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4 Reasons to Visit Missoula This Fall

Fall Getaway to Beautiful MissoulaThe beautiful and rugged city of Missoula is the place to be this fall. Missoula is both hip and trendy, and undeniably beautiful, perfect the avid nature enthusiast in you. Missoula is a getaway destination nothing short of rejuvenating, so pack a jacket and some hiking boots, and get ready to fall in love with Montana all over again.  Take advantage of these final months of autumn, and experience Montana without the packed summer crowds.  The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is nestled on a peaceful mountainside.  There’s no better place to start your journey than sitting amongst the Ponderosa Pines and meditative water gardens at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.  We’re here waiting for you, so book your fall getaway with us today. Continue reading

Summer Adventures Abound in Missoula

Adventures in MissoulaAre you into trying new things and want to go on exciting adventures?  Then Missoula is the destination for you!  Whether your adventure is a simple hiking trip into the wilderness, or something a bit more extreme and adrenaline-fueled, you will definitely find what you’re looking for here.  When you’re done with your adventures for the day, Missoula’s a great place to relax.  Missoula’s reputation as a hip and trendy, yet laid back destination, is perfect for adventurous couples and thrill-seekers alike.  Unwind with a delicious, cold craft beer, enjoy a locally-sourced meal, or take in some vibrant and local live music.  When it’s time to rest and prepare for your next adventure, the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers the finest accommodations in Missoula.  Book your stay with us 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

Spring Birding Returns to Missoula

Missoula Birding hikingThough there’s still a chill in the air, a quick look out the window tells you that spring is finally on its way to the skies of Montana. Though the weather can be volatile and variable this time of year, there is no doubt that warmer weather and sunnier skies are soon to be the norm, which has outdoor enthusiasts gearing up for another exciting year of adventure in Montana.  As mother nature begins its gradual reawakening, treat yourself to a spring retreat in the beautiful town of Missoula.  Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers.  Book your room at our relaxing Missoula Inn today, and experience the best spring activities Missoula has to offer. Continue reading

Montana Antique Mall

The Montana Antique Mall located in downtown Missoula is the largest antique mall in Montana. They feature four floors and over 15,000 square feet of interesting and sometimes odd old stuff in what was once the Montana Hotel.

The Montana Hotel was built in 1890 and is claimed to be the oldest building in downtown Missoula. Located across from the original train depot, it serviced travelers coming east and west on the Northern Pacific railway. It also housed working men who gathered in the hotel dining room for supper at the end of their day and then could retire to the saloon for evening libations.

Today its home to sixty antique dealers and a variety of furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, pottery and a little bit of everything else. There is even a library with books reflecting regional and historical interest.

Plan on an afternoon with the past and maybe taking some of it home. The Montana Antique Mall is located at 331 West Railroad Street in Missoula, Montana.  Plenty of parking is available.  The antique mall is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 406-721-5366.

Want more retail therapy?  The downtown area also has delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in Western Montana and with more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. North Reserve Street also offers some popular box stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Old Navy.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do while you stay in Missoula, Montana:

You are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast during your visit to Big Sky Montana.  We are conveniently close to plenty of fun things to do, but we also provide our guests with peaceful and scenic views of mountains and the Bitterroot River.

Each morning guests enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfasts.  We enjoy seeing returning guests as well as meeting new guests that also become friends.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Splash Montana

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Splash Montana is located in Playfair Park at 3001 Bancroft Street in Missoula, Montana.  Visiting Splash Montana is a great way to cool off and celebrate that the Montana sun is shining!  Splash Montana has fun features:

  • Three exciting three-story waterslides
  • The Lake – Olympic-sized pool with 50-meter and 25-yard lap lanes
  • A swimmer-friendly zero-depth entry
  • Spray features and kiddie Grizzly slide
  • A lazy river float-way with a wild river branch
  • Floating play structures: log walk, floating otter, and water snake
  • Ranger Station cabana rentals
  • Crazy Creek Café
  • Fireline Grill

Summer Hours: June 12 – August 8

Monday – FridaySaturday & Sunday
11:30am – 8pm11am – 6pm

Late Summer Hours – August 9 – 25
Monday – FridaySaturday & Sunday
11am – 7:30pm11am – 6pm

Playfair Park

  1. Baseball diamond
  2. Basketball court
  3. Horseshoes
  4. Ice skating
  5. Jogging Trail
  6. Picnic tables
  7. Play equipment
  8. Restrooms
  9. Shelter
  10. Soccer field
  11. Splash Montana
  12. Swimming pool
  13. Tennis court
  14. Volleyball court

When you visit Splash Montana at Playfair Park in Missoula, you are welcome to be overnight guests at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Our luxurious accommodations include five well-appointed guest rooms as well as access to our recreation area in the Lodge.  We have a deluxe pool table for playing billiards and a wide-screen theatre system for viewing movies while tasting popcorn or other snacks.  Each morning, hosts Brady and Elaine will treat you to a fresh gourmet breakfast.

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With scenic views of nature, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bonding time with loved ones.

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There are also plenty of other things to see and do within our community of Missoula, Montana.  Activities like:

This and so much more await you and yours. Now is a great time to visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!

Make Your Heart Happy in Missoula, Montana

Did you know that Missoula, Montana is the perfect place to visit?  Especially when you become a guest at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast. You will enjoy spectacular views of the stunning Bitterroot River, encompassing mountains, and beautiful valley below.  Our comfortable and elegant B&B offers a relaxing mountain retreat to our guests.

Conveniently close to the peaceful and scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, the International Heart Institute of Montana brings together a recognized team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and researchers to perform advanced cardiac procedures and to search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease. Founded in 1995, IHI involves physicians and staff of St. Patrick Hospital and The University of Montana in Missoula.  They are one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in our country.

With your doctor’s approval, you can take good care of your heart by walking, biking, or hiking the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Travelers’ Rest State Park and the Lolo Trail are only four miles from our door.  Blue Mountain’s Bed and Breakfast offers privacy to our guests as well as a window to Montana’s many native birds, chipmunks and wildlife in their own natural habitat.  Walk our grounds to see our delightful garden and take in our gorgeous panoramic view of the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine know a lot about the history of the area.  In fact, family stories related to the settling of the West include a great, grand uncle who was one of the first tour guides in Yellowstone Park.  They share their family’s history with informative and entertaining displays and albums at their bed and breakfast.  

Elaine is a certified tour guide who can provide you with a personal camp-side Montana Trails and Tales “tour” (with advanced reservations). While relaxing in either the forested picnic area or the Lodge, enjoy a personal storytelling hour as she introduces you to the fascinating oral history of the area through story and song. Whether you are vacationing, taking a business trip, or visiting the Heart Institute, make your heart happy by booking a reservation today!

A Visit to Lolo Pass

The next time you stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, we hope you’ll have time to visit Lolo Pass. This ancient trail along the crest of the Bitterrroot Mountains has been traveled for hundreds of years. The Nez Pierce and the Salish used it to travel to hunting and fishing grounds. Lewis and Clark followed the trail on their way to the Pacific. Today, many hikers walk it to experience the beauty of the Bitterroot Mountains.

Bitterroot Mountains Early AM

The beautiful Bitterroot Mountains.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and even scenic drives can create a strong appetite. Not far from Lolo Pass is the Lumberjack Saloon, a place that has been serving great food, drinks, and music for more than 30 years. The saloon is built from enormous logs, and is located on a beautiful piece of ground. It’s a great spot to refresh oneself after a day on the trails around Lolo.

It’s also a fun place to listen to music. This month, see the Country Boogie Boys on April 14, Blue Collar on April 21, and Sho Down on April 28. The line-up for next month isn’t yet posted, but there will surely be live music every Saturday night at 9 p.m. There is also sure to be a bonfire.

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Lovely Lolo Pass.

Of course, you could just return to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast and curl up with a cup of cocoa or a glass of wine. If you’re in the mood for live music, turn on the old player piano or see if Elaine will pull out her guitar.

Lolo Peak Trail

November can definitely mean the start of winter here at our Missoula bed and breakfast. For the moment, however, we are still recommending hiking trails (and not ski areas) to our guests.

The Lolo Peak Trail (#1311) is a favorite. It leads to Carlton Ridge, where hikers will find a stand of subalpine larch, Labrador tea, and mounds of mountain heather. At that point, if your legs are still itching to move, descend to Carlton Lake and then up to the summit of Lolo Peak (over 9,000 feet). The views from Lolo Peak are spectacular; they encompass our fair city of Missoula, the Bitterroot Valley, and the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain ranges.

Hike to Lolo Peak.

This is a challenging trail, with over 3,000 feet in elevation gains. Hikers will want plenty of drinking water and snacks. The trail to Carlton Lake is maintained, but the journey to Lolo Peak is a scramble, and one that should only be attempted by experienced hikers.

After this hike, you’ll be ready to collapse with fatigue at our bed and breakfast Missoula. Let us pamper you. Soak in a jetted tub for as long as you like, then curl up by the fire with a book or a movie. In the morning, restore your strength with a sumptuous meal prepared by Brady.

For directions to the trailhead and additional information, please see the USDA Forest Service.

Hike Crazy Canyon Trail

Crazy Canyon Trail is an easy to moderate hike of seven miles, not far from our bed and breakfast Missoula. It is best tackled mid-May through October, which means now is a good time to start planning for it.

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View from the Big "M" above the Univeristy of Montana. The vew from Mount Sentinel is even better!

Plan to spend at least three and a half hours on the move. The trail starts in the Pattee Recreation Area, passes through Crazy Canyon and meanders through Lolo Forest. It climbs to the summit of Mount Sentinel, the 5,158 peak that rises above the University of Montana. If you are interested in a shorter, one way hike, you can descend Mount Sentinal towards the university. Ask us about transportation options.

The views from Mount Sentinel are superb – 360 degrees of the surrounding mountains, Missoula and the whole Missoula Valley. Bring a picnic (Missoula’s Cafe Courie puts together great take-out food) and relax at the summit for a while.

A hike up Crazy Canyon Trail is sure to make you good and tired, and you can look forward to a relaxing evening at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Peruse our large collection of music, challenge each other to a board game, or cuddle together and watch a movie. In the morning, we will feed you a feast fit for royalty, so you’ll be ready for more adventures in the Missoula area.

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