaway with us today! Continue reading

Missoula’s Top Water Activities

Water Activities Missoula MontanaWhat makes Missoula such a wonderful vacation destination is that it is vibrant, hip and trendy, while still maintaining serene natural beauty that is nothing short of rejuevenating for the busy soul. There is absolutely no shortage of adventures to be had under the expansive “Big Sky Country” of western Montana.  The warm summer weather gets us outside early and keeps us outside until late in the evening hours, but perhaps a favorite thing to do in Missoula in the summer is to keep cool with the variety of exciting water activities found here.  Book your stay at our beautiful Bed and Breakfast Inn this summer, and find the best ways to beat the heat in beautiful Missoula. 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

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