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River City Roots Festival Celebrates Missoula

River City Roots Festival, Missoula Montana

Missoula is as fun as it is beautiful during these warm summer months. It’s an interesting city with a unique identity.  Both a cultural mini-metropolis with a vibrant arts and culture scene, and a mecca for nature lovers, Missoula is hard to beat. Whether you want to explore under Montana’s expansive skies, or whether you’d rather stay in the city and experience Missoula’s local vibe, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this vibrant city.  Guests staying with us in August may want to consider heading down to The River City Roots Festival.  No where else can you experience the favorites of Missoula at any one time.  The two days of festival serve up a great selection of craft beer, live music, art, water recreation, local foods, and family fun.  Book your summer getaway with us at our Montana Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Missoula Farmers Markets

Missoula Farmers Markets boast much more than absolutely delicious and fresh local food.  Not only that, there are four local markets to choose from!

The Clark Fork Market is located under the Higgins Bridge, in the Riverside Parking Lot, just east of Caras Park in Downtown Missoula. Their hours are Saturdays, 8am until 1pm from the first Saturday in May through the fourth Saturday in October —  rain or shine! There is ample FREE parking adjacent to the market at the parking structure on the corner of Front St. and Pattee St. and on the upper and lower levels of the Bank Street Parking Structure (the Millennium Building).

  • baked goods
  • coffee
  • dairy products
  • fish
  • flowers
  • fruits
  • jams and jellies
  • live music adds to the festivities from 10:30am- 12:45pm
  • locally produced meat
  • poultry
  • salsa
  • veggies
  • vendors serving food

The Missoula Farmers Market is known as “the original farmers market” since patrons have been supporting local farmers and vendors since 1972.  The were a finalist in the 2015 Best of Missoula Contest for three categories: “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners,” “Best Place For People Watching,” and “Best Fresh Produce.”

Market opens with fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee provided by over 100 local vendors.  Located in Circle Square at the north end of Higgins Avenue in Downtown Missoula.  They are open 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays from mid-May to mid-October as well as 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays from July through early September.

  • Savor eating foods at the peak of their flavor, ripeness and nutrition
  • Enjoy buying plants that are raised by the people who sell them
  • Feel good about supporting our local economy and Montana’s local producers

The Missoula Saturday Market is known as “the people’s market.”  Dozens of craftspeople showcase their photography, jewelry, clothing, soap, glass art,and various other hand-made items.

They are open from 9 am to 1 pm from the second Saturday in May through the last Saturday of September.  They are located on East Pine Street in Downtown Missoula.

 

 

The Orchard Homes Farmers Market is a small farmers’ market who provides vegetables, fruits, baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, jewelry, jams & jellies, and a variety of other crafts.

Almost all of the vendors are from the Orchard Home area which means the produce was all grown within 1 mile of the market! Now, that’s fresh! They love their customers and love getting to known them personally throughout the season….making the “know your farmer” motto real life for all our customers!

They are located in the parking lot of the Orchard Homes Country Life Club (at 2537 S. 3rd Street West) which is just about 100 yards southwest of Wheat Montana Deli. They are open from 4:30 pm to 7 pm every Thursday from mid-June until October.

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Photo by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast delights in serving delicious, fresh local food to our bed and breakfast guests.  Located in Missoula, Montana, we enjoy living in Big Sky Country and you will love visiting our scenic mountain getaway and looking around our local farmers markets!

Missoula Montana Dining

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Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is located in scenic Missoula, Montana.  After enjoying a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning, you are fueled up to begin a wonderful day.  The next time you get hungry (which will be awhile given our hearty breakfast portions), there is no shortage of great local places for Missoula Montana dining.

  • Butterfly Herbs: 232 Higgens Ave. (406) 728-8780 Established in 1972, offering fresh coffees, teas, homemade soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, and coffee ice cream specialties
  • Café Zydeco: 2101 Brooks Street (406) 926-2578 Unique Cajun restaurant known for Po-boys, Gumbos, Etouffee, and Beignets
  • Caffe Dolce: 500 Brooks Street (406) 830-3055 ext. 3 Fine dining with informal flare, seasonal contemporary Italian menus including pasta, pizza, and seafood, stunning collection of artisanal wines
  • Catalyst Café: 111 N Higgins Ave. (406) 542-1337 Offer delicious options for all, including vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs
  • El Cazador: 101 S. Higgins (406) 728-3657 Tasty authentic and traditional Mexican dishes
  • Finn and Porter: 100 Madison (406) 542-4660 Featuring seafood, steak, and chops and offering a fabulous view with extraordinary service
  • Iza: 529 South Higgins Ave. (406) 830-3237 Contemporary local Asian cuisine featuring organic, gluten free, and vegan options
  • Mackenzie River Pizza Company: 137 W. Front Street (406) 721-0077 and 5210 Grant Creek Road (406) 721-0099 Gourmet pizzas, hearty sandwiches, signature soups, Montana-sized salads and pastas, gluten-free crust available
  • Mustard Seed Asian Café: Southgate Mall (406) 542-7333 Asian-style dishes made to order with lean meats and fresh vegetables, signature sauces and dressing prepared from scratch everyday, award-winning desserts
  • Red Bird: Historic Florence Building, 111 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 1000 (406) 549-2906 Wine Bar with over 25 wines by the glass, extensive beer menu with live music on Mondays, intimate evening dining, showcasing local ingredients and transforming them into edible artwork
  • Wheat Montana: 2520 S. 3rd St. W (corner of 3rd and Reserve) (406) 327-0900 Handcrafted sandwiches on healthy Wheat Montana bread, fresh baked goods, soup, salad, espresso
  • Worden’s Market and Deli: 451 N. Higgins Ave. (406) 549-1293 Voted Missoula’s Best Deli, Best Wine, and Best Beer; cheeses, breads, coffee, football-size sandwiches and salads

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-Wood extend warm hospitality to their bed and breakfast guests.  Whether you want to be left alone (they respect the desire for privacy) or you need local recommendations based upon your unique interests, Brady and Elaine aim to please.  Make your next vacation a trip to lovely Missoula, Montana.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Picture by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

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.

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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.

First Night Missoula, 2012

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Be sure to bring your dancing shoes to Missoula's First Night celebrations.

Missoula knows how to throw a party, and the biggest party of the year is the one that takes place to ring in the new year. Don’t miss it. If you live some distance from town, we hope you’ll give us a call and make your New Year’s Eve reservation at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

We say it’s the biggest party of the year, but really, it’s more than that. Events begin as early as 10 a.m. and continue until 2012 has made itself at home. They are hosted all over the city, from senior centers to museums to the Southgate Mall and beyond. There are numerous events for all ages, and many that are fun for the whole family: toddlers, teenagers, and grandparents.

Live music will be performed at venues such as the UC Lounge, the UM recital Hall, and the Missoula Senior Center. There will be ice skating from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Glacier Ice Rink, and Ice Carving in front of the Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be Taekwando and Fencing at the Southgate Mall, Poetry readings at the UC 3rd Floor Conference Room, and fun events at the Children’s Museum all day long.

First Night is a fantastic way to bid farewell to 2011 and welcome 2012. It’s meant to be fun, and it always is.

Ask about spending New Year’s Eve at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Call 877.251.4457.

Additional event information may be found at First Night Missoula.

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