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The Missoula Insectarium

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The Missoula Insectarium first opened its doors to the public on June 25, 2015.  It is located in downtown Missoula at 218 E. Front Street on the second floor.  It costs $4 for guests (ages 4 and older) to take a tour.  They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  You can contact them at 406-317-1211.

Reporter Lindsay Brawner,  from ABC Fox Montana Local News, interviewed The Missoula Insectarium Founder and Director Jen Marangelo (see the video below).  The Director said they would like for people to gain a better appreciation for the vital role that insects play.  Their goal is to educate the public about the fascinating lives of these important creatures through exhibits and educational programs in a family friendly environment.

Wonder how they get their insects?  Many insects come from ordering them online or by trading with other insectariums.  Other insectariums in the United States include:

  • The Audobon Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Bayer Crop Science Insectarium found inside the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina
  • The Insectarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Insect Zoo found at the SanFrancisco Zoo in California
  • The Monsanto Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri

The Missoula Insectarium is here for the community, both adults and kids, as well as here as a tourist destination.  Insectarian Educational Director Carolyn Wiley runs the classroom aspect.  She often witnesses the transformation of students who are initially reluctant to touch the insects who leave as fans.  The Missoula Insectarium will  provide programs and field trips for school groups, homeschoolers, and other organized groups.

Butterfly houses and insect zoos have proven to be enormously popular with the public wherever they appear and are used to generate increased visitation and revenue for many zoos, museums and other non-profit organizations. Director Jen Marangelo’s next dream is to create a greenhouse filled with butterflies that is large enough for people to walk through and see them.  They will receive captive-bred butterflies (actually the chrysalides) from breeders around the world (primarily Central and South America).

In June of 2010 the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium completed a custom-designed business feasibility study to determine if their vision for an insect education facility in Missoula, MT could be viable. Guided by the positive results of the feasibility analysis, their vision for this facility includes:

  • A 2,000 square foot tropical butterfly house
  • A viewing area to watch the final stage of metamorphosis and see adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalides
  • An insect zoo and hands-on exhibits that teach children and adults about invertebrate biology, ecology and conservation
  • A classroom for school groups, community programs and special events
  • An outdoor pollinator garden and insect-themed playground
  • A gift shop and dining area

As a unique resource for our local community, schools, and visitors to Montana, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the fascinating lives of insects and butterflies.  By taking advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of these exhibits and by providing a state-of-the-art facility, The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be an educational and recreational resource for the local community as well as visitors to the Missoula area.
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Innkeepers Brady and his wife Elaine (a school teacher) welcome you to stay at their gorgeous Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana. Consider touring The Missoula Insectarium when you visit as guests.  Their quiet mountain setting makes the perfect relaxing getaway!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Spring Theatre 2015

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are thankful that their guests can experience incredible theatrical performances right here in Missoula, Montana.
THE RAINMAKER — March 20-22, 25-29, 2015

The Missoula Community Theatre is proud to present THE RAINMAKER. Richard Nash’s charming non-musical play about love, family, drought and forgiveness. Greg Johnson, Artistic Director for the Montana Repertory Theatre, is the guest director of this romantic comedy, set on a Midwestern farm during the Great Depression. THE RAINMAKER is a story about the Curry family and the chances we take when we release ourselves of fear, habit and routine.

A classic of the American theatre, The Rainmaker is a romantic drama is set on a midwestern farm during a paralyzing drought. Lizzie Curry, a young woman whose hopes and dreams are as barren as the fields, falls for Starbuck, a smooth-talking traveler selling the promise of rain. Lizzie finds herself falling for him and must decide; is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?

This charming, non-musical play, is about love, desire and magic. It expresses these themes so resonantly that the play has been translated into forty languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954.

 

pippin_square_tileBlue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has majestic mountain views.  Our guests enjoy the beauty, peace, and gentle sounds of nature.  However, being located in Missoula, we are a short drive to the University of Montana.  The Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance present their masterful Montana Theatre productions conveniently close at 32 Campus Drive in Missoula.

Pippin by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Swartz is a Tony Award-winning musical about the search for meaning and the wish to lead an extraordinary life.  In a decidedly anachronistic King Charlemagne’s court, young prince Pippin must choose between contentment and glory and is guided and goaded on his quest by a troupe of traveling performers and their enigmatic, charismatic Leading Player. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 17 to March 28 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets today!

Wake up to freshly made gourmet breakfasts that are sure to please your palate! Missoula, Montana is full of exciting things to see and do, or if you prefer, you can relax right here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast since there is plenty of onsite leisure and activities. Either way, get ready for the Blue Mountain experience of your dreams!

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

Tis the Season For Shopping

Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of year.  Tis the season for joy, giving, and togetherness.  Tis the season for shopping.  Our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can enjoy three distinct shopping areas in Missoula, Montana. Each area has a variety of thoughtful holiday gifts for December and the coming New Year.

Downtown Shopping is home to delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. The Missoula Downtown Association website conveniently categorizes the downtown shopping by type of merchandise and even lists places for Downtown dining. The Missoula Downtown Gift Card can be purchased online or in person at 218 E. Main Street, Missoula.  Accepted at over 150 locations throughout the downtown area, this is one of the most versatile gift cards they’ll ever receive. 

Southgate Mall is a convenient Missoula shopping destination. With more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in western Montana and offers offer women’s apparel, shoes, kid and teen clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, appliances, and more.

Shopping stores include:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Dillard’s
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Gap
  • Herberger’s
  • JC Penney
  • White House/Black Market

 

North Reserve Street (runs from I-90 to 39th from the north to the south, crossing Broadway, 3rd Street, South Avenue and Brooks Street) offers big box stores like:Nature at the inn (3) small

  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Old Navy
  • Ross
  • Starbucks
  • Super Walmart
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Ulta

The Missoula, Montana area offers much more than shopping.  We have entertainment, history, nature, sports, and even The University of Montana. In fact, Outside Magazine ranked Missoula, Montana as the ninth best in their article, “The Sixteen Best Places to Live in America.”  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine welcome you to visit their scenic mountain bed and breakfast with pristine views of the Bitterroot River.  On your next shopping adventure in Missoula, think about relaxing afterward at the bed and breakfast.  Gift Snow on trees 2-20-03 031 smallcertificates for Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are always a popular item this time of year as well!

Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Photographs by Elaine and Brady of  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

Blue is Beautiful Photography Contest!

Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in scenic Missoula, Montana invite you to enter the #BlueIsBeautiful Contest.  Enter on either Twitter or Facebook to win a free one-night stay for two people (including breakfast in the morning) at their lovely bed and breakfast.  We want to inspire you to find things in nature that are blue and take pictures of them.  When you visit Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, beautiful nature is all around you from the blue, Bitterroot River to Blue Mountain which we call home!

ENTRY RULES:

For an entry to be valid in the #BlueIsBeautiful Photo Contest,  it must:

  • Mention @BlueMountainBB in the tweet or Blue Mountain Bed & Breakfast in the Facebook post.
  • Be a photograph taken by you (or a photograph used with permission by the photographer).
  • Include the hashtag #BlueIsBeautiful.
  • Be a picture of something blue found in nature.
  • The photo you enter can show nature’s beautiful blue from anywhere in the world.

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    • Be following @BlueMountainBB on Twitter or Facebook.
    • Be age 21 or older.
    • Enter photo or photos between Nov. 14 2014 and Jan. 14 2015.

Each photo entered in our contest must be different, but the same person can tweet and post different pictures as separate entries into the contest. While the contest is going on, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast will re-tweet and re-post various entries.  This does not necessarily mean that re-tweeted or re-posted entries are the winning picture.  It will be fun knowing that your photo is one of the photos got shared with all our followers!  Again, we welcome national and international photos since our world is a big, beautiful place!

Only one winner from TWITTER and a different winner from FACEBOOK will be chosen.  The winner will be the one who tweeted or posted the picture that best represents the beauty of blue in nature as determined by innkeepers Brady and Elaine.  Both the winning tweeter and the winning Facebook poster and their respective guest will each experience a free one-night stay for two at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast!  Prize includes fresh gourmet breakfast for two in the morning.

Photo Contest begins Friday November 14, 2014 and will end January 14, 2015.  Let the color blue and a visit for two inspire you to take the winning picture!
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Did you know that in the United States and European public opinion polls, the color blue is overwhelmingly the most popular color, chosen by half of both men and women as their favorite color?!   Blue is the color of the deep sea and the clear sky.  Of course, flowers, butterflies, blueberries, blue jays, and blue whales are also blue.  There is even a Blue Linkia Starfish.  Earth is sometimes called the blue planet.  In fact, the farther away an object is, the more blue it often appears to the eye.  For example, mountains in the distance often appear blue.  That is why we are called Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.

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CONTEST WINNERS

1 winner from Twitter

1 winner from Facebook

(announced at the end of January, 2015)

  • Will each receive a one night stay in an available room of their choice, accompanied by breakfast.
  • Summertime limitations apply (two-night minimum stay).
  • Prize/gift certificate is good until Jan. 15, 2016.

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If you fall in love with the color blue and decide you would like to visit us regardless of your winning status, we would be honored.  Just tweet or post your photograph according to the contest rules for a discounted stay with us!  We are so appreciative of those who mention our contest to others and encourage them to follow us on various social media sites as well.  Thank You!

For ANYONE entering the contest who is also following us on Twitter and/or Facebook, we will be happy to give you a 15% discount on your stay.  Mention the contest and your photo when booking on-line or call us directly at 1-(406)-251-4457.   A restful night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast await you!

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Meet Innkeepers Brady and Elaine of Blue Mountain B&B

Innkeepers Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood love extending hospitality to their guests at  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, Montana.  Missoula is said to be “the best small town under 100,000 people” in America.  With breathtaking views of the mountains and Bitterroot River as well as beautiful gardens and unique wildlife to watch.

They take pleasure in sharing their mountain, home, and Montana history with others from around the world.  Meeting people from every walk of life is a real treat for them.  Guests come for a variety of reasons including: visiting their kids at University of Montana, fishing, relaxing between visits to Yellowstone and Glacier Park.

Guests have visited from every state but Delaware as well as the countries of Israel, Bolivia, Jacarta, Mongolia, Honduras, Namibia, South Korea, and Romania.  One couple from France comes every year to enjoy Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast and the surrounding area. Seeing how people with very different view points are able to come together, share breakfast, and take away an appreciation for each other is one of the biggest surprises Brady and Elaine have discovered as innkeepers.

Elaine, who takes professional pictures, says she has always adored taking pictures because of her deep love and connection with nature.  The animals that can be found outside their B&B include: woodpeckers, humming birds, hawks, eagles, bears, bunnies, deer, wild turkeys, elk, chipmunks, and much more.

Because of her background in history and education,  Elaine was able to take more classes (including classes specifically oriented toward the bi-centennial of Lewis and Clark) to become an official tour guide.  There are so many gorgeous walking trails in their area.

Blue Mountain B&B is open year round and guests can stay for just one night if that is their desire.  Some choose to have one night escapes from Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, and other places. There are fun things to do all year long in Missoula.  The benefit of their particular location is that they are close to town, yet it is so private.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is on twenty acres of registered wildlife habitat next to National and State forest land.  The home was designed by their family and the room decor reflects their Swedish family heritage as well as their ranching backgrounds.

Their most loved breakfast dishes include their asparagus gratins, macadamia-crusted French toast, and Aebelskivers (a Dutch stove top doughnut).  Brady and Elaine would love to have others come to enjoy the beauty of nature, do fun area activities and/or just relax, and taste their delicious breakfasts as well as share their unique life experiences!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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