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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 Montana Wineries

Missoula-Wineries

Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery (pictured above) has been growing wine grapes in the Rattlesnake Valley since 1998 and making wine since 2003. By using solar power as well as locally grown fruit and grapes, they have shown a commitment to making unique wine styles in a sustainable manner.  All of their wines are certified organic with no added sulfites and “Made in Montana.” Their tasting room, located at 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, is open November-March on Saturdays from 4-9pm and April-October: on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 4-9 pm.  Call 406-549-8703.

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The Missoula Winery, located at 5646 W Harrier in Missoula, features two signature wines: their Soul Red (a lovely blend of Grenache and Tempranillo, a well rounded wine for all occasions) and their Missoula White (a wonderfully fruity white wine on the drier side, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc).  They host unforgettable events and even have a wine club.  Call 406-830-3296.

Wanting to eat in a soothing wine bar atmosphere?  Some local Missoula restaurants can recommend the perfect meal to match the perfect bottle of wine:

  • At Red Bird, located at 11 N. Higgins Avenue Suite #100, you can either partake in the full dining experience with their fine dining section, or you can stick to something light at their wine bar. If you choose the bar, don’t miss out on the delicious fondue – cheese or chocolate. Their restaurant hours are Tues-Sat from 5:00-9 ish and wine bar hours are Mon-Sat from 5:00-10 ish.  Contact: 406-549-2906.
  • New to Missoula, Plonk Wine, located at 322 N. Higgins Avenue, offers a great selection of fine wines as well as a full bar menu. For a lighter portion of food, try the chef’s cheese board with your drinks. It comes with a variety of cheeses and fresh bread.  Their restaurant hours are Sun-Mon. from 4 pm to close and Tues.-Sat. 11:30 am to close.  Every night they serve food until midnight.  Contact: 406-926-1791.

If you just want to buy some local wines and you want to know where the best selections are, try some of these local Missoula spots:

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Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Looking for a relaxing stay in Missoula?  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers scenic views of majestic mountains and the gorgeous Bitterroot River.  Guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay at their lovely bed and breakfast inn.

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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