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5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Missoula, Montana

View Of University Of Montana From Mount Sentinel on of the reasons to visit MissoulaThe list of reasons to visit Missoula covers so many interests and activities. Are you here for the great restaurants, nightlife and culture in downtown Missoula? Whereas others come for the stunning mountains, forests and rivers. Perhaps it’s the perfect balance of city and outdoor activities that’s one of the best reasons to visit Missoula. In Dina Mishev’s Washington Post article, she highlights all the reasons to visit Missoula. Such as the historic downtown and beautiful college campus that offer a vibrant city experience without the suffocating crowds. Montana’s second largest city packs a lot of things to do in its smaller size. The article also mentions all the awesome outdoor opportunities, from hiking to skiing and fishing to white water rafting. 

We couldn’t agree more with this love letter to Missoula and all the reasons to visit Missoula. The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast location is just a short drive to downtown Missoula, yet close to all the outdoor adventures. Our guests enjoy sweeping views of the river valley and outstanding hospitality. Reserve your private suite at the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast for an unforgettable Missoula getaway. 

5 Best Reasons to Visit Missoula

A Missoula vacation includes everything found in a great city, in addition to exciting outdoor activities. This lively city has wonderful restaurants, arts, culture and nightlife. While visitors can also play all day in the surrounding mountains, rivers and forests. Find your best reason to visit Missoula: 

  1. Missoula Arts, Culture and Shopping – Art lovers have a choice of two excellent museums in Missoula. The Missoula Art Museum features a contemporary art collection featuring a large selection of Contemporary American Indian Art. While visitors will find a range of art styles, from Rembrandt to Warhol, at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. The eclectic downtown galleries open their doors on Missoula First Friday Nights.  For a night of live theater, check out the talented performers at the Missoula Community Theater and at Hamilton’s Players, Inc.. Great music venues like the Wilma Theatre, the Friends toasting the great local beer another reason to visit MissoulaKettleHouse Amphitheater and Big Sky Brewing host concerts throughout the year. Movie fans can catch the latest independent or foreign film at the Roxy Theater. Don’t leave without an authentic Montana souvenir from Rockin Rudy’s. The 15,000-square-foot store carries hundreds of Montana-made products  and the state’s largest selection of records and CD’s.
  2. Amazing Missoula Restaurants and Cafes – For a special evening out with great food and elegant cocktails make a reservation at Plonk, James Bar, or The Keep Restaurant. If your catching a show at the Wilma Theatre find great dining at Scotty’s Table in the lower level. They specialize in fresh local ingredients with a delicious seasonal menu. For the very best in fine-dining with an emphasis on simplicity visit the Pearl Cafe, a Missoula classic.
  3. Fantastic Missoula Nightlife – After dinner or a show keep the evening going at a local brewery, cocktail lounge or club. The city is overflowing with great craft breweries that also host fun events as well as serving amazing beer. Some favorite places are Dram Shop, Draught Works Brewery, Imagine Nation Brewing, KettleHouse Brewing Co., Bayern Brewery and Big Sky Brewery Brewing Co. While wine lovers can stop by Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery for a flight of wonderful vino at a picturesque location. The Montana Distillery, located in the historic district, has been around since Prohibition and serves original cocktails created with their own vodka, gin, and whiskey. Then check out a talented band or DJ at The Top Hat, Wilma Theater or  Monk’s.
  4. Hit the Trails – Right in downtown Missoula visitors can find challenging hiking on the University of Montana campus. For great views of the city hike the “M” trail or the even higher Mount Sentinel peak. Just outside of the city are miles and miles of stunning trails to explore. The Lolo National Forest has over 700 miles of trails that travel through dense forests, by mountain streams and along tranquil lakes. Mountain Biking the trails at top speed is also a popular way to enjoy the outdoors around Missoula. When the snow arrives cross-country skiers take over the scenic paths. Man on forest hiking trail one of the reasons to visit missoula
  5. Beautiful Lakes and Rivers – Montana Rivers are famous for their beauty and exceptional fly fishing. A river even runs through the center of Missoula. The Clark Fork River winds it way through the downtown with trails and walking paths along its banks. There’s a reason the famous novel and movie, “A River Runs Through It”, are set and filmed in Montana. The Missoula area, with its wealth of pristine lakes and rivers, is a prime destination for fishing. Sections of the Clark Fork River and Blackfoot River also offer heart-pounding whitewater rafting opportunities for thrill seekers. 

Come out to Montana and find your own personal reasons to visit Missoula. Any season is the perfect time for a Missoula vacation. Book your escape today to a great city with the best access to outdoor adventures.  

 

Spend a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Missoula

Valentine's Day heart in the snowValentine’s Day should be celebrated all month and not just one day. In other words, treat your loved one to romantic getaway anytime this February. In fact, just a few minutes drive from downtown Missoula find your perfect, private retreat. Nestle in a mountainside, the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast has sweeping views of the Bitterroot River and valley below. Spend you days skiing, or snowshoeing in the magnificent mountains and forests or exploring the arts and culture in Missoula. After a romantic dinner at one of the many elegant local restaurants, return to your inviting, comfortable guest suites. Now is the time to book your lover’s escape and warm up the last chilly days of winter. Continue reading

Plan a Romantic Getaway To Blue Mountain Lodge in Missoula, MT

Romantic winter getawayA romantic escape is what every couple really wants for the holidays. During this hectic time of year, it can be very hard to find time for just the two of you. The answer is to plan a romantic vacation. The Blue Mountain Lodge has everything needed for a private retreat. Nestled in a mountainside, all of our guest suites have beautiful views that include pine forests, the Bitterroot River, the valley below or our tranquil gardens. Relax in the comfort and luxury of our generous rooms, many with jetted tubs and private decks. Then wake up to an elegant breakfast that will have you ready for another day exploring Missoula. When you want to venture out, all of Missoula’s dining, culture and nightlife are just a short drive away. Book a romantic vacation for two at the Blue Mountain Lodge today.

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Cocktails and Nightlife in Missoula

cocktails with olives Fancy cocktails can begin or top off a perfect date night in downtown Missoula. After a day hiking, biking or fishing in Montana’s beautiful landscape, discover the romantic side of Missoula. Reward an active day in the outdoors with a classy drink, great food, and live music in a sophisticated cocktail lounge. Blue Mountain Lodge has a great central location, only a short drive to all the favorite local night spots. We offer a private setting that’s close to all the nightlife. Book your suite with us today for vacation with the perfect balance of rustic beauty and chic dining. Continue reading

A Romantic Getaway in Missoula

Missoula Romantic GetawayNow that the busy rush of the holidays are over, are you finding yourself daydreaming about a wistful, romantic getaway?  Are you longing for a place where you can escape to relax, reconnect, rejuvenate your soul, and plan for the year ahead?  How does a luxurious Bed and Breakfast, nestled on a quiet mountainside just outside of the hip and trendy town of Missoula sound to you? To us, it sounds just about perfect. Missoula has everything you could want in a vacation destination:  Fantastic restaurants, a vibrant culture, a trendy arts scene, plenty of craft brews and wine to drink, and a tremendous variety of outdoor recreation and unbeatable scenery to be enjoyed.  You won’t want to miss winter in Missoula.  Book your romantic getaway at our Montana Bed and Breakfast today.   Continue reading

Made in Missoula

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Liquid Planet, a favorite local Missoula coffee shop, was founded by a university professor who set out to create the evolution of the coffeehouse and develop a new culture of beverage.

 

During his student days, he owned and operated the “Java Bus”, the first espresso and specialty coffee business on the University of Montana campus.   Liquid Planet has an online store in addition to their store location at 223 N Higgins in Missoula, Montana.

Liquid Planet believes that life quite literally revolves around beverage.  Their mission is to create a purposeful and trusted brand of beverage that will lead to a more healthy and quality lifestyle.  They do this while incorporating sustainable business practices throughout their company.  Liquid Planet was established as a “green” beverage company with a special focus on all-natural, organic and sustainability.

Considering the fact that every human being consumes well over 50,000 gallons of liquids during the average lifetime, it is no wonder there is such a demand for beverage variety and equally important – quality. The ultimate goal of Liquid Planet is to raise the culture of beverage to a wholesome new level.

 

Liquid Planet has gone on to create what they say are the finest organic and all-natural coffees, teas, flavored syrups, cocoas, chai, smoothies and frappes in the world.  Liquid Planet is also the place to find the best of beverage makers, brewers, and the finest accessories for beverage creation and service in your home or office.

Liquid Planet produced the video below, asking a variety of people in Missoula what is their favorite thing about Missoula?  The most common response was the people of Missoula and the sense of community.  Specific comments about the people were that they are friendly, happy, open, and accepting.  It is easy to make friends wherever you sit down.

Missoula is a relaxed environment that is just the right size to have a diverse amount of people.  Some say Missoula is the nicest place to be in Montana.  There is so much culture to discover!  Spending time outdoors is great all four seasons.   There are plenty of coffee shops to savor.  People like walking (and shopping) Downtown and visiting the market on Saturdays.  Missoula has a place for you no matter what your interests.

Missoula has a variety of restaurants (see Destination Missoula’s list of restaurants and food trucks) to cater to whatever guests are in the mood to eat.  From the unique feeling of downtown to the outer edges of Missoula, there is sure to be a local restaurant to make your taste buds happy.  If you are looking for something new and uniquely Montana, try a delicious bison burger from one of the half dozen local Missoula restaurants (listed below) who serve them to their diners.

 

Blue Bison Grill  123 W Front St.

Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

Blue Canyon  3720 N Reserve St

 

James Bar 127 West Adler

 

Paradise Falls  3621 Brooks St.

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Red Bird  111 N Higgins Ave

River City Grill & Blackfoot  7985 Mt Hwy 200 E in East Missoula

 

Two personal favorite “Made in Missoula” places of Innkeepers Brady & Elaine:

The Buttercup Market and Café located one block from University of Montana campus (1221 Helen Ave)

The Silk Road main floor in the historic Crystal Theater building (515 South Higgins Ave)

 

“Made in Missoula” means made with love from someone in Missoula.  This is especially true of our tasty buttermilk biscuits we bake for our guests to enjoy.  In fact, the gourmet breakfasts alone at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast have our guests wishing they could stay longer!  Brady and Elaine are the perfect hosts at this scenic mountain getaway!  Book your stay today!

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